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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2018 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited

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How to Install a Trailer Hitch on a 2018 Jeep JK Wrangler Unlimited

Speaker 1: Today on our 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JK, we're going to take a look at and show you how to install the Draw-Tite Max Frame Custom Fit Class III trailer hitch receiver, offering the two inch by two inch receiver tube opening, it's part number is 76104.Now this is what our hitch is going to look like installed. As you can see the receiver tube opening comes out past the end of the bumper slightly. This is really going to be a benefit when it comes to accessories in your hitch and getting them past the spare tire. Other hitch designs for this model have it tucked in a little but further, which has its advantages for off road purposes and things like that, but if you're hauling bike racks, cargo carriers, the Class III design's going to work out really well, there's a lot of options available and they should be out past the edge of that tire if you have a stock tire.Now to secure all of those items in place, you'll always want to use the larger pinhole that's located closer to the front of the vehicle, it's 5/8ths of an inch in diameter. You can see there's plenty of room there, so regardless of what type of accessory you want to secure your items with, locking hitch pins, anti-rattle bolts, hitch immobilizers, really any of those are going to work out well. The smaller pinhole located a little bit closer to the rear of the vehicle, that's for use only with the J pin stabilization system, which is another form of anti-rattle device.Now, you'll see the plate style safety chain connection points here, those are going to be nice, large and open.

They're up and down or vertical, so you can just hook your chain around there. There's also a welded on tab right here, it's going to have three pre-drilled holes on it. That allows you to attach a wiring plug, if you want a four pull or a seven pull back here. One thing to keep in mind with this though, if your chain's hanging right here, you might have a little bit of interference with that plug, so you might have to offset it one way or another.Now as far as weight ratings on the hitch are concerned, it offers a 675 pound tongue weight rating. That would be the maximum downward force you can put at the receiver tube opening and it gives us a 4,500 pound gross trailer weight rating.

That's going to be the total weight of your trailer and anything you might load up on it. It's also rated for use with weight distribution, but your weight ratings are going to stay the same. You'll definitely want to consult your owner's manual and see what the Jeep's capable of towing and not exceed that.Now the installation process can be made a little bit easier by lowering down the exhaust. If you had a few exhaust hangers, you'll want to remove to let it come down so you can get your bolts in. One's going to be right over here, just above the outlet.

And we have another one right over this way. A little bit of spray lubricant on these can really help to get them slid off of there. And then a big screwdriver or pry bar is usually what you're going to require. Just want to push from the back side to push it off. That's going to give us just a little bit of extra room there to get our bolts in place.The hitch is going to have two flanges on it.

That's going to fit up on either side of the bumper core here. See the four holes and those flanges we're going to align with the four holes in that core.So we've got it in place and our holes aligned. We're going to take one of our long half inch bolts. You want to place a conical tooth washer on it. It's important the teeth of that washer face towards the hitch. We'll get them up in position and slid through. Now with all four bolts in position, we need to take one of our flange nuts, and slide it up between the outer edge of the bumper and our hitch and then thread our bolt right into it.Now with all of our hardware started, you'll grab a three-quarter, 19 millimeter wrench and socket, we'll start getting them tightened down. Now with our torque wrench we'll go through and torque all four bolts down to specification. Those'll be listed in your instructions.Now with our hardware all torqued down, we're ready to get our exhaust hangers put back into a position. With a little more spray lubricant, you should just be able to push them on.Now with our exhaust back in place, that's going to complete our installation of the Draw-Tite Class III Max Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver, part number 76104 on our 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited JK.