A tow hitch allows your Jeep Wrangler to tow various things. Learn how to install one below.By Bassem Girgis – November 17, 2015
This article applies to the Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-Present).
The Jeep Wrangler is a powerful car, and even though it has the capability to tow, some come out of the factory without a tow hitch. When buying a tow hitch, be sure to research the tow hitch’s capabilities and maximum towing capacity, then compare it to what you plan on towing. Installing a tow hitch is not a hard job, and since your Jeep is designed for such tasks, the frame is drilled and ready for you to install the hitch. If you can ask a friend for help, that would make your life easier, as you will need to remove the rear bumper and a helping hand can prevent bumper damage. Read on to learn how you can install a tow hitch in your Jeep Wrangler and start towing whatever it is you need to tow.
Figure 1. Tow hitch.
- Socket set
- Torque ratchet
Step 1 – Remove rear bumper
The rear bumper is held in place by a sequence of bolts. You’ll find two on each side and four in the middle. Remove them all and pull the bumper off.
Figure 2. Remove bolts holding bumper to frame.
(Related Article: How to Install Olympic Smuggler Rear Bumper – JK-Forum.com)
Step 2 – Install tow hitch
The tow hitch will bolt onto the frame, so align it and install all four bolts straight in; don’t forget the nuts and washers. Lock the nut in the rear with a wrench, and use a torque wrench to torque each bolt to 80 ft/lbs.
Figure 3. Insert bolts through.
Figure 4. Hand-tighten nuts.
- Figure 5. Tighten to 80 ft/lbs.
Step 3 – Install bumper
With the tow hitch in place, install the bumper the same way you removed it. Align it in place, then hand-tighten the side bolts. After hand-tightening all bolts, tighten them all to make sure it’s nice and sturdy.
Figure 6. Install rear bumper.