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    Post How much should a new tow hitch cost w/install?

    I made a couple phone calls today and was quoted once with $198+cost of wirering harness, and another for $170( I don't think he cared enough to check if i need a harness.) I was initially shocked at what a hitch cost withthe install. is it me or are these prices high. I also need to know if I can install the hitch myself and save a few bucks. I sent as email to smblainzj(SP) about a hitch for sale but I am not sure about the cost of the install. Gimme a hand guys. Thanks

    Mike

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    I checked with U-Haul a while back...a class 3 installed was near $145. You can peel their ugly little sticker off. That is the only place I have checked.

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    Cool

    I saw a nice one at Wallyworld(Walmart)it was a medium to big size tube with an arc down towards the center...it looked a lot better than the stock one I have...even was capped on the end...unfortunately it was not priced...but it can't be more than $70 to $90 if even that.....I don't think that they are too hard to install and wire!

    I hope your quest will lead to your satisfaction!

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    Concept ZJ,
    I have installed two hitch sets and it is not hard. while I have not installed one on a ZJ I am fairly sure that it would not be a problem. I have the factory one and it just bolts right on up there. As for the wireing harness. They make plug ins that are not complicated to install. I would think that the whole istall job should cost you about 4 hours with standard hand tools. Good Luck!

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    ConceptZJ,

    I don't know if you would be interested, but I will be selling my Uhaul Class 3 hitch that fit my 96 zj. I will no longer need it as my road armor bumper will have a tow hitch on it. I believe I could come up with a competitive estimate for you if you don't mind that it is used. It is an excellent condition. Please let me know if you are interested.


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    Mike, a new hitch should cost a bit under $100 and the after market wiring harness about $50 (plug and play other than the run to the battery). You'll just need to bolt the hitch in place, under 2 Hrs. Look into the old forum with a search on trailer harness or such. There are posts with part #'s to help you out. John V.

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    Start to finish I'd pay no more than $150 + tax.

    That includes the Class III hitch, ball and tow bar, and the wiring.

    They are VERY easy to install. Need a ratchet and a 19mm socket and perhaps a 6-9" extension for the ratchet to reach up in there.

    Total of 6 bolts. Get a friend to help hold up one side while you get the other and it is easy. A floor jack will make it even easier for you! Good luck!

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    Mike,

    It's too easy not to do it yourself. You sig shows quite a few mods, so you must be into getting your hands dirty.

    buymopar@ipa.net

    Hitch, part #82201787 is like $120
    Wiring harness, part #82202423 is $33

    Both are very easy to do, and look MUCH better than some of the aftermarket stuff. THe mopar one is hidden behind the bumper and the reviever drops down just below the bumper facia.

    I did it myself AND the fuel skid. Pretty easy....



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    I just took mine off today to put my Gas Tank Skid up underneath it. It is really straight forward. No reason anyone with an 18mm, 1/2 in socket couldn't do it.

    I'm talking about the mopar hitch of course. Just bolts right up.

    The wiring isn't hard either (but my master's in EE probably makes it cake for me).

    Like the almighty rob once said, "You can do it!"


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    Check out this site Hidden-Hitch is a great hitch that hides under the bumper and is real easy to install, no drilling. the wiring harness is easy also, you just clip into your tail light wires.
    http://www.savannajones.com/hitch_xj.htm
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    Installing the hitch is SO EASY if the bolts arent all rusted on. Mine weren't, I think it took me about 45 minutes just messing around with it. Best way. If you have a skid plate, just use a floor jack and place it under the plate to secure it. Then just raise the hitch and bolt away.. I don't know about the wiring harness as I used the hitch for recovery only until I got my Tomken bumper..

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    Great guys, thanks

    I will look into buying one of the Hidden Hitchs mentioned by dagsvarc and will look into probaly buying a wiring harness from mopar for $33. Thanks toolman.


    Drew I am interested, I will email you before I go purchasing anything, just it is almost 1AM right now.


    Thanks Again guys
    Mike


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