Problem installing Mopar hitch to JL Wrangler 2018

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Hi all,

I’m having an issue installing the Mopar hitch to my jeep. In all of the install videos and threads I’ve read, no one seems to have encountered the problem I’m having with the two black bolts that seem to be welded into the frame of the car - see photo. I’ve tried using liquid wrench to loosen them but it’s had no effect. Any suggestions?
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Lol, yep. Those are welded on. Rear hitches come is several very similar variations. From my personal experience, this usually means your hitch is from a different stock bumper config.
 
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Lol, yep. Those are welded on. Rear hitches come is several very similar variations. From my personal experience, this usually means your hitch is from a different stock bumper config.
Damn - thanks though. So back to the store and buy a new one then?
 

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Hi all,

I’m having an issue installing the Mopar hitch to my jeep. In all of the install videos and threads I’ve read, no one seems to have encountered the problem I’m having with the two black bolts that seem to be welded into the frame of the car - see photo. I’ve tried using liquid wrench to loosen them but it’s had no effect. Any suggestions?
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That is an inner structure support of your plastic bumper, your hitch needs to be sandwiched in between this piece and the frame rail. Unfortunately you need to take off your bumper cover to do this, adds a little bit of time.
 

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Yes, they all look the same but you have to be very careful with them hitch receivers.

On JK, for instance, the trailer hitch for the plastic bumper and the steel bumper were different. The hitch receiver for the steel bumper had a flatter backside.

I even found out that the $7 Mopar hitch plug from JK doesn’t fit JL. You’d think a plug is a plug. But instead of the top hinged plug, JL uses a side-hinged plug to clear the bumper —see below.

Best thing is to talk to your dealer’s parts counter and get the correct part number. That way, if it doesn’t fit, it is on them.

JK hitch plug
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JL hitch plug
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That is an inner structure support of your plastic bumper, your hitch needs to be sandwiched in between this piece and the frame rail. Unfortunately you need to take off your bumper cover to do this, adds a little bit of time.
Ok, thanks. So it is the correct part, I just need to figure out how to remove the bumper cover?
 
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Update for anyone else who runs into this problem with the JL Sahara Unlimited plastic bumper. I was able to install without removing the rear bumper. I removed the two small screws under the plastic bumper, that allowed me to lift the steel chassis up high enough to attach the hitch. I had to force the bolts through with a little bit of force but it worked.

The hitch sandwiches between the two metal parts.

see images below

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Update for anyone else who runs into this problem with the JL Sahara Unlimited plastic bumper. I was able to install without removing the rear bumper. I removed the two small screws under the plastic bumper, that allowed me to lift the steel chassis up high enough to attach the hitch. I had to force the bolts through with a little bit of force but it worked.

The hitch sandwiches between the two metal parts.

see images below

6B9B55E1-4347-41A9-AD16-A5BA9EFB5758.jpeg


3A43D970-9E62-45BD-A3EA-346A668E6239.jpeg
Update for anyone else who runs into this problem with the JL Sahara Unlimited plastic bumper. I was able to install without removing the rear bumper. I removed the two small screws under the plastic bumper, that allowed me to lift the steel chassis up high enough to attach the hitch. I had to force the bolts through with a little bit of force but it worked.

The hitch sandwiches between the two metal parts.

see images below

6B9B55E1-4347-41A9-AD16-A5BA9EFB5758.jpeg


3A43D970-9E62-45BD-A3EA-346A668E6239.jpeg
 

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Thank you for posting this , helped me with my Jl hitch install yesterday.
 
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