Jeep Hitch project

In the summer of 2003 I purchased a boat. I decided to use the Jeep as tow vehicle. I wouldn't worry as much leaving the Jeep unattended while I'm in the boat.

The first thing I needed to do was to put a hitch on the Jeep. I initially ordered a Reese hitch from JC Whitney, but it didn't fit because of the larger gas tank I have.

I ordered another hitch from Etrailer.com. I was very happily surprised when I got it. One of the things I needed to do was to repair the Jeep bumper. The mounting holes for the tire carrier on the passenger side of the bumper had rusted and the tire carrier bolts had started to pull through the bumper. I was going to weld some angle iron over the bad spot. However, the mounting brackets on the hitch are huge plates, and I won't have to weld any plate to the bumper. I killed two birds with one stone.

The installation was straightforward. Everything bolted together using existing holes. I bought some longer bolts since I'm mounting the tire carrier also. I also sprayed a coat of paint over everything for rust protection.

Here is the finished product. The hitch and tire carrier are now rock solid. Before, the tire carrier would flop around because the passenger side bolts weren't tight. People would actually tell me they thought my tire was falling off.


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