Discussion in 'Renegade Write-Ups' started by JK4Life, Mar 10, 2016.
Do you have the part number for this bumper?
Here's the info. The top line is receiver, the second line is the Trailhawk rear bumper (5VX23LXHAA) and the bottom line is the bezel.
Thank you sir... That just answered my question... I'll go with the renegade ready version. I have a sport, but I'll purchase the TH tow hook and drop it into the renegade ready kit.
FYI, those are Canadian prices... So US would be cheaper, but I get you... If I had been in US I would have done the same thing. Enjoy - it's great when you get it installed!
That is an insane amount of work for just a hitch receiver. It does look really nice though. Nice work.
Thanks - just sucks Jeep didn't have very many of them around... and they are such a pain to install. But we use it regularly with our bike rack so it was worth it for us
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Let me know how that works out! If I can sneak my Limited into looking like a Trail-hawk and get those better angles that would be amazing!
NOTE: the directions from Jeep are for the non-Trailhawk bumper. The Trailhawk bumper is much more structural than the other bumpers. The non-TH bumpers do not have the extension into the frame.
How much stronger is the hitch then the factory bumper? It looks like the hitch has 2 extra bolt holes. Could you just cut a hole and weld in a 2" hitch adapter? That factory bumper looks like it would hold better then the other hitches that go under the bumper.
Probably not, if you want it to look right.
First, the factory bumper's horizontal structural component sticks out to meet the back side of the bumper cover in the center. The hitch's equivalent part is recessed, so where the 2" receiver is welded to the horizontal member is a few inches inside of the bumper cover and the receiver itself does not stick out the back of the cover.
Second, the inset-bezel provides clearance to reach the eyes to put the chains on to, and provides a place for the wiring harness to terminate.
Third, the hitch is purpose-built to support the weight of a trailer, and assuming that the same hitch is used on the Canadian models that have a much higher-rated towing capacity, it's been tested to handle around two tons of trailer. To be polite, the bumper is not manufactured to the same precise standards, and while it's strong where it enters the unibody-sandwiched, "frame," there are no provisions for attaching to it across that horizontal member, so it may not be strong enough.
Plus fundamentally when it comes down to it, you're already in for a pound to take the back of the Jeep apart to get to that bumper anyway, you may as well spend the money for the hitch instead of trying to adapt if you really want to tow with the vehicle.
Got my Renegade Ready Hitch installed as well. Thought I'd toss a quick tip in here for everyone.
If I would have used a razor knife of some sort to try to cut out the insert for the bezel trim as they recommend, I would have been at it all day. Instead, the guy I was working with to get this together came up with an idea that I thought was pretty clever. He modified a jig saw blade by grinding the back of the blade off to form a sharp point, similar to the image I have shown below.
I know they do not recommend using a jig saw, but as long as you're careful, go slow, put down plenty of masking tape to prevent scuffing, and have an extra set of hands to hold the bumper steady, it worked like a charm. Grinding it into a point like that allowed us to plunge into each of the holes that are drilled out, then cut away each insert. Just be conservative on staying inside the lines and you'll be fine. I know others had mentioned being able to see some of the slots outside their bezel, but mine came out perfect using this technique.
I hope this helps save others time!
Get the $30 harbor freight body saw, the small maroon colored one, and use the blade that comes with it = massive success lol
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Did you reuse the original bumper (facia)?
When I installed ours I did use the original bumper cover. The Renegade Ready kit that we used came with the template for where to cut-out on the current cover so that the hitch bezel would fit.
The bumper cover is fairly substantial, goes all of the way up under the headlights and up to the wheel opening, and is painted in places to match the body. To replace it would probably be cost-prohibitive.
We just installed a hitch bumper using the Renegade Ready template and instructions. It turned out pretty well! Only problem was my fault, for not cutting the slots big enough. There is a little deformation of the bumper cover by the tabs. The instructions were great, though. Even put the tow hook on there while we were at it.
For ease of use I combined the instruction manual into a single PDF document....
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