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Hi Everyone,

Just installed the Renegade Ready RetrofitHitch Receiver. Cost online was about 400 bucks and install took about 8 hours (including a couple of trips to ace hardware and the semi-tedious wiring and voltage testing for the hardwired plug). It's rated to tow 2000 lbs, enough for a small cargo or boat trailer, and 220 lbs tongue weight for cargo boxes etc. Feel free to post questions. Thanks
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I plan to duplicate your efforts, Matt...will have questions soon enough. Was cutting the bumper facia pretty straight forward?
 

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Cutting the bumper was...a little tricky. The kit comes with a template that's easy to adjust (it's not like a sticker you can remove it and replace it if it's not right). It recommends using a box cutter or drywall saw. I ended up using a hot knife (mine's a Dremel plugin that super heats an Xacto blade. Cut through the plastic like butter). I had to widen some of the slots though because the insert just would not get into the holes. I ended having to use a small carpenters mallet to get them to pop in. Guess the plus side is that once they're in...they're in. You'd probably need a crowbar to get it off. My bottom holes didn't quite match up so the new beveled insert isn't completely flush with the bumper (there's about a 5mm gap on the bottom end) No one but me has ever noticed that though. I could've done the same and widened holes at the bottom and it would've been perfect, but it was getting dark so I just left it as is! Please feel free to reply with any questions, the product is top quality and instructions are very good. GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN
 

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No sure about the fun part...but will buy the product and look over the instructions and see if it is something an audio novice like me should try! Thanks, Matt!
 

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Hi Everyone,

Just installed the Renegade Ready RetrofitHitch Receiver. Cost online was about 400 bucks and install took about 8 hours (including a couple of trips to ace hardware and the semi-tedious wiring and voltage testing for the hardwired plug). It's rated to tow 2000 lbs, enough for a small cargo or boat trailer, and 220 lbs tongue weight for cargo boxes etc. Feel free to post questions. Thanks View attachment 91
My husband wants to know if removing the rear wheels was nesessary and do you have any photos with hitch on but rear bumper off.
 

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My husband wants to know if removing the rear wheels was nesessary and do you have any photos with hitch on but rear bumper off.
My husband wants to know if removing the rear wheels was nesessary and do you have any photos with hitch on but rear bumper off.
Don't think I have any photos of the bumper renoved but you can see it's a couple of bolts on each side holding it on in the one i did post. The kit comes with a whole new bumper that is much stronger than the stock one and has the hitch built in. The old bumper is essentially scrap after. As for taking the wheels off, I'm not sure if it's 100% necessary, but I think so. The kit comes with very detailed instructions and removing the wheels is just one of about 80. In the long run I imagine it saves you a great deal of time taking them off than trying to work around them all day. Also it's safer to have it on jack stands while working.

Good Luck and Enjoy your New Jeep
 

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Hello Matt:

So I've been searching, for several months, for a way to install a Hitch on my 2016 Renegade Latitude and make it look like a factor install. The Renegade Ready was a great find, or so I thought. Did you really have to do all of the surgery to the vehicle that your photo indicated?? I guess I was also confused about the cutting. My original impression was that there was cutting of the plastic bumper and some cutting of the actual metal bumper. However, I believe you indicated that the 'kit' comes with an complete replacement plastic bumper (cover). Is that correct? When you stated that 'cutting through the plastic was like cutting through butter' and then talked about the replacement bumper, that's where I was getting lost. Can you clarify?

Thanks so much.
 
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