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Hi, I have added a simple hitch to all my previous wranglers. I thought it would be just as simple, but..... The rear bumper is using 2 of the 4 needed holes with a bracket (not sure where it goes) that attaches to a couple of small bumper screws. The bracket will be in the way of the hitch.

Anyone else have this issue? Anyone know what the bracket is used for?

I have backup sensors for the 1st time, maybe something to do with that.

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Tom

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Hi, I have added a simple hitch to all my previous wranglers. I thought it would be just as simple, but..... The rear bumper is using 2 of the 4 needed holes with a bracket (not sure where it goes) that attaches to a couple of small bumper screws. The bracket will be in the way of the hitch.

Anyone else have this issue? Anyone know what the bracket is used for?

I have backup sensors for the 1st time, maybe something to do with that.

Thanks
Tom

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It’s a bumper bracket. Look up the hitch install from extremeterrain.com on you tube. She goes over what you need to do to remove it.
 

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I just watched a bit of that video and I had no where near the bolt clearance she did with the muffler.
. I have one bolt I couldn't get it, Did you have any trouble?

Other thing she did different was take out the bracket. Other people seem to slip the hitch to the inside of the bracket and re-use it with the factory bolts. Anyone know what that bracket is for?
 

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I just watched a bit of that video and I had no where near the bolt clearance she did with the muffler.
. I have one bolt I couldn't get it, Did you have any trouble?

Other thing she did different was take out the bracket. Other people seem to slip the hitch to the inside of the bracket and re-use it with the factory bolts. Anyone know what that bracket is for?
I was able to get both of the factory bolts out, without issue, using a standard ratchet. With my hitch I just slid it inside the bracket and put everything back. I think it depend if your hitch has 2 welded nuts. I one she used had 2 welded nuts, mine was smooth.
 

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Hi, I have added a simple hitch to all my previous wranglers. I thought it would be just as simple, but..... The rear bumper is using 2 of the 4 needed holes with a bracket (not sure where it goes) that attaches to a couple of small bumper screws. The bracket will be in the way of the hitch.

Anyone else have this issue? Anyone know what the bracket is used for?

I have backup sensors for the 1st time, maybe something to do with that.

Thanks
Tom

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Can someone post a video or more photos? I don't see how to get around the two nuts that are welded on. This is what stops the hitch from mounting on.
 

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You just need to have the bolts off and the bracket loose enough to slip in. Positioning it around can help. Pull it back/perpendicular.

I also needed to use the jack on the hitch to shove it in final position.If anything, using the jack helped me the most. I even got it the back and jumped up and down a few times with the jack in place to help get aligned. That was in addition to using a rubber mallet and everything bit of strength I have (I've done powerlifting too for reference)

I will say, in any kind of factory body work I've seen (outside of Germany, Japan or South Korea), vehicles can be surprisingly off from the factory. To the point bolt holes are not lining up. The engineer in me expects by eye, indestingushable tolerances from the factory in 2021.

My prior 2018 Mustang had bolt holes for OEM additions that were not possible to use. My wrangler is really close in a few spots I've seen. Makes me wonder what they do on the factory floor when they can't actually put the bolts in.

It's like Ikea furniture or something.
Can someone post a video or more photos? I don't see how to get around the two nuts that are welded on. This is what stops the hitch from mounting on.
Sorry for the other long post. They are welded on and you need to keep them. They are permanent. Unscrew from the exhausted side. Don't use a wrench on them at all. The hitch threads back into the welded bolts.

Took me a long while to figure that out!
 
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