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Hi guys.... Im looking for some good info on tow hitches for my Jeep. I have recently purchased a 2006 SRT8 Jeep which i have fitted a Borla Touring exhaust:D. Im now looking for a tow hitch which I can fit without altering the beautifully crafted exhaust system. Im of the understanding that the standard Grand Cherokee tow hitch will fit but exhausts have to be modified. I have had a quick look round and there seem to be some hidden hitches advertised. Has anyone out there had any experiences with them and is there a reputable brand that fits as advertised and has a good towing capacity. Thanks for your comments in advance. Cheers... :)
 

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Ok I need to understand this...... The WK1 cant tow because the rear subframe is not strong enough or is the Exhaust system the inhibiting factor??.
The reason im asking is there are at least 4 x SRT8 Jeeps in my town with tow bars on them, fitted by Armstrong Prestige who are the NZ importers of Chrysler/Jeep.
They have re-routed the exhaust system to accomodate the tow hitch but im trying to find a system which still lets me have a centre exhaust system...... ;)
 

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The Jeep SRT8 is rated to tow 3500lbs from the factory. Mopar sells a hitch for the Jeep SRT8. There are a lot of custom options guys have done. Search Kramsey Hitch for some ideas.

http://www.cherokeesrt8.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3651


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Yes your 06 Jeep SRT can tow just fine. You'll pick up on the reference I made in due time, sorry for any confusion. Like I said there are a lot options owners have done. One even has it coming through the bumper above the exhaust & with the plug they made in it you can't even hardly tell its there.

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Either one of the Mopar exhausts works just fine. The only issue is that the wiring harness and chains will get hot and can melt from the exhaust. I made an extension harness so that the original harness is protected. There is a grommet in the center of the rear trunk area that you can come up through with the car wiring. Then use the extension and run out the back hatch. Try and route the harness as far away from the path of the exhaust so you don't melt it. There are both Class I and Class II hitches available. They do pass above the exhaust without modifying the hangers in any way. I always purchased an 1 1/4" to 2" converter to bring the receiver even further away from the exhaust. Also, they have a small chain extension mount available from etrailer.com that will give you safety chain hangers that actually mounts underneath the ball when you tighten it down. This way you don't have to reach near the exhaust. Hope this helps. It works great for me.
 

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Here is a few pics of the MOPAR hitch with Mopar exhaust and bumper off.





 

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The regular WKs can tow up to 750/7200 on their class IV hitch (82208219). We have the exact same frame so we don't have any problems. But, the reason why our SRT's have a low rating is because of the semi-weak parking pin in the transmission; that's rated at 3800lbs or something in that ball park. We also don't have very good transmission coolers, they basically good enough to keep them cool and have just enough cooling power for the occasional "this porsche is about to get smoked, by a couple car lengths I might add :)"



I have the OEM Mopar hitch installed on my 06 SRT8. I got the class IV hitch (part# 82208219) which has a 750 tongue/7200 tow and I didn't have to reroute my exhaust, it sits right above it. I did have to cut a small chunk out of the bumper, 2"x2" square right above the exhaust. I just re-welded the exhaust hangers right onto the receiver in the exact same place where they were before, requiring no rerouting of the exhaust.





My friend sold his 32ft boat and he needed somebody to tow it (he bought & stored at a marina) to the guy who bought it. He specifically wanted somebody who had 400+hp & AWD lol. Paid for the install, hell I don't mind! The boat was freakin huge, made my jeep look tiny but I still gave this G37S a run for his money on the highway while towing this damn thing. It tows amazingly. When I parked, I just made sure to be on a level road and I put the e-brake on so that the parking pin never engaged anyway.



I can post up pics (sorry, I don't have any inaction shots with the 32ft boat) of my set-up and how I put my wiring off to the side to avoid the exhaust from melting it.

EDIT!: Just realized I put 42 when infact it should have put 32. Shows how much I know about boats..
 

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its too bad. would have liked to have seen pics with a 42ft boat.

The regular WKs can tow up to 750/7200 on their class IV hitch (82208219). We have the exact same frame so we don't have any problems. But, the reason why our SRT's have a low rating is because of the semi-weak parking pin in the transmission; that's rated at 3800lbs or something in that ball park. We also don't have very good transmission coolers, they basically good enough to keep them cool and have just enough cooling power for the occasional "this porsche is about to get smoked, by a couple car lengths I might add :)"

I have the OEM Mopar hitch installed on my 06 SRT8. I got the class IV hitch (part# 82208219) which has a 750 tongue/7200 tow and I didn't have to reroute my exhaust, it sits right above it. I did have to cut a small chunk out of the bumper, 2"x2" square right above the exhaust. I just re-welded the exhaust hangers right onto the receiver in the exact same place where they were before, requiring no rerouting of the exhaust.


My friend sold his 42ft boat and he needed somebody to tow it (he bought & stored at a marina) to the guy who bought it. He specifically wanted somebody who had 400+hp & AWD lol. Paid for the install, hell I don't mind! The boat was freakin huge, made my jeep look tiny but I still gave this G37S a run for his money on the highway while towing this damn thing. It tows amazingly. When I parked, I just made sure to be on a level road and I put the e-brake on so that the parking pin never engaged anyway.

I can post up pics (sorry, I don't have any inaction shots with the 42ft boat) of my set-up and how I put my wiring off to the side to avoid the exhaust from melting it.
 

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I've been getting a fair amount of pm's on how I did mine, here ya go!

Regards to the hangers, I welded two pins (one on each side) next to the outer screws and used a pin/screw for each hanger









 
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