Trailer hitch commodity - Is the hitch on the demos the production version?

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My friend just bought anew Rubicon a few days ago. He removed the hitch from his old Jeep and it’s sitting on his garage floor. It bolts through the rear cross member with four bolts. This hitch looks exactly like the hitch on the demos going around the country. Is the hitch on the demos the production hitch or is it “just until” the production one is made. It doesn’t look like a challenge to produce so why is it a “deadly sin” or are the wiring harnesses the issue?


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My friend just bought anew Rubicon a few days ago. He removed the hitch from his old Jeep and it’s sitting on his garage floor. It bolts through the rear cross member with four bolts. This hitch looks exactly like the hitch on the demos going around the country. Is the hitch on the demos the production hitch or is it “just until” the production one is made. It doesn’t look like a challenge to produce so why is it a “deadly sin” or are the wiring harnesses the issue?
I think what we've seen is production, don't know why it would be constrained. I might guess the wiring package may be the issue.

The Bronco hitch looks just like a Wrangler hitch. Wouldn't it be nice if the dimensions and bolt holes were the same? You can buy them after market for $65.
 

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My friend just bought anew Rubicon a few days ago. He removed the hitch from his old Jeep and it’s sitting on his garage floor. It bolts through the rear cross member with four bolts. This hitch looks exactly like the hitch on the demos going around the country. Is the hitch on the demos the production hitch or is it “just until” the production one is made. It doesn’t look like a challenge to produce so why is it a “deadly sin” or are the wiring harnesses the issue?
I think what we've seen is production, don't know why it would be constrained. I might guess the wiring package may be the issue.

The Bronco hitch looks just like a Wrangler hitch. Wouldn't it be nice if the dimensions and bolt holes were the same? You can buy them after market for $65.
Unless it is made out of that Boron Steel, it is much wimpier than the Wrangler hitch - at least the JKs. I know the JLs are different, and they could have cut weight.

Based on what I've read - steel is apparently almost as scarce as lumber right now.

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Most likely problem is the trailer tow module availability because I'm not seeing a controller for trailer brakes, just an access in the dash.
 

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Unless it is made out of that Boron Steel, it is much wimpier than the Wrangler hitch - at least the JKs. I know the JLs are different, and they could have cut weight.

Based on what I've read - steel is apparently almost as scarce as lumber right now.
Is it because steel doesn't grow on trees?....I'll see myself out.
 

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I feel that at this point the chance of anything production differing from the recent pre-production we've been seeing is near zero.
 

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I'm starting to wonder if there's something else I'm not thinking of with the tow kit, it should just be the slab of metal in the back + the wiring, without a trailer brake controller up front. What else might be at play here?

Asking here rather than starting yet another new thread.

Also tagging @ZackDanger in the hopes that he can maybe shed some light here
 

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I'm starting to wonder if there's something else I'm not thinking of with the tow kit, it should just be the slab of metal in the back + the wiring, without a trailer brake controller up front. What else might be at play here?

Asking here rather than starting yet another new thread.

Also tagging @ZackDanger in the hopes that he can maybe shed some light here
There’s no trailer brake controller, but there is a module on the wiring diagram that the trailer brake controller plugs directly into. Furthermore, this plug-and-play trailer brake controller states it requires the factory tow package to work…

…I suspect there is indeed an extra module included with the tow package, and that module includes some chip that is constrained.

But that’s, just like, my opinion… man.
 

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There’s no trailer brake controller, but there is a module on the wiring diagram that the trailer brake controller plugs directly into. Furthermore, this plug-and-play trailer brake controller states it requires the factory tow package to work…

…I suspect there is indeed an extra module included with the tow package, and that module includes some chip that is constrained.

But that’s, just like, my opinion… man.
Neat! *Sigh*

Wheres that wiring diagram you mentioned, I might go sleuthing about if I get bored after work tonight
 

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There’s no trailer brake controller, but there is a module on the wiring diagram that the trailer brake controller plugs directly into. Furthermore, this plug-and-play trailer brake controller states it requires the factory tow package to work…

…I suspect there is indeed an extra module included with the tow package, and that module includes some chip that is constrained.

But that’s, just like, my opinion… man.
I bet if you dig deep enough there's a chip in there that ain't in ready supply.
 

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I heard Ford does not yet have the tow rating from the government, I believe the feds are being dicks, but it’s just a rumour...
 

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Neat! *Sigh*

Wheres that wiring diagram you mentioned, I might go sleuthing about if I get bored after work tonight
Follow this quote here to the thread to see the diagrams and discussion:


Here are a couple of drawings of the brake controller wiring. The brake signal does not come from the brake switch like in the old days it is coming from the Body Control Module. So BPP ( Brake Pedal Position ) signal may not be a off/on 12VDC signal. But Ford does include a pigtail.
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