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Old 07-17-2009, 08:46 PM   #1
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2003 Wrangler Sport toad needs wiring

Being not much of an electrician any suggestions as to the easiest DIY wiring other than magnetic 12 volts. I read that jeep does not like diodes. The MH is a point flat connector on F53 chassis.
Your help is appreciated.
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Old 07-17-2009, 10:15 PM   #2
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A diode-based system would work in the Jeep but it is not an ideal solution because of the way it "taps in" to the OEM wiring. When you piggy-back wiring onto the OEM wires, you create vulnerability points for failure due to rust, corrosion, etc. The Jeep Wrangler is unique in that the tail light assemblies are largely external and very accessible. What has been advocated for years is to add a bulb and socket to each tail light housing and to add independent wiring. With this approach, the OEM wiring of the Jeep is never compromised and you have an independent wiring solution. You can do this yourself.
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I have the same jeep, also have done many light set-ups. This is the best system, eliminates the vehicle harness totally. I buy flat four wire, bulb kit...and you are all set. If you open your jeep light, there is a metal guard that shaded the tailight from backup, I used a hole saw and drillied in the metal shield and installed the bulb facing down...works great.
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Thanks Lenny. What does the bulb connect to? does a socket come with the kit and where can i buy a kit? Thanks
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Blue Ox makes an add-on light kit that comes with necessary wires, connectors and instructions. Just go to their website for ordering info. This kit is what I used on my 04 Wrangler Sport.
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Thanks Lenny. What does the bulb connect to? does a socket come with the kit and where can i buy a kit? Thanks
Both blue Ox(like the other poster stated) and Roadmaster make a kit. Yje Roadmaster comes with black plastic pligs, and Blue Ox are aluminum type metal.
The bulb socket has little tabs on it so after to you drill your hole, you stick the socket through and bend tabs on the other side and they hold it in place. I buy these in bulk and make my own kits now.
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I for one like the diode setup, I had this installed in 1997 and still use it today, no problems, works great. I don't tow the jeep as much nowadays since it rides in the toyhauler but every now and then I hook up the towbar for one reason or another and it still works just fine and no other pieces to worry about.
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