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Old 02-06-2016, 03:03 PM   #1
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I just acquired a 2004 Wrangler. On my old 2010 Wrangler Cool tech made a wrirering harness for the lights. I can't do that on this 2004. What is the best way to get lights when towing
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You can buy a harness that includes it's own bulb assemblies. You drill a hole in the back of the OEM tail lamp housing and pop the harness bulb assembly into it. It's what I've done on the 2012 and our previous 2007. Blue Ox, among others, will sell you the harness. It will come complete from the plug end to the bulb assembly.
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I just acquired a 2004 Wrangler. On my old 2010 Wrangler Cool tech made a wrirering harness for the lights. I can't do that on this 2004. What is the best way to get lights when towing
On my 2008 Wrangler I used the Roadmaster Universal wiring kit with diodes. Robot Check It was a pretty easy job that took less than an hour to install. As the Roadmaster comes with a 4 pin flat connector you will need a 4 pin round connector outlet for your jeep to connect the 7 to 4 wire connector that came with the tow bar. Here is one on Amazon Robot Check
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On a TJ I like to put a separate bulb in the tail lights and run wiring to a 4 pin connector at the front. No diodes, simple, nothing to interfere with existing lighting circuit. IMHO.
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I just acquired a 2004 Wrangler. On my old 2010 Wrangler Cool tech made a wrirering harness for the lights. I can't do that on this 2004. What is the best way to get lights when towing
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Well, as you can read, there's a few ideas out there and, people set up toad light wiring, as they see fit. I've utilized the stock tail lights in 11 toads now for over 30 years and have not had one single issue in doing it that way, EVER!

I do it that way because, the Jeeps tail lights act perfectly normal, when someone is following it and I'm towing it. They don't see conflicting signals that can, and often do happen with the installation of additional bulbs and sockets are used.

Every Jeep wrangler, including Jeeps from the earliest CJs, YJs, TJs and on through the JKs, all run the tail light wiring, right along the drivers left leg, under the door jamb. When doing mine and several other friends Jeeps, I simply run the wires from the plug on the front of the Jeep, to that point right at that door jamb. Then, I simply find the R/T/brake wire, LT/Brake wire and, running light wire and, tie into them. There are only two diodes to install at that point, one in front of the R/T Brake connection and, one in front of the LT/Brake connection, DONE!

There is no need to diode any other section of the wiring. Some will insist that a diode be place in the running light wiring so that, if the toad lights are activated by a driver BEFORE disconnecting from the coach, that the back-feed will damage the coaches lighting, HOGWASH!!!

We've done that, oh, probably a few dozen times. BIG DEAL. Anyway, unless you screw something up, there's litterally no way of damaging the toads wiring or lighting system if you do it this way. And, like stated, your Jeeps tail lights act the same exact way when towing it, as they do when driving it. And, there's no need to buy those fancy ultra high priced diode kits from Camping World or any other RV supplies outlet. I just use about $3,00 worth of diodes from Radio shack that work flawlessly. Your choice.
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On my 2005 Jeep Wrangler, I installed a set of LED brake,turn & tailights. These are oval and mount on top of the bumper. Don't look bad and will do the job. Connected the brake and turn portion (thorugh a diode) to the main brake and turn for each side. While not towing I have two brake/turn lights on each side.
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