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Old 04-14-2006, 03:35 PM   #1
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I currently have a 2001 Dodge Dakota all set up to tow using the SMI brake system and the BX8869 tail lights...

Does anyone have that set-up with pictures for a 2003 Trailblazer 4x4? I could use all the pointers I can get. Such as where do I drill for the lights and running the wires?

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I currently have a 2001 Dodge Dakota all set up to tow using the SMI brake system and the BX8869 tail lights...

Does anyone have that set-up with pictures for a 2003 Trailblazer 4x4? I could use all the pointers I can get. Such as where do I drill for the lights and running the wires?

Thanks Lee
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Here are the installation instructions for the BX8869 Bulb & Socket tail Wiring Kit You will need an Acrobat Reader to open the file.

I had a Trailblazer with this kit installed. When you remove the tail lights you will notice a huge hole in the bottom of the light cavity. Just bring the wires down through the opening, up the frame, and terminate them in the appropriate location in the front of the vehicle.

The bulb drilling instructions including the drill size is detailed in the instructions. These holes are normally 1" in diameter. You will need a hole saw and arbor setup to do a good job. Finding the right spot in the lens isn't at all difficult. The location is basically on the side of the upper bulb reflector housing.

The biggest problem I had with the Trailblazer is that it always had a tendency to blow signal light bulbs. The TB uses a 3057/3157 which is plastic and glass base and for some reason is often burned out. I changed a lot of these bulbs so when you install the bulb kit leave enough wire (slack) for the Blue Ox socket so you can stretch the fixture out of its enclosure.



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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by DriVer:
The bulb drilling instructions including the drill size is detailed in the instructions. These holes are normally 1" in diameter. You will need a hole saw and arbor setup to do a good job. Finding the right spot in the lens isn't at all difficult. The location is basically on the side of the upper bulb reflector housing.

The biggest problem I had with the Trailblazer is that it always had a tendency to blow signal light bulbs. The TB uses a 3057/3157 which is plastic and glass base and for some reason is often burned out. I changed a lot of these bulbs so when you install the bulb kit leave enough wire (slack) for the Blue Ox socket so you can stretch the fixture out of its enclosure.

Good luck with your project and if you have any questions call Blue Ox direct they would love to help you. 888-425-5382 or 402-385-3051 </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

DriVer thanks for the responce and the tips. I like the one about the hole saw and arbor. I used a paddle bit on my Dodge and the hole did not come out as clean as I would have liked.

You talked about burning the signal light bulbs. Are you talking about the Trailblazer Blubs or the Blue Ox Blubs? The reason I ask is that there was a recall on on the tail lights from GM and that may have solved the problem..

Do you forsee me having any problems with towing my Trailblazer with my 2003 Kountry Star?

Thanks again Lee
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