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Old 07-12-2012, 11:26 AM   #1
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Photos of My ReadyBrute Elite, Breakaway, CoolTech, and Currie Base Plate

Just finished this up on my 2011 Jeep JKU. As the title says, the installation includes a ReadyBrute Elite tow bar (with integrated ReadyBrake), a ReadyBrake Brakeaway, CoolTech wiring harness and battery disconnect, and a Currie Base Plate. Overall, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Next step will be to hook it up to the MH and adjust the brake.

BTW, for those considering the CoolTech, the battery cuttoff was VERY easy to install and works great. And on my 2011 with navigation, disconnecting the battery does NOT delete station presets or bluetooth pairings. The only thing that gets deleted is the equalizer setting if you have customized that. I still have yet to test the lights to determine if the cuttoff is necessary. Will do that soon. At a minimum, the cutoff will be very handy for working on the jeep. I often need to disconnect the battery to do jeep projects, and the cutoff will be handy.
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Old 07-17-2012, 11:56 AM   #2
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How did you wire for lights and brake lights? And why the battery disconnect? I understood that the jeep didn't need one.

Have you tried out the braking system yet?

I was making the very same decision last night about currie and ready brake system. Seems simple and economical.
I appreciate your input

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Chad, Cooltech is generally the jeep lighting system of choice (except for those who opt to install secondary bulbs in the tailights). The Cooltech harness is OEM quality and is plug and play.

Regarding the battery disconnect, you are correct that it is not needed in the traditional sense. Newer jeeps do NOT have steering column locks, therefore you do not need to leave the key in the ignition and disconnect the battery. However, if you don't disconnect the battery, some people believe you will have a problem caused by the jeep's lights being triggered by the brake pedal at the same time the MH is sending a signal to the jeep via the Cooltech harness. Say for instance you are actively braking (ie brake light signal from jeep and MH) and you have a turn signal on. Instead of your turn indicator working in the jeep, it will be overridden by the jeep's brake signal (ie it won't flash). As of now, I'm not aware of anyone who has actually verified if this happens, but on the surface, it seems like it would. I hope to have my setup ready to test this weekend and will report back.
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Thank you so much. I think I'm going to order everything this week or next.
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Doe the ready brute tow bar fit the currie as is or do I need different brackets?
Gonna order everything and dedicate a Saturday to put it all on

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Chad, you'll need to tell whomever you order the tow bar from that the currie baseplate is set up to work with a blue ox tow bar. Then they should know which ends to ship.

FYI, I had to grind the brackets a bit and reem the holes to get mine to work. One side of the currie baseplate was just slightly too tight. It wasn't hard to do, but just be prepared in case u need the same.
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Chad, you'll need to tell whomever you order the tow bar from that the currie baseplate is set up to work with a blue ox tow bar. Then they should know which ends to ship.

FYI, I had to grind the brackets a bit and reem the holes to get mine to work. One side of the currie baseplate was just slightly too tight. It wasn't hard to do, but just be prepared in case u need the same.
Did the currie base plate fit as is or did you have to cut it some to get it installed?


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Chad, Cooltech is generally the jeep lighting system of choice (except for those who opt to install secondary bulbs in the tailights). The Cooltech harness is OEM quality and is plug and play.

Regarding the battery disconnect, you are correct that it is not needed in the traditional sense. Newer jeeps do NOT have steering column locks, therefore you do not need to leave the key in the ignition and disconnect the battery. However, if you don't disconnect the battery, some people believe you will have a problem caused by the jeep's lights being triggered by the brake pedal at the same time the MH is sending a signal to the jeep via the Cooltech harness. Say for instance you are actively braking (ie brake light signal from jeep and MH) and you have a turn signal on. Instead of your turn indicator working in the jeep, it will be overridden by the jeep's brake signal (ie it won't flash). As of now, I'm not aware of anyone who has actually verified if this happens, but on the surface, it seems like it would. I hope to have my setup ready to test this weekend and will report back.
Thought Id bring this back up if the disconnect is needed for the JK's? Looking to have this same exact setup... hows it working for you?
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Thought Id bring this back up if the disconnect is needed for the JK's? Looking to have this same exact setup... hows it working for you?
Sorry I haven't been able to get access I this for a while. I don't know yet how the brake and signal lights work. I am going to try tonight.

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I ended up selling the jeep, so I no longer have it. I don't think the battery disconnect was necessary.
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Thought Id bring this back up if the disconnect is needed for the JK's? Looking to have this same exact setup... hows it working for you?
When you brake and have a turn signal light on, the jeep brake lights do indeed override the turn signal. As soon as you move forward just an inch the brake releases and Motorhome lights take over again.
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Sniper is right re: the brake signal overriding the turn signal. But disconnecting the battery doesn't fix that. You would need to disconnect the brake light switch I'm betting.
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hmmm, wondering if the mopar harness wont do that since it uses isolation relays... will let you guys know how it goes since that is what Im installing.
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On my new toad, I ended up going with new bulbs in the housings. I'd probably do that with a jeep if I did it again (unless the Mopar harness works better than Cooltech).
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