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Old 08-07-2020, 12:27 PM   #1
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Diodes?

I am trying to wire our 2005 Jeep Wrangler for towing four down. I know I can buy kits such as the Hopkins 56202 but trying to save a few bucks and was looking for diodes and wire it myself. I have tried O'rieleys, Advanced and our local Auto parts store and nobody has diodes. Where is you guys that have wired you toads getting them?
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You need to try electronics supply houses. Something like Radio Shack.
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I used these diodes.

Toolmall 20pcs 10amp Diode Axial Schottky Blocking Diodes for Solar Cells Panel,15SQ045 Schottky https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M4T6WWK..._s4zlFb7QYR7C7

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I used these on our 2016 Wrangler. Work great.
Hopkins 48955 Towed Vehicle... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002Q81Y4...p_mob_ap_share
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Check your local Uhaul if you have one that is full service.

https://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-48955...a-448727961086
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Thanks to all replies. We don't have radio shack, U-haul or much of anything close but traffic is great and it is quiet. The wife says to just go with the Hopkins kit and be done with it. She makes the decisions I do the work. Pretty common I think.
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2000 Jeep Wrangler and a 2016 Chevy with DIY charge wires. Both have served me well.

I also used the Schottky solar panel blocking diodes. I used 2 diodes connected in parallel as well as a 15 amp auto reset circuit breaker from EBay connected in series with the diodes.

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Not to change what you are doing but I would try to install 1157 light bulb sockets and not use diodes or cut into the Jeeps wire harness. NAPA may carry these.
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I did the same thing to a F150 but I bought the plug compatible 4 wire harness from etrailer, cut the 4 wire plug off and just wired it to the 6 wire receptacle myself. I try to avoid cutting into factory wiring at all costs. I think the harness was around $40-50. For the price an ease of installation it's hard to beat. Just my dos centavos.
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Go with the Hopkins 56202. Quick n easy, somewhat inexpensive, considering the time you'll save yourself.
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Not to change what you are doing but I would try to install 1157 light bulb sockets and not use diodes or cut into the Jeeps wire harness. NAPA may carry these.

I did this first, before using the diodes. Dont know if I had a bad ground or what, but my passenger rear light got hot enough to melt some plastic and the light bulbs would explode periodically. Got real efficient at changing them out. After two trips, Id had enough and went with the diodes. No problems since. Feel more confident that the rear lights are working. Numerous trips.
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I am trying to wire our 2005 Jeep Wrangler for towing four down. I know I can buy kits such as the Hopkins 56202 but trying to save a few bucks and was looking for diodes and wire it myself. I have tried O'rieleys, Advanced and our local Auto parts store and nobody has diodes. Where is you guys that have wired you toads getting them?
This is what I have used..

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002UHVHI...p_mob_ap_share
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I used the same diodes on our 2004 Wrangler. You can buy them from almost any online trailer parts dealer, or from RoadMaster. You can buy just the diodes or a complete wiring kit
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