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Old 12-01-2019, 08:58 AM   #1
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New Jeep JK Wiring for coach to toad with Led tail lamps

Any tips for wiring to tail LED lights? Had diodes on old toad with conventional bulbs. This JK has the Blind Spot sensors in the rear tail lights. A little hesitant to tamper with wiring. Anyone out there have the same set up and what did you do for hook up?
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I decided not to tamper with the existing wiring but instead installed separate bulbs with a wiring harness. Haven't had a problem with them in the last 9 years.
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I'd use one of the self contained harnesses that are just plug in. I think the one I used is a Hopkins on my '14 JKU. I also replaced the tail lights with full LED unis but don't have the sensors to worry about either.
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Any tips for wiring to tail LED lights? Had diodes on old toad with conventional bulbs. This JK has the Blind Spot sensors in the rear tail lights. A little hesitant to tamper with wiring. Anyone out there have the same set up and what did you do for hook up?
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You don't say what year your Jeep is, other than a new "JK". Well, the "JL" version started about a year and a half ago. Is that the model you have or, are you wiring a JK that is not new? I'm led to believe that only the JL versions have the LED tail lights with position/proximity sensors in them but, not sure. Some folks have liked to install independent bulbs into tail light housings for toad lights but, I myself have never been a fan of that type of remedy. But, to each his own.

Anyway, if it were mine, I'm not sure of the approach yet. On our '15 JKUR, I used what many use for the JK and that is the Hopkins unit. So far, in 3 years of use and a zillion miles of towing, it's worked flawless. But, I don't know what the JL's are using due to the proximity/position sensors and LED tail lights.
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I have the JL series with LED and Blind Spot sensor and decided to go with the CoolTech harness. Itís stalled at the JL passenger side harnes and connects to 4 color coded wires. It also gives you a 12 volt out which I used with my Air Force One braking system. Ran that 12 volt forward to the front of the coach and mounted a small LED In the dash which activates when the AF1 is braking.
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Wow! A zillion miles, in 3 years. I wonder how long it would take to go that far. Of course there is no such thing as a zillion. So I guess Scott has a penchant for exaggeration.
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Any tips for wiring to tail LED lights? Had diodes on old toad with conventional bulbs. This JK has the Blind Spot sensors in the rear tail lights. A little hesitant to tamper with wiring. Anyone out there have the same set up and what did you do for hook up?
Are you sure you have a JK? The JK's didn't have blind spot sensors or LED tail lights. There were lots of aftermarket LED lights available, but none stock.

The JL's have optional LED lights and blind spot sensors. Mopar makes a flat tow harness (for the JK and JL Wranglers). Cool Tech also makes a wiring harness. I went with the Mopar myself, but the other one looks decent and is cheaper. I liked having the factory approved option.
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Update

Thanks for all of your updates! Sorry I m normally more detailed but messed up with two points. Itís a new 2019 JL not JK. What has me concerned is the blind spot detection system. Donít want to ďcut and sliceĒ wiring since it might impact:warranty. Would like a plug and play harness will check with a couple of the aftermarket companies mentioned. Thanks for your help!
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I have the LED lights and blind spot detection system on my 2020 JL. I installed the Molar wiring harness. The part number is: 82215382AB

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I used the Roadmaster 15267, on both...Jeep Wrangler JL and Gladiator... No issues and was super easy!
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Wow! A zillion miles, in 3 years. I wonder how long it would take to go that far. Of course there is no such thing as a zillion. So I guess Scott has a penchant for exaggeration.
What? Me? Exaggerate? NAAAAAAWWW, NOT ME!
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Thanks for all of your updates! Sorry I m normally more detailed but messed up with two points. It’s a new 2019 JL not JK. What has me concerned is the blind spot detection system. Don’t want to “cut and slice” wiring since it might impact:warranty. Would like a plug and play harness will check with a couple of the aftermarket companies mentioned. Thanks for your help!
WHOOVER770,
Jeep, along with many other manufacturers, are making their vehicles more and more complicated each year. And that includes what used to be simple things like tail lights. While some might not go along with this idea, I'm presently pondering adding some small, Stop/Turn/Tail lights to the top corners of the hard top of our '15 JKUR.

The primary reason is, quite often, when we tow it, we're taking our bicycles along with us. They are mounted on the back of the Jeep. And the wheels of those two of those bikes, have tendency to obstruct the view of the Jeeps tail lights. Well, I prefer that anyone following us, while we're towing, be able to see ALL of the tail lights and their signals. So, what I'm scouting for some smaller, nice looking, LED stop/turn/tail lights that will look decent and not gaudy, on the upper corners of that hard top.

If and when I find them, and set them up, there will be NO inter-connection, of any sort, with the factory tail lights, wiring, nothing! There will be no need for ANY WIRING HARNESS KIT, made by anyone, So, folks like you, that have the JL Wrangler, with the LED bulbs and proximity sensors, would have no worries what so ever. Again, not all Jeepers (Street jockie's or combo off road/street pilots) will entertain an idea like this. But, it solves lots of problems.

Potential interference with OEM wiring/lighting
Potential blocking of OEM tail lights due to bicycle hauling or, in some cases, even small motorcycle hauling.
Considerably more viewable, due to mounting height and type of lights to be used.

In my opinion, if done correctly and with a bit of finesse and class, I think they would not be to obtrusive and, would provide a great safety margin. Just some thoughts.
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We also have a bike rack that fits the rear hitch of our TJ. Yes, the bicycles block the stock rear tail lights on the Jeep. I'm currently fabricating a light system that will clamp onto the rear of the bike rack itself and plug into the Jeep hitch flat 4 connector. It's always something....
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We also have a bike rack that fits the rear hitch of our TJ. Yes, the bicycles block the stock rear tail lights on the Jeep. I'm currently fabricating a light system that will clamp onto the rear of the bike rack itself and plug into the Jeep hitch flat 4 connector. It's always something....
Not a bad idea but, the problem (if you want to call it a problem) is, those lights on the bike rack, are gonna be quite low in height. Now, is this an issue? Well, I guess it's a matter of opinion. I've got a buddy who has a permanently mounted rack on his '11 Jeep JKUR and, he too hauls bikes once in a while. He took some LED lights and mounted them on the rear side of his rack. Looks pretty good and, they're WAY UP THERE for visibility. Just another idea.
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