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Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit - Bulb and Socket

Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit - Bulb and Socket

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Get the signal lights needed for towing without tapping into your towed car's electrical system. This self-contained kit runs wiring beneath your vehicle and connects to your RV. Bulbs and sockets mount inside your car's lenses. Lowest Prices for the best tow bar wiring from Blue Ox. Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit - Bulb and Socket part number BX8869 can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Blue Ox Tow Bar Wiring - BX8869

  • Bulb and Socket Kit
  • Bypasses Vehicle Wiring
  • Universal
  • Tail Light Mount
  • Blue Ox

Get the signal lights needed for towing without tapping into your towed car's electrical system. This self-contained kit runs wiring beneath your vehicle and connects to your RV. Bulbs and sockets mount inside your car's lenses.


Features:

  • Achieves brake, running and signal lights for your towed vehicle without tapping into its wiring
  • Bypasses towed car's electrical system completely - wiring is routed beneath the car
  • Works via independent plugs and sockets mounted inside the tail lights
  • Includes all necessary wiring, 2 lights, 2 sockets, and instructions
  • Made in the USA
  • 1-Year warranty


Dimensions of bulb and grommet for bulb

Note: Towed car must have enough room inside the tail light lens housing for an extra bulb and socket.



BX8869 Blue Ox Bulb and Socket Tail Light Wiring Kit





Video of Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit - Bulb and Socket

Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.




Video Transcript for Blue Ox Tow Bar Wiring - Bypasses Vehicle Wiring - BX8869 Review

Today we're going to be taking a look at the Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit. This wiring kit allows you to get the signal lights needed for flat towing without tapping into your towed vehicle's electrical system. It provides brake signal, running, and signal lights, and it runs beneath the vehicle completely and connects to your RV so it bypasses the towed vehicle's electrical system all the way. The bulbs and sockets are going to mount inside your vehicle's tail lights. To get these mounted in the tail lights you will need to use a 1" diameter hole saw, that's indicated in the included instructions. It does come with detailed installation instructions to help walk you through the entire process step-by-step. Everything here on the table is what you're going to get.

You're going to get two lights, two sockets, you're going to get your bundle of wiring, this is your main wiring harness. It's going to measure around 26' long. You're going to get a couple extra extension wires for the installation back at the tail light assemblies. You're going to get your ground screws, your butt connectors, and you're going to get your ring terminals. The product's also fully made in the USA, and again, it does come with detailed installation instructions to help walk you through that entire process step-by-step. These bulbs are going to sit in a really nice, it's like a J-socket ...

So you can push those down and release them as needed. It's going to use bulb number 2357. That's going to do it for today's look at the Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit.


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Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit - Bulb and Socket - BX8869

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (88 Customer Reviews)

Get the signal lights needed for towing without tapping into your towed car's electrical system. This self-contained kit runs wiring beneath your vehicle and connects to your RV. Bulbs and sockets mount inside your car's lenses.

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I needed to wire our ‘17 Chevrolet Sonic for towing behind our Motorhome. My local shop wanted over $xxx to install such wiring. Online I found the Blue Ox wiring kit and decided to do it myself. The kit and instructions were very complete and informative and it took me about three hours to complete the installation. The time consuming part was removing and reinstalling trim and panels to hide the wiring inside the car. The thing I like most about this kit is it’s independent of the cars wiring system and I’m very happy with it.



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A little work but length of harness was well thought out.



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Easy Peary install and has worked flawlessly for a year of travel over 8,000 miles


Comments
When it comes to wobble there are a couple of possibilities. Since this is a DIY kind of installation, the bracket that holds the bulb could be coming loose. For that we suggest using a tapping screw or some type of adhesive to prevent the wobble. The other option could be that the bulb is starting to come loose from the bracket itself. If that is the case, then we recommend pulling out the bracket and bulb to make sure that the connection is secured.
Katrina B - 05/11/2022

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This kit was a lifesaver. I did not want to cut in to my Fiat 500’s wiring, but I didn’t like the magnetic light set up either. This light set up was the happy medium and work’s great. Also, there is no drain on the tow car battery! I ran the wiring through the interior of my car for a really clean look.


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Easy Install Light Kit!
Robert C - 12/14/2020

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Autum is the best..She is very knowledgeable and dedicated .Every time I call she spends so much time with me to make sure i get the right item for my project.Love her...She needs a raise... Thanks..



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I put this base plate on with the assistance of my wife very easy to install. Do recommend the video to install



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This set up works great on my PT Crusier. I haven't had an problems.



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John at etrailer.com was very friendly and helpful. I bought what I needed at the lowest price I found on the internet and I received my delivery in just a few days, much faster than I anticipated. The baseplate was pretty easy to install on my 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee but everything was exactly as the directions stated.



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Kit worked well -plug connections would have been nice rather than wire crimps


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Working fine
Clifford - 06/26/2019


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My 2018 Honda Civic Hatchback baseplate has worked great, no "0" issues. I've towed my car over 4,000 miles and the baseplate is as tight as the day I put it on. Great product......



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Great way to bypass factory wiring. Ran wires through frame, drilled hole in bottom of tail light. Works great!


Comments
Still works great, replaced bulbs with LEDs. Much better
Ronnie H - 10/22/2017


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Couldn't install it... there simply wasn't space in the tail light housing on my Honda Fit to include the additional bulbs.



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This is a straight forward installation. I paired this kit with a 7way to 4 round pigtail and 4 round receptacle from etrailer. Both were much cheaper than found anywhere else and arrived within two days of placing the order. Communication was great with email notifications as well. I am a new RV owner and it looks like I've found my go to place for all my towing related supplies. Great job etrailer.



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Easy to install. It only works for brake lights and turn signals. It does not work for tail lights if driving in the dark.



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We bought the Blue Ox Patriot Braking System from etrailer based on their reviews and their reputation of standing behind their products and being available for questions. We also bought the Blue Ox Tow Bar and Base Plate which I installed myself on our 2016 Fiat Pop. It is such a small and light car that we could probably tow it in most states without a braking system, but we didn't want to take a chance. Better safe than sorry. The system works great. Fortunately, I did not have any issues with the tow bar install except for drilling two holes through the bumper area, however that was my fault (dull bit). etrailer is E-excellent!



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Works great. Good price, fast shipping
Never
had a complaint with Etrailer.


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Still working great
Bobzilla - 04/12/2020

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I ordered several items to equip my Honda CRV for towing....BlueOx baseplate, lighting kit and a receiver tube (to carry bicycles). Good prices and expeditious shipping. Can't complain about anything....was very happy with their customer service. They certainly will be my go-to source if I need anything in the way of towing or hitch equipment.



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Got the products quickly and with no issues. Tail light wiring kit Installation was a few days later due to schedule but the installation went well and the videos of installation steps was very helpful. Use caution when installing the bulb into the tail light assembly. The manufacturer says to use a 1" hole saw. The hole and the bulb are very close in size and can be pretty loose in the hole. You can bend some of the tabs out to make it hold center then apply the silicone sealer.
Hitch receiver and lock - excellent.



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works well after 10,000 miles on the ro ad.



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The BX8869 I ordered is a wiring kit used for towing a 2005-07 FORD FOCUS ST. Product arrived in an expedient fashion and the installation was fairly straight forward although finding a way through the firewall seemed dubious at best. Ran the wiring through the engine bay under the vehicle up to the rear tail light housings.. Keeping the wiring up and safe was a bit of a challenge. Based on the experience on the whole I would have no hesitation recommending etrailer to family or friends for quality products at very competitive prices.



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Blue Ox is top of the line and this wiring kit is easy to install. With the included instructions and the eTrailer YouTube video, anyone can complete the install with basic tools.

Overall, eTrailer customer service, products, and shipping is top of the line. I ordered products via phone and their website and both experiences were exceptional. There pricing is better than any other site or shop. eTrailer is now my new go-to site for anything I need. Thanks guys.



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I've ordered from etrailer previously and have always gotten good service at good prices. Very satisfied, once again. I also appreciate the videos that etrailer provides as assistance for those of us who always need assistance! I'm sure I'll be back again when I need rv parts.



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Base plates went on after going through several drill bits. The examples for installing safety cables did not apply to my vehicle but they are on the bottom of the frame. Installing the tail light bulbs was difficult without a one inch hole saw (couldn't find one). Had to trim fascia to install wire receiver. Overall ok.



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Finished the install this weekend of BX8869 wiring kit along with the final hookup with the roadmaster tow bar. Everything went exactly as shown in the directions and the video for the CMax. The video was exactly what I needed. Everything was working exactly as expected on our test drive.



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The wiring was simple and straight forward. The only issue is the 1" hole drilled for the light bulb socket is a little larger than the socket. Directions suggest using silicone to fasten the sockets. If you lose a lamp on the road it's not convenient change bulbs.


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Ask the Experts about this Blue Ox Tow Bar Wiring



  • Will Blue Ox Bulb and Socket Kit part # BX8869 Fit 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Yes, I checked with Blue Ox and for your 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee they have confirmed the fit of their bulb and socket kit part # BX8869.
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  • Determining if Blue Ox Bulb and Socket Wiring Kit Will Fit 2020 Jeep Gladiator
    We haven't gotten a chance to install or talk to somebody who has installed the Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit # BX8869 on the 2020 Jeep Gladiator to be able to say with certainty that it will fit or not. This is a pretty universal kit but you will want to make sure there is enough room inside the tail light housing lens for the extra bulb and socket, which measure 2 inches and 1 inch long respectively. I recommend simply measuring the space you have available behind the lens to make sure...
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  • Fit of Blue Ox BX8869 Bulb and Socket Wiring Kit in Taillight Housings of 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    Blue Ox does confirm that their # BX8869 Bulb and Socket kit does indeed fit in the taillight housing of a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The bulb and socket kits are a nice choice because they remain completely independent of the towed vehicle's wiring system. You will need to drill a hole in the taillight housing, but you'll be able to leave your factory taillight wiring completely intact. I've linked to a product description video for the bulb and socket kit.
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  • Where Does the Blue Ox Bulb and Socket Install on a 2013 Chevy Equinox
    We don't have a video but I have included a picture pointing out where to drill a hole for the bulb and socket kit # BX8869 in the tail light assemblies of the 2013 Chevy Equinox. The picture is actually located in the instructions for the base plates for this vehicle # BX1689.
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  • Installation of Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit BX8869 on 2013 Honda Fit
    I don't see that we have made an install video for the Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit - Bulb and Socket # BX8869 on your 2013 Honda Fit. However, this is a universal bulb and socket kit that works via plugs and sockets mounted inside the tail lights of your vehicle. I attached an installation video for a Honda Pilot and the process should be very similar for your Honda Fit. You will also need to add a 4-Way round wiring kit # BX88254 to run power from the 7-way connector on your RV to your...
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  • Will Blue Ox Bulb and Socket Kit Fit a 2010 Mazda5 to Tow on a Tow Dolly Behind a Motor Home
    The Blue Ox bulb and socket kit, # BX8869, will fit your 2010 Mazda5. To add a 4-way round harness you will need # BX8861. You will want to check the owners manual on the motor home to make sure you can use both connectors at the same time. Too many lights could create too much draw on the system.
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  • Tow Bar Wiring Recommendation for a 2004 Volkswagen New Beetle
    I have exactly what you need. What you are describing is referred to as tow bar wiring. I did some checking and it looks like Blue Ox has confirmed the Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit # BX8869 as a compatible wiring system for your 2004 VW New Beetle. To complete the wiring and allow you to connect to your tow vehicle you would also want the # BX8861. I attached a couple FAQs to the right with more info on tow bar wiring.
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  • Will the Blue Ox Bulb and Socket Lighting Kit Work for Flat Towing a 2005 Chevy Colorado
    Yes, the Blue Ox Bulb and Socket Tail Light Wiring Kit, # BX8869, is confirmed to fit in the taillight housing on your 2005 Chevrolet Colorado. Along with the bulb and socket kit you will need an electrical cord and connectors to go from the towed vehicle to the motorhome. Blue Ox recommends the 4-Wire, Coiled Electrical Cord with 4-Way connectors, # BX8861 if your motorhome needs a 4-Way round connector, and the 6-Wire Coiled Electrical Cord with 6-Way round connectors, # BX8862 if your...
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  • Is Brake Light Relay Needed When Installing Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit # BX8869
    A brake light relay is not needed when you are using a separate bulb-and-socket taillight kit in your towed vehicle, such as Blue Ox # BX8869. The relay is needed only if you are tapping into the toad's own internal wiring with a diode kit.
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  • What are the Functions of the Pins on Pollak Heavy-Duty, 4-Pole, Round Pin Socket PK11410
    The Bulb and Socket kits bypass the toad vehicle wiring completely so the 4-Way, # PK11410, just has to be wired to match what is plugged into the front of it. Usually the configuration is as follows: If looking at the back of # PK11410 where the wires attach top left is right turn signal/brake lights, bottom left is running lights, bottom right is ground, and top right is left turn signal/brake lights.
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  • Flat Towing Lighting/Wiring Kits Recommended for 2015 Jeep Wrangler JK
    Blue Ox Bulb and Socket Tail Light Wiring Kit # BX8869 is not recommended for your 2015 Jeep Wrangler JK due to too little available space inside the tail lights. Since this kit uses incandescent bulbs which generate a fair bit of heat there is a risk of damage to the light housings. The linked page displays all confirmed fits for flat towing lighting/wiring kits. The two linked articles on flat towing wiring kits may be of interest. A popular option for your Jeep is the Roadmaster diode...
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  • What Size Hole Is Required for Blue Ox Bulb and Socket for Tail Light Wiring?
    The Replacement Bulb and Socket for Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit # 294-0774 is a replacement part for the kit # BX8869. The hole size is 1 inch and it is recommended to use a 1 inch hole saw and drill. I've attached the installation instructions to assist.
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  • How to Install the Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit on a 2017 Jeep Wrangler
    In order to install the Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit part # BX8869 in the back of the taillight housing on your 2017 Jeep Wrangler you will need at least 1" of space in order for the bulb and socket kit to work. I did some research and looked at a few of the taillight assemblies for your Jeep and believe you should have absolutely no problem using this kit. 1) Starting in the engine compartment of the towed vehicle, run the 26 ft. harness through the fire wall, under the driver's side...
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  • Will Roadmaster 9700 Portable Braking System Work with Blue Ox Bulb and Socket Kit BX8869
    Yes, you can use the Roadmaster supplemental braking system # RM-9700 with the Blue Ox bulb and socket kit # BX8869. Roadmaster has their own bulb and socket kit that installs the same way as the Blue Ox. There may be other parts needed though so I would need to know the year, make, and model of the vehicle you will be flat towing to determine if there is anything else you will need.
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  • Troubleshooting Turn Signals that Both Come On when One Blinker Is Activated
    What that means is that the turn signal circuits have somewhere shorted out to each other on either the wiring of the towed vehicle or the tow vehicle. The easiest way to determine where the problem is is to use a circuit tester like our part # PTW2993 on the connector of the tow vehicle to test to see if both circuits activate when one blinker is applied. If so, the problem is the tow vehicle and you will want to check the installation of the wiring harness looking for corrosion, cut or...
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  • Which Bulb and Socket Flat Towing Lighting Kit for 2013 Honda CR-V
    According to Blue Ox and Roadmaster, the BX8869 and RM-155 will fit the taillight assemblies of your 2013 Honda CR-V. We have installed the # RM-155 on a 2013 Honda CRV, and found that the bulbs fit perfectly in the taillight assembly. If you view the install video I've linked for you, you can see exactly where in the taillight assembly we installed the extra bulb. I've also seen the Blue Ox product, and it does indeed seem that the LEDs are undersized making the signals difficult to...
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  • Is the Brake Buddy Supplemental Braking System Compatible with Blue Ox Base Plates?
    Yes. You will be able to use Blue Ox base plates like the # BX8869 and the Roadmaster Brake Buddy # HM39494 without compatibility issues on your 2015 Nissan Versa. For future reference, the only time you'll have issues with compatibility across flat towing components is when using tow bars and base plates that aren't from the same manufacturer; to combat this, base plate adapters are available. I've linked an article with our base plate adapter table that you might want to use if you ever...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow a 2014 Dodge Challenger
    We do have a base plate kit confirmed to fit your 2014 Dodge Challenger that won't require cutting holes in the front bumper cover, but it will require cutting holes in the lower grill. For that you will want the # BX2407. In addition to the base plates, you will also need a compatible tow bar, safety cables, lighting, and supplemental braking to flat tow your vehicle. One of the most popular compatible tow bars is the Blue Ox Avail part # BX7420 which comes with safety cables. For lighting...
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  • Parts Needed to Tow a 2012 Nissan Pathfinder with an Aventa Tow Bar
    Considering that the Avail tow bar, # BX7420, is rated for 10,000 pounds, you can certainly tow the 2012 Nissan Pathfinder using base plates # BX1843. The warning regarding 5,000 pounds is in reference to lower capacity tow bars, not the base plates. So you will be fine with the Aventa and these base plates. The Avail tow bar comes with safety cables so you will just need to add lighting and supplemental braking. For lighting you can use the Blue Ox bulb and socket kit # BX8869. This kit...
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  • Can a 2005 Volkswagen Beetle Automatic be Flat Towed Being a Motor Home
    I did some research and the 2005 Volkswagen Beetle with automatic transmission will have to be towed on a tow dolly, it cannot be towed with all 4 wheels on the ground. Please consult your owner's manual to confirm this information. For a tow dolly, if your Beetle has 16 inch wheels, you could use the one we carry, # RM-2050-1. If the wheels are larger then you will need to obtain a tow dolly locally. Another option is to put the Beetle on a trailer so all of the wheels are off of the...
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  • What is the Amperage Rating for Vehicle to Vehicle Tail Light Converter # 118158
    I spoke with my contact at Tow Ready about converter # 118158. He said that at most the converter is rated for 2.1 amps per side for brake and turn signals so it would not work for you. I recommend going with a kit that bypasses the vehicle wiring such as a bulb and socket kit, # BX8869, or a magnetic kit such as # RM-2120. I have included some links to articles on tow bar wiring for you that should also help.
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  • Compatibility of 1994 Honda Accord with Blue Ox Bulb and Socket Flat Towing Lighting Kit
    According to Blue Ox, the 1994 Accord wouldn't have enough room in the taillight assembly to accommodate the extra bulb needed for the # BX8869 bulb and socket kit, so it wouldn't be a good fit for your Accord. A diode kit like # 154-792-118158 would be your best choice for a permanent lighting solution, if the magnetic lamps aren't working well for you anymore. I've linked you to some helpful articles about flat towing.
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  • Is it Safe to Use Tail Light Isolation Diodes on a 2005 Jeep Wrangler TJ for Flat Towing
    Yes, it is safe to use diodes on your Jeep Wrangler. Diode Kits, like the Hopkins Tail Light Isolating Diode System, item # 38955, are designed to stop any power feed back onto the vehicles electrical system. If it concerns you, and drilling a hole in the tail light housing is not an issue, you can definitely use a bulb kit on your TJ. Blue Ox recommends the Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit, item # BX8869, along with the Blue Ox 4-Wire, Coiled Electrical Cord and plugs, item # BX8861. I...
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  • Equipment Needed to Flat Tow a 2016 Subaru Forester
    For a base plate, Blue Ox offers part # BX3619. The Blue Ox Alpha, part # BX7380 would be a good choice for a tow bar. The Alpha offers swiveling and self aligning arms that make hooking up the dinghy easy, even on uneven pavement when the dinghy isn't perfectly lined up with the motorhome. The tow bar also includes safety cables. For a lighting solution, I'd recommend a bulb and socket kit like the Blue Ox # BX8869. You'll also need an umbilical like the Blue Ox # BX88254. For a supplemental...
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