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What is the Difference Between Curt Wiring Harnesses # C56175 and # C59236?


I have a 2006 vw golf tdi mk4, I am unsure of buying Item # C56175 or item Item # C59236 Can you please help me figure out what is right for me? Best.


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Both the Curt # C56175 and # C59236 will add a 4-way trailer connector to your 2006 Volkswagen Golf. The main difference between these products is that the # C59236 is a powered tail light converter, which means it gets wired to your vehicle's battery instead of only receiving power from your vehicle's tail light circuit. Basically, what this does is limit the power drawn from the tail light wiring to isolate your vehicle wiring from your trailer wiring. In case there is an overdraw situation, the chance of it damaging the vehicle wiring is reduced when using the powered converter.

The non-powered harness can still be used but you will not have that extra bit of security and will need to make sure that the amperage draw from the trailer lights does not exceed the capacity of the vehicle wiring system. For this reason, I recommend going with the powered harness.

You can check out the videos linked below for more details on these products.

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