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Blue Ox Towing Accessories Kit Installation - 2014 Jeep Cherokee

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How to Install the Blue Ox Towing Accessories Kit on a 2014 Jeep Cherokee


Today on our 2014 Jeep Cherokee we'll be installing the Blue Ox Towing Accessory Kit for Aventa LX Tow Bars, part number BX88231. Now when you first start out you want to make sure that you do a series of S turns to make sure that the tow bar arms are fully extended and lock into position. Now we'll go ahead and route our 4-flat wiring to the rear of the vehicle. When routing your wire you want to make sure you stay away from any areas that may become hot, have moving parts, or have sharp edges as all of these could easily damage the wire. Now we're going to go ahead and use an old section of air line tubing to help us route our wire to the rear of the vehicle. We'll go ahead and tape our wire here to our air line tubing to help us pull it underneath the skid plate.

As we route our wire to the rear of the vehicle we will use several zip ties to help secure the wire. We will then trim off any excess zip tie once the wire is secure. Now with our rear hatch raised we're going to go ahead and remove the tail light assemblies, right here and here are the two screws that hold it in place. With the two screws removed you'll gently pull towards the rear of the vehicle to release the tail light assembly from the body of the vehicle. Before we disconnect our tail lights we're going to go ahead and figure out what different wires do which functions. We're going to go ahead and take a piece of wire here and back probe this connector.

We have it in the center location which is the white wire with a yellow stripe on it. This is the running light circuit. We'll take a test light that's suitable to test LED style lights. Now we've taken our little wire here and we've pushed it into the backside of the white wire with the green strip on it here on our white connector and turn the left side blinker on. As you can see here our test light is flashing.

Now with our blinker off, we still are in the white wire with the green stripe, when we step on the brake, again our test light lights up. On this vehicle the turn and the brake light are tied in together and they are the white wire with the green stripe, and the running light circuit will be the white wire with the yellow stripe. We're going to go ahead and disconnect the wiring harness from the back of the tail light assembly here at this connection. We'll push in here on the center locking tab and gently pull outward. Next, we'll go ahead and come over here to the passenger's side, remove the two screws, and pull the tail light assembly away from the body, and then we'll check for the wiring over here. Over here on the passenger's side we'll go ahead and put our little test wire here in the back side of the connector and then take our test light.

For the running light circuit we're going to put it in the white wire with the gray stripe on it, or the center wire. As you can see here our light lights up. On the passenger's side, for the brake and blinker, we're going to install it in the white wire with the yellow stripe. You can see here we get our flashing light for our turn signal. Now with our brake pedal pushed in we get a constant light. Over here on the passenger's side the brake and turn is the white wire with the yellow stripe, and the running light is the white wire with the gray stripe. We'll go ahead and disconnect our light assembly from the wiring harness. Next we're going to go ahead and take a section of air line tubing, feed it from the top here on the driver's side down underneath the vehicle. We'll go ahead and tape our 4-flat wiring here to our pull wire again, and we'll go ahead and go back up here to the top side where we'll pull the pull wire up. Now we have our driver's side tail light assembly here and on the back of the tail light assembly where the plug is the wire colors actually change so we need to go ahead and show you which of the two we'll be using. It's this green and the purple. The green wire here is going to be the brake and turn signal and the purple wire will be the running light circuit. We're going to go ahead and start here with our green wire, we'll need to go ahead and cut it in half and add a spade connector to each side. We'll go ahead and grab one of our diodes, it's marked out on the one side and there's two ends. Our wire that runs directly to the LED bulb with tie in with the out. Go ahead and push the spade connection on and go ahead and take our green wire on the other half and connect it to one of the two ends. This other open prong is what we'll connect the 4-flat wiring to that we ran from the front here to the rear. Next we'll go ahead and add our other diode in here on our purple wire. This purple wire is for the tail light circuit, or the running light circuit. Go ahead and add a couple spade connectors in again. Again, go ahead and put the outside, what runs directly to the LED bulb. Again, go ahead and plug in our purple wire to one of the . this other end of the purple wire here to the other end. Now we're done with the wiring here on the back of this tail light except for making our connections from the 4-flat wiring. Over here on the passenger's side tail light assembly we'll again be using the purple and green wires here on the connector on the back side of the tail light assembly. Again, the purple will be for the running light circuit and the green will be for the brake and turn over here on the passenger's side. When we go ahead and cut our diode in place here like this there's not a whole lot of extra wire so you will need to trim it down a little close. Go ahead and add in our spade terminal. Next we'll go ahead and cut the purple wire. Do the same process, put two spade terminals on. Go ahead and add in the diodes here. We'll make the out, what goes directly to the light, connect the other half to one of the two insides. Go ahead and repeat the same process for the green wire. Notice that we're not going to have quite enough wire to route it over to the passenger's side so we're going to be using some extra bonded three wire, part numbers 16-3B-1. We're going to go ahead and be using approximately ten extra feet of this wire to make our routing and wiring just a little bit easier. We'll go ahead and take our extra wire that we got here, our bonded three wire, we're going to run it back down the driver's side, behind the bumper cover, and route it over to the passenger's side. We're going to go ahead and use our pull wire, our old section of air line tubing, to help route our three bonded wire underneath the bumper cover here over to the passenger's side. We'll also go ahead and use a few zip ties to help secure it along the way. We'll again go ahead and use our pull wire over here on the passenger's side. We'll feed it down from the top side down underneath the vehicle. We'll then go ahead and pull it up into position. Now we're going to go ahead and take a zip tie and secure our three bonded wire here to the factory wiring harness. This will keep it from falling back down behind the bumper cover. Go ahead and trim off any excess zip tie, and we'll go ahead and trim off any excess wire over here. With that done we're going to need to go ahead and split the three wires apart. We will not be using the yellow wire over here so we can go ahead and trim that one out of the way. Go ahead and strip back some wire on both the brown and the green wire. Go ahead and add in another spade connector to each of these. Next we're going to need to connect our wires we'll be connecting to the other inside on the diode. We'll take our brown wire, which is our running light circuit, tie it in with the purple wire diode, that's the running light circuit, and our green wire which is the brake and turn will tie in here with the green wire diode. Next we'll go ahead and plug back in the factory connection. Go ahead and work the wires in behind the light assembly. Go ahead and put our light back into position, and then we can put our two screws back in. We're going to go ahead and split the ends of our 4 and 3-flat wire here. We're over here on the driver's side tail light assembly area. Go ahead and start with the three bonded one that we routed over to the passenger's side. Again, on this wire we can go ahead and cut the yellow portion out. We'll not need the yellow section. Go ahead and repeat the same process here on our bonded four wire, and we're going to go ahead and trim off a little excess here on the green wires, and then we'll be connecting the two wires together using a butt connector. Strip back a little bit of wire on each, go ahead and crimp down our butt connector on this side, put the other green wire in. With the connection made you can go ahead and tape it up, and then we'll push it down here behind the bumper cover. Now we had to make this connection here and use this butt connector because we used this extra section of three bonded wire to make our routing and wiring a little bit easier to get it over to the passenger's side. Next we'll go ahead and trim our yellow wire down. Then go ahead and strip some wire back. We can then go ahead and add one of our spade terminals in. Next we'll go ahead and take both of our brown wires, go ahead and trim them down a little bit, go ahead and strip back a little bit of wire on both. We're then going to go ahead and connect both of the brown wires together by twisting the wires together, then we'll be adding another spade terminal to these. Go ahead and crimp it down. Next we'll go ahead and take the white wire, trim it down to length, go ahead and strip a little bit of wire back. This time we're going to go ahead and add a ring terminal to the white wire. Go ahead and crimp that down. This here is our ground wire. We'll be attaching that to the vehicle's body, preferably somewhere where the sheet metal's doubled up. Go in there like that then take a self-tapping screw to secure the ring terminal. Go ahead and take our spade connector with our two brown wires on it, go ahead and connect it in here with the purple wire one. That is the running light circuit. Go ahead and push that all the way on. Then go ahead and take our yellow wire, which is the left brake and turn, tie that in with the diode with the green wires connected to it. Then we'll go ahead and put our factory connection back together, making sure that it fully engages and the lock clicks. We'll go ahead and get our wires up out of the way to where we can get our tail light assembly back in. Now there is an extra connector over here on this driver's side so it is a little more difficult and you may have to move things around a little bit to get it to snap back into position. Now that our tail light's back in place we'll go ahead and re-install the two screws. Now we're back up here at the front of the vehicle and we'll need to complete our six-way plug. We'll go ahead and figure the length we need. We can trim down our excess 4-flat wiring, and go ahead and split the 4 wiring so we can strip back a little bit. Next we'll need to go ahead, here's our new 6-way plug, need to go ahead and pull the rubber boot off the back. I want to make sure we put that on the wires first. Go ahead and put that up into position. Now let's go ahead and go over which color wire will go here on the back of our plug. This larger one right here is the ground so that's where the white wire will connect. This top one here is the running light circuit so we'll be connecting the brown wire there. This lower one right here is the left brake and turn so we'll be connecting the yellow wire there. The bottom one on this side is the right brake and turn, we'll be connecting the green wire. These other two prongs will not be used on this application. The center prong is set up to be used as twelve volt auxiliary power, and this port right here is used for electric brakes. Again, we won't be using this one or this one on this application. Go ahead and put the back rubber boot back on. Go ahead and take a little bit of tape to make sure it stays in place. Seal up the back side. We'll go ahead and feed our wires back into the grill here, and we'll just be connecting our plug at these two locations. Go ahead and take one of our bolts here, go through the front, put a nylon lock nut on the backside. Now that we have both of them installed we can go ahead and tighten them down. We're here at the back of our RV and we're going to install the Aventa LX Tow Bar. Go ahead and slide it in, line up the holes in the hitch. It comes with just a standard pin and clip. When you purchase the Blue Ox accessory kit you'll actually get three locking pins, one that has a larger shank here, which is for the receiver lock. They do have a dust cover here on the lock and all three of them are keyed the same. Go ahead and turn the key in and remove the lock. We'll be using this in place of the standard pin and clip. Go ahead and slide that in the receiver, push the locking mechanism back on to the pin. Next we're going to go ahead and change out the two pin and clips that attach the tow bar to the base plate on the vehicle. Simply remove the keeper loop here, slide the pin out. We'll do that for both of them. Right here is the standard hardware that comes with this particular tow bar. Well go ahead and set them aside. In place of those two pins we'll be using two locking style pins. Again, all three of these are keyed the same, the two that go here as well as the hitch. It'll just go through there like this. We can go ahead and hook our tow bar up and then put our locking pins in place. We'll go ahead and take our tow bar and stand it to the upright position here. Then go ahead and fold the arms down. Well go ahead and slide it out so that it lines up with your base plate arm. Take one of our locking pins and slide it through the tow bar and through the bracket. Then take the lock, slide it into place. Go ahead and repeat the same process over on the other side. We'll then go ahead and take the one end of our safety cable, go through the loop here. We'll then go to the opposite side of the safety chain loop on the motor home and go ahead and repeat the same process for the other side. Next we'll go ahead and take our 6-way end of our cord here, line it up on the towed vehicle, go ahead and stretch it underneath, and we'll take the 7-way end, connect it here on the back of the motor home. Now that we have our towed vehicle hooked up to the RV we're going to go ahead and check the lights. We'll go ahead and start with the running lights, then we'll check the blinkers, and then we'll check the brakes. That'll do it for our installation of the Blue Ox Towing Accessory Kit for the Aventa LX Tow Bars, part number BX88231, on our 2014 Jeep Cherokee. .


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