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Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit Installation - 2008 Jeep Liberty

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How to Install the Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit on a 2008 Jeep Liberty

Today on this 2008 Jeep Liberty, we're going to install part number BX8869 from Blue Ox. This is the Taillight Wiring Kit for Towing. First thing we're going to do is take our 4-Pole wire and we're going to route it to the back. We're going to start by the front bumper over by the base plate. As we work our way back we'll make sure that we stay away from anything moving like suspension components or anything hot like the exhaust. In this case, we we're able to run it underneath the sub frame and then we hid the wire underneath some appearance panels below the vehicle.

We're going to use a couple of loom clamps to help the running of the wire and they are part number A0500. Then we'll continue running the wiring all the way to the back. At this point, we'll go ahead and remove the driver's side taillight. We'll go ahead and remove the 2 fasteners. Then we can go ahead and pop the light loose from the vehicle.

Now we'll disconnect the wiring. There is a small tab that we have to push down to disconnect the wiring. Now we'll go ahead and pull our wires up from the bottom. We can just feed it from the bottom, reach in, and pull it up. There is a 1" hole we have to drill at the bottom of the taillights and install our bulbs. We'll go ahead and mark our location.

Then we'll drill out a pilot hole first using a 1/4" drill bit. Then we'll follow it up with a 1" hole saw. There's a series of small tabs on the bulb socket that we can spread out with a screwdriver to make sure it pops into place and it stays there. Once it snaps into place where we want it, we'll will go ahead and seal it up with some sealant into the part where the bulb touches the taillight. We'll make sure we stay on the outside and try to seal up everything as best as possible.

In this case, we're using LocTite's gasket silicone, part number LT37467. We can smooth out the silicone with a damp rag. Then we'll push it into place. Now we'll go ahead and repeat the same exact process on the passenger's side. Now we can go ahead and start hooking up our wires. We'll move back to our 4-Pole wiring. We'll cut off our excess wiring. We'll only need enough to run the wire into the back of our taillight. We'll split off the 4 wires. Using the extra 4-Pole wire we just cut off, we'll peel back the white wire. Using it, we're going to make a connection that will be our ground wire. Strip back an end off of each white wire and twist them together. In our kit is a butt connector. We'll put the twisted white wires into one end of the butt connector and crimp it down. The other end of our white wire we'll strip back and add a ring terminal and crimp it down. It is also included in the kit. We'll use a self-tapping screw to make our ground connection. We'll drill into the flat surface of the body work. From the 4-Pole wiring coming up from beneath the car we'll first work with our brown wire. We'll strip back the end and then from our excess 4-Pole wiring we'll strip back the brown wire again and we'll strip back this end and twist the 2 brown ends together. We'll add a butt connector to the twisted brown ends and crimp that down. Then we'll take the green wire from our excess 4-Pole wiring, we'll strip back one end and add a butt connector. Then we'll strip back the end of the other green wire and add it to the other end of the butt connector and crimp it down. Over this connection we'll go ahead and secure it and protect it with some electrical tape. Now we'll work with our yellow wire. We'll strip back the end and add a butt connector. We'll finish making our connections in a little bit, but first we'll drop our wires behind the body work, the long green wire and the brown wire. Now we're ready to make our connections to the taillight. The white wire from our taillight can go into the butt connector with the other white wires and crimp it down. Also, the brown wire from our taillight can go into the butt connector with the other brown wires and crimp it down. Our 4-Pole yellow wire will connect to the taillight's black wire. That will the left turn signal and stop light. We'll also tape up these connections to help protect them from the elements. We'll go ahead and reinstall our taillight on the driver's side, replacing the taillight and the 2 fasteners. Underneath the car, we're going to route our wires to the passenger's side. We'll use a piece of airline tubing to run it through the hitch and pull it through. This is a matter of your preference and what you have available. You want to just make sure it's secure and avoid the exhaust or any other moving components. It's a good idea to zip tie our wires in place and help keep them from falling down and hitting the exhaust. Then we'll use our pull wire to pull the wires back up to the top. We'll make our connections to the taillight over here. Go ahead and strip back all the ends. Our taillight's brown wire will go to the brown wire. Our taillight's black wire will go to the green wire. Then we'll create another ground connection. We'll take another section of short white wire, strip it back to both ends, and add a butt connector to one end of the taillight's white wire and add the short white wire to the other end. On the end, we'll add a ring terminal and using a self-tapping screw, we'll connect it to the body. We'll wrap up these connections with electrical tape. Then we'll go ahead and reinstall the taillight. Now let's go to the front of the vehicle and install our connector. The part number we are going to use for our 4-Pole connector will be PK11410. On the side is a small screw. We'll remove it and then from behind we can push the center out. We'll take our 4-Pole wiring and push it through the connector's band and push all the wiring through the back of the connector. We'll peel back all our 4 leads and strip them back. Then the connector comes with a wider band. We'll run that over the wires. We'll make our connections to the 4-Pole connector's center piece. Each of the 4 connection points has a small screw that you can loosen, insert the wire, and tighten the little screw back down. Looking at our connector from the back with the screw on the top, the top right will be number 1. We'll run our yellow wire to that, then, going clockwise, just below will be your ground. That will be your white wire. Continuing clockwise, next will be brown. Then lastly, back at the top we'll hook up the green wire. Once all our wires are hooked up we'll add some electrical tape to protect and secure these contact points. We'll push the center down into the connector and add the little screw to the side to complete the connector. I'll even add a little more electrical tape to the outside of this to help protect it even more. On our install we have these little brackets that come with the base plate kit, so we'll install our new connector to them. Now we'll go ahead and hook up to our power supply and try it out. We will start with our running light circuit. Check the left turn signal and then our right turn signal. We know we have brake lights because the right turn and the left turn signal are the same thing. With that, that will finish it for our install of part number BX8869 from Blue Ox, on our 2008 Jeep Liberty. .

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