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Hopkins Tail Light Wiring Kit Installation - 2006 Jeep Liberty

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How to Install the Hopkins Tail Light Wiring Kit on a 2006 Jeep Liberty


Today on this 2006 Jeep Liberty, we're going to show you part number HM56203. This is the Hopkins Custom Taillight Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles. This is what we get in the kit. This is our actual wire harness right here and this is actually a T-connector that plugs into the factory wire harness. This one with the green wire will actually go to our passenger's side. This is our converter that contains all our diodes to protect the vehicle from the towed vehicle and here's our T-connector for the driver's side.

We have a nice, long length of wire that comes out to a 4-pole end and it also comes with its own little cap. Some dielectric grease for the connection points and some hardware for the ground and also hardware for a mounting bracket for the 4-pole, which would be optional. Also some zip ties to help zip tie the wires. Of course, any time you do electrical it's a good idea to get a bunch more zip ties than what you need because chances are you'll run out. Pretty simple. Let's go ahead and install it.

To start off our install, we need to go ahead and remove the taillights. There will be 2 torx screws we have to remove and we'll be using a T20 torx bit. After the 2 screws are loosened up, we can go ahead and pop it loose. We're using a plastic pry bar. These are a couple of press fittings that we need to loosen up and then here's our electrical connection we have to remove.

There's a little red key here or a lock that we have to push back. Works best with a screwdriver. Then we push down on this tab right here to release it. The screws for this light are at a different angle, so using a very long extension you can go ahead and reach it and undo them. Once again we'll push in on the red tab and then push that down and release it.

There. We'll just set that down to the side for now. Now we'll go ahead and start working with our harness. We'll take our 4-pole and we're just going to drop it straight down between the opening of the bumper cover and the sheet metal. Next, we're going to do the same exact thing with our T-connector with the green wire. We'll make sure we get all our slack out and we can actually make our first electrical connection. One of the T-connector will plug right into the taillight. Push it in until it clicks. Push the red lock back into place and then your other half will plug into the rest of the wire harness. Set that to the side one more time and we'll take 1 of the zip ties and attach our little converter here to our wire harness. We'll just zip tie it. We'll go ahead and cut off the tails to our zip ties, then we can go ahead and put our light back into place. Tuck our wires back in. Now we'll go underneath the vehicle and we'll take our T-connector side with the green wire and we're going to route that across and up to the other taillight. We'll run it over top of our hitch here and go on up. Definitely want to make sure we stay above the exhaust. This would be a good point to use some extra long zip ties other that comes with the kit to secure the wires to the top of the hitch. To help us run our wire from the bottom to the top, I'm using this old piece of airline tubing. This also could be a piece of wire or anything you can run down there and use and pull back up. Just attach it with some electrical tape and pull it to the top. There it goes. Just like before, we'll go ahead and make our electrical connections. One end will go to the wire harness on the vehicle and the other end will go to our taillight. Let's go ahead and make sure we take up all the slack in our wires and we'll zip tie them to the factory wire harness and secure our excess. Let's go ahead and put our taillight back into place now. We'll go ahead and take our 4-pole wire and we'll go ahead and route that towards the front. Basically, we just ran it down through our hitch right here and zip tied to it. When we pull we try and stay above all lines and moving components and zip tied it along the way wherever we could. We're on the outside of the spring here, on top of the brake lines. We basically followed these lines all the way up going towards the front. Once we got past this cross member here, we actually tucked our wires and hid them behind this heat shield here. That's where things go a little tricky, but we we're able to pull down just a little bit and push them in. Now we have our wire leftover here. We need to go ahead and route this up towards the top of the engine because typically a braking system will need access to these wires. We'll go ahead and run these to the top and we be using our pull wire once again to do that. Let's go ahead and take our pull wire. We're going to route it underneath the brake reservoir and out towards the bottom. Again, we want to try and make sure we stay away from hot like the exhaust or anything moving like the steering components. Let's go ahead and attach our 4-pole wire to our pull wire and bring it on up. We'll go ahead and take up all our slack and zip tie it in a convenient location to take up the slack. I'll still leave my wire attached to our pull wire. We'll go ahead and route this back down to our base plate. We'll go ahead and pull out enough to reach to our central location here and we'll go ahead and take off our pull wire. Let's go ahead and take a moment to route it the way we want it above the base plate. We'll just let that sit there for now and then we'll work with our white wire with our ring terminal. We need to to go to ground with that. To do that we'll run it to the sheet metal that's behind the bumper cover. We'll use the self-tapping screw that comes with the kit and using a 1/4" nut driver and extension we'll go up through the sheet metal here. We'll go ahead and drill it out first and then add our ground wire. We'll go ahead and add some loom material to help protect our wires and kind of dress them up a little bit. For now, we'll go ahead and zip tie our wire harness to this bracket right here and then we'll go ahead and secure the rest of our wires. Next, we'll go ahead and install the dust cover for our 4-pole. This simply just goes over the top and fits into its own little track. You can leave it like that or we can use the mounting bracket as well. Line up the mounting bracket to the 4-pole. It also has a cut out for the cover as well. It just closes on top. Then you can take this assembly and with the 2 screws mount it anywhere you like. Right here would be a good location on the bracket for the license plate holder. We do know that our 4-pole is actually going to upgraded to a different connector at a later date so we're not going to install our bracket, but it does come with the screws needed to do that. Let's go ahead and take a moment to secure our wires underneath the hood, take up all our slack from the front. We'll go ahead and bundle up our excess and put it a position where we'll have easy access to it later because a supplemental braking system will need access to these wires as part of its installation. For now, let's go ahead and hide this behind our battery and we'll go ahead and try it out and make sure it works. We'll go ahead and turn on the running light circuit first and we can see how they're working on the bulbs on the top on each side. Now we'll go ahead and try our right turn signal. Now our left turn signal. Now if we've got our turn signals working, we know the circuit for our brake signal is good as well. With that, that will finish it for the install of part number HM56203, the Hopkins Custom Taillight Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles, on our 2006 Jeep Liberty. .


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