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Hopkins Tail Light Wiring Kit Installation - 2013 Jeep Wrangler

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How to Install the Hopkins Tail Light Wiring Kit on a 2013 Jeep Wrangler

Today on our 2013 Jeep Wrangler we'll be installing the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Kit for Towed Vehicles; part number HM56200. To begin our install, we'll start with the tail lights. We'll go ahead and remove the rear tail lights. To remove the tail lights, we'll remove the two fasteners that secure it to the body; slip it out of its position. To remove the wiring, we'll press on the locking tab and then remove the connector from the socket. Now we can go ahead and set the tail light aside for installation later. Next, we'll repeat the same process on the other side. Now we've removed the tail light assemblies and we can gain access behind it.

Here on the passenger side, we'll need to drill a hole up through the bottom. Take our drill bit, go up through the plastic and then through the spray foam. Approximately a quarter inch bit will do. Once we've drilled out the hole, we're ready to start running our wiring. However, since our T connector here for the Hopkins wiring harness is too big to go through the hole, we're going to go ahead and cut the wiring harness near the connection point, tape the three wires together and run it up through the pre-drilled hole. Now that we've got the wiring behind the tail light assembly, we'll go ahead and pull it out to where we can gain access to it.

We'll remove the electrical tape and strip back the wires. Now we can take the connector end that we just cut off and strip back the wires. Using the Deka Heat Shrink Butt Connector, part number DW05744-5, we'll go ahead and reconnect all of our wires, color to color. Now these Butt Connectors are meant to be heated up with a heat gun or heat source that'll shrink the tubing around them to help seal up the connection. Once we've sealed it up, I'm going to go ahead and wrap it up with some black electrical tape to help keep out any of that dirt, dust, debris or moisture. Now with our wire back together, we can go ahead and install it into the manufacturer's wiring; and the other end into our tail light assembly. We'll use a zip tie to keep the wiring up away from the door hinge, cut off the excess from the zip tie and then reinstall the tail light assembly. Next we'll move underneath the vehicle and start routing our wire over to the driver's side.

Keep in mind when routing any of your wires; stay away from the moving components, the steering suspension or excessive heat, such as exhaust. Now as we route the wire, we'll use some zip ties to secure it as necessary. Now we're over on the driver's side, we can go ahead up below the tail light assembly just like we did on the passenger side, except we'll remove the manufacturer's foam insert to route the wiring up behind the tail light assembly. Once we have our wiring in position, we'll pull it out the driver's side tail light assembly and connect the yellow wire connector into the manufacturer's wiring. We'll go ahead and secure any excess wiring using a zip tie. Go ahead and plug the connector into the tail light assembly and reinstall the tail light assembly. We're going to use some wire loom to help protect it. We're going to be using the Spectre Wiring Loom, part number 459075-1; approximately a foot long. Our next step is running the four pole wiring harness. We're going to run it inside the driver's side frame rail as far as possible, up through the engine compartment and ultimately just below the license plate, where we'll be able to plug in the wiring harness to go from our tow vehicle to the towed vehicle. To do that, we'll need to cut a small slice in the rock guard to run our wiring through.

To do this we're going to go ahead and remove the two center push pin fasteners for the rock guard, pull the rock guard down; and finding the center of the rock guard, we'll go ahead and use our rotary tool just to cut out a small slice large enough to route the wires through. Once we have the cut out make, we'll go ahead and route the wires through the slice and then reinstall the rock guard. Next, using a couple of half inch nuts as spacers and two self-tapping screws; we'll go up through the 4-pole holder, through the nut as a spacer, through the rock guard and into the steel crossmember here at the front of the vehicle. Once we have our 4-pole harness secured, we'll now move behind the rock guard, take the white wire with the preattached ring terminal and a self-tapping screw and secure it to the cross brace; grounding our 4-pole connection. Now with all the wires run, we'll go ahead and finish securing any excess wiring here behind the front bumper. With that, we're now ready to hit the road. That does it for the install of the Hopkins Custom Tail Light Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles, part number HM56200 on our 2013 Jeep Wrangler. .

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