Tow electrics

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I am sure a few months back Julian, in fitting a new tow hitch you were
trying to splice the socket into the loom's spare connectors by the
cross-member. Did you achieve it in the end or did you go through the floor
up into the tool cubby and connect there I wonder ?
I am now swapping my NATO hitch for the swan neck ball, and fitting tow
electrics for the first time.
Any views form other would naturally be very welcome, thanks all.
Cheers
Jon
'92 HZJ80 ex UN surplus in Bosnia
 
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Hi Jon,
Actually got around to doing this on Friday.
I have two sockets hanging down from the loom under the boot on the
drivers side that provided the bulk of the wiring required [do you want
the wiring colours], but needed to run an additional wire down for the
fog lights.
I have a secondary socket for providing power to the trailer, but
haven't wired that in yet - I ran it around the rear chassis member and
then up into the passenger side rear wing where the main loom enters
below where the jack is stored.
Hope that helps.
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Regards,
Julian Voelcker
Mobile: 07971 540362
Cirencester, United Kingdom
1994 HDJ80, 2.5" OME Lift, ARB
 
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Hi Jon,
Actually got around to doing this on Friday.
I have two sockets hanging down from the loom under the boot on the
drivers side that provided the bulk of the wiring required [do you want
the wiring colours], but needed to run an additional wire down for the
fog lights.
I have a secondary socket for providing power to the trailer, but
haven't wired that in yet - I ran it around the rear chassis member and
then up into the passenger side rear wing where the main loom enters
below where the jack is stored.
Hope that helps.
--
Regards,
Julian Voelcker
Mobile: 07971 540362
Cirencester, United Kingdom
1994 HDJ80, 2.5" OME Lift, ARB
 
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Jon
I'm the same as Julian: there is a socket hanging down at the back right (for which apparently you can no longer get a plug). Whoever fitted my towbar simply cut and spliced into the wires but, as Julian says, there is no feed for the rear fog lamp.
I had to rewire it as it had been done so badly and, inevitably, all started to fall apart just as I was about to set off on a long trip with the trailer. If you have a multimeter + assistant it is a doddle to figure out which wire is which: I'm sorry, but it is so muddy under there that I can't see wire colours.
The wiring itself was easy, it was just the mud falling in my face that made it difficult! I'd recommend a good wash under there the night before.
I suppose an alternative would be to solder male spade terminals onto the end of the 7 core wires from the socket, push them into the right female holes on the plug (determined by multimeter) and then wrapping well with my favourite silage tape. I'd have done this if the butcher who originally wired it up hadn't cut the relevant wires to the plug.
Either way, it's not difficult apart from the rear fog lamp. If you want to include that you will have to take a feed from the existing lamps: on mine they are in the lower tailgate, you remove the carpet and then unscrew one of the hatches that gives access to the wiring plugs used during assembly & splice into there. I've worked it out, but been too lazy to do it since we haven't seen fog here for a year now - Julian may have found a better method though. But then your tailgate is probably different anyway.
Christopher Bell
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| I am sure a few months back Julian, in fitting a new tow
| hitch you were
| trying to splice the socket into the loom's spare connectors by the
| cross-member. Did you achieve it in the end or did you go
| through the floor
| up into the tool cubby and connect there I wonder ?
|
| I am now swapping my NATO hitch for the swan neck ball, and
| fitting tow
| electrics for the first time.
|
| Any views form other would naturally be very welcome, thanks all.
 
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Julian wrote...
Don't you have the plugs hanging down from the loom that runs across
the back under the bumper?
SNIP
No Julian, the loom that crosses the rear is high up under a floor
cross-member above the spare. The two sockets I found were folded back and
strapped to that loom. I guess it just goes to show that Toy do alter their
looms at times. But I got there in the end thanks.
Gareth wrote...
Jon, do you want Mum to bring out some 7 core cable for you - she is
flying out on Monday. I have a few metres in the garage that you are
welcome to...
SNIP
A great offer Gareth, thanks. But Its all working so I think it best to
leave all alone at least from my drive across Europe which should be in a
couple of weeks. When I get it to UK I will then do it properly. Oh, how I
envy you folks with some spare this and spare that in the garage. I am the
same too, but my garage full of spares (and a 3 cylinder Perkins) is in
Tring. And my workshop is the engine room of my boat with everything to
hand including the welder. I look forward to getting back for a while !
Please tell Mum that its about 19-22C every day on the coast now.
Best
Jon
'92 HZJ80 ex UN surplus in Bosnia
 
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