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post #1 of 6 Old 07-06-2015, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Wiring for XJ Trailer Lights

MY XJ didnt come with a towing package, so I've installed a hitch and just need to wire it up for lights. According to my research, they have both the clip in connectors to eliminate splicing, and they have the hard wire option which is cheaper but involves a tad more labor. My main question at this point is do the cherokees that already have a towing package installed from the factory, are they hard wired or have the plug in adapter? There are about 8 cherokees at the pull-a-part with towing packages so I was wondering if i could just go snag one off of those, or if i should skip it and buy a new one. Any recommendations?

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-06-2015, 01:08 PM
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MY XJ didnt come with a towing package, so I've installed a hitch and just need to wire it up for lights. According to my research, they have both the clip in connectors to eliminate splicing, and they have the hard wire option which is cheaper but involves a tad more labor. My main question at this point is do the cherokees that already have a towing package installed from the factory, are they hard wired or have the plug in adapter? There are about 8 cherokees at the pull-a-part with towing packages so I was wondering if i could just go snag one off of those, or if i should skip it and buy a new one. Any recommendations?
You might get lucky at the pick apart.

Go look under the left rear trim panel above the fender for the module you will need.

If you strike out you will have probably have to get one from Etrailer.com or some other source.

The XJ uses separate lights for brakes and turn signals, and trailers only use the one bulb for both. If you know your way around electronics there is a circuit you could build, but by the time you go do that you are better off just getting the converter.

BTW, you did not tell us about your ride or what you are pulling and how much weight it is going to be. If your truck is still stock, I suggest going with air bags to handle the extra weight. I have had very good luck with my set for the past 2 years.

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-06-2015, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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You might get lucky at the pick apart.

Go look under the left rear trim panel above the fender for the module you will need.

If you strike out you will have probably have to get one from Etrailer.com or some other source.

The XJ uses separate lights for brakes and turn signals, and trailers only use the one bulb for both. If you know your way around electronics there is a circuit you could build, but by the time you go do that you are better off just getting the converter.

BTW, you did not tell us about your ride or what you are pulling and how much weight it is going to be. If your truck is still stock, I suggest going with air bags to handle the extra weight. I have had very good luck with my set for the past 2 years.

Dave
Sorry about that. I just have a mostly stock 99 xj sport and i'm only pulling a few hundred pounds. I'm moving from Birmingham, AL to New Orleans so I'm only really getting this all installed to pull a u-haul one way and that's really it, so i'm trying to keep the budget down and avoid renting a full sized truck. but yeah, ill basically be pulling a bed, desk, kitchen table and a bunch of boxes of clothes, etc. Nothing too heavy.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-06-2015, 01:27 PM
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IIRC Uhaul actually sells install kits for wiring, they're really the best brick and mortar towing supply I've used. Or you can pick one up at larger parts stores.

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post #5 of 6 Old 07-06-2015, 02:26 PM
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I want to say I got one that plugs in on rockauto that was cheap. I didn't like the sound of splicing wires if I didn't have to
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-06-2015, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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I lucked up! Went back to pull-a-part and they just had a fresh 99 cherokee come in so snagged the harness plus a drive gear so I can finally get around to replacing that, and yeah for both total I only paid 6 bucks! Score.

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