If you're like me you've backed up on a trail or frozen snow bank and broke the 7 pin harness for the tow package. Or, like I did, completely tore the damn thing off.
Stupid location for it anyway since it's lowest part of the bumper and damn near designed
to snap off.
With that said, I relocated mine to the bumper after buying a replacement from Wal-Mart for <$10.
There are two options for this. You can drill a hole through the bumper next to the license plate like I did. Or you can remove the driver side license plate light and use that hole (7-pin requires some trimming to fit apparently).
Thread on TN about the second option thanks to MrGrimm!
Pic of the final result:
That method is less labor intensive than drilling through the chrome bumper, and was posted after I followed the drilling method.
Mine looks like this (not my truck)
My truck: (You can kinda see it under the tailgate)
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Parts/tools for my version:
- 2" metal hole saw
- 2-4 self tapping screws
- new 7-pin plug (unless you can salvage the old one and disconnect the wire to thread it threw the new hole)
- wire strippers and screw driver if you get a new harness
My 7-pin was toast so I cut the wires off as close to the plug as I could. I pulled the wires through the new hole once I had it large enough for the plug. (Hole saw died before it was done so I used a cutoff grinder to finish the hole) The color code on the wires lined up with the one on the new harness so it was just a matter of stripping off some insulation, matching the colors to the correct points, and screwing them down. After the plug was back together I tightened some set screws to clamp the wire in the back of the plug, put it in the hole, and used self tapping screws to secure it.
Grimm's idea looks easier, but I like having my 7-pin point straight back. I plan on getting one of those lights that plugs into it to aid in loading and backing up so I don't want the light angled off to the right.