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Adding a trailor- how to hook up lights

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by rpmuise, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Aug 16, 2010 at 3:44 PM
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    rpmuise

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    My 2009 Tacoma came without a hitch. I ordered one but I need to wire up the truck to accept the light harness on the trailor. Can anyone recommend a kit? On my last truck, I had to cut wires and splice in a black box.

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  2. Aug 16, 2010 at 3:54 PM
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    Its very easy to this. You first need to determine if you require 4 pin or 7 pin. Either way go to any local hitch shop or truck accessories shop and buy the wiring harness that is made for your truck. I have a 2010 SR5 without the tow package and I just bought a hitch ( install 1hr) and the 4 pin harness (30min). The kit requires you to remove both tail lights. Remove the connector, install the new T connector. Do the same with the other side. Mine was from reese and it came with a small black box that I'm assuming its some kind of protection circuit. I mounted this behind the drivers tail light as described in the instructions. If you need trailer brakes then a 7 pin harness is required.
     
  3. Aug 16, 2010 at 3:57 PM
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    What do you need, 4-pin or 7-pin? There are plenty of 4-pin adapters that are plug and play. You can find them at autoanything or JC Whitney or probably your local auto parts store. If you need a 7-pin, you need to wire up a brake controller and find power somewhere also.
     
  4. Aug 16, 2010 at 3:58 PM
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    damn man, beat me to it! but yeah, what he said
     
  5. Aug 16, 2010 at 5:23 PM
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    My trailor is a 4 pin so that's what I need to get, right?
     
  6. Aug 16, 2010 at 5:27 PM
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    That's it, very quick, very easy. All you need is a screwdriver. Good luck!
     
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    Any of the major auto part stores should be able to get you a harness no problem. They have the four pin setup down to a science, no wire cutting necessary.
     
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    Thanks man.
     
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