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Broke my tow plug housing thing

Discussion in 'Towing' started by thestrangebrew, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. Sep 25, 2009 at 8:32 AM
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    thestrangebrew

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    I have no idea what this thing is called but I hit the rear end pretty hard when I went wheeling a few nights ago. How much would it cost to fix it? Alternatives?

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    The wires are all intact so I assume that's a good thing, but the part that sits right under the rear bumper is bent to hell. Thanks.
     
  2. Sep 25, 2009 at 8:34 AM
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    You should be able to get a replacement from an auto parts store for under $20.00. Them, mount it up out of the way. Some people have drilled into the bumper, and mounted it there...
     
  3. Sep 25, 2009 at 8:53 AM
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    Does anyone have any pics of how they mounted it? That'd be great. Thanks Chris.
     
  4. Sep 28, 2009 at 1:47 PM
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    I did the exact same thing this weekend. I could go on about how stupid it is to have the plug there, but I'll just skip straight to a question... Does anyone know which wire does what? I bought a new housing thing from an auto parts store, and the 6 colors on the thingy are as follows, with the instruction diagram's description

    1. White - ground
    2. Red - electric brakes
    3. green - tail lights
    4. Black - 12V
    5. Red - left turn/brake
    6. Brown - right turn/brake

    And it doesn't say anything for the center one

    Buuuut...

    My truck also has a yellow wire. And according to a wiring diagram I found here, and to a person that I spoke to at a hitch installation shop, yellow is left turn.

    Does anyone know which wire does what? Is there consistency with how Toyota wires it's factory trailer plug?
     
  5. Sep 29, 2009 at 10:07 PM
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    I suppose now is a bad time to mention the 7-pin relocation mod? :eek:

    Sorry you guys tore yours off. Mine took a real bad scrape and thank heavens I moved it.

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    I took pics while doing the work but never took a final pic yet. :D
     
  6. Sep 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM
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    Can you post a final pic?
     
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    Sure thing. Here ya go. If you look carefully at the lift tab (to open the cover) you can see where there is part of it is missing on the left. That part was scraped off while wheelin' somewhere in the desert.

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  8. Sep 30, 2009 at 6:32 PM
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    Hey, that looks great. Went wheeling the first time last weekend, Tweaked it pretty good and filled it with Mud. Silverback mentioned there was a mod.. POOF here it is. Thanks for the photos! Will work on it this weekend.
     
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    You're welcome, glad to help.

    :)
     
  10. Oct 1, 2009 at 8:26 AM
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    That looks great, Coke. Next time I'm bored I'm going to do that. I ended up fixing mine by using a tester and some logic. The only crappy thing was that since the wires are so short under there, I had to extend them with the only wire I had, which was black. I know that's not at all ideal, but I was in a big rush to get some work done and didn't have time to hit a parts store for all the different colors of wire.
    So now the thing is fixed, but it's rigged up by zip ties to a factory hole in the bottom of the bumper.
     
  11. Oct 1, 2009 at 10:09 AM
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    Thanks Coke. Looks good. If my wife doesn't go into labor this weekend, it looks like I'll be doing this! +1
     
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    Hey guys I did the same thing on the weekend, Mine looks like the one in the first picture. I was able to pick up a used one but im just wondering will the wires pull out of the back or do I have to take the plastic casing apart?
     
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