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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-23-2007, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Help me wire this hitch...

I just put a Hidden Hitch (nice unit) on the ole' lady's commander, thinking I might pull a dirt or street bike around every now and again. Ran down to the auto parts store, and they had every wiring adapter known to man except Jeep. So, I headed to Walmart, only to find the same. Got online to find one, and all I can find is $70 plug in units which require a dealer to activate... What the crap is that?

Please tell me I can go the el-cheapo, four pin plug route for occasionalt light towing.

Clue? Pointer? Links?

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Re: Help me wire this hitch...

I went with the factory mounted hitch and bezel and also the factory wiring when I installed the hitch on our '06 Commander. Yes, the factory wiring does require activation by the dealer. My dealer did not know about it, and gave me a WTF look when I asked about it. The directions for the dealer to activate them came with the wiring and I left a copy for them to add to their files.

I read somewhere that the tail lights go through the ignition switch, and just tapping into the harness under the tail lights puts extra strain on the system. The factory harness uses two relays that you add to the Front Control Module and a fuse holder. You have to run the wires all the way from the battery to the rear, but it ain't too bad. I did it with only raising the front wheels up on 1/2 concrete blocks, and laying under the Jeep.

I hope this at least explains why the factory wires are used. Good luck on whatever route you choose.

The dealer charged $35.00 to activate the harness for me.

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Re: Help me wire this hitch...

I put on my Hidden Hitch and got a light kit with it from etrailer.com.

I got the second one down with the wireing kit that just plugs in. Should take about 10 minutes to connect the plugs and maybe 5 minutes to set the ground wire.

http://www.etrailer.com/hitch-2006_Jeep_Commander.htm
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Thanks for the help. I'd rather pull with no lights, than to pay $100 for an adapter...

This is the only vehicle I've ever seen where you don't just come off a taillight for power. Lame.
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Thanks for the help. I'd rather pull with no lights, than to pay $100 for an adapter...

This is the only vehicle I've ever seen where you don't just come off a taillight for power. Lame.
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Re: Help me wire this hitch...

Using The Factory Hitch Do You Have To Cut Out The Bumper?
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Re: Help me wire this hitch...

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Using The Factory Hitch Do You Have To Cut Out The Bumper?
Yes you have to cut the bumper


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Re: Help me wire this hitch...

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Did you use that Draw-Tite T-One Connector on your Jeep? If so, was it pretty easy? No need to get the dealer to activate?

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Did you use that Draw-Tite T-One Connector on your Jeep? If so, was it pretty easy? No need to get the dealer to activate?

Thanks,
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No, I have the factory wiring on my Commander. I did recently install the Hidden Hitch (basically same concept) setup on my Cherokee and it was quite easy. You just removed some of the interior trim and there was a plug you unplugged and plugged either end into the T-connector.

As far as dealer activation I am unsure. My Cherokee is a 2001 so it was before the days of StarScan... no real configurable options on it. On my Commander it was already setup from the factory so I am not sure.
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Re: Help me wire this hitch...

Someone up above said that the factory wiring needed to be activated by the dealer? I have the tow package original from Jeep - do I need to get the wiring harness activated also - or is that just if you add in something extra? I haven't had the occasion to use the towing capability yet, but I will in the near future and don't want to have some crazy hiccup in wiring on the day I'm supposed to be moving...

It seems silly that you'd have to activate something that was already there.

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