I had to modify this bumper one more time. This time it was so I could actually use it for towing.
The LoD bumper did not come with anyplace to attach the towing wiring harness. It would have been nice had LoD at least allowed the utilization of the factory 4-wire JK harness that many may have opted for as a factory option. However I went with a slightly more robust trailer harness with the industry standard 7-wire plug.
The plug I purchased plugs in the factory harness plus has the extra wires for electric brakes, battery charger/power supply from a dual battery system and an aux power wire that is often used for back up lamps on the trailer.
I found these pdf files of industry standard trailer wiring diagrams. I did not create these documents and these are presented in their original form.
4 pole wiring dia.pdf
Electric brake control wiring.pdf
Trailer Wiring Diagrams.pdf
I also added some quick link hooks so I can attach my trailer safety chains and the electric break-a-way controller wire.
Well here are some pictures of my modifications. - note I am not a welder. I have never been taught how to weld. I bought a welder and enjoy burning stuff with it.
I need to add that I used my torch on this bumper to make the hole for the 7-way plug. I'm not a torch guy either, apparently.
Here is a picture of my license plate relocation along with re-using the factory license plate light.
My CB antenna mount after I lost my CoolTech
mount to a large tree on the Slick Rock trail which also took out my factory license plate mount. The CoolTech
mount was the only thing holding my license plate on for quite a while until I actually relocated everything.
Also note how much better my steel corners from AEV-Conversions
would have looked had they NOT had the license plate holes in it. Hello AEV.... Did you get this.
What the bumper looks like today.
And here is my most recent modification.
Note that this plug I bought at Napa utilizes the factory 4-wire harness that came with my JK and the towing package.
I have mentioned I like the "trunk" in my bumper.
Well that's my bumper/trailer update for today.
Now to go wire up my electric brake controller and my HellRoaring Technologies
multiple battery system. Well ok the brake controller first. I still haven't decided on where I am putting the extra battery(s) yet.
I have a huge project in mind that has been postponed because I can't convince the guys at Gen-Right
to make a big safari tank for the JK. They said something about DC asking them to not build a gas tank relocation kit with safari tank to remove the factory tank and install a nice larger capacity beefier protected gas tank back to the original TJ location. This way I could move my air storage tank to where the gas tank was and mount my batteries there too. So everyone call and email Gen-Right
and tell them we want a bigger and more protected gas tank to be put back into the center of the vehicle and in between the rear frame rails!
But since the gas tank isn't going to be moved in the near future maybe I should build an air tank to go where the JK "trunk" is after removing the trunk and put some batteries either under the rear seat or in the back area so they are still somewhat accessible for the Ready Welder
Oh well decisions, decisions. Now I have more to think about while installing my electric brake controller.