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Old 01-02-2011, 04:48 PM
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I was asked in another thread about the Skull hitch cover I have. The eyes light up with the taillights and brake lights but do not light up with turn signals. The hitch cover was a Wal-mart or Autozone find, I can't remember for sure. So I thought I'd post a how-to since this was not just a plug and play mod.

First, remove the license plate. It will reveal a slot large enough for the plug to pass through from the back side.


Second, I found the wires were to short to reach the 4 wire trailer plug without stressing the connection, consequently I had to do some adjusting. I cut the original wires and spliced in 3" of new wire using crimp on connectors and heat shrink (critical to keep the connection clean and dry). Its a good idea to keep the original wire cover as I have done. This helps prevent wire abrasion and chafing.



Third, installed the cover in the hitch.



Fourth, run the wires under and behind the bumper, around the hitch and up through the slot revealed by removing the plate. No pic for this one, its pretty straight forward and your routing may vary.

Fifth, plug it in and you're done.

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Now I'm seriously thinking of re-routing the wire harness under the bumper so the wires aren't visible.
Nice write-up RB. Thank you for that sir!!
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i use Weather Pack Towers & Weather Pack Shrouds on almost all of my electrical connections, especially those exposed to the weather, they are quick disconnects, Chevy uses them under the hood, that is where i first spotted them
they come in single & multi wire connections
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very nice RB... its a cool skull too.. next time rewire it so the left or right eye blink for turn signals!
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Nice how-to Brian, yours looks good!

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very nice RB... its a cool skull too.. next time rewire it so the left or right eye blink for turn signals!
That's a good idea for a warm weather mod. I'll try to remember it in the spring.
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