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Hi everyone,

I'm getting a NAS Towstep for 110 and will fit towball etc.

There seems to be a real variety in terms of prices for the electrics (LR specific is more than £70 or generic one for £12).

Can you tell me if I need a specifically LR Defender electric pack or will any tow electric pack do?

I'm guessing I only need the N style as I don't have a caravan?

Thanks for any help!

Cheers

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If I read the OP's post correctly, in this thread - http://forums.lr4x4.com/index.php?showtopic=68392

He's awaiting delivery of a new Defender.

Hi guys,
Complete newbie here and expecting my first LR in couple of weeks.

In which case, the Genuine Land Rover kit is the one I would recommend.

The Genuine kit plugs-in to a socket under the O/S rear wheelarch.

The wires into the back of the 12N socket are sealed.

It also has sealed connectors on its harness for plugging-in some of the 12S circuits.

The generic 12N kits don't usually have the wires sealed into the 12N socket and, at the other end, are just bare wires.

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Thanks Paul, yes it's a new vehicle.

So - the LR005920? Is worth the extra cash?

Found it online at island4x4 for a tad under £40... Just seems a lot...

Cheers

Doug

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Doug, if it's a new vehicle use the genuine stuff. You will pay more for it but it is better than the other stuff out there. If you let the gremlins in you'll have a devil of a job getting them out again.

Mo

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Thanks Paul, yes it's a new vehicle.

So - the LR005920? Is worth the extra cash?

Found it online at island4x4 for a tad under £40... Just seems a lot...

Cheers

Doug

Yes, that's the one icon_thumbup.gif

However, the one you've seen at Island 4x4, is an 'OEM' kit made by Britpart :unsure:

As you'll learn, anything in a 'Blue Box' labelled Britpart, is usually to be avoided.

They use the term 'OEM' (Original Equipment Manufacturer) a bit too liberally - as, their kit bears little resemblance to the Genuine Parts kit.

If it is made by the OEM (which I very much doubt) - then, it's been 'made to a price' - as, it's been made from much cheaper, inferior components.

Britpart kit -

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As you can see in the above picture -

The 12N socket is separate from the harness and has to be assembled to it, with a separate gasket.

The harness is covered in PVC sleeving.

The 'tap-off' for reversing lights and permanent live (for the 12S socket) is an unsealed 2-way AMP 'fastin' connector.

The Genuine Parts kit (these are my pictures of one I sold on eBay, a while back) -

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As you can see from the above pictures -

The 12N socket is assembled to the wires and sealed against water ingress.

The harness is covered in convoluted tubing, offering more protection than PVC sleeving.

The 'tap-off' for reversing lights and permanent live (for the 12S socket) is a Delphi MetriPack sealed 2-way connector.

There's also an additional 'tap-off' on the rear fog lamp circuit, using a 2-way sealed Econoseal connector with a loop-back, which would allow you to break the fog lamp circuit to the trailer - I'm not sure what that's actually for, and there's no reference to using it, in the instructions :unsure:

The only thing that the two kits have in common, is the Sumitomo Grey DL sealed 9-way connector, to pick-up the mating connector on the vehicle.

One thing I would recommend, regardless of which kit you opt for, is that once you've plugged the Grey connectors together, use spray Waxoyl to liberally coat over both connectors and their wires, to keep the water out of them.

Although the Sumitomo connectors are environmentally sealed, they're in one of the most inhospitable places on the vehicle - under the wheelarch, right behind the wheel, and they are subjected to mud and spray from the tyre.

The connector would have been better placed, inside the vehicle, behind the rear light cover - but, this would necessitate a large grommet in the wheelbox, or the connector(s) left unassembled until the wiring had been passed through the grommet in the wheelbox.

Anyway, as Mo has said, on a new (expensive) vehicle, why spoil it by fitting inferior accessories.

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Generic ones usually use the dreaded scotchloks which is a great way of ensuring electrical problems down the line, gen ones plug into the proper plug. Genuine ones can be found reasonably on eBay etc. from dealers if you keep an eye out.

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If you are getting a new Landrover why not ask the dealership to fit it for you, and ask for a deal on it? That way you can keep your warranty intact!

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Apologies for the thread hijack, but is the vehicle side of the sumitomo 9 way connector (female) available anywhere? The one on my td5 loom is goosed and I have a genuine set of electrics to plug in. Failing that it'll be hacked off and suitable weatherproof connectors used.

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If it's a late model then buy the pukka one, you know what you are getting, it's plug and play and the vehicle deserves something that will be up to the task.

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Thanks for the thorough advice Paul and everyone.

On a related point, when buying the towball - is there anything I need to look out for or will any one do?

Thanks again

Doug

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Just make sure the kit is certified (Look for CE marks etc). it should have suitable spreader plates and braces back to the chassis as a minimum.

I do hope though you have checked your warranty details.

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There's also an additional 'tap-off' on the rear fog lamp circuit, using a 2-way sealed Econoseal connector with a loop-back, which would allow you to break the fog lamp circuit to the trailer - I'm not sure what that's actually for, and there's no reference to using it, in the instructions :unsure:

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My Isuzu has the 13 pin socket which disables the vehicles rear fog light when a trailer is connected. Could it be for that? I found that 'feature' out as it nearly failed it's first MOT when I left the 13 - 7 pin adaptor in :unsure:

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Apologies for the thread hijack, but is the vehicle side of the sumitomo 9 way connector (female) available anywhere? The one on my td5 loom is goosed and I have a genuine set of electrics to plug in. Failing that it'll be hacked off and suitable weatherproof connectors used.

I've not managed to find a source for the Grey 9-way connector.

Although, it's not a single part number, there are several component parts, all with their own part numbers and MoQs (Minimum order Quantities) -

Grey hybrid 9-way female connector housing with retainer

090 (2.3mm) female terminals and wire seals

187 (4.8mm) female terminals and wire seals

I have some of the terminals and wire seals to fit this connector, but not the housing.

There is a Black version of the female 9-way housing, which I am able to source - but, Sumitomo describe it as "special shape" and don't specifically state that the Black female housing wlll mate with the Grey male housing.

From Sumitomo's images of the two versions, they look identical -

Grey

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Black

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But, without comparing the two, I wouldn't like to say whether or not that is the case.

The next time I place an order, I will add a couple of Black connector housings, to see if they will substitute for the Grey housing.

My Isuzu has the 13 pin socket which disables the vehicles rear fog light when a trailer is connected. Could it be for that? I found that 'feature' out as it nearly failed it's first MOT when I left the 13 - 7 pin adaptor in :unsure:

At first, I thought it might be for that - but, it breaks the trailer's fog lamp connection, not the towing vehicle's :unsure:

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Thanks anyway Paul. I did find the sumitomo catalogue and looked at the identical looking "special shape" . I'll just whip the plugs off and fit econo/superseal connectors.

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