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Transmission Cooler Installation - 2006 Jeep Commander

Today on our 2006 Jeep Commander we'll be installing the Derale Series 8000 plate-fin transmission cooler kit, part number D13503. Note, we'll be using the Derale snap-in radiator fitting to make our connection, part number D13035. Now let's go ahead and begin our install. First we'll need to gain access to the transmission cooler lines. To do this we're going to remove the front grill assembly. To remove the front grill assembly there are a total of six push pin fasteners across the top that will need to be removed. The remove the push pin fasteners we'll use our flat blade screwdriver to pry up in the center of the fastener and then remove the fastener completely.



Trailer Wiring Harness Installation - 2006 Jeep Commander

Today on our 2006 Jeep Commander, we'll be installing the tow ready T1 connector wiring kit, part number 118408. To begin with, we'll go ahead and raise the rear hatch of the vehicle. We'll need to remove these two push fasteners from each side's light assembly so we can pull the light assembly out, where we'll make our connections. We'll go ahead and start here on the driver's side. Go ahead and remove the two push fasteners. Do this by using a flat head screw driving and a trim panel removal tool. With the two fasteners out, we can go ahead and pop the whole light assembly out.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Jeep Commander - Hidden Hitch

Today on our 2006 Jeep Commander we'll be installing the Hidden Hitch, part number 90114. Here's what the hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 4". From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 17-1/2". Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. Now we've already gone ahead and lowered the spare tire and removed it and set it out of the way.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Jeep Commander - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2006 Jeep Commander we'll be installing the Draw-Tite hitch, part number 36362. Here's what the hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead and give you a couple measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pinhole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 4". From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 17-1/2". Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. Now we've already gone ahead and lowered the spare tire and removed it and set it out of the way.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Jeep Wrangler - Curt

Today on our 2006 Jeep Commander, we'll be installing the Curt Hitch, part number 13414. Here's what the hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead, give you a couple of measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 3 inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 19 inches. Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. We've already gone ahead and lowered our spare tire out of the way and set it aside for now.



Trailer Hitch Installation - 2006 Jeep Commander - Draw-Tite

Today on our 2006 Jeep Commander we'll be installing A Draw-Tite Hitch, part number 75338. Here's what the hitch looks like installed on our vehicle. Now we'll go ahead, give you a couple of measurements in helping you choose some accessories for your hitch, such as a ball mount, a bicycle rack or a cargo carrier. From the center of the hitch pin hole to the outermost edge of the bumper is approximately 4 inches. From the top of the opening in the receiver to the ground is approximately 18 inches. Now let's go ahead and install our hitch. We've already gone ahead and lowered our spare tire out of the way and set it aside for now.



Roadmaster Base Plate Installation - 2006 Jeep Commander

Today on 2006 Jeep Commander, we're going to install a base plate kit from Roadmaster, product number RM-1427-1. The first thing we're going to do is go ahead and open up the hood and remove six plastic fasteners across the top and the grill. To remove the grill, we simply pull up in the center. You may pick up on the side a little bit and it unsnaps. Now, we're going to remove the four fasteners that connect the bumper, cover, to the core support. Alright, we'll remove the tubes, bolts attaching the fascia to the radiator support.



Roadmaster Tow Bar Wiring Kit Installation - 2006 Jeep Commander

Today is 2006 Jeep Commander. Were going to install part number RM-154 from Roadmasters. First thing were going to do is route our cable from front to rear. One end of the cable, youre just cut it off and run towards the back, and it will save the other four pole for the in front of the car. Run our wire to the back of the vehicle, now well go ahead and remove the taillights, and were going to pull wires from the bottom up. Well just kind of unclip our wire harness here and then unplug the wire harness from the light.





2006 Jeep Commander Questions and Answers


  • Off-Road Light Recommendation for a Yakima MegaWarrior Roof Rack Cargo Basket
  • The first thing you are going to need to install lights on the Yakima MegaWarrior Extra Large Roof Rack Cargo Basket and Extension # Y07080-82 that you referenced is Light Mounting Brackets for Yakima Roof Rack Cargo Baskets # Y07075. This will mount to the # Y07080-82 and provide an attachment point for off-road lights on your 2006 Jeep Commander. For off-road lights I would recommend Westin Off-Road Driving Lights # 09-0505. This comes with all of the necessary wiring and switches...
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  • Trailer Hitch Mount Cargo Carrier and Anti-Rattle Device for a 2006 Jeep Commander
  • Provided that your 2006 Jeep Commander has a 2 inch trailer hitch receiver, I would go with the Aluminum carrier, # C18100, because it is much more corrosion resistant, it is lighter weight, and requires less maintenance over time when compared to steel. For a bag, I would go with # 59102. You might need to tuck it in a little front to back but it would be a good fit. You are correct about exhaust heat. It can be an issue no matter what the carrier is made of. Make sure there is adequate...
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  • Determining the Correct Rise or Drop for a Ball Mount
  • In order to determine the correct rise or drop for a ball mount, there are some simple measurements that you can take. We actually have an FAQ on this subject which I have linked for you. Just make sure that when you take the measurements, the trailer and the towing vehicle are both on level ground. I have also included a link to our ball mount main page for you.
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  • Parts Needed to Install a Trailer Brake Controller on a 2006 Jeep Commander
  • For a 2006 Jeep Commander that did not come with a factory installed 7-Way trailer connector, you will need a few items to install a trailer brake controller. First, if your Commander does not already have a 4-Way, you will start by installing one using # 118408. I have included a video showing a typical installation for you. Then you would need a 4 and 7-Way installation kit # ETBC7. This will provide the 7-Way and the wiring and accessories needed to install a brake controller. I have...
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  • Transmission Cooler Recommendation for a 2006 Jeep Commander
  • For your 2006 Jeep Commander I would recommend the Derale part # D13503 as we had the chance to install it on a 2006 Commander just like yours and it worked very well and installed easily. If you check out the video link I attached you will the install there as well.
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  • Troubleshooting Running Lights Not Working On Two Trailers Towed by a 2006 Jeep Commander
  • This could definitely be a ground problem. Without a proper ground, the circuit cannot be completed which can cause light failure and/or malfunction. You will also want to make sure you are using the correct wiring harness. For a 2006 Jeep Commander with no factory package, you will need to use Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118408, instructions linked below. With a tow package, you would use Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, # 118381. I have included a link to the installation...
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  • Recommend Correct Yakima MightyMount for 2006 Jeep Commander
  • For your 2006 Jeep Commander, you will need the Yakima Universal MightyMount, part # Y03590. This mount is a confirmed fit for the 2006 Commander and will work with bars up to 4 inches wide. The MightyMount system allows you to connect roof rack accessories to your crossbars. If you can send me what you will be carrying on your roof, I would be glad to recommend which roof accessories are compatible with the MightMount. I have linked a video review of the Universal MightyMount, part...
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  • Trailer Hitch for a 2006 Jeep Commander Carrying a Motorcycle
  • Your Commander may have a hitch rated heavy enough to carry your carrier. You will need to check your owner's manual or inside the driver's door jamb to get the weight ratings for your Jeep. Check the hitch itself and make sure the tongue weight rating is heavy enough. If you cannot find these ratings your dealer should be able to help you with that. The 75338 Class III receiver hitch you have selected is rated for 500 pounds tongue weight. When deciding if you can mount your motorcycle...
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  • How Do I Install a 5-way Flat Connector at the Back of my 2006 Jeep Commander to Tow my Boat
  • In order to have a 5 pin flat trailer connection you will first need to install the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, part # 118381, that you referenced. I attached installation instructions and a link to an installation video for this product below for you to check out also. The next thing you will need is an Adapter 4 Pole to 5 Pole Trailer Wiring Adapter, part # 20036. This adapter will plug into the 4-way that you just installed with the # 118381, and then you can run the blue...
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  • Will the Thule Quick Grip Cargo Box Mounting Feet Fit a Thule Evolution and 2006 Jeep Commander
  • The Thule Quick Grip Mount Assembly # TH05738 does fit the 2006 Jeep Commander with either the Sport crossbars or standard crossbars from the factory. However, to use them with the Evolution cargo box you would have to make modifications to the box. And you would need to use cradle # TH8523387001 for each foot. The feet and the cradles are sold in quantities of one. Making modifications to the cargo box can make it structurally unsound and not safe for use. I do not recommend making...
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  • Trailer Wiring and Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2006 Jeep Commander
  • I did some research on your 2006 Jeep Commander and it looks like when properly equipped it has a towing capacity of 6,500 lbs. So you should be just fine. You will want to consult your owners manual though just to be certain though. If you do not have trailer wiring on the vehicle you would need the part # 118408 to provide a 4-way. If the trailer has brakes then you would want to install a brake controller to allow you to actuate them and assist in the braking of the set up. From...
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  • Recommended Roof Cargo Basket For 2006 Jeep Commander With Factory Crossbars
  • You can take a couple of quick measurements to see if the Rola Roof Mounted Cargo Basket, part # 59504 will fit the crossbars you have on your 2006 Jeep Commander. The 59504 will fit crossbars that have a maximum measurement of 1-1/4 inches tall x 3-1/4 inches wide. This cargo basket has a weight capacity of 130 lbs. If the crossbars can be moved on the side rails, you can move them and take a measurement center to center. The cargo basket requires that the distance between the...
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  • Trailer Wiring Harness for 2006 Jeep Commander
  • Since your Commander didn't come from the factory with a 7-way trailer connector, you'll want to use the # 118408 that you referenced. If you click the provided link, you can see an install video showing the harness being installed on a 2006 Commander. If you don't already have a ball mount and trailer ball for your trailer, you can easily figure out the drop needed by looking at the FAQ article I've linked for you. The ball mount you choose will have the appropriate trailer balls listed...
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  • Brake Controller and Install Harness Recommendation for a 2006 Jeep Commander
  • The correct Curt brake controller install harness you will need for your 2006 Jeep Commander is the part # C51515 that you referenced. I would recommend you go with a proportional brake controller with it like the Curt Triflex part # C51140 as it will sense the amount of braking you are applying with your vehicle and will provide a proportional amount of braking power to the trailer. Some models will require a wiring kit to run wire to the battery. This may require drilling a hole...
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  • Will Thule Hull-A-Port Kayak Carrier Fit a 2006 Jeep Commander with Factory Crossbars
  • Yes, the Thule Hull-A-Port kayak carrier, # TH834, will fit the factory installed crossbars on your 2006 Jeep Commander. I have included a link to a video review of this carrier for you.
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  • Wire Harness Recommendation For 2006 Jeep Commander
  • For a 2006 Jeep Commander with no 7-way connector, I recommend the Tow Ready Custom Fit Vehicle Wiring, part # 118408. This harness easily connects to the vehicle wiring and requires no cutting or splicing into the wires. I have attached a link to an installation video for this harness you can check out. When working with electrical connectors I recommend using dielectric grease like part # 11755. This keeps dirt and moisture out of the electrical connections and helps prevent corrosion.
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  • Brake Controller Recommendation for a 2006 Jeep Commander
  • There isn't a vehicle specific brake controller wiring harness for your 2006 Jeep Commander, even if it came with a factory 7-Way. But you can still install a brake controller, # 90195, with minimal splicing. I have included a link to a video showing how you would install the brake controller. It is a different controller and a newer Commander but the installation is the same. A wiring kit, # 5506, is recommended to complete the installation.
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  • Will SportRack Vista XL Cargo Box Fit a 2006 Jeep Commander with Factory Roof Rack
  • The SportRack Vista cargo box # SR7018 has mounting hardware that fits on crossbars no wider that 4 inches and with a center to center bar spread between 23-5/8 and 34 inches. You will need to measure the bars on your 2006 Jeep Commander to determine if the box will fit. I have included a link to a video review for you.
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  • Do Tow Hooks have to be Removed on a 2006 Jeep Commander to Install a Front Mount Trailer Hitch
  • According to the installation instructions for the Curt front mount hitch # C31056 which I have linked for you, the tow hooks will be removed and not be reinstalled in order to install the hitch. It is not exactly the same but if you wanted a tow hook you could use # TR63044 and put it in the front mount hitch.
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  • Troubleshooting Right Side Trailer Lights That Are Dim
  • Since you trailer's right side turn and tail lights are dim, but still operate somewhat, the most likely cause is a bad ground at the light unit itself. If the main trailer ground were at fault this would affect both sides of the trailer so odds are that the issue is at the light assembly. If the light uses a mounting stud for its ground remove the fixture and sand/clean the area to remove any paint, primer or grease that may be interfering with the ground connection. If the light uses...
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  • How To Pick Out a Weight Distribution System for a 2006 Grand Cherokee Towing 31 ft Trailer
  • The best way to pick out a weight distribution system is to base it off of the loaded tongue weight of the setup. You should note that this figure also includes the weight of any cargo behind the rear axle of the tow vehicle. I attached an FAQ article on determining tongue weight for you to check out. If you determine that your loaded tongue weight is under 750 lbs then the # BWX0750 would work well for you. I would imagine though that you would need the higher capacity of the # BXW1000. I...
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  • Matching Weight Distribution System to Existing Chain Hangers and Sway Ball on Older Trailer
  • If you can provide the manufacturer name and the part numbers of the weight distribution equipment you have, I might possibly be able to fill in the missing pieces. Any photos you could send would be helpful. The chain hanging brackets and sway ball could likely be re-used, but the trunnion bars cannot unless we can get a manufacturer and part number off of them. In all honesty, It's likely that you'll need to replace the system. Because W/D systems are frequently updated, if the system...
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  • Replacing an Exisiting Brake Controller with a Tekonsha P3 on a 2006 Jeep Commander
  • Since you already have a brake controller installed on your 2006 Jeep Commander, you would just need the brake controller, in this case, the Tekonsha P3, # 90195. It comes with the blunt cut wires that will need to be spliced into the existing wiring used by your current brake controller. Just in case the wire colors are different on the other brake controller, the P3 wires are: White=ground, Black=power, Red=Stoplight, Blue=electric brakes. I have included a link to the installation...
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  • Will Additional Transmission Fluid Be Needed After Installing a Cooler on a 2006 Jeep Commander
  • The core of transmission cooler # D13503 won't hold a lot of fluid and it depends on how much hose is used so you just have to perform the installation and then check the level and add fluid as needed. Be sure to use the correct fluid for your vehicle (check the owners manual or the fill location) because some vehicle transmissions are very sensitive regarding the fluid used.
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  • Low Cost Trunk Mount Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2006 Jeep Commander
  • The Hollywood Racks Express rack # HRE2 is listed as a fit for your 2006 Jeep Commander. But this rack does not have anti-sway cradles which means the bikes can swing back and forth into each other and potentially into the back of the vehicle. It might be worth while to upgrade to the Baja, # HRB2, which does have anti-sway cradles. For any trunk mount bike rack make sure that the rack and vehicle are clean where they come into contact with each other to avoid scratches. A coat of...
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  • Will the Thule Apex Trailer Hitch Mount Bike Rack, # TH9025 Fit a 2006 Jeep Commander
  • The Thule Apex, # TH9025, will fit a 1-1/4 or 2 inch hitch so it will fit the hitch on your Jeep Commander. Make sure to measure from the hitch pin hole to the distance required to clear the rear of the vehicle to make sure there is space enough for the bike rack. On the rack, the distance from hitch pin hole center to the foot of the carrier is 7 inches, and to the upright arm is 9-1/4 inches. If the measurement from your pin hole out to clear the rear of the vehicle is less than 7...
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  • Rola Roof Cargo Basket Recommendation for a 2006 Jeep Commander with Thule Aeroblade Rack
  • Yes, the Rola cargo basket part # 59504 that you referenced would fit the Thule roof rack you have installed on your 2006 Jeep Commander as it can fit aero crossbar roof racks that are up to 3-1/4 inches in width. What you can do is use Quantum 15 Steel Cable Lock, # 8157DPS, to lock the Rola Roof Rack to your vehicle to prevent theft. To do this you would just run the lock through the Rola Roof Rack and the cross bars on your vehicle.
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  • Will the Yakima SkyBox 16 Work on the Factory Cross Bars of a 2006 Jeep Commander
  • I spoke with my contact at Yakima and she informed me that the Yakima SkyBox 16 Cargo Box # Y07335 will work on the factory cross bars of your 2006 Jeep Commander. I attached installation instructions for this product for you to check out also.
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  • Sealed Battery Box with Hose for Venting Outside Recommendation
  • The battery boxes we offer like the part # TWSP12BP that you referenced aren't totally sealed, but this box does come with a hose you could use to vent it. If you wanted to seal up the holes on the sides of the box you would get exactly what you are looking for. There is a rubber seal between the lid and the top of the box.
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  • Will Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier S512 Fit 2006 Jeep Commander with Factory Roof Rack
  • To ensure that the Rhino-Rack J-Style Kayak Carrier # S512 will fit your 2006 Jeep Commander's factory crossbars, you will want to take a quick measurement. The # S512 carrier will fit crossbars up to 3-1/4 inches wide x 2-1/2 inches tall. I spoke with my contact at Rhino-Rack and confirmed that the carrier will fit crossbars up to these dimensions. As long as the factory crossbars on your Commander are no larger than 3-1/4 inches wide x 2-1/2 inches tall, the # S512 carrier will work well...
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