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Old 03-25-2013, 06:34 PM   #1
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Default How to:(DIY) Led tailgate bar wiring

Hey guys just wanted to let you guys know the process I used to wiring in my recon led tail gate "49" with reverse led bar in, hope this can help many thinking about doing this and people who have had troubles doing it.

First I will post pictures and links to everything I used.

1)led bar

http://www.amazon.com/Recon-26415-49...ds=recon+26415

2)5 Pole To 4 Pole Trailer Converter (this actually gives the truck the trailer plug that the led bar plugs into so you dont have to cut the plug and splice the wires from the led bar to the taillight wiring harness)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

3)Bullet style connectors


4)Wire crimpers and strippers


5)Black electrical tape

6)Corrugated wiring conduit (to wrap everything that runs under the truck to protect it


7)Circuit Tester (so you can see exactly what wire is hot when you turn on blinkers, running light, step on break ect.)


First make sure the area you are working on is clean then I was able to disconnect the whole rear taillight wire harness and pull it out (in my case I have caddy light in the back and unsure if the harness is from the truck or from a caddy) If you can unplug it splice at the point were the right and left tailights come together and you can splice the trailer converter into it. Using the testor do every single function of the led bar (right signal, left signal, break, running lights) and test the ends of the harness on the truck to find which is hot. From there crimp the female part of the connectors on the truck harness and the male conector to the trailer converter and then plug everything up and test to make sure the led bar works. Make sure you put the ground in a place were the metal is not painted or between a bolt and washer, at this time the reverse light will not work as its not part of the trailer plug but the white wire that comes of the led bar. What I did was run that wire separately into the drivers side tail light because in the inside of the bed there is a hole that leads directly into the caddy buckets and was easier to just splice the reverse white cable into the drivers side wire harness for the reverse light. Then unplug everything once it all works and run the wire how ever you would like and plug everything back and put taillights back in there locations and install the led bar very easy as its just double sided tape.

Here are the only pics I took sorry about that guys, feel free to contact me if you have any question I will start to become more active on the form.

Here is the drivers side harness with the reverse light plug just find the wire thats hot when you put it in reverse and splice into that


Here is how I brought the box up to my bed and mounted it in the bed just for easy access to it and the plug


And some of the finished project

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Old 03-25-2013, 06:44 PM   #2
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Good stuff. But how dare you not include a picture of electrical tape.
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:51 PM   #3
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Haha wow I just realized that I just did that hopefully I wont get banned
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:46 PM   #4
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Good stuff. But how dare you not include a picture of electrical tape.
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Haha wow I just realized that I just did that hopefully I wont get banned
Not gonna ban you, but I'm gonna have to give you 3 days off without pay. Nothing I can do, my hands are tied....with electrical tape nonetheless.
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:08 AM   #6
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haha thank for letting me off easy! Wow thanks guys for making this a sticky hope this can help many people.
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Just done this to mine but I hard wired everything in and soldered connections. Has running lights but you can hardly tell the difference in them and brake/turn so I left them off
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