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DIY: 2007+ Aftermarket LED Backup Light Install

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by csuviper, Aug 26, 2015.

  1. Aug 26, 2015 at 9:40 PM
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    csuviper

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    This DIY is to install aftermarket LED lights on the rear of the truck and to tie them into the rear tail light reverse lights. The lights will only turn on when you are in reverse.


    Parts:
    (2) LED Lights - Here is the link to the lights used for this install. ~$20

    (6) 1/4" Washers
    (4) Quick Splice Connectors

    Tools:
    19mm Wrench
    Allen Wrench - Comes with this kit for install of bolts for the bracket
    Wire Cutter/Stripper/Crimper

    Attaching the LED Lights

    The location of the lights is really up to what looks the best for you.
    The location that was chosen for this install was a bolt that attaches a part of the bumper to a bracket under the truck.

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    Coincidentally the bolt just behind the one we used to mount the light was removed previously. We used this hole to run the electrical through to reach the electrical harness.

    Pull the existing bolt out, insert it into the hole in the bracket, add 3 washers and bolt back up. Repeat with the other side. Simple install if you pick the right location.

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    Electrical Install

    Locate the wire harness that runs under the rear bumper to the tail lights.

    In the closest location to where the lights are located, pull the wire bundle out of the split wire loom.

    Use the quick splice for 18-14 gauge wire (blue) to splice into the existing wires on each side.
    The wiring that goes to the revers lights are both blue with red line and white with black line.

    • Blue wire with red line = Power = Tie to red wire on the light
    • White wire with black line = Ground = Tie to black wire on the light
    Review how to install the quick splice on youtube if you have never used one before.
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    Once you have spliced the new wires into the existing wires, use electrical tape to wrap the quick splice connectors and wires. Then push the wires back into the split wire loom.

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    Make sure to test to see if the lights work. If they do not then you may not have made a good connection with the quick splice connector. Check each one by pulling the plastic down, but not the wire out of the metal connector. You should find one or multiple that aren't fully into the metal connector. Reinstall and re-test.



    Once complete, enjoy the added light in reverse.


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  2. Aug 26, 2015 at 9:47 PM
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    Nice write up, B.
     
  3. Aug 26, 2015 at 9:56 PM
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    So everyone knows this was the install on the truck of @Sean266.
     
  4. Aug 27, 2015 at 4:15 AM
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    I like this mod. Thanks for the great quick DIY.
    Will order that ASAP and let you know how it goes!
    Hey Sean how well do these lights match the LED's in your taillights?
    @Sean266
     
  5. Aug 27, 2015 at 4:35 AM
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    This may be my next project! Nice writeup guys, thanks!
     
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  6. Aug 27, 2015 at 5:24 AM
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    These lights over power them to say the least.
     
  7. Aug 27, 2015 at 5:53 AM
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    I got a pair of freebie allens in my kit. :cookiemonster:
     
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  8. Aug 27, 2015 at 6:19 AM
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    Sorry, guess I should have worded that different.
    I figured they'd be brighter. But are the close to the same color-wise? (5k, 6k, etc...)?
     
  9. Aug 27, 2015 at 6:28 AM
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    Yes they are very close in color. Around the 5k color
     
  10. Aug 27, 2015 at 6:55 AM
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    Yep. You wouldn't notice a color difference between the two IMO.
     
  11. Aug 27, 2015 at 7:10 AM
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    May actually get mine in this afternoon after I get back from the Broncos/49ers scrimmage at Dove Valley that I got tickets for. Hoo wee!!
     
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  12. Aug 27, 2015 at 2:26 PM
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    How much to do this? How many lumen's on the output?
     
  13. Aug 27, 2015 at 2:40 PM
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    The link says "Ultra bright 1530 lumen light will light up everything you need to see."
    The lights are $19.67 + shipping or free shipping with prime. Other items are cheap.

    $25 at most for all the parts + shipping (not including tools)
    $450 installed by me :) Members get a deal 399.99 :D (or a case of beer)
     
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    Duh. Didn't see the hyperlink. Thanks.
     
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    Definitely my next to do mod. Looks great.:thumbsup:
     
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    Done, thanks guys!
     
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    Glad you got it done. Pics?
     
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    I know this is in the wrong place but do you know what the number is for the led bulbs for a 2012 reverse lights?
     
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    Thanks wasn't sure if those were the led numbers.
     
  21. Oct 28, 2015 at 6:30 PM
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    Yea the led number will be the same. It just refers to the connector/size.
     
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    Got ya. Thanks Brian!
     
  23. Oct 28, 2015 at 6:40 PM
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    You know the number or have a link to the 10 pack of LEDs you guys have for the interior lights?
     
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    One of the first DIY mods I did was to add a set of Rigid lights flushed into my rear bumper. Since I use my truck for towing, and sometimes have to back up to my trailer to hitch up at night, I want to see as much as I can when in reverse.

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    Cutting the holes to flush mount the lights into the bumper on a brand new truck was pretty scary!
    I also didn't want to pull all the power for my led reverse lights from my factory tail light harness, so I ran a power wire from the battery directly to the back of the truck and to a relay then used the positive wire from the factory harness to switch the relay on and power up the new reverse lights.

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    I was really happy with the outcome of this DIY mod

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  27. Oct 28, 2015 at 7:06 PM
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    Very nice. Since the LEDs are low amps it's not a problem to tie into the factory harness, especially if you change the factory to led also. The way you did it is the proper way though to not affect anything. Would do that with large front light bars.
     
  28. Oct 28, 2015 at 7:07 PM
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    Not on my but look up tundra interior led and it's the ~10 kit on Amazon.
     
  29. Oct 28, 2015 at 7:09 PM
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    I did the same setup when I wired up my front lightbar. I know the electrical system on Toyotas now a days is sensitive, so I just figured better safe than sorry. As for my factory reverse lights, just left them stock, my new ones are so bright I could take them out and it wouldn't make a difference.
     
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