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Lower grill LED strip wiring question

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by trooper669, Jul 23, 2018.

  1. Jul 23, 2018 at 3:57 PM
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    trooper669

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    For those of you running lower grill LED strips, I bought a RC 30' strip. My question is how intensive is the wiring for these types of strips? Thanks!
     
  2. Jul 23, 2018 at 6:34 PM
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    Easy, just make sure you use a relay. Google relay wiring diagrams. Did the light strip come with relay and wires? I like waterproof heat shrink butt connectors if splicing anything. I used spades at lights. I installed a Mictuning switch left of steering wheel. Hooked up illumination on nearby switch. Plenty of write ups in lighting section.

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  3. Jul 24, 2018 at 3:51 AM
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    Thanks stump. I’ll look further when I have a moment.
     
  4. Jul 24, 2018 at 4:59 AM
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    Most of the light bars come with a relay if they have any wiring included. They are very close to being plug and play, but getting the switch through the firewall is the challenge
     
  5. Jul 24, 2018 at 6:25 AM
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    My Rough Country LED bar came with a wiring harness that had the relay in it, just had to de-pin and re-pin the connector to the on/off switch to make it easier to get through the firewal.
     
  6. Jul 24, 2018 at 6:48 AM
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    I cut off the cheap switch and taped the wire to a kebab spear, used a flathead screwdriver and pryed open the firewall plug just enough to push the wire through into the cabin. I then added a LED bar switch and fuse tapped it to get the switch to light on and off.

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  7. Jul 24, 2018 at 7:03 PM
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    Same as mine except in daylight. My bars came with switches but they will not fit in Tundra blanks so I got the Mictunings. I bought a second one because the case came apart on the first. I pushed it too hard. Removed and snapped back together. They could use a little glue on the case. Have 2 bars. One switch, 2 relays.

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    Just running the wire harness through the fire wall was a bit of hassle that's about it, I have the dbl row in lower grille and single row below bumper
     
  9. Jul 24, 2018 at 7:19 PM
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    It is pretty simple. Just look for write ups in lighting section. Google wiring diagram for relays and whatever switch you buy. If you plan to illuminate switch just tap in to nearby factory switch. Factory wires very light gauge so get a small gauge tap.
     
  10. Jul 24, 2018 at 7:21 PM
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    Quick tip, take an old antenna and sharpen the end. Then push it through the firewall boot away from the harness tape the wires to it then pull it back through. If it's tough little spray of Wd40 helps.

    Running wires this way the boot seals around them and you have no leake or wires pinched between the boot and metal of the firewall.
     
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  12. Jul 24, 2018 at 7:36 PM
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    Now ya need the LED backlit TOYOYA letters from @Sting Ray
     
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  13. Jul 24, 2018 at 8:40 PM
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    I think mine is a Mictuning too or version of it, was off Amazon, I had to trim it to fit in the blank switch space.

    The original switch that came with the light bar was tear drop shaped with a small push button. It also came with a remote keyfob which I used for while until I wired it into the cabin properly.

    I wonder if OP's bar did not come with wiring/relay/switch.
     
  14. Jul 24, 2018 at 8:48 PM
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    Yeah if it's a RC light bar he bought from them they come with everything you need, plug n play
     
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  15. Jul 25, 2018 at 9:09 AM
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    Good info, thanks!
     

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