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KA1OTE 05-26-2013 03:03 AM

Recon Big Rig Running Lights Installed
 
Recon Big Rig Ice running board lights are now installed!

Been tossing around the idea of doing a write up on this.. seems like a lot of members either already know how to do this or have already done it... but I'll give you my version and run down of my experience.

I didn't take any pics during the install process because, well.. it was just that, a process and I didn't need any distractions.. lol

*******Installation of Big Rig Ice Running Lights Part #26414X*******

I laid the bars on my dining room table and applied 3M tape (I was not about to use the included screws and brackets to mount them!).

Next, I measured the bars (62"), subtracted 2" for the tip of the bar that contains no LEDs, stuck a piece of masking tape at center (30") and marked with a pen. Now I had center (of the actual LEDs) marked on the bars.

Then, out to the truck. I decided to measure for center based on the foot pads on my running boards - mainly because I purchased the Ice version with the white courtesy lights and wanted to have those centered over the foot pads. I don't recall the actual measurements, but I stuck masking tape just below the doors and marked center with the pen again.

Starting with the passenger side, I laid the bar (loom end toward the engine bay) on the running board and lined up the pen marks on the bar and the truck. Removed the 3M backing, slowly positioned the bar, rechecked my marks, rolled the bar up into place and pressed up along the length of the bar to ensure full adhesion of the 3M tape.

Next, I got a length of copper wire.. fed the wire down from the engine bay to come out above the front wheel well liner and just behind my mud flaps. I wrapped the wires in the bar loom to the end of the wire and secured with electrical tape.. then pulled the loom up to the engine bay and just draped it over the edge of the bay for now. I laid down under the running boards and secured the loom with a tie wrap about 6" from the end of the bar to the inside of the body (there were a few holes nearby - it was difficult to feed the tie wrap, but got 'er done).

Next, I separated the white (courtesy light) wire from the loom as far as I could and routed it along the back side of the engine bay (there is a liner, of sorts, that I simply tucked the wire behind) and ran it to the driver's side corner where it would wait..

Next, I opened the dirt guard at the front of the wheel well (it rested quite nicely on my tire as a way to keep it open) and then fed the copper wire/loom assembly down through the dirt guard. I now had my loom dangling inside the wheel well. Since I only had to connect to the parking and turn signal wires, I decided to try to access the turn signal light in the main headlight unit without removing the grille and headlight unit altogether. And it worked! (Albeit very small working space - but not too small for my female hands ;))

At this point, I put the passenger side on pause and repeated everything on the driver side..

Fast forward........

Now, I have the bar looms dangling in their respective wheel wells, dirt guards propped open on the tires, both turn signal lamps unplugged and dangling in place, and the passenger side white wire routed across and laying with the driver side white wire just behind the battery.

Next came the wiring. Easy peasy. On both sides (but obviously not simultaneously) I spliced into the parking and turn signal wires, snapped the t-taps together, tested the bars to ensure my wiring was correct and replaced the bulbs.

To finalize this install, I connected the white wires (for the courtesy lights). The wire from the passenger side was not long enough, so I had to extend it with additional wire (I actually cannibalized my broken Recon Xtreme for the extra wire lol!), spliced the driver and passenger together, and taped the end to the copper wire. Inside the truck, I opened the access panel on the door side of the dash, found pin/wire #13 (white w/yellow stripe that others had identified on other threads as being the wire for the dome lights).. then, with some help from hubby, we stuck the copper wire through a gasket from the engine bay into the driver side foot well, just behind the brake pedal.. then routed the copper wire up through the access panel opening (from behind and below), and spliced the white wire into the dome lights and tested the bars.

It took me about 3 hours for this install. But the results are SO worth it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAYyYFlkR3Q

06 BigHorn 05-26-2013 09:34 AM

Looks good, Might have to do it to mine

Arth 05-26-2013 10:43 AM

Yep looks awesome!

I am debating if I should switch out my two for the ice version as well. Oh decisions decisions...

06 BigHorn 05-26-2013 10:56 AM

Take some pictures where the lights are mounted if you can.

double0ram 05-26-2013 11:19 AM

nicely done! that looks legit!!!

KA1OTE 05-26-2013 04:20 PM

Thanks everyone. It was a fun mod to do. I am getting better with understanding the wiring on this beast. :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arth (Post 1107975)
Yep looks awesome!

I am debating if I should switch out my two for the ice version as well. Oh decisions decisions...

You inspired me to get these.. now I return the favor ;)
I love the courtesy light feature! Well worth the $30 difference in the cost.

Quote:

Originally Posted by 06 BigHorn (Post 1107983)
Take some pictures where the lights are mounted if you can.

As requested! These pictures were taken on the passenger side..

http://www.majhost.com/gallery/ladyk...g/img_2720.jpg

http://www.majhost.com/gallery/ladyk...g/img_2721.jpg

http://www.majhost.com/gallery/ladyk...g/img_2722.jpg

http://www.majhost.com/gallery/ladyk...g/img_2723.jpg

silverrain21 05-26-2013 11:00 PM

those look awesome.. and reps for the install and video

highlandchef 05-28-2013 12:36 AM

Installation looks great. I've been thinking about adding this to my todo list and I think you convinced me.

Reps for the write up.

KA1OTE 05-28-2013 12:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by silverrain21 (Post 1108465)
those look awesome.. and reps for the install and video

Quote:

Originally Posted by highlandchef (Post 1109496)
Installation looks great. I've been thinking about adding this to my todo list and I think you convinced me.

Reps for the write up.

Thank guys, much appreciated! I highly recommend this mod to anyone who loves light as much as I do. :smileup:

RogerRamJet 05-28-2013 12:55 AM

Thanks for the video and pics, Kai! Kyudos and rep points for doing and sharing!


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