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Old 05-24-2013, 07:52 PM
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Update..

No go on the DRLs. Ah well. I'll live.

Thanks to PaulMys, I asked if they could turn the seat belt chime off for me in the computer.. and they did! Woot!

Lance (service manager) could not get the USB ports to recognize inserted thumb drives (formatted correctly and should've worked) so he is making a few calls to the "Chrysler Gurus" and I should hear back from him next week about this.

We tested my phone connected via USB port and it worked.. but only for music.. not pictures. All of the thumb drives we tried contain both music and picture files and the radio wouldn't recognize the thumb drives at all. He believes we will most likely be replacing the entire unit due to the software being up to date.. seems like a hardware issue to him. Me.. no idea!

I tossed the idea of replacing with a 430N unit.. nope. Chrysler looks at VINs and sends the exact same unit if a replacement is warranted. I would have to pay for the 430N out of pocket. No thanks.. Garmin ain't that important to me.

So, I shall give updates as I receive them myself.

And I came home to a wonderful sight on my front porch.. about to break the box open and read up on how to get these bad boys on my truck either tonight (almost four more hours of sunlight today) or tomorrow! Stay tuned!

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Old 05-25-2013, 07:38 PM
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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! These Big Rig bars do illuminate during the day, but the LEDs are hardly visible. So, I will take some night shots and perhaps a video this evening to try and show off these amazing lights I've got now!
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Old 05-26-2013, 02:56 AM
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:02 AM
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I am REALLY lovin' my Big Rig Ice (and my Recon cab lights, and my Recon Xtreme)! Made a run to Wally World for some curtains for the master bedroom this evening.. there was a group of high schoolers hanging out, their cars all circled up, doors open, music blasting, hootin' and hollarin'.. then I unlocked my truck.. the music continued but they all stopped talking and yelling and I glanced over to see them all staring at the lit up rig. I got in, turned her on and started to pull out.. I swear their jaws dropped seeing my running lights and then even more when I engaged my turn signal (they were behind me at this point).. sorry if I say it too often, but... I LOVE my truck!! They can keep their Prius' and low rider Honda Civics! Wouldn't trade my baby for anything!

Can't wait til Wednesday when my bull bar arrives.. after I get that installed, I'll order my KCs and rock the night even more! Mwaahaaahaaa!
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:21 PM
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Woke up to a voice mail this morning.. my visors are ready for pickup! Paint guy was able to get them painted on Friday and they cured all weekend. They had to remove the manufacturer's applied tape to paint them thoroughly so I went to Auto Zone and picked up the thinnest 3M tape I could get.. it appears to be thin enough, but we shall see when it comes time to install.

I do not have any surface prep or scotch brite pads left over.. question is do I need to find some or will it work without it by putting these back in the channels? I prepped the channels with the included prep pads and scotch brite pads originally so I am wondering if I need to do it again? Or if that one time was good enough for this reinstall? I do have alcohol pads if needed. Any help here would be appreciated. I want to ensure that these go in as solid as they did the last time.

Hopefully will figure out what I need to do it right and get them on in the next few days. Better to do it right the first time.

Here's some shots of how they look now.. my ma & pa shop did a superb job!





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Those look AWESOME!!!! I thought about get me some and now I know I need these.
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Old 05-30-2013, 07:42 PM
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And she got a bath today.. finally! I've been putting it off giving the tape for the Big Rigs time to adhere properly.







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Ah yes, one more thing happened today..

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