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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!

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

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

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.

Take some pictures where the lights are mounted if you can.
As requested! These pictures were taken on the passenger side..







 

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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.
 

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

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Now that you've had these on for awhile, how are they holding up and any additional comments? Also curious how the 3M tape is holding up? I too hate the idea of using screws.
BTW, it appears that some of your install pictures are no longer available. I sure would like to see them if possible, as I just installed the Xtreme tailgate bar and now contemplating the Big Rig Ice bars.
Thank you!
 

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Now that you've had these on for awhile, how are they holding up and any additional comments? Also curious how the 3M tape is holding up? I too hate the idea of using screws.
BTW, it appears that some of your install pictures are no longer available. I sure would like to see them if possible, as I just installed the Xtreme tailgate bar and now contemplating the Big Rig Ice bars.
Thank you!
They are doing great! Not one issue with the installation or wiring. They are functioning exactly like I intended them to. The 3M tape is holding strong. I haven't had any problems whatsoever. Only happy things as I love to see them in action and I receive compliments on them on nearly a daily basis.

I did not take any installation pictures, as stated in my original post. I was simply too busy to worry about my camera in addition to getting the install perfect. All I do have is the after the fact video, posted above. I am willing to take pictures of any aspect as they sit installed if you would like.

Hope this helps!
 

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As always, I appreciate your quick response. Glad to hear all is well with the install. Now I have another project to look forward to. :smileup:
 

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I really like your setup! I might have to order some of those lights myself. If all doors are closed and you turn on the dome light inside the truck, do they switch to white? I'm wondering because it's not rare that one of my passengers or even myself needs to use a dome light while driving down the road and I'm wary of the white underneath the truck while driving.

Awesome lights!!
 

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I really like your setup! I might have to order some of those lights myself. If all doors are closed and you turn on the dome light inside the truck, do they switch to white? I'm wondering because it's not rare that one of my passengers or even myself needs to use a dome light while driving down the road and I'm wary of the white underneath the truck while driving.

Awesome lights!!
Thanks for the compliments. :)
As for your question, I'm pretty sure that if I'm driving and turn on the dome lights that the running bars' courtesy lights will not illuminate. The courtesy light feature is triggered by a door opening. However, you have my curiosity peaked as I have never actually tried testing this. Although I am nearly 100% positive that it will not be the case, I'll give it a test tonight and report back..
 

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I really like your setup! I might have to order some of those lights myself. If all doors are closed and you turn on the dome light inside the truck, do they switch to white? I'm wondering because it's not rare that one of my passengers or even myself needs to use a dome light while driving down the road and I'm wary of the white underneath the truck while driving.

Awesome lights!!
Thanks for the compliments. :)
As for your question, I'm pretty sure that if I'm driving and turn on the dome lights that the running bars' courtesy lights will not illuminate. The courtesy light feature is triggered by a door opening. However, you have my curiosity peaked as I have never actually tried testing this. Although I am nearly 100% positive that it will not be the case, I'll give it a test tonight and report back..
Many apologies for the delayed reply! I did check on this and was shocked with the results. Like I said, I had never given this any thought as I hardly ever engage my dome lights while driving (I always simply turn on the maps if needed). But yes, the Big Rigs do in fact turn to the white courtesy lights when the doors are closed and the dome light switch is manually turned on. In hindsight, it does make sense that they function this way as they are wired directly into the dome light wire on my truck.. I just never thought of it as I never turn the switch on while driving. Hope this helps!
 

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So I put mine on Sunday! 5 hours baking in the sun ahaha. Had to find the dumb courtesy lamps on a 2500. Purple/yellow wire. Only thing I regret is I got lazy and used t-tabs to splice into running lights near headlight some. Have you had any issues now? Should I go back and splice and heat shrink? :)
 
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