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    Jeep JK/TJ Led lighting info

    I figured I would start this thread as a source of info for anyone adding led lights to replace factory bulbs to their JK or TJ.
    I am going to add to the thread over the next few weeks, but if anyone has any info or corrections, please post up!

    First a note on side markers- despite what you think, your factory side markers do not flash with the turn signals or hazards. All they are is a parking light.

    TJ- adding led side markers (easy method) using 2 existing factory wires
    Led light black wire goes to factory white wire.
    Led white wire goes to factory black wire.
    (this is assuming your led has a black positive wire, as most do, while the factory uses white for positive, most of the time)
    Note- with key off, parking lights off, the side marker will do nothing. With parking lights on, it will be on and flash.

    TJ- adding led side markers (moderate method) using 2 existing factory wires from the front turn signal harness, instead of factory side marker wires.
    Locate and remove the plug from the front turn signal- the plug has 3 wires (white/brown or green, white/yellow and black) Thanks Jerry!
    Tap into the Turn signal wire (white/green-drivers side or white/brown- passenger side) with the white wire from the Led side marker.
    Tap into the Parking light (white/yellow) wire with the black wire from the Led side marker.
    This adds the flashing of the side marker led with the key on, regardless of parking lights on or off- giving a daytime side flash indicator.

    TJ- add JK front turn signal housings to the grill- use a 3 1/8" hole saw, locate the JK housings, but you use the TJ socket and bulb. the socket will twist into the JK housing.

    If you want to get fancy (difficult method) pick up 4 diodes and 2 resistors from Radio Shack. Tap into all 3 front turn signal wires, and turn the 3 wires into 2 wires for the side marker led.
    Turn signal wire is white/green-driver side, white/brown-passenger side
    Parking light wire is white/yellow
    Ground wire is black
    Hook black wire from led to a diode and resistor and then to the white/yellow
    Hook black wire from led also to another diode and then to the white/green or brown
    Hook white from led to the black ground wire from the factory harness
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    Note the orientation of the diode- very important
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    This method should have the side markers acting just like the front lights, regardless of key on or parking lights on.


    TJ- Rear factory wiring colors
    Tail- White/yellow tracer (some sources say Black/yellow tracer)
    Stop/ Left Turn- green/red tracer
    Stop/ Right Turn- Brown/red tracer
    Reverse- violet/black tracer

    *Note- you will need a 50 watt 6 ohm resistor that will go on the turn signal wire (hook one side of resistor to factory wire, other side to led wire)
    2 resistors can be bought for $4 on amazon http://www.amazon.com/Jtech-Resistor...+6ohm+resistor
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    JK wiring

    JK- Adding led side markers-
    Black led wire goes to white factory wire
    White led wire goes to black factory wire.

    See one wire mod to add flashing of side marker http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?1...r-Mod-for-2013
    When doing this mod- the led black wire would go to the white wire from the side marker factory wiring.
    The led white wire would go to the factory bottom (drivers side) white wire on the harness for front turn signal or top white (passenger side)


    JK- Rear Tail light wiring-
    Tail- white/purple tracer
    Stop/ Left Turn- white/yellow tracer
    Stop/ Right Turn- also white/yellow wire ?
    Reverse- white/green tracer
    Black is ground

    *Note- you will need a 50 watt 6 ohm resistor that will go on the turn signal wire (hook one side of resistor to factory wire, other side to led wire)
    2 resistors can be bought for $4 on amazon http://www.amazon.com/Jtech-Resistor...+6ohm+resistor

    Will add more later
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    JK wiring continued

    JK- adding led 3rd brake light/ license plate to spare tire location
    Use the 2 wires from existing 3rd brake light plus you will need to run 1 wire either thru the tailgate or under right rear to the right rear taillight
    Factory white/yellow tracer is brake light positive- ORO red wire
    Factory black wire is ground- ORO black wire
    New wire to taillight white/purple tracer is parking light- ORO green wire




    Note- always follow wiring color instructions if any came with your led lights. Most I have seen, the black is positive. Use a 9 volt battery to test your led's. They should only turn on when hooked up properly positive to positive on battery, except when testing with the side marker led on TJ's or JK's- it is possible to have the led reversed and some functions will work, but not as desired.
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    Dude. Awesome. Subscribed


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    thanks for this Paul! this is some good info for people to know if they are adding evo skins for example and need to wire up the led reverse light.
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    Thanks Jerry and Steve- I just figured it would be good info to have in one thread

    as mentioned above, if anyone has any info to add, please do!

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    Maxxima M85416R led taillight with reverse. New design is actually a flat mount (older model required a 4" hole) you just need a 1" hole in the middle for the wires to go through.
    If you didn't get the pigtail wire ends, just cut the pl-3 ends off the wires.
    There are 2 pigtails- the top is reverse and the bottom is stop/tail light. The white wires on both need to be tied together to the ground.
    Top pigtail-
    White- ground
    Red- reverse

    Bottom pigtail-
    White- ground
    Red- stop/turn
    Black- tail light

    Do not attach the 2 red wires together. They are separate circuits- top red is reverse, bottom red is stop/turn.
    12 leds white/12 leds red.
    $76 for 2 from randpcarriages.com http://www.ebay.com/itm/TWO-Maxxima-...item5667690235
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    Smile Thanks Paul

    ok after trying to figure out why the LED marker lights I bought wouldn't work, your post saved the day. I didn't realize the LED's were wired backwards from the stock marker lights. I know have them as marker lights and as blinkers

    Thanks again
    Chris

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    Glad this thread helped you Chris!

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    can some one please help me and tell me wish wire go with what color please ImageUploadedByWAYALIFE1427941663.083104.jpgImageUploadedByWAYALIFE1427941596.012163.jpg
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