(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey, guys, it's Sara from extremeterrain.com and today we have a review and install of the Maxbilt Trail Tail LED Tail Lights fitting your '97 through '06 Jeep Wrangler TJs. These tail lights feature a tough plastic construction and slim waterproof design with LEDs to improve the visibility of your Jeep at night. So, these tail lights were designed for off-road use so they don't include a license plate light. If you'd like to keep your license plate in the factory location, you will need to add one or you can choose a relocation kit that includes a license plate light. Coming in at around $190 these are middle of the road price-wise, but this slim LED design will function much better than the OE replacement style. I'm giving this install two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. It can be done in approximately one hour but does require some minor wiring. Also, if you'd like to keep your license plate in the factory location, you will need to trim the license plate frame. But with that said let's jump right into our install.For this install we used an impact gun, a 3/8 drive ratchet, a small extension, a Philips head socket, a 3/16 Allen socket, a 12-millimeter socket, a 10-millimeter socket, wire strippers and crimpers, needle nose pliers, some spade connectors and vampire clips, a paint marker and a body saw. So, the first step in our uninstall is to remove the four Philips head screws on each corner of our tail light. Next up using a 10-millimeter socket remove the three bolts on the inside of your tail light. Pull the wiring harness forward to reveal the connector, press back on the connector and release it. Repeat those steps on the other side.All right. Now that we have our stock tail lights uninstalled from our Jeep, we can put them side by side with our Trail Tail tail lights, and really check out some of the similarities and differences. Now, right off the bat the only similarity here is that they're both made of plastic. The Trail Tail is quite a bit beefier in design than factory and it's also waterproof. It also features upgraded LEDs which are gonna be much brighter than your factory bulbs. The only downside to this tail light is that you do need to add a license plate light if you'd like to keep it street legal. But with that said let's get these installed on our Jeep.All right. So, there's lots of different ways to wire these up. We are gonna be using vampire clips and spade connectors. If you'd like to do it another way as long as you're getting these wires so the proper wires on the Jeep it will work. So, let's flip this over. We're gonna start with our ground wire, now you will have to find a ground spot on the Jeep. So, we're gonna put an eyelet on this wire for now so that we can ground it once it's on our Jeep. These wires are already stripped, so once you have your connector in place, grab the crimpers and crimp that nice and tight. Just double-check that you have a good connection, let's move on to the rest of our wires. Now, the rest will get the spade connector that's gonna go on our vampire clip later. Repeat that with the white and red wires. Repeat that exact same process with your other light, starting with our ground. All right. Let's get these installed on our Jeep.At this point we can attach the vampire clips to the wires on the connectors on our Jeep starting with the purple and black one, line up your vampire clip, we need to grab the pliers for this one, doesn't want to grab. Moving on next to the red and brown one, and we're just using the pliers so just gently squeeze this shut so it contacts with our wire. And finally, the yellow and black one. Now this is the passenger side of the Jeep, we won't be using this red and green one. Moving on to our driver side we will be using all three of these wires so get your vampire clips and we'll get started clamping them on. All right. Let's get our lights bolted up.All right. So, grab your passenger side tail light to start, they are side specific so make sure you've got the one with the LEDs on the outside. Grab your wires and run them through the opening and then grab the included hardware. Grab a 3/16 Allen key and tighten these down. So, the red wire on our tail light is gonna go to the black and yellow wire on our TJ's wiring harness. Next up the brown with red down here is gonna go to the yellow wire on our tail light. And finally, the purple and black wire is gonna go to the white on our tail light. Now we can do our ground. Now, there's a bunch of different ways to do a ground, basically anywhere where it contacts metal will work. But what we're gonna do is grab a nut and just go to the back of one of the bolts that hold in our tail light. Placing the eyelet over the end of that bolt, grab a nut and thread it on there. Gonna grab a 10-millimeter and tighten this down.All right. So, we will have to cut our license plate frame in order to get these mounted. What I'm gonna do is hold this up here. We're gonna mark right around where we wanna cut. It looks to be up about ballpark right at the top of the actual license plate itself. All right, with our marks made grab a 10-millimeter socket and get our license plate and the frame removed. There should be four bolts behind the license plate, remove these as well. All right. So, using a body saw, we're just gonna cut along the lines that we made so that it can clear our tail light. All right. So, once you're done cutting this you can clean it up with a file if you like or even an angle grinder. Once you're happy with this cut, we can get it re-installed on the Jeep.All right. It's a little bit easier to get the light mounted up first, grab your wiring harness and thread it through this hole here and line up the provided hardware with these two holes at the bottom of this triangle. Grab a 3/16 Allen socket and tighten these down. Now we can reinstall our license plate frame using the factory hardware. Now using a 10-millimeter socket, let's tighten these down. Now we can reinstall our license plate frame using the factory hardware.All right, so now we can attach the red pigtail on our tail light to the black and yellow connector on our factory harness. Next up is the green and red wire on our factory harness, this one in the center here, and this one is gonna go to the yellow wire on our tail light. And finally, the purple and black is gonna go to the white on our tail light. Next up we have the ground, this is on an eyelet, and this is gonna go to the back of one of the bolts that are holding in the tail light. Thread a nut onto the end of this bolt, and then using a 12-millimeter socket tighten it down. All right. So, that's gonna do it for the review and install these Trail Tail tail lights. Remember for all things Jeep keep it at extremeterrain.com.
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Keep Trailing Motorists Aware. Keep motorists behind you aware of your every move with Maxbilt Trail Tail LED Tail Lights. These LED tail lights produce a complete set of tail light signals including stop, turn, and reverse, using extremely bright LED bulbs. This ensures trailing motorists see your Wrangler TJ's signals even in bad weather.
Tough and Slim Build Quality. The Maxbilt Trail Tail LED Tail Lights feature a tough, waterproof plastic construction that’s capable of taking a lot of abuse. These tail lights also feature a slim, almost flush design that prevents the component from taking any damage when navigating tight trails. Additionally, the lights’ slim design adds a nice, sleek touch to your Jeep’s back end.
Installs Easily. The Maxbilt Trail Tail LED Tail Lights is designed as a direct replacement unit, bolting onto your Jeep’s existing tail light mounting locations. Installation uses just standard hand tools. Please note that some modifications to the factory license plate mount may be necessary in order for the LED tail light to fit. Also, license plate lights need to be added to make your Jeep DOT-compliant.
Application. The Maxbilt Trail Tail LED Tail Lights fits all 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ.
Fitment: 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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