(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
The LiteDOT tail light and LitePANEL combo kit is for those of you that have a 2007 to 2018 JK that are looking for a way to change out the look of the rear of your Jeep, as well as adding a little bit more of a modern touch by having an LED tail light as opposed to the incandescent bulbs in those factory tail lights. I'm gonna give this installation a two out of three wrenches because there is some wiring involved in the installation. Everything you need to get these wired up does come in the kit, but you are gonna have to do a little bit of cutting, a little bit of stripping, and some soldering of some wires. So, again, two out of three wrenches, but I'm gonna show you exactly how to do this in just a second. Now, again, this is going to be a kit that does a few different things for you. As you can tell, it drastically changes up the look of the GP's light panels that go around the outside of your new LiteDOT tail lights. They come in a matte black color, which will match a lot of the factory black plastic accents on the Jeep. However, if you did choose to color change these, you could. Of course, with the proper prep work, you could paint the body color or any other color. If you leave them black, it really does change up the look of the Jeep, especially when the LiteDOT tail lights are off because they're also black. So it really gives a pretty mean look to the back of the Jeep. These lights are going to be a lot brighter than your factory incandescent lights. They are, of course, going to have that same functionality that you need, tail, turn, stop, and reverse, but they just do it in a very different way. LED in general is going to give you a little bit more of a modern look because it has that nice crisp, clean on and off, which is a little bit different from those incandescent bulbs and a lot of modern vehicles have the LED, so going with something like that is going to be brighter and also give you that different aesthetic. What I like about this combo kit is the fact that it comes with not only the LiteDOT tail lights, but also the LitePANELs and everything you need for the installation. I'll get into this a little bit more in just a second, but because of the computer system on the JK, you do do something a little bit special in order to keep these lights from flashing double time or hyper flashing. And again, this kit comes with everything that's necessary in order to get the install done and done correctly.Now, there are going to be a few different options out there for tail lights, for LED tail lights. These ones are going to be a little bit more expensive than some of the other choices out there, coming in at right around that $360 mark. If you like the LiteDOTs, if you like the overall appearance of these, I do think they're pretty high-quality and therefore, I do think they're going to be worth the price. If you are looking for something a little bit less expensive, or if you just like a different aesthetic, there are a ton of different options out there. As I mentioned before that, I'm gonna give this a two out of three wrenches because of the wiring involved. Let me show you how to get these installed. For this install, we used an impact with a Phillips tip on it. However, a Phillips-head screwdriver would work just fine as well. We also used a 3/16th Allen head socket, a razor knife, a screwdriver, a heat source to melt our solder, a pair of wire cutters, and a pair of wire strippers. This install is going to be a two out of three wrenches because of the wiring that's involved in this process, but I'm gonna show you exactly how to get everything wired up once we get our factory tail light uninstalled from the Jeep. So, as you'll see, there are four screws on each one of your tail lights. The inner screws here are the ones that hold the tail light to the Jeep, the outer ones just hold this outer lens to the rest of the body. So we don't have to remove all four, we're just gonna remove these two inner screws to get the tail light out, then we'll jump over to the table and show you how to get everything else assembled. Let's pull the tail light out, and just push this tab down here to unplug it from the Jeep, and move on to the next step. So anyway with the tail light we just removed over here on the table and all of the parts for at least one side of our new tail light, and we're gonna be doing some assembly and some wiring here on the table, then we'll jump back over to the Jeep. So the first thing you're going to do is remove the wiring harness from your factory tail light. It's pretty easy to do, it'll just unclick from the tail light itself. Had a little bit of a Christmas tree clip there, you can just pull it off and then give each of these sockets a quarter turn to remove them from the back of the housing. So, you have two sockets on your factory wiring harness, we only really care about the tail, turn, and stop side of the harness, this one here that actually uses the dual filament bulb. This here, this is just your reverse light, so we're gonna go ahead and unplug that bulb. You don't need that, we'll set that aside. So, the reason we care about this harness at all and the reason that we're using it is that all the electronics on the newer JKs run through what's known as a CAN bus system, which essentially means that all of the electronics on the vehicle run through some sort of computer. Nothing is just wired directly to a switch or through a relay, everything is computerized. And because of that, when you switch out your tail lights, especially to something that doesn't draw as much power like these new LED tail lights, the computer can actually think that your tail light is out giving you what's known as a hyper flash. So, on the dashboard, the turn signal indicator will flash double time and that's supposed to be an indication to you as the driver that you have a light out somewhere on the Jeep. But again, that's only doing it because the LED is drawing less power. So, what we're going to be doing with the new kit, and everything's included for you, is we're actually leaving this light intact and plugged into the circuit, more or less, tricking the Jeep into thinking that you just have a regular factory tail light installed on the Jeep, while in reality, we're going to have the LED LiteDOT tail light. So this stays completely assembled here and it actually gets tucked inside the body where you're never going to see it. So what we can do is actually attach that to this little piece of aluminum here. This is designed to slide right in there, quarter turn, lock in just like it was locked into the back of your factory tail light. And then this piece is going to get stuck onto the inside of the tub of the Jeep just kind of hidden away. So we can set that aside for now. The next step is going to be assembling the LiteDOT to the piece of trim here. In order to do that, just unwrap the wiring harness. We're gonna feed these wires through the largest of the three holes on the piece of trim, and that'll give you a really good idea of what this whole thing is gonna look like when it's installed on the Jeep and it'll be just like that. We're gonna put it face down. We have this bracket to attach to the back of the trim piece and this is what's going to be holding this whole assembly onto the Jeep. So the first step in installing this, there's a small rubber cap that we're gonna put over the one edge here, and that so that this doesn't end up chaffing the paint on the Jeep. Set that over top of there, no problem. Then there are a couple of these clips, these threaded clips that we'll have to install on this bracket as well. Slide them right over the top, line them up with the holes that are drilled in the bracket. The bracket goes on the back of the plastic piece of trim just like this. Then we're gonna do is take some of these long stainless screws that are provided, they go right through the front of the tail light, through the trim piece and right into those threaded pieces that we just put on the aluminum bracket, and we'll just put a couple of turns on those by hand. We're not gonna be tightening them down yet, you actually need them to be pretty loose in order to get this whole thing assembled onto the Jeep. So we're just gonna put a couple of turns on them just to hold everything together. So that is our rough assembly of all of that. The next thing we can do is wire your new LiteDOT tail light to your factory wiring harness before getting everything installed on the Jeep itself. So this is the part where you're going to be using the connectors that come with the kit. These are crimp and heat shrink connectors. So these ones work pretty well. If you choose to, you can, of course, cut and solder your wires if that's your preferred method. You could also use something like a vampire clip, but I would recommend either the bike connectors or a solder connection. I'm not a big fan of the vampire clips. So, if you look in the instructions for the LiteDOT, they'll tell you exactly which ones of these four wires get connected to which ones of these four wires. You're going to, of course, have a high and a low, you're going to have your reverse light, and you're going to have a ground. So, we'll take a look at the instructions to make sure we have everything set up right. We'll make some cuts on our factory harness and get everything spliced back together. Now it's time to get our new tail light wired up to our factory wiring harness. The first thing we're going to do is just use a razor knife to cut away any sort of heat shrink or tape that might be on the wire harness just to expose everything, make it a little bit easier for us here. And then we'll start with the first wire. So, again, this is really clear in the instructions exactly which wires on your new tail light you connect to which wires on the wiring harness. So the first one we're going to do is the red wire from your new tail light to the white wire with the yellow tracer on the factory wiring harness. So we just go pretty much in the center of the wiring harness here, cut it. You compare wire strippers, strip a little bit on either side. And then the red wire here on your new tail light, strip that as well. Then we'll grab one of the butt connectors that comes with the kit, twist all of the wires together and crimp them down. Once you have your first set of wires connected, you can just repeat the process for the other three wires that are attached to your new LiteDOT tail light. Cut the white wire with the violet tracer, strip that. That's going to be connected to the brown wire on your new tail light. Same as before, slide the solder connector over, just so your wires together and then heat everything up. Once you have all four of your wires connected, we can go back over to the Jeep, get everything plugged in and get your new tail light installed. So now we can actually install the light onto the Jeep. The first thing you're gonna wanna do is plug your factory wiring harness with the modifications made into the Jeep itself and test everything. That way you can make sure everything is working properly, all of your solder connections are good before installing the rest of the light onto the Jeep. So, we'll go ahead and do that and then you have your aluminum box with your factory tail light inside of it that you need to strap with the small included clip to the inside of the tub. And then finally, you can tighten down the stainless steel screws to attach the tail light itself onto the back of the Jeep. So, first things first, we'll get this plugged in. Attach your small metal clip to the factory bulb socket, slide it over top, and then all of this goes inside the tub. And then we'll clip our aluminum box onto the Jeep itself just to keep it from flapping around. Just like that. Then we can get the tail light installed. And this bracket that we installed before, that's actually what's gonna hold everything. So if you push on your screws to get that as far away from the plastic as possible, you can feed first that outside in there. Make sure your wires are tucked and not gonna get pinched, and then the inside. And then all you have to do is tighten down the screws to hold everything in place. Tighten it by hand enough, it's not gonna fall out and then I'll grab the proper Allen head screw to tighten that down. We can tighten down our stainless screws. That's all it is for the install. We'll go ahead and jump over the other side and do the same thing. So, as you can see, when you have these lights side by side, the new LiteDOT is very, very different from a factory tail light. The factory tail light has your one bulb up top that's going to be your tail, your stop, and your turn signal, and then your white box in the bottom there, of course, is your reverse. Because this is a round light, it has the larger plastic surround that covers that whole area that your factory tail light would have, but this is just going to be a smaller cluster of LEDs in a circle in the center there. You're going to have a high and a low on those red lights, that's going to be your tail stop and turn. And then a small cluster of lights in the lower section there, those are going to be your white ones that light up for the reverse. So it's very clear when looking at these, even in a picture, that these are very, very different pieces. And as you can tell, when you have them side by side, they share very little in style. Of course, they're still going to function as a tail light, but they're going to drastically change up the look of the back of your Jeep. So if you are looking for an LED tail light that will drastically change up the look of the back of your Jeep, I would recommend this option from LiteDOT and you can find it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Easy Conversion. The LiteDOT Tail Light and LitePANEL Combo Kit is designed to accommodate installation of the highly sought after YJ and TJ LiteDOT taillights on your factory JK. It offers a tough rugged look while providing the option to upgrade to brighter LED lights which are less likely to burn out in your lifetime. A sleek black matte finish complements your JK's factory exterior and is easily painted for a more personal look.
Durable Construction. The LitePanels are molded to perfectly match the curves and contours of your Jeep, for a true bolt on upgrade. Finished in a matte black, you'll be able to easily paint to match your Jeep for a custom look. Best of all these accommodations require no modification or drilling, so returning to stock is simply as retaining your factory equipment and reinstalling when you need to.
Kit Contents. The LiteDOT Tail Light and LitePANEL Combo Kit includes a pair of LiteDot Tail lights, Lite panels, LiteBOX, brackets, mounting hardware and all the electrical parts required for installation.
Application. This Off Road Only LiteDOT Tail Light and LitePANEL Combo Kit is designed for 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models.
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(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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