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Old 05-05-2008, 07:42 PM
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Post Auxiliary backup lights installed (How to/pics)

Well I have another thing off my list of things to do. I have wanted to install auxiliary backup lights for sometime now and finally got around to doing it. I ordered the lights from Jcwhitney.com; they are the Navigator (NV-534). They were 46.99 for the set. They are actually fog lights but there low profile design was just what I was looking for. Each light is 55 watts a piece; they come with the wiring, fuse, switch, mounting brackets, and hardware.
I opted to buy a new fuse holder that was more heavy duty with a lid along with a new switch, and the wiring since I needed much more then they gave me. I also ran 14G wire over the 16G they supplied since I was more then tripling the length. I am also using a relay so they will come on only when the switch activated with the key in the ON/RUN position. I also did NOT tap into the reverse wire was I did not want them on every time I backed up, only to be activated with the switch.


Here are some pictures along with a little how to.

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The parts List
-100ft 14G wire
-3/8in x 10ft slit tubing (2 packs)
-8in zip ties
-1/4 eyelets
-14/16g disconnect crimps
-Heavy duty fuse holder with lid
-3/16 heat shrink
-Relay
-Red L.E.D toggle Switch
-10-32 x 3/4 machine screws
-L-bracket
-Electrical tape (2 rolls)
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For the Relay

85-Ground
86-From Switch
87-To lights
30-From fused battery

The Switch
1-Ground
2-To 86
3-12v Ignition (under steering column Dk. blue/Lt. green)

When everything is connected tape/ zip tie it up nicely under the dash out of the way.






Here are the lights in the box
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Here’s the fuse holder, crimped an eyelet on one end and connected to the positive battery bolt. I ran the wire behind the battery, takes a little work to get it through.
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I ran the wire into the cab using the same grommet as the power feed for the fuse box uses since I was already on top of it, I used a coat hanger to pull the wire through. You need the take the glove box out and reach to the firewall and find the wire coming out. Once it is pulled through follow the existing wiring looms across the dash to the switch location, taping the wire down every 6-8”. It is a very tight reach to the fire wall from inside so you will need to bend your arm in ways you never thought were possible.
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Old 05-05-2008, 07:44 PM
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Next I pulled the wire that will be going to the lights. Again I used the factory grommet in the driver’s side sill. Once the wire was though I put slit tubing over it and wrapped it in electrical tape, as extra protection from water and salt. I just followed the existing wiring looms all the way to the back of the truck using Zip ties every 8” or so to secure it.
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Here is where it is coming out of the sill plate.
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Here it is running down the frame.
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Crossing over to the inside of the frame, still following the factory loom.
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Old 05-05-2008, 07:46 PM
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Again following the inside of the frame to the back of the truck
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At the back of the truck where it splits off to each light.
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I mounted the lights on the bumper just past the sides of the hitch, even on each side. The screws they gave me looked like wood screws with very course threads and would not bite, so I simply used some brass screws I had. The lights also need to be grounded so I used the grounding point were the 7-pin connecter is grounded to above the spare tie on the frame cross member.
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I mounted the switch right next to the brake controller with an L bracket and two machined nuts. I was going to put it below the headlight switch or along side the cigarette lighter but it fits perfect here and I didn’t have to drill the dash then. I secured it from the side by using the same screw that the brake controller and two machined screws secured the switch bracket to the L bracket. I also spray painted it black to match. For grounding the switch I used the existing grounding point in the kick panel.
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Old 05-05-2008, 07:48 PM
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Day time
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LET THERE BE LIGHT
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Over all I am very pleased with them, they put out a good amount of light, yet during the day they are not extremely noticeable. They light up the sides of the trailer real good which was why I put them on. As backing up at night with less then a foot of clearance on each side was a pain when you could not see the sides. Now even hooking up at night I will have light to see what I am doing. They will still be very useful without the trailer also.
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Old 05-05-2008, 07:49 PM
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One more with reverse lights on.
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Total time 3.5hours
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Old 05-05-2008, 07:54 PM
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VERY clean and professional. I like it! Great job!
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Old 05-05-2008, 08:00 PM
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Looks great!! Those lights are pretty bright. :thumbsup:
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Old 05-05-2008, 08:12 PM
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Very Clean Job......Nice Work
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Old 05-05-2008, 08:51 PM
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Thats slick. Nice and clean install. But do you need the relay? Cuz I figure it would be nice to use the lights with out the key on.
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Old 05-05-2008, 09:34 PM
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Thanks for the complements everyone!






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Thats slick. Nice and clean install. But do you need the relay? Cuz I figure it would be nice to use the lights with out the key on.
No, you don't have to use the relay, I used it because it protects them from accidentally being left on and draining the battery.
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:19 PM
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Good Job! I've been meaning to do this myself but I plan on just using the reverse lights as the trigger for the relay.
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:40 PM
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Looks good man! I did this install a while back. Opted for the Piaas and couldn't be happier. I think my rear lights are better than my fronts! haha

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*Pictures* Reverse Lights and Camera and Rapid Hitch

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Old 05-05-2008, 10:54 PM
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great write up!
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:59 PM
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I've been looking at those lights before to mount on the sides of my truck. Would you mind snapping a couple pics of the beam pattern? :beers:
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Old 05-05-2008, 11:29 PM
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nice job, very clean. looks like ford put them in from factory:thumbsup:

i like that those lights are black when off, i hate looking at mine during day time, light blue plastic :rolleyes:
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