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Old 08-29-2008, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Reverse lights

Well, I got the rear gusset w/ rev lights and installed it. Pretty cool piece. The down side is the pigtail at the rear is not for rev lights, just acc 12v. Here is how I rigged mine to operate w/ rev. I found the wire on the tranny that runs the rev light on the dash. I tied into it and wired it to a relay to operate the rev lights. After a new $7 switch that I burned up in the process of figuring out how to wire it since the lead from the tranny just grounds the circuit instead of applying 12v to it, it works fine. If anyone has any questions don't hesitate to ask!
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Crash, I assume you have an LE? My base model has lights on dash for "Park" "4WD" & "Temp" only. I would imagine the pigtail should be the same for Base or LE models. My pigtail did work for Rev Lite, but it doesn't always work. I heard on another thread, that the inconsistency of operation is the result of the ground going to the frame & causing a short. It would seem, logically, to me that if that's the case the lite should be on regardless of gear shift position or off all the time.....not intermittently like mine is. Apparently electricity never studied logic though. Meanwhile, is the wire you are referring to accessed by removing the center console?
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Yep, pull the center console & on the drivers side I found two wires comming from the transmission. The one on top is the neutral & the one comming off the side is the rev. My pigtail @ the back of the bed is hot w/ the key. I'll try to get some pictures today & post them for the rev wire. I would assume the base modle & LE would both have the switch or at least a place for it. As I mentioned before I had to buy a new switch and they're only $7 so if yours was just plugged I bet you could just put in a switch. The rear gusset w/ the lights is great! Its like having headlights behind you. Put it in rev and they come on, put it in another gear & they go off has worked out great for me. I'll post pictures later.
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Well, I got the rear gusset w/ rev lights and installed it. Pretty cool piece. The down side is the pigtail at the rear is not for rev lights, just acc 12v. Here is how I rigged mine to operate w/ rev. I found the wire on the tranny that runs the rev light on the dash. I tied into it and wired it to a relay to operate the rev lights. After a new $7 switch that I burned up in the process of figuring out how to wire it since the lead from the tranny just grounds the circuit instead of applying 12v to it, it works fine. If anyone has any questions don't hesitate to ask!
The rear pigtail is for the reverse lights. just finished up an install today. that wire you tapped is the same wire in the pigtail.
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Hmmm? Mine on my 08 goes hot w/ the key. Key on, hot. Key off, dead.
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The power is always on it's the ground that is switched. Reverse your wires and it will work. Make sure your light is not grounded to anything use just the wires.
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O, ok that's a lot easier. Never thought to check the ground. Thanks for the info.
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