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Unread 10-19-2014, 03:30 PM   #1
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LED Trunk Mod

So let me just say this first, I AM NOT THE FIRST TO DO THIS MOD. I followed Omelet's Build Thread. However, I will write up my own thread in hopes to help others who want to do this helpful mod. Basically, I put a LED strip inside of the rear vent (on the roof) so I can see at night. The little bulb that was already in the hatch is useless.



First:
I picked up a generic 8' LED Ribbon Light Kit from my local Home Depot for ~$60.

Originally, these lights were designed for cabinetry so I discarded the adapter and plug the kit came with.


Next:
You'll need to remove the vent fascia from the roof. It is held in with a few clips that pry right out. Start at one end by wedging a finger behind it and pry it down. Go from right to left or vise versa, but go clip by clip. The vent fascia will look like this once its out.


Next:
After you pull off the vent fascia, there will be 3 or 4 black plastic rivets holding in the headliner. Pry a flathead scewdriver or chisel and pop them out being careful not to break or bend them as you will need to pop them back in after. Once the headliner is free, you'll see the wire harness that goes from the roof into the trunk, take off the cover and you'll see the wires.

Next:
I cut the LED strip to the length of the vent fascia and layed in between one of the slats.

I cut off a small portion of the plastic clip so the LED strip would sit flush as Omelet suggested. I just used wire cutters to trim the plastic.

Then, I grabbed my hot glue gun and set the LED strip in place. Make sure you get the ends as well.

Next:
The (+) wire is the RED wire with a WHITE stripe. The (-) wire is the YELLOW wire with an ORANGE stripe. I spliced into each wire and added the LED strip.

Make sure you don't have any exposed wires. I taped and capped off the ends.


Finally, pop the vent fascia back in and test it out! The LED's should turn on/off with the cabin lights.



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Unread 10-19-2014, 04:34 PM   #2
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Nice! I too was shocked at how worthless the small light on only one side of the hatch was.
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Unread 10-19-2014, 07:07 PM   #3
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I bought one of those 10 light LED packs for a WK off eBay and the difference is amazing. That one little light in the cargo area actually lights up the whole area now.
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Unread 10-19-2014, 07:16 PM   #4
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I bought one of those 10 light LED packs for a WK off eBay and the difference is amazing. That one little light in the cargo area actually lights up the whole area now.
I got that pack too. But I wanted more haha
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Unread 10-20-2014, 02:23 PM   #5
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Trim to fit Light strips without the adapter and plug are available in 16 foot lengths for ~$15 on amazon and ebay
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Unread 10-21-2014, 04:15 AM   #6
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I still need to do this, bought the LED's 4 months ago and have not yet done it.

Looks good
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Unread 10-22-2014, 12:35 PM   #7
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Sorry for going off topic but how do you have that spare mounted??
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Unread 10-22-2014, 03:40 PM   #8
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Sorry for going off topic but how do you have that spare mounted??
He modified the trunk

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f67/t...-tire-2143905/



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Unread 10-22-2014, 07:48 PM   #9
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Ya that's my write up for a "ZJ" or "XJ" style spare location. I've been messing around with other ideas for the trunk to add more storage beneath, but we'll see.
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Unread 12-03-2014, 04:32 PM   #10
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Sorry for my possibly dumb questions, but did you just snip the wires to the liftgate light, so there are no series/parallel things going on? Also, did you snip the strip between LED's lengthwise and all was good?

Really wanting to do something like this, thanks!

Edited to add that the light strip from the Home Depot product description states "Can be cut every 2 in. for customized length".

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Unread 12-03-2014, 06:15 PM   #11
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Not sure what you mean by "snip the wires in the trunk" but I didn't cut the led strip I layed. Alot of people have, but I didn't. It works great.
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Unread 12-03-2014, 08:05 PM   #12
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Not sure what you mean by "snip the wires in the trunk" but I didn't cut the led strip I layed. Alot of people have, but I didn't. It works great.
The ones you find on ebay/amazon are cut to length (every 3rd led) and come in 16' lengths.

I think he is trying to understand how you tied them in to the stock wiring.
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Unread 12-03-2014, 08:30 PM   #13
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Best way to connect them to the existing wires is a T Tap connector
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Unread 12-04-2014, 08:13 AM   #14
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Ahh, I spliced right into the existing cabin lighting in the trunk, it's in the write-up. As far as the LED'S go, they are made the cut to length.
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