Over the weekend I completed project Raptor LEDs
as I've nicknamed it...I was over thinking it before and didn't want to attempt it but after making one sketch/blueprint I realized that it's really not that complicated so I got my horrible sketch of a blueprint down and started my work.
Kind of starting to look like the diagram lol
Completely done with soldering. It's funny how I thought that this would be the hardest part of the porject before I actually got into it but it ended up being the easiest since it's pretty straight forward...either you solder them good or you don't. In which case you just start over. The instalation was more of a PITA because it required meticulous planning and figuring out how to zip tie things around other things so as to not let the wiring look bad. Anyways, pic of the finished soldering;
This is the layout to help give y'all an idea of how it'll be wired up.
The top right is the add-a-circuit that'll obviously be in the fuse box and the wiring will go behind the grille, above the radiator, and in front of the fan shroud. The negative wire is the bottom left wire and that will be connected with one of the other already present grounds around the front end of the Pat.
The instalation should only take a hour if you know exactly how you're going to run the wiring and if you know you have the correct length wires. I didn't know either for sure. All I knew is where I wanted to mount them and that the positive wire was going to the fuse box and the negative was going to a ground near the drivers side headlamp. The crappy part is when I started I dropped a nut and then a socket in the engine bay and couldn't find it -___- fail...an hour and a half later I found it with the help of my buddy who's a certified Chrysler tech who just happens to be in the Air Force now lol Anyway so on with the install.
To take off the plastic piece that sits above the empty space behind the grille; undo the two 10mm bolts out of the ends and then use a hex bit (6 sided star) to remove the 7 small screws connecting it to the grille. Once done take two screw drivers and go to town on the annoying body push pin things (5) that attach the plastic to the radiator frame/hood latch frame, whatever it's actually called. The pics are in order as described;
Right next to the intake thing you can see where one of those push pin things go;
I didn't take a pic of it but take off the intake thing pictured above by twisting the two screws to the left. Easy peasy.
*note: To be honest, I hate those damn push pins cause they're a PITA to get to in some of their locations do I only reinstalled the 3 that were the easiest to get to. I still have the other two but I am not going to reinstall them.
Now you have your plastic piece off the top so you have a lot of room to work with now to begin routing your wiring.
The add-a-circuit was used on the ignition/AC fuse (22 I believe?) so the lights come on when the key is turned so they will always be on as long as the key is in and turned.
Then I drilled a hole through this spot on the box and through its lid;
Where I grounded them;
This is the drivers side connector for the LEDs wiring to plug into. I elected to go this route so that if an LED burns out for whatever reason it would be easy to replace.
The passenger side connector;
At this point the center connector is just laying in the middle until I could figure out a good place to zip tie it or something. I brought the LEDs and their wiring inside so I could figure out how I'm going to mount them and wrap the wiring to keep them from water.
Side note, you know you're from the south when you come inside from workin on your vehicle and get a glass of sweet tea lol
I figured the best way to mount them for now is to use [GULP] insane super glue (an all weather Loc-Tite product). I don't like using this but this stuff is super durable and tough.
Now you're done! Just put the plastic pieces back on the same way you took the off. If I could do it again, I'd do the 7 small screws first and then the bolts by the fender and lastly the push pins. I believe I stripped one of the small screw holes but it was only one.
During the day, they are barely noticable which is fine since I don't have daytime running lights anyway. When the key is in the ignition and turned to the AC and completely turned over.
All in all, I am very pleased and this is a pretty easy project
I plan to extend the positive wire because I don't like it sitting atop the intake thing.