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indy_11 07-18-2012 04:09 PM

How to install switchbacks
 
alright so i finally built up enough courage to do this so here goes. this will show you that even the guy with no knowledge of wiring can do this

step one: remove your grill (brad white made a how to on that, just search how to remove grill)

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step 2: remove light - there are three bolts you need to remove, after that it's jsut a simple finagle out

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TIP: PLACE A TOWEL ON THE BUMPER IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SCRATCH IT. it's happened before to many people but with patience you don't really need it

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step 3: remove all bulbs and place lamp away from car

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step 4: check out your kit (this should really be step one but i'm sure you've already done so) - you should have a bulb and resistor. supply your own soldering iron and soldering wire, electric tape wire cutters and wire splicer

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step 5: cut the heatshrink to access more wire

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step 6: ok so here's where it gets interesting. you're going to need to cut the two outside wires for the turn signal. don't cut the middle wire

thankfully for me i had my wire cutters in my fire gear so it made the job easier
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step 7: splice about 1/4 off your wire on each side you want to solder.

step 8: twist three wires together (that'll hold it in place for your solder) and solder together

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as you can see my first soldering was horrible but after you get use to it it's not so bad

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step 9: plug your bulb in and turn it on. if it doesn't work flip it 180 degrees. if not that check that you soldered the right things together

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step 10: cover your soldering in electrical tape

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step 11: put all your bulbs and head lamp back into place do the other side and admire your work

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at first i was like nawl, i'm gonna sell these but after it's all said and done i feel pretty proud of what i've done. i'll post vids in a little. as for the resistors, i read that slammed used self drilling screws to hold them in place on the radiator support, but i couldn't find ones the size to fit in the holes so right now they are just hanging. hope this helps!

cmmike1 07-18-2012 05:32 PM

great write up blue! i look forward to doing this mod.

it should be noted that you should cover the 2 soldering points separately before you wrap them together. don't want the wires touching otherwise bad things can happen.

VonKrause 07-18-2012 05:35 PM

So in a nut shell (if I understand correctly) you are taking a resistor and bridging the positive and ground wires to the turn signal?

minesweaper 07-18-2012 05:41 PM

I plan to use heat shrink on mine and what bulb did you use? I went to idjm and put in the part number, but there is like 10 differnt ones.

VonKrause 07-18-2012 05:41 PM

AH question was answered, and yea the resistor bridges the two wires, it was hard for me to see the finished product in the pictures.

indy_11 07-18-2012 05:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cmmike1 (Post 4265154)
great write up blue! i look forward to doing this mod.

it should be noted that you should cover the 2 soldering points separately before you wrap them together. don't want the wires touching otherwise bad things can happen.

thanks man. i know people, like myself, are more visual learners. i know people told me what to do but i just never pictured it in my head. so i prayed i'd get it right and not pay for a mistake and got it

and thanks for adding that. i almost did that, but i was like....nawlll haha

Quote:

Originally Posted by VonKrause (Post 4265157)
So in a nut shell (if I understand correctly) you are taking a resistor and bridging the positive and ground wires to the turn signal?

pretty much. it's simple, but like i said above if i didn't see it visually it wasn't happening.

indy_11 07-18-2012 05:48 PM

BTW i'd just like to add, i dont want to take credit for starting this trend. i thought it was cool enough to do, i just figured it'd be nice to have a write up

PSUrivie 07-18-2012 10:02 PM

Nice write up. Where did you get the bulb and the resistor??

champjfocus 07-18-2012 10:07 PM

I thought you didnt have to solder or cut anything........

PSUrivie 07-18-2012 10:14 PM

oh yeah, how do you know type of resistor to get?? 6 ohm, 30W???


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