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Old 07-18-2012, 04:09 PM   #1
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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)





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



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



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



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





step 5: cut the heatshrink to access more wire



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




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



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



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



step 10: cover your soldering in electrical tape



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



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!


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Old 07-18-2012, 05:32 PM   #2
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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

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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.
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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
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Nice write up. Where did you get the bulb and the resistor??
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I thought you didnt have to solder or cut anything........
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oh yeah, how do you know type of resistor to get?? 6 ohm, 30W???
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