So I finally pulled the trigger and gave my 2010 JKU it's first mod. I'm going to miss thy 10 bucks. My wife can't see well in the dark and for some reason the manual transmission 2010 JKU is extremely dark inside at night. Can't even see the stick. So I added a but of light. I know it's a lame excuse for a mod but it needed to happen and since I could do it myself for 10 bucks it ended up to be my first. Hopefully of many. I'll take some pics tonight in the dark so you can appreciate it fully.
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About 10 bucks for the led strips and then an hour of my time and a few feet of wire. My wifes car looks awesome. I did the same thing plus lights in the cup holders and every dash light changed out. Hers cost me about 25 bucks when I was done.
ok those are the type of lights I used. 100cm gave me enough for one strip on the dash under the radio and one on each side under the dash by the feet spanning all the way across. In my opinion you dont need to span the whole width of the foot are as the lights are bright enough. Ill actually probably cut mine in half eventually. Well see. To start youll have to cut the strip into three. When you get the strip youll see that there are actually places you can cut it and then resolder wire to the individual pieces to turn one long one into many small ones. I think its incrememnts of about three inches but I forget. Once you cut and solder youll need to
Take apart the dash. Not the whole thing. Just the part around the stereo down. To do this you can google and see walk throughs online. Try “remove jk dash” or “Install JK stereo”. Youll be able to take off the bezel but not remove it unless you want to disconnect every wire and cord behind it. I just leaned it out so I could work behind it. Now you have to decide what level you want to install your leds at on the dash. I just put it under the stereo but you could go there, under the ac ducts, under the ac controls or all three. Drill a small hole for the wires on the level you want to put them on all the way to one side. Now you can stick the lights where you want them.
To wire this I used one line as a backbone and tapped into it in the middle for the dash light and at the end for the two under dash lights. To power this “backbone” I used the wireing for my windows switch behind the dash. Im not looking at in ton but if I remember correctly there are about two rows containing 14 holes for wires and maybe 9 wires. One side is full with a thick black wire in the middle. This is the only side you care about. The black wire is the ground. The wire that only powers when parking breaks are on is the second one from the side. I believe it was orange with a strip on it. Refer to the bad diagram below of the row of 7 wires I am talking about. If I am wrong and there are 8 wires then the one I’m missing is in between the O and the B. Either way the O is second from the outside and the B is forth from the other side.
O is the orange wire and B is the black one. Tap into these and your “backbone” will be good to go. If you don’t have power windows then you’ll have to experiment to find a ground and a dash light power wire. Everything that lights up on the dash should have them in its wiring harness so just disconnect and use trial and error by sticking the wires straight into the harness when the fog lights are on and off. You’ll eventually find it. Run it behind the dash and tap your lights into it as needed. When you get to the bottom of the dash you can run it back to where you have your lights under the dash (I found it easiest to feed the wires from the lights forward to the “backbone” rather than “backbone” to them)
1) Don’t cut any wires in your jeep. Radio shack sells clips to tap into wires rather than cut them.
2) Test EVERYTHING before finalizing it and moving onto the next step. Finishing a bunch of solders and taps and then trying to figure out which one or two is giving you the problem is damn near impossible and youll just have to start over.
3) Id suggest adding a switch or dimmer into the wiring somewhere (maybe under the dash) just incase you feel the lights are too bright OR you use blue or red and a cop gives you crap.
4) Be carefull with your dash bezel when its just hanging there. I scratched up my 4wd shifter with it. Luckily I planned on replacing that anyways.
5) I repeat TEST EVERYTHING before you do something that can’t be easily undone.
Sorry there are no pics of the process but I get carried away doing things and never think to take pictures. If you have any questions let me know.
PS... to remove the window wiring harness first pull the red pin. it is locked in with the pin so pull it. it moves about a quarter of an inch and then its unlocked and you can pinch the harness and remove.