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05-28-2014 08:46 AM
Knuckles65 Here is a video I shot recently.

With the regular side marker lights (normal bulbs), the modification outlined above works perfectly.

After I changed my side marker lights to LED, they will only flash if the parking/running lights are on. They will not work at all if the lights are not on.

While I'm OK with this, others may not be but I just thought I'd illustrate how this mod works if you change to LED side markers. I think, I'm not 100% sure, but I think I can use my Superchips programmer to turn on the parking/running lights as "DRL's". That would fix this situation but I've not had time to check it out yet.

CLICK PIC FOR VIDEO


A quick "back story" -

I used to have the stock lights in the fenders and when I cut my fenders, I tucked the lights up and under. I later decided that I didn't like the reduced visibility of the stock lights tucked up there. With the bumper that I have, I decided I could put LED's in the ends. The LED's I used provide GREAT visibility from a lot of different angles.

05-27-2014 10:01 PM
Iven13Jeep So is there an easy way to get this to work with LED bulbs as replacements? Maybe cutting the second wire and putting it somewhere?

Would it only not work with the marker as led or it wouldn't work even with the front signals as led?
04-29-2014 08:14 PM
Up Hill Bill
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Originally Posted by Chup23 View Post
If you use the plug-n-play led turn signals and side indicators it shouldn't make a difference the wiring doesn't change. Or am I just missing something?
I'll try to answer here if for nothing else than if I'm way off, someone who knows what they are talking about will jump in and correct me....

Diodes (as in light emitting diode - LED) are electrical 'one-way valves'. This side marker trick relies on changing back and forth which lead is the ground to make the marker blink. A straight diode would prevent reversing the direction of flow of electricity.

It could be that some LED fixtures have circuitry to allow them to function without regard to polarity - then they should work, but otherwise, not. The LED backup lights I have only work if plugged in in the right polarity - IIRC..
04-29-2014 07:42 PM
Chup23
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Originally Posted by dwtgolden View Post
Because you are actually grounding your side marker lamp through the turn signal lamp and you can't ground through an LED.
If you use the plug-n-play led turn signals and side indicators it shouldn't make a difference the wiring doesn't change. Or am I just missing something?
04-29-2014 03:23 AM
dwtgolden
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Originally Posted by Chup23 View Post
Why won't this mod work with LEDs?
Because you are actually grounding your side marker lamp through the turn signal lamp and you can't ground through an LED.
04-29-2014 01:16 AM
Chup23
LED lights

Why won't this mod work with LEDs?
01-12-2014 02:48 PM
mikedboyd I just did the 2-wire mod (just cut the existing wires to the marker light and merge them in with the turn signal wiring). quick and easy and seems to work as advertised.
11-18-2013 04:40 PM
dgsholar
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Originally Posted by Cdwright View Post
do you worry about voiding a warranty doing things like this, or things like this will not effect it?
Only if you have a warranty issue with your turn signal or side marker light. But after reading through these posts - it looks like a lot of folks have done it with out problems. I did today at Lunch - fast and easy. I guess and the end of the day - it really depends on your dealer. I have a pretty good one. I read some other posts where one OPs dealer said his aftermarket radio was making his transmission act up. IF you have a dealer like that - then this will prob create warranty problems too
11-18-2013 04:31 PM
dgsholar Did mine during lunch also. This is a Fun Mod! It'd cheap, it's fun, it's fast and it's visible. It just might keep someone from walking or driving into your Jeep! Thanks to OP and others who documented well. Works exactly as outlined on my '14 JKU Rubicon.

11-18-2013 01:30 PM
RandomMcFly Just this this mod on my lunch break in my driveway. Took ~30 minutes, that includes removing the grille, reinstalling it, and putting away tools.

Thanks OP for the great writeup, and the poster on Page 1 of this thread with all the pictures! I'd read through it a few times before, but hesitated to do the mod... but after taking off the grille and seeing what y'all were talking about - easy peasy!

I didn't disconnect the battery - or subsequently blow a fuse or bulb - I just made sure not to turn on interior or exterior lights until all the connections were made. I used the blue (16ga I believe) 3M quick connector thing-a-ma-bobs, crimped it closed with some pliers, tested the lights, then used electrical tape to cover the connection (and the exposed 1/2" of black wire from the side marker connector to the Jeep).

Quick, painless, and a noticeable safety improvement (I hope)! Definitely worth the few bucks in connectors and 30 minutes of my time.
11-18-2013 09:20 AM
SoCarJeep Mod works great. It adds to the style and looks nice at night. Two wire mod is good because it works with you lights off during the day. Conect both wire into signal wire. Flashes wag wag when lights are on and the same time when the lights are off.
11-18-2013 07:35 AM
bbermann
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Originally Posted by UhOhBadDog View Post
Hey all! Has anyone done this mod with the Recon LED turn signal and marker lights? Any issues? Thanks!
I have the Crown clear markers with this mod on my Jeep with no negative issues, would highly recommend them. Granted this is not LED but hopefully helpful info?
11-17-2013 11:27 PM
UselessPickles Here's my contribution. I followed the wires back to a place where they can be neatly spliced together without draping any wires around:



Instructions and more pictures here: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f274/ma...ng-257249.html
11-17-2013 02:07 AM
soberbyker Did the signal mod today. Used the splice/solder method, everything came out as expected.

Much easier to do if you remove the grill. When picking the wire to tap into remember it's the one of the three that is farthest from the black wire in the signal plug. On the driver side that wire is on the bottom, on the passenger side that wire is on top.

Headlights off.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6ZTjl2m8w

Headlights on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=574QdcaMj6c

Normal running.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5OV6BCXcqY
09-11-2013 03:22 PM
RadioJeep
Another success

Just did the side light/turn signal mod last weekend to my 2014 JKS and it went just fine. Was able to do the work through the fender well without removing the grill. The turn signal plug can be removed from the parking/turn signal light as it's in full view via the front fenders. Following the aformentioned cutting/reconnecting and so forth went just fine and the side turn signals are a definate benefit under certain circumstances. I'd do Muth blinker mirrors if they had them, but alas no luck. I like to make every reasonable effort to keep people from crashing into me. Interesting that this feature was standard on many cars back in the muscle car era.
08-21-2013 07:27 PM
jmb6420 Here is the best way: DRL-1 module

Daniel Stern Lighting Consultancy and Supply

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If you do it this way, the side markers will always flash in synchronous phase with the front and rear turn signals, whether the parking or headlamps are on or off. They will not flash in opposite phase when the parking or headlamps are lit, as occurs with the other methods described below.
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Originally Posted by cueball13 View Post
I skimmed through this thread and like the idea of the mod, but te alternating blink pattern when the headlights are on bother me. Is there any way to have the side marker blink in unison with each condition (lights on, lights off, etc)?
08-21-2013 04:40 PM
cueball13 I skimmed through this thread and like the idea of the mod, but te alternating blink pattern when the headlights are on bother me. Is there any way to have the side marker blink in unison with each condition (lights on, lights off, etc)?
07-27-2013 06:46 PM
918dad Since this is supposedly factory on a European JK, is there any way we can do it here with factory parts and no splicing?
07-13-2013 01:45 PM
Knuckles65
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Originally Posted by shelbydog View Post
I just did this mod on my '13. Super easy and works like a charm!
Same here!

Don't know why Jeep decided this wasn't a necessary thing.
07-05-2013 10:13 AM
shelbydog I just did this mod on my '13. Super easy and works like a charm!
04-27-2013 10:41 AM
JEEPbug
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Originally Posted by UhOhBadDog View Post
Hey all! Has anyone done this mod with the Recon LED turn signal and marker lights? Any issues? Thanks!
One of the first mods I did on my white JKUS. No problems and looks awesome. Only con I've seen so far is the price. Wife couldn't believe that they are basically $60 EACH! I got all 4 for $240 off an eBay store. Put them on in the end of feb and all good....so far...
04-27-2013 06:15 AM
UhOhBadDog Hey all! Has anyone done this mod with the Recon LED turn signal and marker lights? Any issues? Thanks!
04-26-2013 10:24 PM
gluestick thanks beanboy. I see you're new- welcome to the forum. There is a whole world of knowledge here. Ask away!
04-26-2013 09:47 PM
BeanBoy79 Brillant mod Glue! Don't know why this is not standard. I have gotten looks from other drivers too.
03-14-2013 02:37 PM
Cdwright
question

do you worry about voiding a warranty doing things like this, or things like this will not effect it?
03-05-2013 06:03 AM
Hansen Great video and modification. Here's the thread for the video with lots of good info in it too. I found that soldering the wires was the best approach as the scotch quick connect splices do not stand up well to the environment in the wheel well area. After I soldered them, I used liquid electrical tape to put a rubber coating on the splice for protection. Works great.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/sid...eo-207896.html
03-04-2013 11:52 PM
ScottV63 Jk Jeep side marker light blinker MOD - YouTube

http://youtu.be/EwN3rZOUcMU
01-16-2013 06:21 PM
jmcdolej It worked. I did the sidemarker mod earlier today. So now.

1. Lights off turn signal on - front turn signal and fender marker blink.

2. Fog lights on- fog light and fender marker are on but not front marker. Fronts blink when signal put on as well as fender.

3. Headlights and fogs on - head lights fogs and fender marker turn on but not front marker. Fronts and signal blink when turn signal engaged.

Only thing I did was clip the middle wire. I think legally I am still fine with the fender markers coming on
01-16-2013 02:52 PM
jmcdolej What if I cut the middle wire?
01-16-2013 01:32 PM
jmcdolej Is there a way to take this one step further? As in turn signal and fender flare light only turn on for turn signals, but not with headlights or fogs????
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