Piia 1500 Back-up Light Install

BLWedge09

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Article title: PIIA 1500 back-up light install

Article description:

Category: Lighting/Electrical

Date added: Jun 26 2006, 07:28 PM

Article starter: krh2



The installation instructions are pretty straight forward and easy to understand. The only thing I did different is I mounted the switch at the back of my truck instead of in the cab. This required extending the wire as they only supply enough wire to get to the cab.







1- Install relay in engine compartment near the battery in a vertical position.





I just found an empty hole on the steering fluid reservoir bracket and mounted it there.





2- Attach positive and negative feeds from relay to the battery. Make sure you remove the 15 amp fuse on the PIAA wiring harness before doing so.







3- Route the 4 wires from the relay to the back of the truck.





4- Splice one of the positive wires into your towing wire harness reverse lighting wire (yellow wire with red stripe)





5- Mount brackets to your bumper. PIAA supplies 2 sided tape, or 4 screws for this application. I thought it easier to drill pilot holes then use self tapping hex screws for the job.







6- There are grounding wires for each light. They must be secured to a good grounding point on the truck. I forgot a picture of this but it is not hard to figure out.



7- Drill hole for switch and mount.





8- There are 4 allen bolts that hold the lights in the brackets. These also allow for adjusting lights up or down.



Stock back up lights





PIIA lights only





Stock and PIIA





The lights are weather proof but not submersible. It is also suggested that you not have the lights in the on position when starting the truck.
 

krh2

Administrator
Yesterday I made a few changes to this install. First off my wiring was far from stellar. Well, it was crap. Second, a while back I broke the switch when pulling a stubborn hitch lock pin out. Third, the bottom of the bumper has a 1/2" lip on it so the lights had to be aimed down. I didnt like this as I wanted more lateral reverse lighting and not have them aimed at the ground. I added some 1/2" spacers behind the mounting brackets. I now have way more light back there. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/001.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt002' />



Broken switch







My horrible wiring job.













New "clean connections"





New switch







Ready for paint







Done







Old light position (aiming down)







New spacers and light position





 

Stennis

New Member
Is there something you put between the lights and the trailer wiring harness reverse wire, I am afraid to do this because of a possibility of back feed when I only operate the lights with the switch
 

krh2

Administrator
[quote name='Stennis' post='119969' date='Jan 16 2008, 11:38 AM']Is there something you put between the lights and the trailer wiring harness reverse wire, I am afraid to do this because of a possibility of back feed when I only operate the lights with the switch[/quote]



Nothing between them. Not quite sure I follow what you are saying. <img src='http://www.titanspot.com/Titan/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/017.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':smt003' />
 

DClights

New Member
Kev is there away to wire these so that you could get them to come on when you put them in gear?? Rather then have a switch?
 

krh2

Administrator
[quote name='DClights' post='141081' date='Feb 16 2009, 12:10 PM']Kev is there away to wire these so that you could get them to come on when you put them in gear?? Rather then have a switch?[/quote]



They do come on when it is in reverse. They get power from 2 places. 1- the reverse light wire 2- the hot ac pluc in the bed. 3 way switch. Off/ on in reverse / manual on. I use the manual on when hitching up trailers in the dark etc..
 

DClights

New Member
[quote name='krh2' post='141082' date='Feb 16 2009, 03:22 PM']They do come on when it is in reverse. They get power from 2 places. 1- the reverse light wire 2- the hot ac pluc in the bed. 3 way switch. Off/ on in reverse / manual on. I use the manual on when hitching up trailers in the dark etc..[/quote]



I see very nice I think this will be my next mod
 

badbowtie

New Member
Thanks for the write up. I have got to do this. Last night I held a flashlight to hook up my enclosed trailer. What a pain.
 

danielk

New Member
am glad to see this post i have been wanting to put sum wicked lights in my rear bumper, i have huge holes back there just no lights yet.
 

TitanCanuck

New Member
[quote name='danielk' post='141438' date='Feb 20 2009, 08:06 AM']am glad to see this post i have been wanting to put sum wicked lights in my rear bumper, i have huge holes back there just no lights yet.[/quote]



You cut holes in the bumper? my buddy wanted to do this too....
 
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