nadc451

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For this Back-up light project on a 2021 JL, I decided against T-tapping into existing wire. Instead, I made a pigtail jumper (extension) to go between the left rear taillight assembly and the Jeep wiring harness. This way, I can remove this, put the original connectors back together, and it's in factory fresh condition.

That connection uses 12-pin MX-150 Molex connector. I am connecting my new LED backup lights to this pigtail using Anderson Powerpole connectors, but it's just as easy to use traditional butt connectors. Both are shown here.

When buying the supplies, I bought extra. And I’ve spent a lot of money on release tools and crimping tools for open barrel Molex connectors and release tools and crimpers for Anderson Powerpole connectors. And I’ve ruined a few connectors learning how to crimp them. Haha.

So if I can save others the expense and headaches of trying to do it themselves, and instead provide these to them, I can do that. (Notice the striped wiring I’m using to match the factory wire colors). Price would be about $30 plus shipping, I think. I’m not yet set on the price, but working it out.

Or I can point you to the components, tools and wire, and you can build it yourself. I have about $250 invested, $100 of that is for the Anderson Powerpole kit that I’ll be using for radio installations.

I would welcome your thoughts and comments.

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The open-barrel crimp has to be perfect, or it won’t slide into the Molex connector.
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I would be interested in your connector if you are producing it - let me know how much. Thanks,
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I would be interested in your connector if you are producing it - let me know how much. Thanks,
$30 each, plus shipping. Some are buying one, some are buying one for each side.
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Installed had to grind down the corner of one to make it fit the factory steel bumper. Also I wired it to the tow hitch the same way the guy had in his video.
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Installed these LED lights over the weekend. It took longer than I thought it would after seeing the video about tying into the reverse wire in the tow hitch. I’m happy with the result but honestly Oracle should fix the issue of the left drivers light not fitting I’d be embarrassed to ship a product that is this off. Also the tap connectors are a joke. I understand the need to make the install easier but they are just not reliable. Good upgrade in the end. Thanks to all in the forum for their comments on their experience.
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StayPuft

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Have you noticed lines in your rearview camera screen after installing these? I guess the led lights are too powerful for the camera to fully pickup?
I also saw horizontal lines waterfalling down the screen while in reverse. In my case I spliced into my stock halogen tail lights. After installation, the stock and oracle reverse lights flashed a few times but would not stay on. The Oracle reverse lights came on fine after removing the halogen reverse light bulb but I now have lines on the screen. I talked to Oracle and they think I need to add a 25W resistor to each side. Fingers crossed this works.
 

StayPuft

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I also saw horizontal lines waterfalling down the screen while in reverse. In my case I spliced into my Sahara stock halogen tail lights. After installation, the stock and oracle reverse lights flashed a few times but would not stay on. The Oracle reverse lights came on fine after removing the halogen reverse light bulb but I now have lines on the screen. I talked to Oracle and they think I need to add a 25W resistor to each side. Fingers crossed this works.
Update: the 25 watt resistors helped the lights work in conjunction with the stock halogens. Most of the horizontal lines are gone but I still see some lines in the middle of the screen. I guess I can live with that. I doubt I am the only one that needed to add resistors for a stock halogen installation. I hope this information helps others.
 
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