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How to Install Universal Tailgate LED Bar

Updated on October 25, 2013

Universal LED Tailgate Bar

Universal Tailgate Bar Installation

This super-bright, universal LED tailgate bar can be installed on any vehicle and in any location desired. Yet, despite its universal applicability, you will still want to observe all of the preparation and safety procedures that you would follow whenever working on a vehicle.

Recommended Installation Tools

Recommended Installation Tools are as follows:

  1. Spray Bottle
  2. Soapy Water
  3. Denatured Alcohol
  4. Pliers
  5. Phillips Screwdriver
  6. Quick Connector

Step 1 - Clean Area

Clean area underneath the tailgate where you will install the LED bar using soap and water as well as denatured alcohol. Test area using a piece of masking tape. If it curls up and pops off continue cleaning until it adheres to the surface without delaminating.

Step 2 - Peel off Adhesive Backing

Once the application area is clean locate the adhesive pads on the underside of the bar. Remove the adhesive backing being careful not to touch the exposed adhesive.

Step 3 - Attach LED Bar under the Tailgate

Attach the LED bar to the underside of the tailgate as shown.

Step 4 - Remove Two Phillips Head Screws

Remove the two Phillips head screws holding the taillight in place (Most truck tail lights are held in place with two screws but your vehicle may differ).

Step 5 - Remove Taillight

Remove tail light and locate the reverse light socket that you will need to tap into.

Step 6 - Locate Reverse Light Socket

Locate the reverse light socket as you will need to tie into it to ensure that your LED bar will light white when you reverse.

Step 7 - Connect White Wire to Reverse Light Positive Wire

Connect white wire from LED bar to reverse light's positive wire using a quick connector.

Step 8 - Replace Taillight

Replace the taillight.

Step 9 - Connect 4-Way Trailer Light Connector to Light Bar

Connect the four-way trailer light connector to the LED light bar. Please see the diagram below to understand the connection points.

4-Way Connector Diagram

Step 10 - Close Tailgate

Step 11 - Check All Electrical Systems

Please make a final check of all electrical systems and lighting before driving.

Tailgate LED Installation Video


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