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Old 11-18-2010, 09:07 AM   #1
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2011 Jeep Sahara-Light kit or diodes?

Looking at buying a 2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara Unlimited. Is there enough room in the tail lights to install a light kit or should I use diodes?

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Old 11-18-2010, 10:13 AM   #2
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I installed separate bulbs in my 2010. There was plenty of room and it was easy to do. From the pictures online, it does not appear the rear lights have changed. I ran the wiring along the existing wiring under the body and came up into the space behind the lights. Lots of room behind the lights to work. Pretty easy job.

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I don't know the 2011 Sahara, but if it has a place for auxiliary bulbs, then I would install these. Some of the Jeeps have location for the aux bulbs.

If it does not, I would definitely go the diode route, as the problem is when you install aux bulbs in the tail lights, generally the reflectors are not designed to accomodate these bulbs. Light output is then reduced, causing a possible safety concern regarding brightness of the tail lights.

Diode systems protect the electrical system of the TOAD and the MH, so no worry here. Uses the OEM bulbs, and they should be as bright as the TOAD on it's own.
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Old 11-18-2010, 06:56 PM   #4
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Look at cool tecH wire kit...mine was easy to install...
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Old 11-19-2010, 06:49 PM   #6
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had the diode kit installed on our 09--no issues so far
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Old 11-20-2010, 06:05 AM   #7
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I use the Cooltech wiring kit on my 09 Rubi, easy to install and no problems.
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Old 11-20-2010, 07:41 AM   #8
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just buy 2 sockets for 1157 bulb drill 15/16 hole in lens below factory bulb
wire in a 4 conducter w/plug
no connections to factory wireing so no issues that dlr can say YOU SCREWED UP
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:09 AM   #9
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Used the Cool Tech Harness in my 2008 Sahara, ran the wire inside the frame up to the front, plug on rear of Jeep still functional, NO problems after almost 3 years of use. Took about 1 1/2 hours (biggest time element was gettting the wire moving inside the frame)
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:10 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by ditto View Post
Look at cool tecH wire kit...mine was easy to install...
I don't like diodes. I also use the Cooltech Harness. It's simple to install and it uses all the stock lighting.
Early on I had a problem with the brake lights and blinkers. The Dolphin uses the same bulb for braking and blinking. This caused a problem when coming to a stop and using the blinkers. The blinkers would not blink.
I then found out from Cooltech that pulling the M1 fuse would fix that and it did.


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