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Old 04-21-2015, 08:03 AM   #1
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Tail light hook up for Ford Explorer Sport

Have a 2013 Explorer Sport that I flat tow. The current hook up from the RV to the car uses an auxiliary LED bulb that was installed in the light housing. It is not connected to the cars electrical system. I am trying change it to the LED lights of the car but I am told this is a bad idea. Has anyone else tried this and if so what were the results. The current lights are very dim and difficult to see.
Any ideas or suggestions???
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:15 AM   #2
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Led's work great!
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Thanks for the response and photo but from what I can see you have an external lighting system. I am attempting to use the tail lights of the car. So, I was wanting to see if there is another Ford Explorer Sport owner that may have attempted this.
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Old 05-12-2015, 07:56 PM   #4
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We have a 2015 Explorer Limited and have the tail lights and turn signals wired to the factory LED's. Works great. We didn't wire the brake lights because of the Air Force One braking system actuating the brake lights with the pedal.
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Great to hear that because I would like to do the same. What other parts were required and did you complete the work yourself?
Greatly appreciate the feed back!
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I used a blue ox bx8848 diode wiring kit. You'll need a circuit tester to figure out the factory wiring. I used a pen type with the lighted end. Just pull the sockets from the light housing and find the power and ground wires. If I remember correctly, the yellow turn signal uses one socket with a bulb. The red LED tail lights have two sockets, one for the center LED's and one for the outboard LED's. You'll have to wire those together through one diode by making a pigtail. Use a diode for the turn signal as well. You will have to tie in the vehicle ground wires to the harness ground going to the motorhome or the lights will not work. I didn't wire the brake lights, my braking system pushes the brake pedal in the vehicle and illuminates those. If you need to wire the brake lights, you'll need two more diodes, the kit only comes with four.
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Again many thanks. Its ironic that I had diode kits from Roadmaster ordered through Amazon and returned them thinking this would not work. Guess I'll have to reorder or find them while on the road. Great explanation on the how to and I appreciate your taking the time to educate me on the install. Let you know the outcome.
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