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Old 11-21-2014, 04:21 PM   #1
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Toad Lighting

I am going to start running a tow bar for the toad.
who taps the vehicle lights and who runs a separate light set up,
i am leaning to make a light bar that hangs off the hitch receiver and folds down to place in the tool box when not in use

i am just not happy drilling holes in my brake light lenses presently

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Old 11-21-2014, 04:29 PM   #2
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I used a diode block to use the existing tail lights. It was not hard for me to install.

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Old 11-21-2014, 04:34 PM   #3
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diodes for me too!
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Old 11-21-2014, 04:37 PM   #4
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Not sure what you are contemplating about drilling the lenses. We've had 3 toads and in each I've used diodes at each light fixture and have NEVER had a problem after installing them. No drilling light fixtures at all. It does require running additional wires from the front of the toad to the rear, but not a big deal. You can do it yourself or get an installer to do it, but if someone else does it, I'd strongly recommend you watch the install and ask questions so you understand it completely. That way if you have a problem you'll at least be able to explain the system to the one who will fix it.
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Old 11-21-2014, 06:50 PM   #5
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I use the magnetic trailer tow lights. I find it reliable and easy to use.

I considered doing the diode thing, but I'm not confident in my capabilities in that type of work.

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Old 11-21-2014, 07:44 PM   #6
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:53 PM   #7
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I contemplated magnetic light, a magnetic bar and then drilled in the back of the tail light lens of my toad. Worked great and have had no issues. Use the right size hole saw and the socket will fit snug as a bug in a rug. Hardest part is running the wire down the length underneath.
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:53 PM   #8
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Old 11-21-2014, 10:11 PM   #9
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I ran wiring from the front connection to the rear of the truck, then used diodes. They are not difficult to install, and have so far been trouble free. I did have to install a relay so the supplemental brake does not light up the brake lights when in tow, and that was easy also. Read the instructions twice, and you will have no problems.
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Old 11-21-2014, 10:33 PM   #10
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Diodes are a very easy and effective way to go. I don't know what your towed vehicle is, but here's an example of how to install a diode kit on a Jeep Cherokee.
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Old 11-22-2014, 02:51 AM   #11
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I have done rear lights with magnetic mount. Pain to work with. Will eventually scratch surface.
Bulb socket in rear lens assembly. Works well. But not all toads have room for the socket and bulb.
Current toad has diodes. A little less work to install. Have not had any problems with them in 2 years.
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Old 11-22-2014, 03:09 AM   #12
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I just use these ... no issues, cheap, transferable to another toad.

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Old 11-22-2014, 03:28 AM   #13
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Diodes absolutely. I put a seperate bulb in one of my toads once and then changed it so I could use the regular factory installed bulbs. I found the bulbs I installed were not positioned to take advantage of the built-in fresnal lens properties of tail light assembly. For me, there is no other way now. I started with a magnetic set and a dolly that worked and allowed me to tow almost any car, and I kept that dolly for several years just for that contingency, but I sold it a few years ago. I currently have two of my vehicles rigged for 4 down towing. Both with diodes.
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Diode wiring

Libero, how did you run the wires for the diode setup? Sounds lots better than drilling a hole in the lens, they would be an expensive OOPS if the drill slipped. Did you have separate hookup to the MH or did you tap into the dolly wiring and run it all thru the same plug on the MH? Is there enough power to run both sets of lights on one wire?

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