Originally Posted by Bikinjim
I used diodes in my 2018 Equinox Premier and it has been problem free for 3 years now. I simply followed an Etrailer install video to make the installation. My understanding is that there is insufficient room in the tail lights to drill holes and install independent bulbs. Adding the diodes was not really difficult but the small gauge wires did require some concentration to make the connections.
That was exactly my experience with my 2020 Premier. A friend who has a 2019 without LED lights looked at mine and confirmed the LED light assembly does not have anywhere near the room to install separate LED lights that his does. He also mentioned that he thought the separate light he installed on each side seemed dimmer that the real ones, but was still OK.
I did a couple of things differently from the Etrailer video, though:
- I ran all wiring from the baseplate connector to the diodes in wiring loom. I hate how Etrailer just tie wraps the wires to whatever without protecting the wiring from road debris, water, etc.
- Etrailer mixed wire colors when they needed to extend the wires from the driver side to the passenger side. Stuff like that drives me nuts. So I made certain that the wire color used on one side's diodes was also used when connecting to the corresponding diode on the other side. Otherwise troubleshooting in the future is a lot more difficult.
- I don't trust double-sided tape. While I used it to secure the Roadmaster diode packs in place initially, I also cleaned that area and applied silicone sealant/adhesive between the stacked diode packs and around the diode pack and the car panel. I did not want double-backed tape coming loose in the future and putting a lot of stress on the wires as the heavy diode packs flopped around.
I've only had the car a year and so far no issues at all.