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Old 11-20-2010, 07:32 PM   #1
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Exterior LED Retrofit for my '72 Sovereign

Spent the last week installing new LED running lights and LED tail lights. Last summer I installed LED backing lights but an elusive short in the backing light circuit prevented them from working.

I decided to find that elusive short today. First I found a loose bullet connector on the curbside light and fixed it, but I still had a short. After taking apart the umbilical/pigtail I found the culprit. A single strand of wire from the ground connection was touching the base of the backing light connector. After cleaning up this connection, I plugged the pigtail in again and Voila!! We've got lights!!!

Here's a few pics of all of the LEDs at dusk.
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Old 11-20-2010, 07:47 PM   #2
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Mike here's a tip to avoid that happening at the 7 pin again. If you solder the end of each wire then there will be no stray strands to wander. Ther's an afwul lot of wires going into the small spot.
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Old 11-21-2010, 04:50 AM   #3
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Lookin' good, Mike! WTG finding the short.
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Old 11-21-2010, 06:39 AM   #4
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Mike here's a tip to avoid that happening at the 7 pin again. If you solder the end of each wire then there will be no stray strands to wander. Ther's an afwul lot of wires going into the small spot.
Good tip, Chris. Especially with the ground (and 12v charge line) wires being a heavier gauge (lots more wires).
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:16 AM   #5
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Those look great! I was just looking at them at the AS dealer near here. Nice work.
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Old 11-21-2010, 08:11 AM   #6
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Here's where I ordered my Running lights:

MDB series Double Bulls Eye Marker Lamp

I ordered the tail light and backing lights from Inland RV.
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mello,

Where did you order your LED backing and Tail lights?

Did you just replace the bulbs in the rest of them?

THanks,
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