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Re: 2014 Rear Stop/Turn LED Bulbs

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Thanks Warrior, you make me feel alot better about this project. The diagram for the resistor connection looks a little tricky/scary, but hopefully it will make much more sense once I see it in person.

I just purchased everything on Amazon and came out to $65.00 total shipped. Not to bad for both the LED brakes, resistor and reverse lights.

So this talk about the resistor locations being far from plastic, do they really get that hot where it could cause damage if not located far enough away from the housing? And you said you used doubleside tape to hold it, would the tape melt over time causing the resistor to fall off? Would you suggest anything else I should use as adhesive instead? Maybe zip tie it somewhere?

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That is awesome! That is about as much as I paid for my stuff as well. Once you see the resistors and how they need to be connected you will see it is not that bad.

The resistors do get pretty hot, but again I have not seen any damage done from people that have run them next to the housing. I used the double sided tape to see how it would hold up in regular driving conditions, but to be safe I am going to go to O'Rilleys on my way home this afternoon and buy some heat shield tape to put around the resistors and remove the double sided tape. That should alleviate any worry that they might get too hot. I would have zip tied it somewhere but that would require that i remove the back bumper to get them positioned in a good place and did not really want to go through all that but that is all up to you. I think the heat shield tape should be good enough for this as I doubt it will ever get hot enough to cause any damage.

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That is awesome! That is about as much as I paid for my stuff as well. Once you see the resistors and how they need to be connected you will see it is not that bad.

The resistors do get pretty hot, but again I have not seen any damage done from people that have run them next to the housing. I used the double sided tape to see how it would hold up in regular driving conditions, but to be safe I am going to go to O'Rilleys on my way home this afternoon and buy some heat shield tape to put around the resistors and remove the double sided tape. That should alleviate any worry that they might get too hot. I would have zip tied it somewhere but that would require that i remove the back bumper to get them positioned in a good place and did not really want to go through all that but that is all up to you. I think the heat shield tape should be good enough for this as I doubt it will ever get hot enough to cause any damage.

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That heat has to go somewhere. Heat shields are great but if there isn't any place for the heat to go and you wrap up that resistor with a shield then it could shorten the life of that resistor (even if you only place the shield on one side you are focusing the heat on that side back into the resistor).

Just food for thought.
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That heat has to go somewhere. Heat shields are great but if there isn't any place for the heat to go and you wrap up that resistor with a shield then it could shorten the life of that resistor (even if you only place the shield on one side you are focusing the heat on that side back into the resistor).

Just food for thought.
That was one of options but your comment confirms that it is not the best option.

The other option I was thinking of doing is to create sort of an umbrella shape with the resistor and tape so that they heat just goes down. Afterall, through the place that i have them, you can see the ground, so that should be good to dissipate the heat. I will give it a test run and see how it goes. If the resistors go bad, they are like 3 buck for a pair, Ill get a new set and go from that.
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Re: 2014 Rear Stop/Turn LED Bulbs

I'm literally following your every move. So now I will probably go get heat tape too from O'Riellys lol. You know way more than I do, so I figure I'm better off doing what you do instead of trying to do something different myself.
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That was one of options but your comment confirms that it is not the best option.

The other option I was thinking of doing is to create sort of an umbrella shape with the resistor and tape so that they heat just goes down. Afterall, through the place that i have them, you can see the ground, so that should be good to dissipate the heat. I will give it a test run and see how it goes. If the resistors go bad, they are like 3 buck for a pair, Ill get a new set and go from that.
You might be creating a pocket of warm air as heat rises. It might not be and issue and they might be able to handle the heat, but on hot summer days there might just be a ton of heat back there. Time will tell.

If that resistor fails, does the light stop or does is just start blinking fast?
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I'm literally following your every move. So now I will probably go get heat tape too from O'Riellys lol. You know way more than I do, so I figure I'm better off doing what you do instead of trying to do something different myself.
Awesome! We are putting the finishing touches that jeep should have put on the trucks from the factory. Now what mine really needs is a wash. It has been raining every weekend and I have had not time.

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You might be creating a pocket of warm air as heat rises. It might not be and issue and they might be able to handle the heat, but on hot summer days there might just be a ton of heat back there. Time will tell.

If that resistor fails, does the light stop or does is just start blinking fast?
The tape will be creating a barrier between the housing/wires and the resistor. But lets hope it causes no issues. With the truck moving, it should have a good air flow. Just doing the tape as a precaution. Im not necessarily too worried about it getting too hot.

If the resistor fails, the fast blinking will just start again. The resistor is not stopping the current from going to the light. But yeah, time will def tell.
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Re: 2014 Rear Stop/Turn LED Bulbs

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I just checked all the connections and load resistors and all looks good. The load resistors are still attached to the double sided 3M tape I put them on, so I am not going to do the heat shield tape after all. I will check it in a couple of weeks, but looks good as of right now.
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In case the videos on here don't work. I just uploaded them to YouTube.

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I have a granite WK2. At night/low light it passes for black and in the sunshine it it a very dark gray and at times it has a brown hue to it. I've gotten alot of compliments on the color.
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I just checked all the connections and load resistors and all looks good. The load resistors are still attached to the double sided 3M tape I put them on, so I am not going to do the heat shield tape after all. I will check it in a couple of weeks, but looks good as of right now.
Videos look great. You're right that Chrysler should have completed the full LED look on the entire taillights. Bunch of cheapskates saving a few bucks per vehicle by keeping the incandescent bulbs for stop, turn and reverse lights. They should have just raised the base price of the WK2 by $50.00 and it would have easily covered the expense of the full LED rear lamp assembly.
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Videos look great. You're right that Chrysler should have completed the full LED look on the entire taillights. Bunch of cheapskates saving a few bucks per vehicle by keeping the incandescent bulbs for stop, turn and reverse lights. They should have just raised the base price of the WK2 by $50.00 and it would have easily covered the expense of the full LED rear lamp assembly.
Exactly! But it is what it is. They are headed in the right direction. Guess we will see what the next generation WK2 looks like. For now, I'm very happy with what I have. No problems at all with it and love to drive it!
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