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Advice on taillight LED installation (2013)

I've ordered and received these LEDS: YULED 3057 LED

and some of these plug n' play resistors.

Two questions:
Which bulbs actually need the resistors in order to avoid hyperflashing and codes?
All 4 bulbs (top inner and outer, bottom inner and outer)?
Just the top two bulbs (top inner and outer)?

Where have others drilled in the actual metal resistors that supposedly get hot during use? I know that I am supposed to drill into metal, but I don't really see much room around my taillights to avoid plastic completely.

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Re: Advice on taillight LED installation (2013)

Let's see your pics and vids after the install.
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Re: Advice on taillight LED installation (2013)

oops... I double linked to the LEDS... these are the resistors: http://www.amazon.com/JDM-ASTAR-Resi...ef_=sr_ph&sr=1
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Re: Advice on taillight LED installation (2013)

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I've ordered and received these LEDS: YULED 3057 LED

and some of these plug n' play resistors.

Two questions:
Which bulbs actually need the resistors in order to avoid hyperflashing and codes?
All 4 bulbs (top inner and outer, bottom inner and outer)?
Just the top two bulbs (top inner and outer)?

Where have others drilled in the actual metal resistors that supposedly get hot during use? I know that I am supposed to drill into metal, but I don't really see much room around my taillights to avoid plastic completely.
You need the ballast resistors for the rear brake/turn circuit to prevent the 'fast flash' issue. (The outer/body upper lights in the red section of the tail light.)

A good 'plug-n-play' way to install them is to buy an aftermarket trailer wire harness that plugs in between the OEM harness and the tail light, then use the wires to run down below the tail light and screw the ballast resistor underneath (rather than trying to mount it between the tail light and the body).

The backup lights will not need ballast resistors (clear sections).

The marker light in the tail gate does not require a ballast resistor either.
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Re: Advice on taillight LED installation (2013)

Before you get too far into it, the link above is for white LED bulb. You absolutely do not want to run a white LED bulb behind a red lens....well unless you want pink brake lights
You have to get red LED bulbs to go behind red lenses.
I just found a new bulb which I can truly say compares to the output of the insane V3 Tritons. Look into Theretrofitsource new Acme bulbs.

If you end up returning the other bulbs due to them being white, in my experience the two bulbs I mentioned above should be seriously considered. The Tritons are expensive and have extra wiring and modules, but the Acme bulbs are only 30 bucks and have almost every bit of output as the Tritons. You will need resistors for any LED bulb you install, but those are easy enough to install. Just find a clean and open area to mount the resistor. They can get hot so keep that in mind.

Here is a link to the 3157 red Acme LED bulb. Trust me when I say these are bright!!! Try them, you wont be disappointed, and this is coming from a hardcore V3 Triton guy who has owned multiple sets in multiple vehicles.
https://www.theretrofitsource.com/le...l#.V0130OR3osI
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Before you get too far into it, the link above is for white LED bulb. You absolutely do not want to run a white LED bulb behind a red lens....well unless you want pink brake lights
You have to get red LED bulbs to go behind red lenses.
I definitely appreciate the feedback, and I was worried about that too. luckily, it doesn't seem to have caused an issue. The harness with built in resistor that I linked to above worked perfectly. I did have to sand down one of the tabs to get a perfect fit in the lamp. I ended up using pro-poxy to epoxy in the resistor, right behind the lamp.
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Re: Advice on taillight LED installation (2013)

Output looks pretty impressive. I am surprised you achieved a good color that you like. Anytime I have put a white LED behind a red lens the color was either pink, or a sort of washed out orangy color. Looks good though!

I am currently running the red Acme 7440 bulbs in my wife's Odyssey brake lights and turn signals, and the white Acme 7440 for reverse. These things are incredible! I am running the V3 Triton's for the brake/turn signals in my 2015 Grand Cherokee. I love LED lights haha

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Re: Advice on taillight LED installation (2013)

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Before you get too far into it, the link above is for white LED bulb. You absolutely do not want to run a white LED bulb behind a red lens....well unless you want pink brake lights
You have to get red LED bulbs to go behind red lenses.
I just found a new bulb which I can truly say compares to the output of the insane V3 Tritons. Look into Theretrofitsource new Acme bulbs.

If you end up returning the other bulbs due to them being white, in my experience the two bulbs I mentioned above should be seriously considered. The Tritons are expensive and have extra wiring and modules, but the Acme bulbs are only 30 bucks and have almost every bit of output as the Tritons. You will need resistors for any LED bulb you install, but those are easy enough to install. Just find a clean and open area to mount the resistor. They can get hot so keep that in mind.

Here is a link to the 3157 red Acme LED bulb. Trust me when I say these are bright!!! Try them, you wont be disappointed, and this is coming from a hardcore V3 Triton guy who has owned multiple sets in multiple vehicles.
https://www.theretrofitsource.com/le...l#.V0130OR3osI
Thanks for the info!
Even with the Morimoto load resistors and a Curt trailer harness (to make it plug and play instead of splicing into the OEM harness) I can convert to LED brake/turn/marker for just $60.
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