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post #1 of 19 Old 09-19-2009, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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Mounting Recon cab lights

I was going to mount some cab lights this morning, but decided to do a quick mock-up before drilling any holes in the truck. I haven't seen how the stock lights are mounted, but I am thinking I could improve upon what Recon has sent me.






From the instructions that Recon sent me, which are a copy of Motoman's, there is a 7/8" hole for the female plug to come up through.



My thoughts are to remove the electrical tape insulating Recon's harness, feed the wire from outside, and seal the plug to the roof.



There is plenty of room to tuck the plugs into the light. Is there anything else that I might be missing that would kill this plan. I don't mind rebuilding the harness, with heat shrink rather than electrical tape and there would be less chance of the wire chaffing with the plug mounted in the roof.

Additionally, I figured I would use some stainless hardware to mount the lights. I bought some 10/32x1/2 ss bolts from Homedepot, is the sheet metal in the roof thick enough to tap?

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Slightly less disappointed in the harness. Individual wires are covered in heat shrink, electrical tape was just used to hold the bundle together.

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I just found this after trying to warn some folks to just get oem and then use the recon lenses
I had the same issues and even contacted them

there is no excuse for not taking a few extra steps in MFG I was all done with my install
and a week later they started unplugging themselves
the paint is peeling at 6 months and they don't provide all the hardware for an install they recommend you go pick up the nylon inserts ? lame

nice article !!
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I used stainless bolts 1/4 x 20 x 1" with a washer / lock washer and nut. I drilled all holes to 1/4 and just ran the wires through and soldered them to the harness. I didn't like the way they connected. I also don't want to have to pull the headliner again to fix them.

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Thats a good way to do it ,,
I never had to pull the headliner all the way I pulled the visors,handles ,center console

then I could pull it back enough to get the harness in .
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Has anyone else had a problem with these recon cab light kits? I was just about to buy them.

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I almost ordered some. I decided to wait and ended up getting factory lights and harness cheaper. I definitely recommend the factory way. Its so nice to have a harness that plugs right in..
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can you put the led bulb in the factory light??

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you may find an led to fit the socket
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Has anyone else had a problem with these recon cab light kits? I was just about to buy them.
you can make it decent with extra work but shame on them for slacking
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