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Old 12-05-2011, 07:22 AM
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Adding Tailgate Marker Lights

I've got this thread going in Exterior Discussion as well, but I wanted to throw it to a larger audience for ideas.

I'm thinking about adding the tailgate marker lights. The mounting holes are already there so the initial installation will be easy, but I'm wondering which would be the best source for power and the best way to route the wiring. The taillights themselves seem the obvious choice, but the license plate lights are closer...or perhaps the trailer light plug harness. Anyone else ever done this? I'm sure I could jury rig something, but I want to do it right and make it look good (the wiring, that is). All suggestions welcomed and appreciated.

Wayne

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Old 12-05-2011, 04:47 PM
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I'm confused, where are the lights going to go?
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Old 12-05-2011, 04:52 PM
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The red marker light bar that goes on the strip just under the tailgate, right above the license plate. They are usually found on the F450 dually.

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Old 12-05-2011, 04:59 PM
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I wired mine to the tag lights, when Ford wires them from them from the factory on the duallies they are wired into the tag light harness. Good luck with the install, you'll be glad you installed them!
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:07 PM
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I put those lights on my old truck and wired to the tail lights, and I want to put them on this truck, what type of light bar are you using?
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:17 PM
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Thanks, Diesel Addict, that actually tells me what I need to know. One other question, though. Does the wiring for the light strip come out the back and go through another hole (didn't see one, just the two mounting holes), or is it exposed down the front then on to the tag lights? I know I'll find out for myself soon enough, but I'm just trying to get an idea what I'm dealing with before I start the project.
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I put those lights on my old truck and wired to the tail lights, and I want to put them on this truck, what type of light bar are you using?
I'm planning on using the OEM lights from Ford.
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Okay, Cause I know they sell led ones, but unless everything else were led's it might look cheesy, So the tag lights will suppose enough power for the lights?
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Okay, Cause I know they sell led ones, but unless everything else were led's it might look cheesy, So the tag lights will suppose enough power for the lights?
I agree, but since they'll be OEM for a 2008, I assume they'll be regular bulbs and not LED's. According to Diesel Addict, that's where Ford wires them from the factory.
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Wire them to the tags or tails
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