I recently installed a new LoD Destroyer Series rear bumper and tire carrier. It's awesome. When I installed it, I also relocated my license plate from the stock location to the center of the rear tire carrier using the JKS Spare Tire Mount License Plate Bracket. If you have a tire carrier like mine that can swing away from the tailgate, the kit calls for putting in a few extra feet of wire. I didn't like that solution though, so I came up with a DIY way to put in a quick disconnect from parts lying around the garage.
Materials & SuppliesThis project made possible by the fact that I already cut my fenders and had my side marker lights and harnesses lying around. If you don't have those, you'll need to find one (probably for free from another Jeeper that just cut their fenders).
- Side marker light
- Female harness that mates with that
- Soldering gun, flux, and solder (go buy one from Harbor Freight for $15 if you don't have one; it's a worthwhile investment. Buy the one that comes with flux and solder)
- Black tubing to go around wires
- Electrical tape
- Heat shrink wrap to insulate electrical connections
- A lighter
- Spray paint, optional
Step 1: remove the bulb from the back of the side marker light
Step 2: remove the bulbUse a knife to push in the little tabs and it'll come out
Step 3: discard bulb, keep metal contactsAt this point if you were to put the metal contacts back in, you'd have a nice male/female pair like this
Step 4: spray paint the female endTotally optional, but I thought it made it look better and stand out more. Here it is taped off and ready for paint
Step 5: solder wire to metal contactsDepending on how yours is currently wired up, you made need to cut the wire and strip it first. These are the wires coming out of the tailgate.
Step 6: insert contacts back into male housing
Step 7: solder female harness onto wires coming from license plate lightRemember to put the shrink tubing on the wire first, solder them together, slide the shrink tubing down over the connection, then heat it with a lighter
Step 8: Put protective black tubing over wires, use electrical tape at each end to prevent it from opening back up
Video of it in action