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Old 11-27-2012, 08:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2012 TT Exterior Lighting

I recently purchased one of the last '12 TT's in my area and it is the version that does not have the wind deflector and exterior lights (it came with steel rims etc.).

I've been searching the threads here on the site in the tech and general discussion sections and have an idea of what type of lighting i'd like to put on the front and eventually rear of my factor rack. I plan to stay with the factory rack for a while and possibly put a basket in for storage but for the time being, I picked up some Yakima 23H mounts for the factory crossbars and have been using the FJ to haul around my hobie kayak.

My question would be this, since other '12 TT's have lighting on the wind deflectors, should I find wiring already installed up thru the factory racks and down thru the pillars and up to my switch panel? (I've no switch on the panel for exterior lights) If so, is there a link here somewhere or a discussion that I can review to see how I can best utilize this existing wiring? I've spent a few days going thru the posts and believe I saw where it should be wired but nothing definitive.

Any help on this would be appreciated - I'm not too smart on wiring things up.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 2012 TT Exterior Lighting

Are you saying you want to use the same air dam with the spots for lights but instead of factory lights use aftermarket?

And as far as wiring goes, I believe the wiring for this would go down through the roof rack, down the A pillar, and then into then you'd hook it up in the interior.

Here is a link to a factory air dam with lights being sold on ebay for a good price.
FJ Cruiser Air Dam & Lights for Factory Roof Rack bar | eBay

I'm not sure if this comes with directions because i didn't read anything except the price, and I dont know if it comes with the switch that you'd add to the FJ's switch panel. But I know you can find those switches online, you just have to search for them but it should be easy.

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Re: 2012 TT Exterior Lighting

i would doubt the wiring is there since those lights would normally be installed at the port after arrival from Japan.
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Re: 2012 TT Exterior Lighting

I'm not sure if there is a certain look you’re going for, but I'm running a set of Rigid Industries Duallys on the rear of my roof rack as back up lights/recovery lights, a set of amber light Dually D-2’s on the front bumper as fog lights and I just ordered a set of white light Dually for the front bumper as driving lights. I love my Rigid Industries lights. They are more expensive then other manufacturers, but in my opinion they are the best. If your not familiar with Rigid I would suggest you check them out. I’m running all my lighting through my sPOD. The way I see it, if your gunna go through the trouble of running wiring through your roof rack down the A pillar and into the cabin, you might as well do it with good lighting. I Hope this Helps
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Re: 2012 TT Exterior Lighting

Thanks for the response guys.

Since some of the TT's had an air dam with lights and others didn't, were they all prewired (wires to the back of the switch area and upto thru the roof and in the rack base)? Lmmmmm's response would lead me to believe that the TT airdam and lights setup would have been installed after arrival but only for those units with that particular package. I just haven't an opportunity to pull it all apart to look inside to see and figure out a best plan to accomplish. I just saw on one of the posts that the FJ appears to be wired up into the A Pillar but not beyond that as the rest would come with the lights/airdam kit.

Not sure I'd go with with an original style airdam and lights as it won't fit in my garage - was looking at a lower profile couple of 21" LEDs up front hooked up to a bar attached to the factory rack and a single 15" or so LED in the back. I saw some builds with this type of setup and probably am leaning in that direction. I figure that would give me adequate clearance (I don't have much to work with) to get it indoors. I have to remove my yak mounts to get it in the garage.

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Old 11-27-2012, 02:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: 2012 TT Exterior Lighting

Are you wanting just roof lights or lights on the bumper as well?

Are you planning on adding a aftermarket bumper?

I am running a Bajadesigns stealth led light bar on the front. And I ave the bajadesigns Sll as a back up light. It works perfectly as a camp/reverse light.
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