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I give up. I can't figure out how to wire these worthless, expensive, f-in' lights. Acro doesn't provide any wires, connectors, cables with the lights.

I'm tapped out, $140 in switches and harnesses from Toyota, $50+ on wire, connectors, t-taps from Checker.

And I still can't figure out how to connect them. I'm going to smash them into oblivion.

I need to stick to more simple tasks, like the rattle can.
 

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Here is the bumper with lights installed. Perhaps that's my first problem,trying to wire with everything already installed?


Here is the back of the lights, and the pig tails with bullet connectors that they provide, I've tried to find a butt connector to fit them, tried a 12 gauge/10 caliber, didn't quite fit...


I gave up on one side and clipped the bullets, thinking I could just splice the pig tail and a 12 gauge wire together, but the 12 gauge is so stiff, I can't figure how to do it.


This is the "lamp" end of the lamp wiring harness, which I'm trying to use because it clips into a factory installed wiring harness that will connect to the switch harness in the cab


I was planning on clipping the end of the lamp harness and just splicing the wires from the lights, I don't think I can find a male connector for this at Checker....


Any insight is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
 

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Hold on for advice. People will be getting home from the Summit (the one I'm thinking of is MudLovingFJ, electrical GURU), and they can help....if someone from here doesn't help first.
 

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I wired my Acro's myself and it was my FIRST automotive electrical project. It was frustrating, but they work like a champ. I'm here to help.

So let me know what you have and where you're getting stuck. I used butt connectors for the lights. I bought the OEM switch and wiring harness, but did all of the other wiring myself. I can take pictures in the AM if you need specific pics.
 

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Yea, we've got you!


I'd use butt connectors as well. Alternatively, you could solder the wires and heat shrink them. You might be surprised, you may be able to find the other end of that connector locally. Give it a shot before you cut it off...

As far as any of the specific wiring questions, we can all help you here -- just ask away.
 

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I wired my Acro's myself and it was my FIRST automotive electrical project. It was frustrating, but they work like a champ. I'm here to help.

So let me know what you have and where you're getting stuck. I used butt connectors for the lights. I bought the OEM switch and wiring harness, but did all of the other wiring myself. I can take pictures in the AM if you need specific pics.
What size butt connectors did you use? What size wire? Did you use the OEM lamp harness?

I guess I need to determine the wire size coming out of the lamps and the wire size in the lamp harness and see if they match, then I can find a butt connector that fits both?
 

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Yea, we've got you!


I'd use butt connectors as well. Alternatively, you could solder the wires and heat shrink them. You might be surprised, you may be able to find the other end of that connector locally. Give it a shot before you cut it off...

As far as any of the specific wiring questions, we can all help you here -- just ask away.
Any idea who might carry a connector? I've checked Auto Zone, Checker. I suppose if I had a part number I might be able to get from Toyota? Though my dealership will probably tack on 1000% premium.
 

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Here is the bumper with lights installed. Perhaps that's my first problem,trying to wire with everything already installed?


Here is the back of the lights, and the pig tails with bullet connectors that they provide, I've tried to find a butt connector to fit them, tried a 12 gauge/10 caliber, didn't quite fit...


I gave up on one side and clipped the bullets, thinking I could just splice the pig tail and a 12 gauge wire together, but the 12 gauge is so stiff, I can't figure how to do it.


This is the "lamp" end of the lamp wiring harness, which I'm trying to use because it clips into a factory installed wiring harness that will connect to the switch harness in the cab


I was planning on clipping the end of the lamp harness and just splicing the wires from the lights, I don't think I can find a male connector for this at Checker....


Any insight is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
OK deep breath ... let it out slowly, think calming thoughts. First lets check if you have all the factory parts. To use the factory setup you need:

1. Switch either the Taco one or the Aux switch for the FJ
2. Harness from switch to drivers side kick panel connector (must match switch if using FJ version there are 2 different switch harnesses)
3. Harness from connector in engine bay on drivers side fenderwell close to master cylinder to Fog lights.
4. 15 amp fuse. Goes in fuse box in engine bay Fuse Box and is marked marked Aux Lights.
5. Toyota relay. Goes in fuse box in engine bay Fuse Box and is marked marked Aux Lights.

The switch goes lower left in center console (you can move it but some modification is required http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/foru...hes-locations.html?highlight=switch+locations
See attached pdf for complete instructions on connecting the switches and harnesses.

Route the engine bay harness to the 2 lights in bumper.

At this point all you have to do is connect the black to black and white to white between the harness and each lamp. Using a connector is a good idea but you could solder and heat shrink the connections. You will have some difficulty locating matching connectors for the harness (I've looked and haven't had any luck). My recommendation is to use a 2 or 3 pole GM connector. Get 2 each of matching male/female connectors and make sure they include the contacts (some stores have these separate) Most auto parts stores have these in blisterpacks in the hardware or lighting section. Cut off the bullet ends on the lights and the Toyota connectors at the light end of the engine bay harness. Crimp the contacts onto the wires Female connector on harness Male connector on light. Crimping requires a special tool. The auto store may have one Radio Shack will have one. You can use pliers if you are careful but you will need to solder the contact to the wire if you do this or the connection will work loose. Assemble the connectors, this is pretty easy and plug the lights to the harness and you are good to go.
 

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Any idea who might carry a connector? I've checked Auto Zone, Checker. I suppose if I had a part number I might be able to get from Toyota? Though my dealership will probably tack on 1000% premium.
I really think you can get this at an AutoZone or Advance. I swear I've seen this exact connector at my local Advance.

Did it come with the switch harness? Or was it part of the ACRO stuff? It sounds like that was with your original switch harness.
 

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Did I miss the use of a relay anywhere in this thread?

Double FJ and NCFJ and others here can offer great advice. I really like to solder as many connections as possible. Connectors can come loose and corrode over time expecially exterior connectors. Roof, fogs, back up, etc,


Here are some links to review.

http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/foru...0715-fog-light-harness-install-lots-pics.html

http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/stereo-electronics/50124-relays-usage-protection.html

http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/fj-cruiser-technical-articles/64519-contents-read-first.html

http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/foru...0792-fuses-12v-electrical-complete-guide.html
 

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I give up. I can't figure out how to wire these worthless, expensive, f-in' lights. Acro doesn't provide any wires, connectors, cables with the lights.

I'm tapped out, $140 in switches and harnesses from Toyota, $50+ on wire, connectors, t-taps from Checker.

And I still can't figure out how to connect them. I'm going to smash them into oblivion.

I need to stick to more simple tasks, like the rattle can.
Not to worry it can be done. If you lived closer I coudld do it for you in less time that I can explain it here.

The Toyota Lamp Harness you have (PT279-35070-LH) if memory serves me correct is made for Hella lights. That being the case you can still make it work, but you will be unlikely to find connectors to mate to the harness.

If you PM me your email and which Toyota switch you have (Toyota Taco fog, Fj aux or FJ Off Road) I can make you a sketch. You should be able to find the female connectors for the lights, but otherwise you can use crimp connectors and shrink tubing, or they make crimp connectors that you can heat and they shrink. No substitute for solder and shrink wrap, but they will frustrate you less. I might also suggest that you get a standard Bosch 12V 30A relay (any brand would be OK). If you use the Toyota wiring throughout it might be a few minutes quicker, but the lights will only work when Toyota wants them to (in this case when your hi beams are on). I can help you get them to work when your marker/headlamps are on, or even whenever you want. Patience is needed, but I also know in situations like this hard to come by. Drop me a line and I will sketch you something. You should be able to get everything you need (which is not much) at Radio Shack and/or an auto parts store like Advance (that is what they have around here).

If you want to have control of when the lights are on, you will need
30A 12 V relay (about $5)
16 gauge wire (a small amount of black, small amount of red, small amount of another color, unless you are good at keeping wires straight)
wire taps (blue color, about $3 for a pack)
crimp connectors (blue kind with shrink tubing, about $4 for 8)
crimp pliers ($10-$15 if you dont already have one)
Spade connectors (for hooking wires to relay)

If you have a radio shack I can get you the catalog numbers as well.

One of the posts someone pointed you to here is one of my old ones.

Jay
 

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ACRO LIGHTS - you were a formidable foe, but alas, good has triumphed over inanimate objects!!!

Though my buddy calls me Mildly, as in, Mildly Retarded, I finally did it. I conquered the ACRO lights.

I went to Advanced Auto Parts, clearly the best out of Checker and Auto Zone, and got a kick ass crimper, some blade disconnects, and 16 gauge wire. Then I went to town, clipped the bullets off the ACRO pigtails, clipped the connectors off the OEM Lamp Harness, and started splicing.

I got her all wired up and went to test, and nothing came on. I was about to go to town on my FJ with a baseball bat when I remembered that I had put the relay and fuse in the Off Road Lights slots in the fuse box, I'm using the AUX switch. So, I moved it around, and bingo, we have light.

Thanks to all for your help and encouragement. The FJ Community is the best. I check this forum more often than I surf for porn! I mean, eh, errr. Thanks!
 

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ACRO LIGHTS - you were a formidable foe, but alas, good has triumphed over inanimate objects!!!

Though my buddy calls me Mildly, as in, Mildly Retarded, I finally did it. I conquered the ACRO lights.

I went to Advanced Auto Parts, clearly the best out of Checker and Auto Zone, and got a kick ass crimper, some blade disconnects, and 16 gauge wire. Then I went to town, clipped the bullets off the ACRO pigtails, clipped the connectors off the OEM Lamp Harness, and started splicing.

I got her all wired up and went to test, and nothing came on. I was about to go to town on my FJ with a baseball bat when I remembered that I had put the relay and fuse in the Off Road Lights slots in the fuse box, I'm using the AUX switch. So, I moved it around, and bingo, we have light.

Thanks to all for your help and encouragement. The FJ Community is the best. I check this forum more often than I surf for porn! I mean, eh, errr. Thanks!
:rofl: That was great.

Now that wasn't so hard, was it? :lol:


Glad you got it sorted out. :cheers:
 
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