I am going to look for a connector that I can splice into this ribbon cable. These are pins 7, 8 & 9 that run the dome light operation. If anyone has any ideas please let us know.
Glad you can use it, thanks!what color wire is the connector 1A pin 8? Great write up! I'm installing leds pointing down in the door pockets and i only want them on when i open my door, like the 07 4runners.
Great comment. I actually measured the spacing a couple days ago and it is a funky size - a little smaller than the typical 0.156" (~4.00mm). It measured about 3.25mm (0.128"). I measured it several times to make sure. I plan on getting a few 0.156" and trying them since this might be close enough - I have the tools for inserting the wires into the IDC.Hi Guys-
They make IDC (insulation displacement connectors) that should be able to clamp onto this ribbon cable and allow you to connect other wires into them. You'll need to take a careful measurement of the center to center spacing on the ribbon cable to get the right kind. These are similar to the connectors on the ribbon cables for disk drives in your computer. Allied electronics or AllElectronics are good places to find stuff like this. If you get the flat style, You can usually clamp them onto a ribbon cable using a pair of channel-locks if you're careful.
Yes, I tied into the pin 8, middle ribbon cable wire for ground and the red wire previously shown for +12V. Doing so allows your added light to come on when the door is open and turns off when the door is closed just like the overhead dome light when it is switched in the "door" position.Hey MichEE,
I am not sure I understand you last post. So you tied into the ribon cable. Do the LED's you installed come on with the doors and then off when they are shut? Or at least when you turn the key to start the engine?
I am currently working on my overhead light mod and will be moving to the foot well LED's when I am done.....
Sounds good! I'm looking forward to seeing what you did. Post a link to it here and I'll "tie" it in to what I'm doing if it applies.Well I am working on a seperate thread right now. I finished it last night....I think it looks good....
Try this linkIts up, here is the link....
Won't take the link to the thread.....It is called My LED dome light fix....
No I did not. Honestly I have not looked real hard though. I want to take a cruise throught the junk yard first.MichEE,
Did you ever find an IDC connector that matches the pitch of the 3 wire ribbon cable?
You're welcome, glad to help!Just found this post while surfing the forum. It's what I been trying to do with my aux Led lights in the running bd's [turn on/off with the door switch] since I installed them last Dec. They come on and stay on with the runnung lights. This is they way they should have been so we can see getting in and out.
Thanks for the post very well written and lot's of help
Nope, I have been a little busy with other things and have not added a switch yet.Did you ever install the switch? What kind of switch is needed SPDT? Thanks
That is strange! Mine seems to work just ask described. Maybe you have different wiring? What year is it?Hey guys, I'm new here, though I've owned my FJ for 3 years. Just wanted to thank the originator of this thread, it was extremely informative and useful. Just thought I'd mention one important note - In the install notes, He said you can hook up your negative/ground to the white wire (ribbon wire) or any other convenient ground (which would leave the lights on for like 10 minutes...). Well, I initially opted to hook it to the ground behind the left wall panel, drivers side, near the floor. It works as a ground, however, the floor lights will stay on the ENTIRE time the vehicle is operational. They will come on with the dome light when the door is open, and when using the key fob to lock the doors, they will shut off when the dome goes off. But, through my experience, the entire time I'm driving, those led lights stay on (even though the dome light is off while driving). I have yet to hook my neg/ground up to that ribbon wire...I will be doing that in the near future (it's just too damn cold in NY right now!) As I said - just informing you all of my experience.