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Grill Accent Light Bar Installation Guide

Grill Accent Light Installation Guide (Scroll down for animated grill bar installation)

1. Removal of Grill: Remove all hardware and plastic trim tabs in order to remove your grill. Type in your year (or year range, 17-19, 20-22, etc) and model (Super Duty, F250, F350, etc) followed by "grill removal" and you should find plenty of videos on this process.

2020-2022 Ford Super Duty Grill Removal and Grill Accent Light Bar Installation:

2017-2019 Ford Super Duty Grill Removal:


 2. Attaching Grill Light Bars: If you are installing the full length grill light bars, simply use the provided hardware to secure the grill light frames to the vertical plastic crossmember bars on the grill. Be sure not to over-tighten them or you risk cracking the plastic!

If you are installing the animated switchback scanning LED grill light bars, you can use the 3M adhesive backing and also forcefully wedge each light bar into the slots on the grill. There is a hole on each end of the grill lights that you could either run a zip-tie, screw, fishline, etc through to ensure the grill lights stay in place. You can grill small holes in parts of the grill that are not visible to run the zip ties or screws through. Some customers have also applied super glue to the top and bottom of the grill lights and wedged it into the slots on the grill. NOTE: THE LIGHTS SCAN/FLOW FROM THE END THAT HAS THE WIRES TO THE OPPOSITE END, SO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE WIRED ENDS ALL FACING TOWARDS THE MIDDLE OF THE GRILL SO THE SCANNING/TURN SIGNALS FLOW THE CORRECT DIRECTION!

3. Wiring: If you are installing the full length grill light bars or the animated grill light bars, connect both of the RED/POSITIVE wires from both bars together and both of the BLACK/GROUND/NEGATIVE wires using butt connectors or a similar type of connector. Next, splice/connect around 5-7 feet of 18 or 20 gauge wire to the positive and ground wires. If you ordered the plug & play harness, simply connect the red and black wires off of the harness to the red and black wires from the light bars.

The ground wires can be grounded to any bare metal frame bolt or ground location (Some use the hood latch bolt, one of the frame grounds, any bolt thats on bare metal, or directly to the negative terminal of the battery)

The positive wires can be connected to one of the up-fitter switches (google your year and model to see how to do this), tapped into a fuse of your choice (something thats powered when the truck turns on ideally), tapped into the headlight DRL wire to turn on/off with the DRLs, connected to a switch or relay, etc. 

Animated- Switchback White/Amber LED DRL Grill Accent Bar Installation

NOTE: THIS IS A UNIVERSAL PRODUCT THAT WILL WORK FOR A VARIETY OF VEHICLES/APPLICATIONS. MOUNTING AND WIRING CAN BE DONE VARIOUS WAYS, SO PLEASE RESEARCH YOUR MODEL TO FIGURE OUT THE BEST WAY TO INSTALL THEM.

BE SURE TO TEST EACH BAR BEFORE INSTALLING! BLACK WIRE TO -/GROUND, THEN TOUCH RED WIRE THEN YELLOW WIRE TO TEST DRL AND TURN SIGNAL FUNCTIONS.

MOUNTING:

Due to the universal nature of this product and the wide variety of vehicle/applications they can be used for, there are multiple ways you can choose to mount the animated switchback scanning LED grill light bars.  Choose the method that you think will work best for your application! Installation may be easier if you remove the grill from the vehicle. You can google your year/model to find Youtube videos or forum posts on the process.

The 3M adhesive backing can be used to stick the bars directly to the surface you are mounting them to. We highly recommend cleaning the surface well and using an adhesive promoter to ensure a proper bond. It never hurts to add a second layer of security by using fishing line or zip ties along with the 3M adhesive.

You can also forcefully wedge each light bar into the slots on the grill. There is a hole on each end of the grill light bars that you run a zip-tie, screw, fishline, etc through to ensure the grill lights stay in place. You can drill small holes in parts of the grill that are not visible to run the zip ties screws, fishing line through. Some customers have also applied super glue to the top and bottom of the grill lights and wedged it into the slots on the grill.

NOTE: THE LIGHTS START SCANNNING/TURN SIGNAL INDICATE FROM THE END THAT HAS THE WIRES, TOWARDS THE OPPOSITE END. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE WIRED ENDS ALL FACING TOWARDS THE MIDDLE OF THE GRILL SO THE SCANNING/TURN SIGNALS FLOW THE CORRECT DIRECTION!

 

WIRING: RESEARCH YOUR VEHICLE TO FIGURE OUT WERE YOUR TURN SIGNAL WIRES ARE LOCATED.

1) Black wires = Ground/-
2) Red wires = Positive +, can connect to the fuse tap which gets power from a switched 12V fuse under the hood (typically an ECM, PCM, or fuel pump fuse).
3) Yellow wires = Turn Signals, T-Tap or splice to your left and right turn signal + wires

The ground wires can be grounded to any bare metal frame bolt or ground location. This could be the hood latch bolt, one of the frame grounds, any bolt that is on bare metal (sand paint away), or directly to the negative terminal of the battery)

The positive wires can be connected to one of the up-fitter switches (google your year and model to see how to do this), tapped into a fuse of your choice utilizing the fuse tap (preferably a fuse/power source that is powered when the truck turns on), tapped into the headlight DRL wire to turn on/off with the DRLs, connected to a switch or relay, etc. 

Turn signal wires for animated grill light bars should be connected to the factory left and right turn signal + wires. If you have 4 bars, connect the left side bars turn signal wires together then add a 3-6 foot wire lead so you can t-tap or splice the left side turn signal wires from the LED bars to the left headlight or side marker turn signal + wire. Repeat for the right side bars on the right headlight.