Got blinkers done

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After ordering a kit from EZ Turn Signals a few months back, I finally installed the blinkers.

Steering column switch is solid. It has green indicator lights that flash when you activate the turnsignal. It has a hazzard flasher switch. It does NOT reset automatically when you complete the turn.

The blinker module is solid-state type for LEDs. I have not looked up specs, but I think it can handle only about 40W. It will work with factory incandescent bulbs for blinkers. (BUT DO NOT activate the hazzards - 4 incandescent bulbs flashing at the same time will blow the inline 3A fuse). The flasher module comes with an inline fuse holder.
It is a three pin: ground, switched power to the steering cloumn switch (SCS), switched power to the little green indicators on the SCS.

I ordered LED lights for front and rear (but decided to use the factory tail and side lights for now)

I ordered indicator lights for the dash to show you which blinker is on. I did not know the steering colum switch already had indicators. Could have saved a few bucks here.

I ordered the cable kit. Worth it. Wires are colored red, yellow, blue green, etc. The instructions use the colors to make installations vert easy: Yellow to yellow, blue to blue, etc. You an see the colored cables in the pictures (fire wall and steering column).

Instrucrions are step by step, connect colors, easy to follow.

I spent 2 hours running wires just to see what reaches where and what the best routes are. I spliced into the rear tail lights to see if I can use them as blinkers and used wire nuts to connect and test the system. Then I spent another 2-3 hours finishing wiring: replace wire nuts with actual connectors, braid grounds, bundle and zip tie wires, heat shrink connectors, etc).
I need to add a wire loom to cover up the wires in the engine bay and at the steering column. Just left it open to take the pictures.
Now that I have done it once, it would take me 3 hours start ro finish.

Ground
Establish a common ground for front lights, and steering column switch (SCS). Tail lights have ground to the body right at the factory lights.

Power
From battery (+) to fuse to blinker module to SCS. From SCS to each corner blinker. One additional line from blinker module to SCS (for the green indicator lights on SCS).

REAR
I ran wire from the power steerimg pump down the fire wall and along the driver side frame back the driver side tail lights. On the frame are two factory clips to hold brake lines. These clips have an open slot that will hold the wires.
From the driver side (inside the bumper) to the passenger side tail lights.

I used the top bulb in the factory lights for the blinkers. Power on the passenger side is on orange, on driver side it is blue. The factory tail lights are grounded to the frame.
Connecting power to the blue and orange wire took the longest in the entire install. It is an awkward spot. I cut the blue and orange wires between the connector and the light fixture and used butt connectors for power from the SCS. I could have saved time just using splice connectors, but I wanted it done right. Again, the tail light is grounded. No need ro run ground back to the SCS if you use stock incandescent bulbes.

FRONT
I use the facrory indicators with 2 new wires:. Power from SCS. Ground from common ground. I unplugged the connector for the side marker lights in the factory harness. You csn an see the green connectors in the picture. Then, I connected the power and ground from SCS with male spade connectors.

Now that I have blinkers with incandescent bulbs, maybe I will look to replace them with LED bulbs.... not in a rush. I just need to remember to not pull the hazzard and blow the fuse. 😀

Any questions, I will do my best to answer them.

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The 4 pin connector on the driver side in your 4th picture contains the rear turn signal wires that run to the tail lights.
 
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The 4 pin connector on the driver side in your 4th picture contains the rear turn signal wires that run to the tail lights.
Are you referring tp the black connector right by where the new wires are tie wrapped? This is a project on my list and I would like to tie into the harness rather than running new wires.
 
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@Coldweather86: thanks for the info on the wiring to the tail lights. That is very helpful for setting up the stock lights as blinkers. Which, turns out, I did after changing my orignial plan.
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