Dodge Dakota pickup trucks can accommodate a rear LED light bar mounted underneath the tailgate. This light bar is used to supplement the rear tail lights in all functions: parking lamp illumination, stop lamps, indicators and even reverse lighting. The average backyard mechanic can wire an LED light bar into the Dakota's towing adaptor plug in about 30 minutes.
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Things you need
- Wire stripper
- Electrical tape
Locate the towing light adaptor harness, if equipped. Most Dakotas have this plug, or at least the wires tucked up into the body for this use, as the standard wiring harness from the manufacturer. Cut and strip them to expose about an inch of core copper.
Mount the LED light bar between the tailgate and the rear bumper by using adhesive and drilling screws where applicable. Not all models of light bars will have holes for mounting; if they are wanted, then they must be drilled. The bar is light enough to last for years with a strong adhesive. Make sure the wires are facing the side of the truck where the trailer towing adaptor harness is located.
Wire the harness to the light bar by twisting the same colour wire ends together and covering the splice with a liberal amount of electrical tape. In some cases, the light bar will have a four-pin standard towing adaptor plug already installed--it only needs to be plugged into the harness to operate. The standard wiring colours are white, brown, yellow and green, and they should match the Dakota's pre-wired system.
Test all functions of the light bar by pressing on the brakes, turning the headlights on, checking both indicators, and putting the truck in reverse (if applicable). Check the wiring splices if any problems arise.
Tips and warnings
- Disconnect the battery before working on the truck's electrical system.
- Use proper precautions when working on a vehicle or using strong adhesive.
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