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I wanted to give my truck a little more colorful lighting as well as add step lights for the nerf bars. I found these LEDS on ebay from seller sureelectronics.



They sell for around $5/$6 per 24 LED cluster. The aluminum board they are mounted on is about 8 inches long and it is easy to attach velcro to the back, so mounting is easy. I had to staple through the velcro I attached under the dash, and spread the staples from the back side, because the Frontier interior plastic doesn't accept glue very well. The staples make tiny holes that are not in view from anywhere but the floor.

I mounted a blue board under the both driver and passenger dash.



I mounted a red board at the base of the center console in the back.



I also mounted 4 white boards on the outside of the truck on the rocker panel to shine on the nerf bar steps.



I tied all the hot wires together and spliced them into the lower power outlet circuit, as it is hot all the time. I suggest pulling the 20 AMP fuse that is located in the fuse block under the hood before connecting to this circuit.

The ground leads are what is used to switch these LEDs on and off, so make sure all your connections are insulated from accidently grounding out.

I bought a 3 position switch and mounted it next to the mirror remote control.



There is no power applied to the switch at any of the three connectors on the switch. I wired the negative (ground) lead for the LED circuit to the center connector, a wire to chassis ground to the top connector. This will allow you to manually turn the lights OFF or ON with the switch. If you want the LEDs to operate on the room lamp circuit (courtesy lights), then splice a wire to the Body Control Module (BCM) terminal 63 to the other connector on the switch.

You have to remove the two 10 MM screws to access the BCM. The BCM has 3 plugs, 2 white and 1 black. The M20 plug is the black plug. Pinch the ends of the connector and pull hard and it will come out of the BCM.





The wire on terminal 63 on M20 is the wire that connects to the room/map lamps. It provides the ground to the circuit when the door is opened. The Nissan documentation said the the wire color was "BR", so I thought it meant BROWN, but there was no continuity from the BROWN wire. I used the ohm-meter to check each wire and I discovered the wire that had continuity to the room/map lights (R9 terminal 2) in my truck was LIGHT BLUE, not BROWN. If you want to verify you have the right circuit before you splice, just follow the schematic below using an ohm-meter.



I leave the switch in the door position and when I press the unlock on my key fob all the LEDs come on and stay on till I start the truck. When I remove the key and get out, they stay on for 5 minutes and turn off automatically or when I hit the lock button on the key fob.

If I want to add some ambiance while driving or parked, I just flip the switch to the other position. I can also leave the switch in the middle position for STEALTH OPS.:laugh:

The whole project cost me less than $50 and I learned a few things about my Frontier in the process!
 

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Nice write up
 

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Great write up! In the middle of doing something similar!
 

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great write up!!
 

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Dude, this is so awesome. Thanks for such detail!
 

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Wow.....that is some write up!!! I have done the same thing with my Frontier, but I have all Blue LED. I would have never been able to write something like that!!
 

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anyone got pics of how they mounted the under dash lights?
 

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Alright guys sorry to be posting here again consecutively, but I really want to do this and I think I've found a setup I like that should be pretty easy to do on our trucks if anyone is interested and the stuff is from oznium.com.

First off I am going to order 2 of the 10" red piranha LED bars that are apparently very bright and encased in acrylic. Those are here.Piranha Bar

And then pretty much just like he did above I am going to order this scion switch from the same website with a red led in it and I've seen on other threads that this fits in our blank spots. So I'll just tap off some 12v source up front into this switch and connect to the leds. And here is that switch. Scion OEM Style LED Rocker Switch
 

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WOW! its like a club inside your truck!
 

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so if you wanted power to the switch would it be like this.

 

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I reckon I could have just wired a switch to the always hot lower outlet plug, but it was easier to wire them with the power always applied and just use a switch in the ground circuit to turn them on and off manually. Beside the fact that I didn't have to buy a relay!
 

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well i just wanted to match them with the other switches i have installed with an led in the switch that lights up
 

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Great Write Up. Here is what i got so far. Got it working with the switch and when the door is open/unlocked. Thanks for answering my stupid questions.

This is with the flash on

Flash Off

My new switch plate i bought from courtsey i had the pocket there before

Just a messy pic of my truck from the back seat.

i was planning on cleaning it out tomorrow but looks like i got to do another family chore. O BOY YARD WORK just wish i could get oneweekend that i could actually just work on my truck and not worry about nothing else
 

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Great Write Up. Here is what i got so far. Got it working with the switch and when the door is open/unlocked. Thanks for answering my stupid questions.

This is with the flash on

Flash Off

My new switch plate i bought from courtsey i had the pocket there before

Just a messy pic of my truck from the back seat.

i was planning on cleaning it out tomorrow but looks like i got to do another family chore. O BOY YARD WORK just wish i could get oneweekend that i could actually just work on my truck and not worry about nothing else
:goodjob: Klee

By the way, life sometimes gets in the way of us havin' fun, but it's OK!
 

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dude pretty cool write up do you have any close up shots on how you mounted the step bar led..lol it was raining tonight and my uncle tried to get in the truck missed the black plastic step slipped and fell on his a$$..sooooo i now need lights to see the step
 

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pretty cool norb, looking forward to getting some of your led magic on my truck after i redeploy, i especially like the white lights you put out to shine on your nerf bars, good job
 
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