Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit Installation - 2011 Honda Pilot

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How to Install the Blue Ox Tail Light Wiring Kit on a 2011 Honda Pilot


Today on our 2011 Honda Pilot, we're going to be installing the Blue Ox Bulb and Socket Taillight wiring kit, part number BX8869. Here's the Blue Ox kit when you pull it out of the box. We're going to have our 25' of wire that takes us up to the front of the car. We'll be able to connect our 4-pole or 6-pole wiring harness right to that. We'll have our ring terminals and our self-tapping screws for our grounds. We'll have the wires that we'll need to run from the passenger's side over to the driver's side and hook everything together and an assortment of butt connectors there that will help us do that.

We're also going to have each bulb and socket. It's going to come with the light bulb. We'll have the socket here that will slide into the back of the taillight housing and 3 wires that we'll be connecting for each side. Let's begin by removing our taillight housings. There's going to be a bolt at the top and bottom that you'll take out. Sometimes a trim panel remover tool like we've got here or a screwdriver that maybe you put a cloth around to protect your paint surfaces will go in and kind of aid us in pulling out on that to get those clips apart.

Once those are out you'll see we'll be able to rotate that and get right into the back of our lighting here. There's a nice little pocket for it right here and as long as we've got a little piece of towel there and don't let it stretch that wire, we can just let it hang out right there for a minute. Let's go over to the passenger side and we'll repeat that step. We're going to make a 1" hole here on the back side. This will allow us to slide in our bulb and socket, so what we're going to do is mark that location on both of them and just check to make sure we're putting it in the same spot. Let's grab our hole saw and put those in.

Now we can take our socket and we're going to slide it right into the back of our passenger's side housing. We make good contact and now let's take a look. You can see it's going to come in there and be visible anytime we need to make our signals from our RV. Now we'll take our green wire. It's labeled right turn.

We're going to strip the end off of that. We'll add a butt connector to it and crimp that down. This will be connecting to our black wire which is going to be for our right turn signal and our brake. Next, we'll take care of our brown wire that's going to be attached to our coil of brown wire. This one's going to be for our parking lights. As for the white wire on this side, we're going to add a ring terminal to the end of it. Using a coat hanger or a piece of heavy wire, we've got just a piece of old airline tubing here, let's just kind of push that down towards the bottom of the vehicle through the slit you can see here and reach under and see if we can grab it. It's going to come out there. That's going to give us a good area to pull these wires down through and start them over towards the driver's side where we'll need to connect them. The last connection here is going to be our ring terminal for ground. We're going to go into a sturdy metal surface on our vehicle and secure it just like that. With everything connected here the way we want it, let's use some high quality silicone sealant and really seal up the back of that light so we won't have to worry about any kind of moisture or anything getting to it. We're using sealant part number LT37467. You can find that on our website. With that taken care of, let's just position our light right back where we came from. Now we'll tuck our wires in and just run it along the back side of the bumper over towards the driver's side. Now we'll use the pull wire that we used to get the wire down from the other side to get our wire up on this side. Before pulling this all the way in, let's also attach our 4-flat wire here so we'll be able to pull that up with the rest of it. Now that we've got everything that we need here to our driver's side, let's go ahead and put our socket in and we can start making our connections here. We'll strip the end of the brown wire that we brought over from our passenger's side and this gets connected to the brown wire that is coming out of the back of our socket. We're going to use a single butt connector to crimp both of those together. For our brown wire, or our running light wire, we're going to connect this end to the other side of that butt connector that has our other 2 brown wires. That will give us the signal from our RV telling our running lights when to be on. For the green wire that we brought over from our passenger's side, we're going to be using a butt connector on this and we're going to tie it in with the green wire that's on our 4-pole wire. That will give the signal from the RV to our light for the right turn signal. Our yellow wire, that gets connected to the black wire that comes out of the back of our socket here. That will be for our left turn signal. The white wire that comes out of our socket and the white wire that runs to the front of the vehicle, these are going to need to be joined together, just like we did with our brown wires, and then to the end of those we're going to add a ring terminal. If you remember we grounded our passenger's side out to the body of the vehicle. This will allow us to ground our driver's side out to the body of the vehicle and also provide ground going to the front. Now let's seal up our socket and slide it back in place. Now let's start running our 4-flat wire up towards the front. We're going to avoid any of the hot surfaces we can here. This is our muffler and it's right where it comes down, but it will be guided up this way and it's going to be behind the heat shield. We want to find any kind of good attachment point to run this through that we can as long as we're not on any moving objects, hot surfaces, or sharp edges. As we move forward, I like to use any existing bracket we can, like here the brake lines and fuel line runs over that bracket. If it's safe enough for those it's going to be safe enough for our wires, so. Now that we've got it up here let's run it over to the center. Any excess we might have we can trim off and we'll slide our back cover. Today we're just going to be using a 6-pole, so we'll just slide that on the wire. Let's strip off the end of all 4 of them. Now let's grab our plug and hook our connections up as per instructed. On the back of your plug you'll either going to have numbers or letters that will indicate what needs to go where. We'll slide that in and then all we have to do is tighten down our screw to hold that in place. Everything nice and snug. We'll bring our cover down, push it right on the back so it seals it up and, if we want to, we'll wrap a little tape around it to give it a little cleaner look. Then we can simply install it with whatever fasteners we're provided with our base plate kit. We're ready to hook up. That's going to complete today's installation of the Blue Ox Taillight Wiring Kit, part number BX8869, on our 2011 Honda Pilot. .


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