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Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit Installation - 2006 Mini Cooper

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How to Install the Roadmaster Tail Light Wiring Kit on a 2006 Mini Cooper


Hey everyone, Shane here with etrailer.com. Today I have a 2006 Mini Cooper, and I want to walk you through how to install Roadmasters LED bulb and socket kit. Bulb and socket kit, or the LED light kit, is gonna be designed to transfer light signals back to the back of your vehicle when it's being flat towed. The difference between diode kits and your bulb and socket is, diode kits are designed to tie into factory wiring, where the bulb and socket requires you to drill a hole into the light, and then use the separate bulb. That way it doesn't affect or interfere with any wiring on the vehicle itself. Now with the Mini Cooper, it actually, the wires cannot be tied into so you can't use a diode kit.

It only can be used with bulb and socket. There's two different types of bulb and socket. You have LED kits and you have the incandescent. I recommend going with LED's because, the LED is, one are gonna be a little bit brighter, and two, are gonna last a lot longer. You're not gonna have to worry about changing the bulb out.

This particular kit is not going to come with the six-pole plug or the umbilical cord. There are kits available, you can find those here at your etrailer. This kit is gonna be one of the five main components needed to flat tow the Mini Cooper behind the motor home. The other four are gonna be your base plate, which attached to the chassis of the vehicle to give you a solid connection point for your tow bar, the tow bar, which gives you that connection point between the base plate and the motor home, your safety cables, which are a secondary safety device, your braking system, which allows the vehicle to not only slow, but stop itself. So we're not relying on the motor home to slow and stop both vehicles.

So you can see, with their blinker on, we have the sun facing directly at the back of the vehicle. The light is very bright, 450 lumens. Just come with, gonna come with both bulbs, one for each tail light and the wiring to run from the front of the vehicle. As far as the installation process, pretty simple and straightforward. Simply run the diode wiring from the front of the vehicle to the back, to each tail light.

And then it is gonna require you to drill a hole in the back of the tail light. You should make sure when you drill that hole, the placement of it is not going to interfere with the other bulb that's in the light, already. Now we've gone over some of the features, let's walk through how to get it installed. To start your installation, you're gonna take one end of your roll of diode wiring, and you're gonna route it right up to the front of your fascia. Make sure you leave, I'd say about, six inches hanging out the front, zip tie it, whatever you gotta do to the bracket. So you have enough to add on your six pole plug later. Then we need to route it to the back of the vehicle. You want to make sure you're staying away from anything hot or moving. How we did it, is, if you lower this panel. Phillips here, you gotta Phillips on the other side, lower this panel, and you can run it right along the frame rail. Throw some zip ties on it. You have some factory wiring here, hard lines, straight to the back, over this crossmember, or this brace, right under this bracket for your fuel tank, right on, up over the top of her axle. Then we need to get inside the trunk of the vehicle. So right up, about directly straight up from here, up above your heat shield, there's a grommet or rubber plug. You can get it from the outside or the inside, it really doesn't matter. We're gonna pop that out. Right in here, is where that rubber grommet is. If you want to pull the plug out from the top, put a screwdriver down there so you can see it a little bit better from the bottom. Might make it a little bit easier for you. But all you're gonna do is pull your wire up through it. Now, what we can do is, we can slice the rubber grommet, and then slide it back in place, once we get our wire ran to our tail lights. From here, we need to get up to our driver side tail light. In order to get your driver side tail light out, and your passenger side, I'm gonna to have to explain it to you because the car is so small in here, you're not gonna see any of it. So, let me grab a tail light, and I'll kind of walk you through. So on the back, you're gonna have one nut. And if you look inside here, this nut, where this bracket is right here, fits right here. On the other side, it's gonna have two clamps. So you're gonna to have to reach in, in through that small hole, right along this edge, you're gonna have to push these two clamps together, in order to pop it out. You're just gonna push them in like this. Slide this out, and then disconnect your wiring. Simply just push that black tab. I'm gonna take this threshold off, you're gonna have a couple of fasteners that look like this, one right here in the middle. And one down underneath the hook on the driver side. Pull out the center, pull out the base. What we're gonna do is, you're gonna grab down here at the bottom, pull it out, and then pull up. We're just gonna, separate that just enough, where we can get a pull wire right in this corner. And then up right in here. Around take the other end of our wire, and we're gonna tape it to the end of our pull wire, to help feed it up to the tail light pocket. All we need to do is separate all of our wires. We're gonna separate them all the way back to the tail light pocket. I pull my wire back through, just a little bit. I want to pull this green wire loose a little bit more. We're gonna go ahead and pull it back through, cause it's gonna be right over our passenger side. Take our yellow wire, we're gonna cut it down to size. We're gonna strip it back. We're gonna add on one of the butt connectors that comes in our kit. We're gonna take one of our lights, the red wire, we're gonna strip it back, go to the yellow. We're gonna take our brown wire, we're gonna cut it to length. Except, we're gonna strip back both ends, put them together on a butt connector, and connect it to the brown wire, coming off the light. The brown wire, is gonna be routed back inside, and it's gonna to route over to the, passenger side with our green wire. Except, we're not gonna do it just yet because, we're gonna be doing the same thing with our white wire, with the exception of we're gonna have one extra wire coming off of it and where you have to be grounded here. So basically what we're gonna do is we're gonna take our white wire and we're gonna to cut it to size. Cut a small section off like this, this time we're gonna strip back all three. This is gonna be our ground wire for this light. This is going to be our ground wire for the opposite light. This is the ground going up to a six pole plug in the front. I'm gonna go ahead and tape up my wires, or my butt connectors here with some electrical tape. As I mentioned before, the ground wire, is gonna go on the stud where the factory ground was, just the jumper wire. Remove that nut, install your ground, the ring terminal there, and then reinstall the nut. The only thing different on the passenger side, is green wire is gonna go to red, brown to brown. We'll have a single white wire going to our black wire. Next, we need to drill a one inch hole on the back of our light. We're gonna make sure we're not going so far up, that we hit our other light, or so far down, that we hit the face of that reflector right there. So right about in this area is where we're gonna drill our hole. We're gonna use a one inch hole saw bit. Before we drill that hole, we're gonna mark it, and then we're gonna pop this out, push these two little tabs, and then we can slide this out and it won't get in the way. Next, these little tabs, you want to bend them out just a little bit. And then you want to put some RTV silicone around this edge so that when you put it into the light, it actually seals on the back of the light, doesn't let any moisture get inside. So you may have to readjust the little pins that are on there, to make sure that when you put this in, it kind of pops into place. You want to make sure that it's not loose. The silicone will help seal it and help hold it on there, but make sure those little tabs are bent out enough. Once you get it on, you can go ahead and plug in your factory plug. And then reinstall the light. Now we'll test out our lights using an alternate power source. It's gonna simulate being hooked up to your RV. Tail lights, left turn, brake lights, right turn. Once you've tested it out, you're ready to go. You can do it for look at and installation on Roadmasters bulb and socket LED light kit on our 2006 Mini Cooper..


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