Roadmaster Diode 7 to 6 Wire Coil Kit Installation - 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor

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How to Install the Roadmaster Diode 7 to 6 Wire Coil Kit on a 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor

Ryan: Hey everyone, Ryan here at etrailer. Today on our 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Roadmaster Flexo-Coil high-powered diode wiring kit.There's going to be five main components needed to flat tow your Raptor down the road. The base plate is going to be one of them and that's going to give us a solid and reliable connection point. You're also going to need a tow bar. So the tow bar connects to the base plate, which goes and connects to the back of your motor home. So it's really going to be what is pulling your truck down the road behind your motor home.

The other component is safety cables. Safety cables are going to connect here at the base plate to the hitch on your motor home and those are going to be there in the event of a catastrophic disconnect. You're going to have something that keeps your two vehicles together.The other component that you're going to need will be tow bar wiring. The wiring is going to transfer the lighting signals from the back of your motor home to the back of your truck, keeping you safe and legal. And last but not least, you're also going to need a braking system and that braking system is going to apply the brakes inside of your truck whenever you hit the brakes in your motor home.

That way the truck can slow itself down and you're not relying entirely on the motor home to do all the work. The whole purpose of the diode wiring is to transfer the lighting signals from the back of your motor home to the back of your truck, that's going to help keep you safe and legal. They're going to provide us with all those necessary lighting functions.We're going to have our turn signals, our running lights and our brake lights. Now, when it comes down to it the diode wiring is really going to be our only feasible option to get those signals back here and that's because the only other two options would be bulb and socket, which you cannot install in these tail lights. There's just not enough room.

And the other one will be magnetic lighting. That magnetic lighting, not only is it tough to find a spot to actually stick it to the back of your truck. But a lot of the Fords are aluminum and as we all know, magnets will not stick to aluminum. And in my opinion, the diode wiring is the best choice anyway. It doesn't require any setup once you have installed, other than just plugging it in to the back of your motor home and since it uses diodes, those diodes are going to protect your trucks factory wiring, if an issue or short we're to occur on the motor home side.The kit's also going to come with a six-way plug that you Mount here at the front of your truck, as well as a coiled cord that plugs in to the front of your truck, to the back of your motor home.

Now since it is coil, you're not going to have to worry about it dragging in the ground or anything like that whenever you're going straight down the road. But whenever you make those wide turns, it'll stretch out giving you that length that you need.The plug itself can be nicely mounted kind of, out of sight and out of mind, that way you don't have take away from the looks of your truck. And it's going to have a spring loaded cap and a seal, that way when you're not using it, everything will stay closed up, especially that's important with these raptors, they tend to off-roading a lot now. And with everything sealed up, you're not going to have to worry about too much dirt and debris getting inside, potentially damaging the terminals inside. I do recommend going a step further and every now and again, applying some dielectric grease on them. That'll just help keep them that much more protected. So ultimately the best thing about diodes is that, you know your truck's electrical system is protected. You're not going to have to set anything up every time you want to flat tow and you know they're going to work the way they're supposed to.Now as far as the installation goes, believe it or not. In this case, it's one of the easiest ones that I've done, as far as the routing goes, which is the most time consuming part. It actually went by relatively quick. You're able to actually run the wiring through the frame rail and know that it's protected. And we shouldn't have to worry about anything funny happening. Speaking of which, let's go ahead and wire everything up together now. To begin our install, we're going to be here at the front of her truck. We're going to take our bundle of wiring and run it from the front to the back. Now, what I like to do is give myself a foot or so. I haven't quite figured out where I'm going to Mount our plug yet. So I just give myself more than enough room. So I'm not limited up here.I like to just tie that off. And what I actually did was run our wiring and its entirety through the frame rail. So wiring goes into the frame rail here all the way to the back. And the way that I did that was use a pull wire. So I'll kind of give you an example, we'll just follow the frame back. The wiring is inside of the frame so that it comes up along through here, right behind our shock and continues towards the back of the truck. The way I was able to get our wiring ran all the way to the back through the frame was to use a pull wire. I've just used a five or six foot piece of nylon air tubing, could use a coat hanger or another thick piece of wire or something like that, but what I did was I had find a larger opening in the frame and run the wire forward.Usually I go, as far as I can with this, kind of just to give you an example, and so what I do is I tape our diode wiring to this end of the pull wire so it's connected to it, you're able to pull it through bring it out through this side and more or less repeat that process all the way along the frame rail. And that'll make it a lot easier as opposed to just trying to naturally fish it all the way back.With that, being said wiring is protected inside of here. That's important, especially with this Raptor, if our customer decides to take it off reading or anything like that, it's going to be protected. It just keeps running through every now and again, I did this where the wiring would come and I'd just secured it with a zip tie. It just keeps coming all the way through the frame it just continues on and you can see a little bit of it there, and it actually dropped out right here at the bottom opening of our frame rail.Now, at this point, what I'm going to do just for a little bit cleaner look and easier install, I'm going to take the end of our wire. We're actually going to bring it up through the top part of our frame, just push it straight up and pull it through like that. Now we're going to separate the wires from each other. So you're going to grab a pair of snips and here at the end, cut a small slit in between each wire. We're to pull these apart all the way up to the top of our frame here. We'll do that with each individual wire. With all of our wires separated, we're going to kind of swing the green, brown and yellow one out of the way. We are going to focus on getting the white one hooked up.This is a ground wire and conveniently enough, there is a factory ground right there, that's where we're going to ground this white wire, we are just going to eyeball the length, cut off the extra. We're going to peel back the insulation on the end, twist it. I'm going to double it over, that's because I'm using a little bit larger ring terminal that comes included, the one that comes included will work you'll just have to cut out a small opening in it that we can slide it around that bolt once we take it out. We're going to crimp this on, slide it over the baron of the wire. And then we can take that bolt out. So we'll grab a 10 millimeter socket, pull this completely out take the bolt, pass it through our ring terminal, back through the other factory grounds and then we're just going to tighten it back up ensuring that we have a good ground.Now we can move back on top, lower our tailgate and pull our tail lights out. To get the lights out, we're going to have two eight millimeter screws, we get those out. And then there's going to be some alignment pins that you can't see behind the tail light, and are going to have to free those. So what you want to do is make sure you want to pull straight back as you can, you don't want to try to wiggle it too much side to side, that way we don't have to worry about this breaking. Pull out just like that.Those are the alignment pins I mentioned, once we have it out we'll go ahead and disconnect our wiring. There's a tab right here in the middle, push down on it, pull it out. Now we can set our tail light to the side. The other tail light on the other side of the truck, set it up the same way, so we'll pull that one out too. So I went ahead and tested our wiring. And the signals that we're looking for, is our running lights . we're over here on the driver's side, by the way. The running light signal is going to come from this blue wire with a light gray stripe.We'll kind of peels this loom back to give us some more space to work. The other signal we we're looking for was our stop lamps. And so the stop lamp signal is going to be this light gray wire with a orange stripe. now that we identified our signals here, what we can do is cut these wires and get them prepared to be all hooked up, What I am going to do is peel this tape off, give us a little more room here. So we'll grab our gray and orange and blue and gray wire get those cut. We're going to strip back the insulation on all the ends an on each end, after we stripped that insulation off, we're going to grab a blue spade terminal comes with the kit and crimp that on.Since this wires are pretty thin, I like to just lightly pull, make sure we got a good connection, I then repeat that process for our three remaining ends. This is what our ends are going to look like once we have our terminals crimped on and now what we can do is feed up that wiring that we ran back here. So I just dropped the pull wire down through the opening here in our tail light and what we're going to do,is Take our yellow and brown wire, tape it to the pull wire and pull them up.What we're also going to do is take an extra length of wire. This is something you'll have to pick up separately, I recommend maybe about 10 foot of it because we're going to pull us up too. And this is going to be a jumper wire, this is going to run from the driver's side of her truck over to the passenger side, Now it would be a good opportunity to run this up as well. And since I am taped up and can go ahead and pull them up into the tail light pocket. I went ahead and strip back the insulation on all three ends of our wires. What we're going to do is take the yellow wire red, a crimp on a blue spade terminal, and these wires are going to be a little bit different. So the brown wires for tail lights, this black wire here, the extra one, that's going to be our jumper for it to take these two ends Twist them together.We're going to take the yellow spade terminal and use that one to crimp them two together. We got everything hooked up we can grab our diodes and the way the diodes are going to work is the side that says out has a single diode, that's going to face or connect to the ends of the wires closest to our factory connector plug here. We get color for color so the blue under that side, I think the other side of the blue wire plug it into the Terminal and since the blue wire is for our tail lights, we're going to take our brown wire that's connected to the black, like that into the other side, The orange, or I'm sorry, the gray wire with the orange Stripe work the same way, take the out terminal on the diode. Plug that in into the side, closest to our factory plug. The other end of the gray and orange wire will go to the N terminal. And then our yellow wire we'll plug into the last remaining one there.That's what it will look like once we have the driver's side all connected. Now we're going to secure the diodes, so that they are not bouncing around in the back of her truck. And what I am going to do is peel that backing paper off the two-sided tape, bottom of her diodes I'm just going to stick these together and I'll just grab a zip tie and some tape and just kind of secure it to that factory wiring there.This is what it looks like once I have it all taped up and secured from there, we can just plug the connector back into the tail light and re-install it the opposite way that we removed it, we'll make sure you get them alignmened, pins lined up that way. The tail light is completely secure.Back under the truck we can run our black jumper wire and our green wire over to the passenger side tail light pocket, the black wire runs up to here, once you get to this point and inaudible 00:17:14 green wire comes out, Just follow this along it's a little tricky to see up above the spare tire, but that's where it goes, and I just secured it along the way with zip ties. What I've done is I already dropped our pull wire down through that tail light pocket, just taped up our black and green wire.Then we can go back up top and pull our wire to get our wires into the tail light pocket and I hooked them up pretty much exactly the same way that we did the other side, really the only difference being one wire, it's going to be a different color. So this diode, this is for our tail lights. It's the factory tail light signal is blue with the gray Stripe side closest connector, goes into the single out terminal on the diode. Other side of the blue wire that terminal in our black jumper wire that we ran over. We'll get connected to that side.This diode, our stop or a brake light signal is actually this dark green wire with the orange Stripe. So color for color, and then we used our green wire for our stop and turn and plugged into that diode. Now that we have them all hooked up, we can just re secure them, the same way we did the other side. So I went ahead and secured it and taped everything up and he can plug our tail light back in and reinstall it. Now we can go ahead and come up to the front and get our plug hooked up. So the first thing that we want to do to hook up our plug is take our wiring, separate it and strip back the insulation on the ends a little bit, grab our plug and take the rubber cover, slide our wires through it.Now at the moment, I'm not sure exactly where I'm going to actually Mount our plug. So I'm just going to hook it up. That way we can test it. You know, that everything works. And after I get some of my other flats or components installed and figure out where I want to put them, we can permanently Mount this up.But if you flip it over on the back, we're going to have six terminals and they're going to be labeled. We're going to be using four of them.We are going to use TM four tail lights, our Brown wire will go there, and the way you put it in is there'll be little Phillips head screws, set screws. I'm going to back those all the way out, moving on right here. We're going to have GD. That'll be ground, so our white wire will go there, here we'll have LT for left turn, so our yellow wire, we're going to that one. And right here, we're going to have RT for right turn, and so our green wire will go there, get them hooked up. We'll start with our Brown tail light wire, slide it into the TM terminal. We're going to tighten down that set. Screw. You have a good connection. I'll just repeat that process for the remaining three wires.This is what it looks like once we have everything hooked up and what we'll do is take our dust cap, put that in place. Then we can hook it up and test it to make sure it's working. Once you verify everything's working, what you can always do too, is cover up your terminals with some silicone and tape it up real good and that'll help prevent any corrosion or any thing like that that could get inside and potentially damage your connection. I went ahead and plugged into a tester. That way we could test our wiring, if you don't have a tester box, you could always just plug into your motor home and do it that way. go ahead and check our left turn our right turn signal our brake lights and our running lights. And that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the Road master Flexo-Coil High-Power diode wiring kit on our 2018 Ford. F-150 Raptor..

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