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  • TeslaModelSRearLightedTInstallationInstructions

    TherearlightedTmakesyourTeslaModelSdistinctiveifnotuniquefromothercarsontheroadandotherModelSs.ThisLEDpowereddeviceismountedunderTeslasstandardchromeTandarchontherearofthecar. WhenthecarsrunninglightsareontheTwilllightredinwithacolor andintensitythatalmostperfectlymatchestherunninglights.Whenthe brakesareappliedtheTbrightenstoanintensityequaltothebrakelights, remindingcarsbehindyouthatyouaredrivingaveryspecialvehicle.

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  • PartsProvided

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    Rear"Lighted"T"and"Arch"with"dual"brightness"drive" 5 feet each of blue, yellow, and black 20 gauge stranded wire Three 20-22 gauge Posi-taps 5 Posi-Lok Connectors, 18-24 gauge 2 feet Spectra nylon parachute thread 5 spare blue/green plastic retainer clips Small tube of clear silicone sealant"

  • A.Removeliftgatetrimpieces

    Therearefourblackplastictrimpiecesontheinteriorsideoftheliftgate:top,rightandleft sides,andalargepiececoveringthelowersideoftheliftgate.Eachisclippedintoplacewith plasticretainersthatsnapintoaholeontheliftgatemetalframe.Thesemustberemovedtoproceedwiththeinstallation.

    1.Beginwiththetophorizontalpiece.Usingaplasticpry tooloryourhands,snaptherightorleftsidelooseandremovethepiece.Someoftheclipsmaybreakorremain stuckinthemounting hole.Inthelattercaseuseau-shapedpry tooltoremovethem.Savealltheclipsthathavenotbeen damagedyoullneedthemforthere-installation.Replaceanybrokenclipswiththoseinthepartslist.

    2.Dothesamewiththerightandleftpieces.

    3.Removalofthelargebottomtrimpiecerequiresseveraladditionalsteps.First,thetwoindentedhandleopeningsatthebottomofthepiecehavetoberemovedusingaprytool.Thepassengersidepiecehasawireconnectionfortheliftgaterelease.Unplugit.Theupperendsofthetrimpieceareattachedtothelift gateframewithsmallblackscrews.Removethesescrews.

    4.Atthisstagetherearetwoalternatives.Youcanpropup thelargelowertrimpiecewhileyouinstalltherearTor youcandisconnectthetrimpieceselectricalconnectionsandsetthepieceaside.Theformeroptionisabiteasier butrequiresanassistantandmaterialtoholdthetrimpieceupwhileyouinstalltherearTandmakeitselectricalconnections.Point5belowdescribesthestepsforthelatteroption. This piece also had two T-15 screws holding it in place a the top ends be sure to remove them.

    5.Thelowertrimpiecehasseveralelectricconnectionson thebackside:oneeachforthetworearspeakers,andone

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  • forthetrunklight.Accessing these connectors is much easier if the speaker mount piece at the top is removed, which is clipped in place. Startingwiththebottomedgework thetrimpieceloosebutholditlooselyinplaceonceall oftheretainingclipshavebeenreleased,takingcare nottostressorbreaktheseelectricalconnectors.Reach upovertheinsideofthetrimpiecestodisconnect these.Thetoppiececanbeproblematicasithasasmallretainingtabontheuppersideoftheconnector connections.

    6.Onceallofthetrimpieceshavebeenremovedsetthemasideinasafeplaceandkeepalloftheretainersandscrewsinaplacewheretheywillbeeasytofindforreuse.

    7.Whenthepieceshavebeenremovedyoullseetwoblackvinylsheetsonthebackoftheliftgate.Theseare gluedonwithatar-likematerialandneedtoberemovedtoprovideaccesstotheelectricalconnections. Removethemandsetaside

    B.MounttherearlightedT1.Raisetheliftgatetoaconvenientworkinglevelfor

    workingontheT.

    2.UsingthepainterstapeoutlinetheexistingchromeTandarchtomarktheirexactplacement.ThisisaveryimportantstepforcorrectplacementofthelightedTandarch.

    3.UsingyourfingerspushthechromeTandarchfromsidetosidetoloosenthemabitfromthedouble sidedtapewithwhichtheyareattachedtothelift gate.

    4.Takea12pieceofparachutethreadanduseittosaw backandforthunderthechromeTuntilitsloose andyoucanremoveit.Dothesameforthechrome arch.Setthemasideinasafeplace.Theresidueof

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  • theblackdoublesidedtapethatattachedtheTandarchtotheliftgatewillremainwhenthechrome pieceshavebeenremoved.Leavethisonthecar asisanddonotattempttocleanitoff.ItservesasaguidefordrillingtheholesfortheelectricalconnectionsandmountingthelightedTandarch.

    5.Withamarker,placeaspotontheresiduedouble- sidedblacktapeabout1/8fromtheextremeright edgeofthetopoftheT,centeredinthespacefromtoptobottom.Dothesameonrightedgeofdouble-sidedblackresiduetapeforthearch.These aretheguidemarksfordrillingthehole.Takethe lightTandarchpiecesandmatchthewireplacementonthebackstobesurethemarksareaccurate.

    6.Withthedrillandbitandusinglightpressureon thedrillverycarefullydrillaholeinthesespots.Theresiduedouble-sidedtapewillkeepthedrillbit fromdrifting.Assoonasthedrillpenetratesthesheetmetalstopdrillingandbackoutthedrill.

    7.TaketheTandthreadtheredandblackwireleadthroughtheholeyoujustdrilled.Findtheleadontheundersideoftheliftgateandtemporarilytapeittotheliftgateback.Dothesamewiththearch.

    8.Removetheprotective covering from the 3Mdoublesidetapeon thebackoftheTandcarefullybutlightlyalignit inplaceovertheblackresiduedoublesidedtape.painterstapealsohelps)thenpressitfirmlyintoplace.Dothesamewiththearch,beingsuretomaintaingood,evenspacingbetweenthetopedgeoftheTandthebottomedgeofthearch.

    9.OnceyourehappywiththealignmentoftheTandarchremovetheprotectivetapefromthetopofthelightedTandapplytheoriginalTeslachromeTontopofit,takingcaretoalignitperfectly.Oncealignedpressitfirmlyintoplace.Dothesamewiththearch.

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  • C.Connecttherunningandbrakelight12vpower

    1.LocatetheblackandredleadsfortheTandarchontheundersideoftheliftgate, Using the tube of silicone place a dab (for water proofing) on the back of each hole thenseparate the red and black wires..Stripabout1/2inchoftheinsulationoff theends.Twisttogetherthe2redwiresanddothesamewithblackwires.Thenattach a Posi-Lock Connector on the ends of both the red and black wires. Then take the red and black leads on one end of the dual brightness driver and attach them to the open ends of the Posi-Lock Connector attached to the red and black leads from the T & Arch. Leavetheyellow,blue, andwhitewiresfromthedualbrightnessdriver alone they will be connected in the steps below. If additional lengths of wire are needed to make these connections, use the wire provided in the kit and the Posi-Lock Connectors.

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    2. Lookattheverytopoftheundersideofthelift gate.Youllseeablackcablewithareddishpink connector.Thiscablecontainsboththe LED brake light and ground connections

    3. Tracethiscabledowntheundersideofthelift gate.Youwanttoaccessitinthepassengerside openingthatwasrevealedwhenyouremovedtheblackvinylpiecesinstepA5.Findthecable inthisopeningthenpulloutsothatitsaccessible.Thenremovesomeoftheelectrical tapeandopenitupsoyoucanaccesstheindividualwiresinthecable.Thebluewireisfor thebrakelightconnectionandtheblackwirefor ground.

    4. PlaceaPositapconnectoronthebluewireandsliptheyellowleadfromthedualbrightnessdriverintoothersideoftheconnectorandscrew bothendsdownastightaspossible.

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  • 5. PlaceanotherPosi-tapconnectorontheblackwireandslipthewhiteleadfromthedual brightnessdriveintotheothersideofthe connector.Thenscrewdownbothendsastightaspossible.

    6. Just behind the license plate lights on the interior side of liftgate youll find purple wires that provide power for each license plate light. Attach a Positap to one of the purple wires and connect the blue wire from dual brightness driver to the other end of the Positap.

    7. Youre now ready for testing.

    D.TestOperation

    Youwillneedanassistantforthesesteps.

    1.Usingthetouchscreenturnallofthelightson.TherearlightedTshouldlightmatchthe intensityoftherearrunninglights.Ifitdoesntlightcheckallofyourconnections.

    2.Haveanassistantsitinthecarandpressthebrakelight.TherearlightedTshouldbrightentomatchtheintensityofthebrakelights.Thevideototherightshowsproperoperation

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  • 3.Turnonthehazardwarninglights.TherearlightedTshouldflashinsyncwiththeotherlights.

    E.Reinstallliftgatetrimpieces

    Thisisthemostdifficultstepofthe installandunlessyouhaveextensive experienceandskillwithmounting largetrimpieceswithplasticclip retainerswerecommendyouleave thisworktoaninstallation professionalsuchasanautoaftermarketsound-systemshop.

    Ifyouwanttoattemptthisyourself willneedanassistant.Helpisessentialforreinstallationthelarge trimpiece,asithastobeheldupin placewhilethecableconnectionsare remade.

    Ifyouvedisconnectedtheelectricalconnectorsonthelargetrimpiece,belowisaguidefor thereconnections:

    Warningnote:Thewiringforthereartwospeakershasthesameconnectorasthetrunklight.Youcouldaccidentallypluginthe12voltsupplytothespeakersobecarefulto followtheseconnections:

    Driverssidespeaker:LightbluewithblackstripePassengersidespeaker:LightGreenwithBlackstripe Trunklight-Blackwithwhitestripe

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