Jeep-Core

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Parts List

1 ea - 67mm LED ring

1 ea - 72mm LED ring

1 ea - Y splitter

1 ea - RGB controller

2 ea - Wire tap

2 ea - Spade connector

Tools Required

Sharp X-acto (or similar) knife

Pliers

Wire crimper

Phillips screwdriver

(Recommended) Trim removal tool

Installation

  • Start by removing the trim panels around the shifter.  Check here for a great resource.  Using a trim removal tool (or at the very least something that won't scratch), gently pry up on one side of the chrome trim ring.  Once one side is loose, the whole ring can be pulled up gently and set aside.
  • Next, gently pry up on one side of the larger outer ring, and it should pop loose fairly easily too.  Set it aside.
  • Now it's time to remove the rubber cupholder insert.  Grab the insert at the rear and pull forward and up.  There are two tabs in two slots that should pop loose at the rear.  In the front of the cupholder there are two longer tabs in slots.  Gently pull up on either side to start and continue across to the other side.  At this point the insert should be completely free.
  • Here is where you need to pay attention.  Cutting will be involved.  Start with either side and full push the associated ring to the bottom of the insert.

LED ring pressed into the bottom of the insert.

  • Using the X-acto knife, slowly and carefully cut through the insert 'protrusions' just above the ring.  The end result should look like this.  Repeat for the other side.  Take your time, but keep in mind that it's better to go back and take a little more, than to take too much the first time.  If you are using a sharp knife, the insert will cut pretty easily.
LED ring in place after cutting insert.

LED ring in place after cutting insert.

Bottom view after cutting.

  • Once both sides are cut, it's now okay to reinstall the insert into the console.  Simply reverse removal process.  I've found that the best place to run the wires, is right through the center between the tabs up front.

Wire placement.

  • Now it's time to get the wiring in order.  The following is the recommended, and easiest method of hooking up the wiring.  There are alternatives depending on how comfortable you are with vehicle wiring.
  • Start by removing the center stack bezel.  Check here for a great resource.
  • Using a trim removal tool (or non scratching alternative), pry out on the bottom of the radio bezel, starting at either side and working your way across. Then pull out at the sides until it starts to pull away at the top.  It may seem a little stuck, so apply just enough force to remove it, but be wary of damaging it.
  • Next remove the single philips screw on the lower pocket.
  • At this point, the entire center stack can be removed by pulling outward on the top and continuing to the bottom.  It is held in place by spring clips.
  • There will be wires in place that prevent the stack from being completely removed, but that's okay.  We only need to access the power plug on the left side.  This is a switched source, and as such, only supplies power when the ignition is on.
  • There are only two wires on the plug, and you'll need to use the taps on them.
  • After placing the taps on the wire, use a pair of pliers and firmly crimp the tap closed.  It should snap in place cleanly for both.

First tap ready to be crimped.

Second tapped ready to be crimped.

After crimping.

  • Now it's finally time to move onto the wiring.  
  • If you need to extend the wiring on the RGB controller for any reason, now is the time to do so.  Add any length of wire you deem needed, and source your own connections methods.  For every one else, go ahead and crimp the spade connectors to the controller.

The RGB controller and spade connectors.

The spade connectors crimped in place.

  • Using the Y adapter, plug each lead on the LED rings to the two female ends.  Please note that the arrows on the adapter and the plug must be aligned.  If they are not, no damage will occur, but the rings won't light correctly. 

Align the arrows for proper assembly.

  • Line up the arrows on the controller and Y adapter as well.

Align the arrows for the RGB controller and Y adapter.

  • We're almost there!  Plug the spade connectors on the RGB controller, to the taps.  Black to black, and red to red/green.
  • Before reinstalling the trim panels, please test the lighting.
  • Turn the ignition on and cycle through the colors.  Take note that both rings should match with every color change.  Occasionally the LED strips don't make solid enough contact with the connectors.  Should that happen, a slight nudge should be enough to get them working again.  This is rare however since all connections are tested after assembly, and again before packaging.
  • Once you've found a color combination and intensity level you prefer, go ahead and reinstall the trim panels in reverse order.
  • Enjoy!

Please don't hesitate to ask should you have any installation questions or difficulties!

After installation.

All lit up!