Jeep-Core

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Parts List

1 ea - 72mm LED ring

1 ea - 73mm LED ring

1 ea - Y splitter

1 ea - RGB controller

2 ea - Wire tap

2 ea - Spade connector

Tools Required

Sharp utility knife

Power drill with ~3/16" bit

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 let's remove the center stack bezel.  Check here for a great resource.
  • Firstly, remove the single philips screw on the lower pocket.
  • Then, using a trim removal tool (or non scratching alternative), pry out on the one side of the center bezel, starting at either side and working your way around. Pull out at the sides until it starts to pull away.  It may seem a little stuck, so apply just enough force to remove it, but be wary of damaging it.
  • 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.

  • In order to get the LED rings in place, you will need to do some cutting in the bottom of each cupholder.  While not terribly difficult, it's imperative that you take your time.  Measure and double check everything several times before committing to the cut.  Cutting in the wrong place could leave an opening that the LED ring will not cover.
  • Due to the size of the plug, the following method is probably the best way to ensure the smallest hole possible that will still allow it to fit through.
  • Starting on the passenger side, use a ~3/16" bit drill two small holes side by side 3/8" apart on the very lowest portion of the cupholder.  It's very important that the holes not rise above the bottom of the cupholder more than 1/4"  In fact, if you can manage to drill out a little bit of the bottom, that's even better.  Please go slowly though, and don't drill any deeper than needed.  The ducts for the rear console vents are directly below.  
  • After drilling, take a sharp utility knife and cut out the excess material between the holes.
  • Repeat for the driver side.  As an alternative, you can drill through the material above the screw in the bottom of the cupholder.  Either way gets you the same basic result.

Hole cut in passenger side cupholder.

Larger overview of passenger side hole.

OEM bottom cupholder pad removed.

Driver side alternative drill location.

  • 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 everyone 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!