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How to: Ambient Light cup holder

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  1. TheDoubleAA

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    Hope this helps, I only have a Raptor center console on hand so I'm a bit limited on some pictures. If someone else could help fill in the gaps I'd greatly appreciate it.



    Ford Raptor Ambient light cup holder Install.

    First you’ll need to put truck in acc mode and pull the shifter back to the farthest position, make sure the brake is on. Pop the cover off, the whole center console cover just pulls right up. You’ll notice that the cup holder comes with the whole set up. You can pull this apart from cover just by pulling out on it.

    Now that you have this done you’ll need to decide where to drill the hole for running wires. I chose a mid point where the rubber cup holders will hide the wire flowing downwards and minimal will be seen. **NOTE THE LIGHT IS DESIGNED TO GO ON DRIVERS SIDE AND FACE TOWARDS PASSENGER SIDE SO MAKE SURE TO DRILL ON DRIVER SIDE**
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    After drilling hole and running wire give your self a little bit of room and put one of the rubber cup holders in and set your light where you like it, once done remove super sticky tape backing and set light permanently.
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    Once you have done this take any slack out of wire and set the other cup holder in place
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    Now the hard part is done. You can test the light with a 9V battery or 12V power source.

    You'll now to need to tap power from the shift light indicator. This should be pretty simple as you already have the center console section out and can follow the wire back to the passenger side harness to see the best place to tap. I didn't get pictures of this the other day but the blue wire was the power wire (red) and black was negative (black). I include 3m fold over vampire style connectors to tap inline wires.

    Once you have tapped the wires you can test to make sure everything works but turning on the vehicle ** MAKE SURE YOU PUT TRUCK BACK IN PARK** You'll also need to turn on the head lights as this circuit is only active when the head lights are on.

    Now the light should be working and now you can set the cup holder in its slot and snap the console back together.

    The last part will be putting the illuminated cup holder plate in place (this can be removed along with rubber cup holders for easy cleaning with out removing the light)
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    This is a bench test but should give you an idea of what the light and plate look like.

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    Gotta be honest, that's not what I was expecting...
     
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    the other way would have you cutting out part of your cup holder. If it was something that you brought to me I'd be a bit more willing to do that but for the folks that want to do an install on their own I thought this would be the simplest install available for folks of any mechanical aptitude. That is kind of the big issue when designing you have to think of the folks that are scared of doing installs and the folks that are not.

    Hope that makes since.
     
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    Same thoughts. Not sure I would do this.
     
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    It's nothing against you or your products. I prefer to keep things as clean as possible and that LED strip exposed like that is not my style.
     
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    On an all night cross country drive, that setup would ruin my night vision and piss me off.
     
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    you do realize you can dim it down with factory dimmer
     
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    Red light will not ruin your night vision
     
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    an on/off switch can be easily added for turning off as well. I can include one at a slight extra cost if this is something people want.
     
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    Had a few people say they didn't like the design of the cup holder due to led not being mounted to the plate. I chose the method I did so that cup holder plate could be easily removed and that the rubber cup holders under neath could also be removed with out messing with wiring. The cup holder plate was designed about 10 different times making this the easiest viable option for both install and giving an ambient affect. I did do a different design option for the discs. They will have the led mounted in the glass and be customizable with more surface than the plate was allowing. This is a few of the ones I messed with.

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