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I would like to install some led lights in my truck bed (2011 F-350). I have found information on how to locate the cab and pass-through wires for the up fitter switches. I have also worked with electrical wiring in the past so should have no problem there.
What I am wondering is how/where to run the wire from the bed to the pass-thru wire in the engine compartment? Do I need to drill a hole in the bed? What is the best way and place to run the wire?
I am going to do something for lights, too. But I have had my truck for 9 hours. So I think I'll wait for the weekend. Have you decided what you're going to do yet? I will probably to with 4 corner lights. I have a topper to make it easy. I dont want to drill it, so maybe plumbers goop??
There are a number of pass through grommets on the bottom of the cab and on the front sides of the box for this purpose. Use wire loom and zip-ties to prevent chafing.
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Thanks for the tips. My truck was out getting a spray-in bed liner when I posted the question. Had I waited for the truck to come back, the answer would have been obvious.
As pbeering pointed out, there are several pass through grommets in the bed that would work perfect.
I installed some simple LED lights that have several "clusters" of light on a long wire. No drilling - the back of the light clusters have double sided tape. (Not great, but I added my own heavy duty tape and they stay very well now). I put the lights just under the bed rail.
When installing, i noticed there is a small gap at the top of the bed under the bed rail. This was perfect for running my wire.
After looking through this forum I also found some great information on how to wire the lights into the an up fitter switch. It ended up being a pretty simple process. These lights will really help out on those dark nights when I need to see what the heck is in the back of that bed. They look really cool too.
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