Step 2: Installing the Smart Pixels

These instructions are for my Jeep Wrangler, and they may not be even close to what you need to do for your vehicle.  Your mileage may vary.  Measure twice, cut once.  Etc.

First step was to take the front panel off my Jeep.  There are six pop-pins along the top of the panel.  Once these are removed, the front panel swings right out.

To get a nice straight line, I took a piece of 3/4″ thick wood trim and rested it on the back side of the tops of the air inlets, and then I drew a line.  I made a mark on this line in the exact center of the panel.  Using a compass, and working outward from the center mark, I made additional marks every inch.

Using a 1/16″ drill bit, I drilled starter holes at each of these marks.  I wasn’t paying enough attention, and I made two more holes that I needed.  Don’t do that.  You can learn from my mistakes!

Using the 7/16″ drill bit, I drilled through the starter holes.

I pushed through the pixels, and zip tied down all the slack in the wires.

I re-installed the front panel on the Jeep, and re-inserted all the pop-pins, making sure the connector for the strand was accessible.

Using the 12′ of 4-conductor lead wire, and the pair of male and female connectors, I made a TCL extension cord.  I then fed this through one of the Jeep’s convenient ports in the engine compartment firewall and into the passenger compartment.  Then I secured down the lead wire with zip ties.

I attached the control box to the dash with a little Velcro.  (Picture coming)