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    1. · Registered
      2018 EX-L AWD w/Sensing 6AT, ATF cooler, full sized spare
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      Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
      My 2018 EXL did not come with courtesy lights nor did it come with running boards. I'm clumsy, my parents are getting older and my kids will be kids so I wanted lights for our safety. After searching for aftermarket help and finding nothing reasonable as usual, I decided to just do it myself. This is literally my second time soldering and just like to say that the crap coming out of my kids nose looks far better than my actual soldering. There are different and better ways to do this. This is just how I worked it out.

      Looking at the back of the front door card reveals that there are no provisions for a courtesy light. I researched and cross-referenced parts that would make it happen and realized that it would take too much money and effort. So searching through this forum I found my golden ticket...

      Inspiration

      SOLDERING REFRESHER

      Waterproofing LED strip



      MONEY SHOT!


      FINISHED PRODUCT IN ACTION

      Parts used (not sponsored I paid for everything):
      Shop around for these parts. I looked at several sites before buying.

      EBAY
      running boards (anyone that fit will do)

      HONDA
      Part # 32755-TK8-A00 x2 SUB-WIRE, FR. COURTESY LIGHT
      Part # 08E12-TG7-10030 x2 HARNESS, STEP ILLUMINATED
      Part # 08Z86-020-200 x4 MINI LOW PROFILE FUSE, BLADE 2A (can be a pain in the butt to find)
      Part # 34262-SDA-305 x2 LENS
      *Download the installation guide for the door sill trim before starting, as reference.

      SUPERBRIGHTLEDS.COM
      Part Number: WP18-2CMR x40ft PVC Jacketed 18 Gauge Wire - Two Conductor Power Wire
      Part Number: STW10-EC2H x16 12mm Silicone Wiring End Cap
      Part Number: WFLS-GL1OZ x1 Waterproof Sealant Tube
      Part Number: EC10 x6 10mm Silicone End Cap
      Part Number: STW-A65K90-C3F-10B5M-12V x1 5m White LED Strip Light 12/24V - IP67 - Cool White 6500K
      Part Number: 194-CWCOB1W x2 194 LED Bulb - T3.25 Miniature Wedge Base - 135 Lumens - Cool White
      Part Number: STW-2FPT-50 x2 Single Color Cable to Cable Connector - 0.5m - Female Connector - Waterproof
      Part Number: STW-2MPT-50 x2 Single Color Cable to Cable Connector - 0.5m - Male Connector - Waterproof

      AMAZON
      100 Pack LED Strip Light Mounting Brackets Silicon Fixed Clips for 12mm Wide IP67/68 Waterproof Strip Lights
      25ft - 1/4 inch PET Expandable Braided Sleeving – Black – Alex Tech Braided Cable Sleeve

      OWN STUFF
      Soldering iron and holder
      Leadless solder
      Brass wool
      Helping hands w/ magnifier
      Auto Wire Stripper
      Lighter/torch
      Heat shrink
      Heat shrink butt connectors with solder
      Heat gun
      bricks or books
      Folding table
      Drill and driver
      Food, drink, music
      Understanding significant other (highly optional)

      Wires and LED strips measured and cut before boogering


      Testing w/12v battery from cordless ratchet


      First time connected to Pilot (buy extra fuses)


      Wiring the courtesy lights


      Through the door batting


      Under the speaker and then the glass


      Through the flange

      END PART 1
       
    2. · Registered
      2018 EX-L AWD w/Sensing 6AT, ATF cooler, full sized spare
      Joined
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      44 Posts
      Discussion Starter · #2 · (Edited)
      My 2018 EXL did not come with courtesy lights nor did it come with running boards. I'm clumsy, my parents are getting older and my kids will be kids so I wanted lights for our safety. After searching for aftermarket help and finding nothing reasonable as usual, I decided to just do it myself. This is literally my second time soldering and just like to say that the crap coming out of my kids nose looks far better than my actual soldering. There are different and better ways to do this. This is just how I worked it out.

      Looking at the back of the front door card reveals that there are no provisions for a courtesy light. I researched and cross-referenced parts that would make it happen and realized that it would take too much money and effort. So searching through this forum I found my golden ticket...

      Inspiration

      SOLDERING REFRESHER

      View attachment 158868
      View attachment 158869
      View attachment 158870

      FINISHED PRODUCT IN ACTION

      Parts used (not sponsored I paid for everything):
      Shop around for these parts. I looked at several sites before buying.

      EBAY
      running boards (anyone that fit will do)

      HONDA
      Part # 32755-TK8-A00 x2 SUB-WIRE, FR. COURTESY LIGHT
      Part # 08E12-TG7-10030 x2 HARNESS, STEP ILLUMINATED
      Part # 08Z86-020-200 x4 MINI LOW PROFILE FUSE, BLADE 2A (can be a pain in the butt to find)
      Part # 34262-SDA-305 x2 LENS

      SUPERBRIGHTLEDS.COM
      Part Number: WP18-2CMR x40ft PVC Jacketed 18 Gauge Wire - Two Conductor Power Wire
      Part Number: STW10-EC2H x16 12mm Silicone Wiring End Cap
      Part Number: WFLS-GL1OZ x1 Waterproof Sealant Tube
      Part Number: EC10 x6 10mm Silicone End Cap
      Part Number: STW-A65K90-C3F-10B5M-12V x1 5m White LED Strip Light 12/24V - IP67 - Cool White 6500K
      Part Number: 194-CWCOB1W x2 194 LED Bulb - T3.25 Miniature Wedge Base - 135 Lumens - Cool White
      Part Number: STW-2FPT-50 x2 Single Color Cable to Cable Connector - 0.5m - Female Connector - Waterproof
      Part Number: STW-2MPT-50 x2 Single Color Cable to Cable Connector - 0.5m - Male Connector - Waterproof

      AMAZON
      100 Pack LED Strip Light Mounting Brackets Silicon Fixed Clips for 12mm Wide IP67/68 Waterproof Strip Lights
      25ft - 1/4 inch PET Expandable Braided Sleeving – Black – Alex Tech Braided Cable Sleeve

      OWN STUFF
      Soldering iron and holder
      Leadless solder
      Brass wool
      Helping hands w/ magnifier
      Auto Wire Stripper
      Lighter/torch
      Heat shrink
      Heat shrink butt connectors with solder
      Heat gun
      bricks or books
      Folding table
      Drill and driver
      Food, drink, music
      Understanding significant other (highly optional)

      Wires and LED strips measured and cut before boogering
      View attachment 158871
      Testing w/12v battery from cordless ratchet
      View attachment 158872
      First time connected to Pilot (buy extra fuses)
      View attachment 158873
      Wiring the courtesy lights
      View attachment 158874
      Through the door batting
      View attachment 158875
      Under the speaker and then the glass
      View attachment 158876
      Through the flange
      View attachment 158877
      END PART 1
      PART 2 Into the cabin

      I worked the clips around this and pushed it out to get the gray wire inside. Not easy and lots of cursing


      I connected the wires and buttoned the door back up and tested the wiring


      Looks clean and is protected against the elements and debris


      Pilot holes drilled and keepers screwed down over each end and cut point. Time to reattach


      Wire comes up through the hole in driver and passenger footwell meant for running board light harness. I poked a hole in the grommet and pushed it through. I sealed the hole I made with the silicone.


      I cut the connectors off and used butt connectors to wire everything. Time to button everything up and clean.


      It took me a whole day to install so by the end I wasn't interested in photos but most of what I left out is in the harness diagram. Despite the back ache and scrapes, I'd do it again in a hearbeat.
       

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