2013 Ford Explorer - Amber Outfit

vpogv

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Sadly I had to let the Avalanche go and ended up with a nice upgrade to a 2013 Ford Explorer (and perhaps a nice F350 for a truck ;)). The goal with this build is a simple amber set up meant for rear warning to assist with traffic management. Just like the the last build it will be more of a "slick-top" approach without roof mounted light bars.

FRONT:
  • HAWs in blinkers
  • T-6s in the grill
REAR:
  • Custom T-3 traffic adviser
  • HAWs in the taillights***
  • Possible T-3s on the liftgate
I am a bit torn where to put the Hide-a-Ways in the taillight - input would be appreciated. They can go in the reverse light or the larger turn signal area... Any thoughts?



PS: Please don't be disappointed at the lack of pictures - I assure you there are plenty to come!
 

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GLUpfitting

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Sadly I had to let the Avalanche go and ended up with a nice upgrade to a 2013 Ford Explorer (and perhaps a nice F350 for a truck ;)). The goal with this build is a simple amber set up meant for rear warning to assist with traffic management. Just like the the last build it will be more of a "slick-top" approach without roof mounted light bars.

FRONT:
  • HAWs in blinkers
  • T-6s in the grill
REAR:
  • Custom T-3 traffic adviser
  • HAWs in the taillights***
  • Possible T-3s on the liftgate
I am a bit torn where to put the Hide-a-Ways in the taillight - input would be appreciated. They can go in the reverse light or the larger turn signal area... Any thoughts?



PS: Please don't be disappointed at the lack of pictures - I assure you there are plenty to come!
Vpogv,
For amber jobs, I'm always a fan of Amber HAW's in the clear reverse light area. If you want to get really slick, totally replace the factory reverse lamp, install an Amber/White HAW that will do a white steady burn on a reverse trigger. Our customer's love how much more they are able to see when backing up at night!

Send me a PM if you would like more info. I may have some A/W HAW's hanging out here too I can help you with.

Ken, EVT-C
Great Lakes Upfitting
 
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vpogv

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Here is the current plan for the rear:

  • Custom Feneix T-3 traffic advisor behind the rear glass.
  • HAWs in the tailights.
  • T-3 or T-6s above the rear plate.
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For amber jobs, I'm always a fan of Amber HAW's in the clear reverse light area.
I am torn between putting them in the reverse light (left passenger side of above picture) or putting them in the blinker (driver side above). Reverse I can just replace the existing bulb and wire up the Amber / White HAW for dual purpose as you described. In the lower area I would have to drill a 2nd hole.

Thoughts?
 

GLUpfitting

Registered Member
Here is the current plan for the rear:

  • Custom Feneix T-3 traffic advisor behind the rear glass.
  • HAWs in the tailights.
  • T-3 or T-6s above the rear plate.
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I am torn between putting them in the reverse light (left passenger side of above picture) or putting them in the blinker (driver side above). Reverse I can just replace the existing bulb and wire up the Amber / White HAW for dual purpose as you described. In the lower area I would have to drill a 2nd hole.

Thoughts?
Hmm... Guess it would depend on what functionality you wanted. If just going for the rear warning, I would probably go with adding a single color amber (#ELUC3H010A) into the blinker area. That would give you more warning power/surface area. But...if a goal is to also increase backup lighting, then the dual color A/W (#ELUC3H010F) in the reverse light area would be my solution. I would probably lean towards the blinker area if it were my vehicle.

Looks like a nice setup though, would love it see it when you are done!

Ken, EVT-C
Great Lakes Upfitting
 
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vpogv

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Managed to finish up the mount for the T-3 traffic advisor. Simply 1x aluminum square tubing and some brackets. After I took the first picture I realized I made the drops too short and had to add another 1". The whole thing will be able to be rotated so that when the lights can be seen when the tailgate is opened or closed.

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Next step is to mount it and then move on to the HAW in the rear taillights.
 
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vpogv

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A busy month but I finally put other house stuff aside today. That being said - holy crap I miss the simplicity cars had 20 years ago. Everything is overly complicated with this thing but I am sure I'm preaching to the choir here.

My goal by the end of the day tomorrow is to have all of the needed wire run from the front to the back including a few future light wires. I definitely don't want to go to this much hassle again anytime soon.

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Additionally I got the rear traffic adviser mounted. I really like the way this turned out! I just need to make a disconnect harness and get it through the wire grommet. That is for tomorrow though.

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StEaLtH2

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Very neat idea with swivel mounting the TA..!
what do you control the TA with.?.
Thanks
 
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vpogv

Registered Member
Very neat idea with swivel mounting the TA..!
what do you control the TA with.?.
Thanks
I have a simple ShoMe 8 output flasher. Not ideal in all situations but for me it works great. I do feel a bit guilty setting the T-3's to steady burn but I'm happy the 8-head TA for under $300. :)
 

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