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overhead light question tailgate switch?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by RESTORE89, Feb 11, 2002.

  1. RESTORE89

    RESTORE89 1/2 ton status

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    is it just my truck or is it standard that there is no way to turn the interior lights on from the rear of the truck? mine is a silverado, and it is always a pain if you want to get something out of the back, in the dark you go and open the door for the light to come on. is the an option for a tailgate controled switch, or would you have to fab something on your own. went out a little while ago to get something, and had to dig around for a flash light. i know it is not a big issue, but it would be a convience
    ANY IDEAS???
    chris

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    I was thinking if the channel on the other side is open I'd run dual lights and fab up some sort of way to use a door switch. Maybe a master over ride so you don't have to trip over the front seat when you need a light and yer in the back.
    Shawnboy.

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    i was thinking along the same lines, but just wiring in another switch off teh front door circuit. soon to be replacing the rear interior bed panels, and thought that would be a good time to run some wires

    It needs a bigger motor.
    what's in it now?
    doen't matter it NEEDS A BIGGER MOTOR
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  4. HarryH3

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    Take a look at Suburbans with the 92+ body style. The light comes on when I open the doors on the back of the wifes '94 Sub. There's also a switch on the dash that lets you disable the interior lights, in case you have to carry anything that's too big for the back doors to close. [​IMG]

    My '91 S-Jimmy has a switch on the rear light that lets you turn it on from the tailgate. But probably 80% of the time that I use it, I have to unlock the tailgate, open it, and turn the light back off, just after I've slammed it shut and remember that it doesn't turn itself off. [​IMG]

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    It would be easy to rig up a switch. The interior lites use a switched ground. Mount your switch, hook one side to a ground, and run a wire off the other side, behind the interior trim panel on the driver's side, and tap into the white wire in the dome light harness just behind the b-pillar.

    The interior light override switch is a bit more involved, you need to cut the wires from the door pin-switches and route them through a switch, then tie them back into the circuit. I recently put one in mine. The pass side one runs from the door to the small light under the center of the dash, at least on my '83, so you have to cut it there and extend it. Again, its the ground side of the circuit (white, the hot side is orange) you're dealing with.

    Pete

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