1 Introduction

The interior lighting on the Starquests is rather inadequate, especially the rear cargo area. This page will demonstrate how to improve the lighting in that cargo area while adding some bling and keeping it tasteful.


2 Materials

 

  • 2- 6" Optix Neon Lights
  • 1- 12" Optix Neon Light
  • 1ft- 16AWG stranded primary wire (green)
  • 1ft- 16AWG stranded primary wire (yellow)
  • 6- 16-14 gauge tap splices
  • 2- 22-18 gauge insulated butt connectors
  • 4- 22-18 insulated female spade connectors
  • 4- 22-18 insulated female spade connectors
  • 1/4" dia. heat shrink tubing
  • 3/8" dia. heat shrink tubing
  • 1/4" dia. expandable sleeving
  • Mounting bases for wire ties
  • Wire ties
  • velcro
  • Wire strippers
  • Terminal crimper

 


3 Procedure

These are the lights that are going to be installed in the rear cargo area. Two will be placed under the overhangs on either side and one will be placed under the parcel shelf (Figure 1).

Figure 1

3.1 Remove the rear panels in the cargo area (both sides and rear). Determine the location for mounting the neon tube. Best place the overhang of the rear speaker shelf where the OEM light is mounted (right side). One end of the neon bulb will be lined up with the start of the downward slope (Figure 2). CAUTION: DO NOT MOUNT THE TUBE TO THE OUTSIDE OF THE OVERHANG. IT WILL INTERFERE WITH THE OPERATION OF THE HATCH BY OBSTRUCTING THE LIFT CYLINDERS.

Figure 2

 

3.2 Figure 3 shows the underside of the overhang where the neon tube will be mounted.

Figure 3

 

3.3 Place a mounting base on the inside edge fo the overhang at approximately where the downward slope starts (Figure 4). Note that this shows the underside of the LEFT cargo area. The installation will be identical for both sides.

Figure 4

 

3.4 Using wire ties, mount the neon tube to the underside using wire ties (Figure 5).

Figure 5

 

3.5 The next step is to prepare the wire harness to supply power to the neon tubes. Each tube will have a transformer that supplies power to each. The transformer will have a cirgarette lighter plug at one end. These will have to be removed (Figure 6). For the left side, cut off the plug right at the plug. For the right side, cut the plug off 12" from the transformer.

Figure 6

 

3.5 To protect the wires, use 1/4" sleeving to cover the wires. Cut the sleeving 3" shorter than the actual wire and secure the ends with 1/4" heat shrink. Strip 1/4" of insulation from the ends of the wires and crimp a female spade connector to the wire with the stripe (negative) and a male spade connector to the yellow wire. The completed harness should resemble Figure 7.

Figure 7

 

3.6 Next cut two pairs of wire sections of green and yellow wires, one pair 8" and the other pair 4" (Figure 8).

Figure 8

 

3.7 Using tap splices, splice the shorter wire to the longer wire of the same colour so that one set of ends is even. Secure the wire pairs with 1/4" heat shrink. Strip 1/4" of insulation from the paired ends. On the yellow wires, crimp female spade connectors. On the green wires, crimp on male spade connectors. The completed harness will be for the neon tubes on the right and left sides and should resemble Figure 9. Cut another pair of green/yellow wires about 8" in length. Following similar procedures, bundle the pair with heat shrink and crimp on the spade connectors. This will for the parcel shelf neon tube.

Figure 9

 

3.8 Using tap splice connectors, splice the yellow wire to the wire that corresponds to the red wire w/yellow stripe. Splice the green wire to the wire that corresponds to the red wire with the black stripe. Repeat the same procedures for the other pair and splice that to the other side of the connector. Remove the backing from the doublesided tape on the transformer and affix it to the side in a location that will not interfere with anything. A good place will be just under the mounting points for the speaker shelf (Figure 10). Take up the slack for the neon tube wire and wire tie it to the side using a mounting base. Plug the spade connectors together.

Figure 10

 

3.9 Plug the tube into the transformer to test (Figure 11). The neon should go off when the hatch is closed.

Figure 11

 

3.10 Affix the transformer for the left neon to the side in a similar location as the other side. Use wire ties and mounting bases to secure the harness (Figure 12). Take up the wire slack for the neon tube and tie wrap it to a mounting bass.

Figure 12

 

3.11 Route the wire harness for the left transformer along the back and secure it withe wire ties to the harness for the tail lights (Figure 13).

Figure 13

 

3.12 Sleeve and heat shrink the wire coming from the neon tube. A larger diameter of heat shrink (3/8") will be needed to fit over the plug. For the parcel shelf neon tube mounting, centre the tube and orient to that the wire exits the right side of the shelf when installed in the car. Cut strips of velcro and affix to the underside of the shelf just infront of the centre hinge (towards front of car). Affix mounting bases along the hinge and the edge that runs along the right side of the car (Figure 14).

Figure 14

 

3.13 Apply the other half of the velcro strips to the back of the neon tune and affix the neon tube to the bottom of the shelf. Tie wrap the wire to the mounting bases (Figure 15). Cut off the cigarette plug 12" from the transformer and sleeve and heat shrink. Crimp the female spade connector to the wire with blue stripe and the male spade connector to the other wire

Figure 15

 

3.14 Remove the backing on the doublesided tape of the transformer and affix the transformer to the inside of the lift cylinder with the plug end facing down. Run the wire along the bottom of the cyand tie wrap it into place. Plug the transformer wire to the power splice using the spade connectors. (Figure 16). Plug the neon tube into the transformer.

Figure 16

 

3.15 Replace all the panels. The install is now complete and should resemble Figure 16.

 

PICS

 

Note: When the interior temperature gets high during the summer, the adheasive on the wire tie mouting bases will soften and the lights will fall down. It may be necessary to use a different type of doublesided tape when this occurs.


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