(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
It's Joe from AmericanTrucks. In this video, we're going over the Raxiom Bluetooth Light Switch and Accessory Controller. Now, this is gonna be a great option for you if you're looking for not only an easier way to wire up your electronics, but also control them as well. You can save yourself a bunch of wiring mess not having to go into the cab by being able to control this with Bluetooth from either this switch right here on the box itself, or from an iOS or Android app. So let's dive into this bad boy a little bit further. In my opinion, this is gonna be one of the coolest and most wiring-efficient ways to actually get your electronics up and running on your truck. Now the big draw here is gonna be the Bluetooth functionality built into this box. So what that means is you connect these pigtails to the battery, mount this box in your engine bay. The kit includes some extra wiring to wire up whatever it is that you have, whether it be fog lights, a light bar on top, grille lighting, anything like that, you can use this wiring for. Now once you have this hooked up, the main draw is gonna be that you don't have to run a switch from this control box into your cab. That can sometimes be tricky. Usually, you'd have to find a rubber grommet and squeeze that behind and you either run out of wire, a wire gets pinched along some metal somewhere, and it can be a hassle. And not only that, but switches in the cab that are aftermarket, they do have a tendency to look ugly.This being Bluetooth means you don't have to do any of that work. You can control this in one of three ways, and there are some redundancies built in, like the actual buttons on the box itself. The only reason you would use those is if the controller batteries die. This is the controller here, completely wireless. You can mount this up to your A-pillar on the dash anywhere and control this with these four buttons right there. But the most efficient way to do this, and I think the coolest way to do this, it's gonna be on an iOS or Android app. Now, we're gonna show you how that works in just a second, but basically, that is just about as convenient as it gets. And there's some awesome functionality built-in and some cool tricks in that app as well. We'll show you that in the demo section a little bit later on.Right out of the box, this is going to allow you to run up to four accessories, and you even get a splitter in here. For instance, you have two fog lights in your bumper, that would only go down into one plug and play harness, only taking up one of those. Now, you can link these together if you do want to run more lights. You can run 8, 12, 16. If you buy four of these things, that's a lot of lights and a lot of controllers, but hey, the possibility is out there. Depending on what kind of lighting you want to run, you do get some different gauge wire in the kit as well. You have some thicker wire over here. This is gonna be for the heavy draw kind of stuff, big light bars, spotlights, stuff like that, and you have some thinner gauge wire over here. This is gonna be for cube lights, fog lights, smaller stuff like that. And these are individually fused as well. You have a 30 amp fuse over here on these two and a 10 amp fuse over here on these two, just so you can run the big stuff and the small stuff out of the same box.The Bluetooth controller is also completely waterproof and shockproof. This little guy is built to withstand temperatures up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. So as long as you're not zip-tying this thing to the exhaust manifold, you'll be just fine wherever you want to mount this up in the engine bay. We'll show you one way to do it in just a second here.Now, one thing I really really appreciate what Raxiom did with this kit is just how many wiring extras this thing is going to include. First thing I wanna talk about, and one thing I really like, these two bags right here. Basically all this is random electronic components. Quick disconnects, heat shrinks, new pins, the little rubber gaskets that go around those pins, and gaskets for quick disconnects is a really nice thing to have. You also get some 3M double-sided tape, ring connectors, some more heat shrink, you get that thicker gauge wire for the big stuff, thinner gauge wire for the smaller stuff, splitter for fog lights, a couple zip ties, obviously the Bluetooth controller itself right here in the middle. You get that RF remote and a couple 2025 button cell batteries to power that on. So batteries are included in this kit, and you also get a nice little sticker sheet for that, allowing you to label those buttons so you can remember exactly what each one does. Now, I really appreciate this. Raxiom definitely did not have to include all that stuff, but the fact that it's here, it makes working with this a little bit easier, the final product is gonna look a little bit better, and on top of that, it's just a nice touch in general.Now, pricing for this entire kit, to be honest, it's not gonna be the most budget-friendly way to wire something up. But for the functionality and the extras you're getting here, as you guys could probably tell, I think this is definitely worth around the $350 price tag that it currently sits at. I think if you're looking for a cool way to control your stuff, this is gonna be a great option for you.So let's get to the good stuff. Let me show you how to get this hooked up on your truck. Now, before we do, one thing I want to state is depending on what you want this to do for your accessories and what you want to hook up to this thing, things can get more difficult, they can get easier, it's gonna depend based on what you want this to do. This is pretty much a universal kit, so keep that in mind. Your mileage may vary. With that said, to get the box part hooked up, I'm gonna give that an easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. Should take you at most an hour if you come with the right tools. So without any further ado, let me show you what tools you'll need and how it's done.Tools I used for this install. Now obviously, you're gonna need a lot of general electrical components. We used the test light, lighter, spade connector, quick spade disconnect, butt connectors, flush cutters, electrical tape, and some wire strippers and wire crimpers. Now as far as tools go, ratchet, extension, 10-millimeter socket, and a utility knife.All right. So, over by our Silverado, we can start to do some basic wiring. Now, we're gonna start with the battery end first, that's these three leads right here, and they're just basically open-ended pigtails. But like I said, you do get some ring connectors and heat shrink in the kit, so we're gonna go ahead and apply those first. We'll start with the red wire. We're gonna peel back that cover, then we can go ahead and slip on our heat shrink and the ring connector, and crimp that down. Now that we have our crimp, gonna grab our heat shrink, slide that over, and warm it up. And we'll do our ground wire next. Peel back that cover, clean those up a little bit, slide on our heat shrink and then the ring connector, and crimp it down. We'll apply our heat shrink in the same way.Next thing we're gonna work on is this yellow wire right here. Now, this guy is gonna go to any 12-volt source that turns on with the ignition, so there are a bunch of places that you can do this. The way we're gonna do it is we're gonna do it to one of the wires on the MAF sensor. Just in case you find somewhere else, they do give you a smaller ring connector for that one, but in our scenario, we're gonna skip that ring connector and just leave this like that until we figure out what we want to do for this wire. While we're on the table, let me show you how to throw the batteries in the controller. It comes with this little mounting pad at the bottom. It's just a magnet that holds that on. Go ahead and pull that off. Underneath here, you can see we have two trays. Gonna spin those to the side using the battery itself. They should pop out. You get those little O-rings too. That's a nice touch. And what we're gonna do, throw in our batteries like that. Go ahead and throw the seal back on, and I'm just gonna push it down into place with the cover itself. And the O-ring, and the cover. You can pop that on if you want to mount this up. They give you some 3M double-sided tape in the kit for that right here, and what you would do is make sure that's nice and clean. You could use some adhesion promoter there if you really wanted to. That would make sure that never comes off, at least on the controller side, and then you'd peel this backing off and you could stick it wherever you want.All right. So, now, we can bring that over to the truck and I can show you guys one way to do this. Where I'm gonna mount this up right here, I'm just gonna zip tie it to these holes. In your case, you probably want something more permanent. I'd break out the self-tapping screws if this were my truck, but this is a good spot. It clears the hood hinge, you get a nice slide here behind the battery, everything you're dealing with is gonna be right here next to the battery, and you don't get a bunch of wiring with this kit to get to the battery, so this is gonna be the best spot that I've found. I'm gonna zip tie it up there. Again, you guys probably want to use the self-tappers, but in any case, here's one way to do it.So before we reinstall our battery, one thing we're gonna take care of is this yellow wire right here. Now, while the battery was installed, I did some work with the test light. We're gonna wire this into the mass airflow sensor harness. The wire we're gonna be looking for is purple. I know that one turns on with the ignition, it's a 12-volt source, and that is gonna be what you want for that yellow wire. We're gonna use a quick disconnect and a spade connector to get that wired in. So if you pull the MAF sensor off, you can really easily pull it out of its protective sleeve, and then it's in this like felt cover. If you chop that back with a razor blade, you can see there's a bunch of wires in there. In our scenario, again, it might be different for you. The purple one is going to be our 12-volt with the ignition, so that's the one we're gonna splice into. This is gonna be really, really simple. If you come with the right connector, I'm gonna use one that looks a little bit like that, and what that is gonna do is chop into that wire once you press down on it, and it's gonna allow you to put a spade connector on on the other side. So now that we have that connected, what I'm gonna try to do is slide the electrical tape underneath, just to keep that from chafing on the other wires. Just keep the rest of them safe. That's good enough for me. Then I'm just gonna push it back into that little protective sleeve. Try to make things look nice and pretty, and we'll hit that with some electrical tape too. Why not?Now we can take our yellow wire, go ahead and throw a spade on that and crimp it down, and then plug it in. And of course, in your scenario, this is gonna be more permanent. You'd want to hit that heat shrink with some heat just to lock it into place as well. So now we have that yellow wire connected. I went ahead and put the battery back together. We have that negative terminal over there removed, and you can see how this is gonna go. We're gonna put the black wire underneath the nut on that terminal, and then same thing goes for the red wire. Both of the nuts are gonna be 10 millimeters. And to get to the positive, you're just gonna peel back this red cap. There's a little release tab on the side here. Now you could remove this 10-millimeter nut and we'll get the washer out of there as well. And then we could come in with that positive and reinstall. Now, this lid isn't gonna shut, but all you have to do to get rid of it is just pull it off like that, and that'll be good to go. Now, if you're not a fan of that, you could always go under this and basically hit the same thing under here. That might be a little bit cleaner. So that's gonna do it for the box install. And guys, I want to stress, like I said earlier, we're just shooting a video here. That's one way to do it, zip ties and quick disconnects. Definitely not a permanent solution. If I were you, it probably would be a good idea to break out the solder, the test light, and make sure everything is nice and tight. But again, we're shooting a video here, so I apologize about the temporary solution.Now moving on, we have to wire something up to this thing so I could show you guys how it works. This guy right over here, this is what you're gonna get in terms of a quick disconnect. This is gonna plug right into our box. We got some open-ended pigtails on the end here. Here's our light, and again, this isn't anything specific. This is just for demonstration purposes so we have something to turn on, and I can demonstrate how this is gonna work for you guys. But in any case, at the end of your light, you'll probably have two more pigtails, black and red. In this scenario, we're gonna use some butt connectors, we're gonna crimp that to the light, then to the harness, and then we can go plug this thing in. And like usual, you always want to check your connections, make sure those are nice and snug, and we can do the same thing over here on the other side. And just like before, we're gonna heat shrink that and wrap it up with electrical tape.So now all we have to do is plug it in. These two quick disconnects right here, these are on a 30 Amp fuse, so if this was something bigger, that's the one we'd use. We also would use thicker gauge wire right here, just to be safe. These two, 10 Amp fuse, that's what we're gonna plug into, and it's just as simple as pushing these two together. Now, before you get worried like we just did, you want to make sure that whatever you have plugged in is toggled on the control box first, and then when you see the blue light come on, the light should come on as well, and then you can use the RF controller to control that, which, everything looks like it went pretty smoothly.All right. So once you download the app, which is titled Raxiom ACS, you're gonna be greeted with a screen that looks similar to this. There's gonna be a big black "GO!" button right in the middle. You press that, it'll pair automatically. There's no need to go into the settings, anything like that, to get your Bluetooth controller paired up. Now that should happen pretty quickly, and once you're in there, this is what you're gonna see. You could see each of these are for the four slots that we have open. Our light is currently plugged into four. So what you can do in this is you get some basic power functionality with that slider right there. This one right here, this is going to be a strobe light. And the one across the bottom is basically just gonna be brightness, and if you're on the strobe, it's also speed. You can see how it gets brighter, and if you pull that across, dims itself down. Going into the settings menu real quick, this is gonna be pretty self-explanatory. All you do, you have a basic set of instructions at the top, "forget this device," and then you could rename your devices here as well, 1, 2, 3, 4 is what I have it set to, but you can rename these to basically whatever it is that you want. I click Save, Home, and that is pretty much gonna do it.Well, guys, that's gonna do it for my review and install of the Raxiom Bluetooth Light Switch and Accessory Controller. As always, make sure you keep it right here at AmericanTrucks for all things Silverado.
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