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Subaru made installing a lift gate / luggage lamp ultra simple, however most vehicles are not equipped with this light. Instead you have a plastic filler panel instead. This Precision LED lighting assembly snaps into place and has a harness which plugs into the existing wiring.
This light will make night time chores of loading and unloading groceries, boxes, camping supplies, etc much easier.
SubiSpeed Install Video
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OLM JDM Precision LED Lift Gate Light / RTL-FORSJ12 Fits
31 customer reviews
Very good lighting
This product is a great addition for upgrading your lighting in the cargo area of your Subaru Forester or Ascent. It was not difficult to install. A few plastic panels need to be removed and the light is plug and play. However upon opening the package the installation instructions were not in English and I had to watch the installation video on subie speeds website. A part of the wiring harness came without a connector to plug into the other end and I had to splice it in. Also the two 5amp fuses that were supplied were blown and I had to use my own fuse to get the light to work. I expected a better quality product and subie speed needs to look into more quality control before shipping out items to customers. I reached out to their customer service and Devon took care of me and handled the issue well and very quickly. The light is very bright and I would recommend this product. Hopefully subie speed will take care of the harness and fuses for future customers.
Should have been standard
Put this light in my 2018 Forester. Followed the Youtube video, and it was fairly simple to install. Hardest part was putting everything back together. To feed through the tube, I used a rigid wire (I used some old knitting needles) and gorilla tape and it fed through quick and easy. Also, the first fuse that was installed blew right away. So I put in the second fuse that was supplied. The other unusual thing was that one of the wire ends weren't on their connector. This might have been deliberate so that you can thread the wiring through the rubber tubing easier. Thankfully, they had the connector already connected to the male/female of the other wire. So I just had to uncouple the male/female and thread the wire through the connector and it locked into place. Additional bonus that I haven't seen elsewhere, is that this light comes on the moment you lift the liftgate. And not when you turn on the useless cargo light. It also goes off a few seconds after you close the liftgate. Which makes this light 10x more convenient and one of the best purchases I've made for my sub.
Wire + rubber wire tunnel = hell
fits and works perfectly. installation was quite easy until i got to the point, i need to get the wire through the rubber protective tubing that i had hell to deal with trying to get the wire through. eventually i got it through using a zip tie and pulling it through.
Wow, what a difference a little light can make, especially at night!
My daughter loves this upgrade! It works awesome for loading and unloading in low light situations. THANKS SUBIESPEED!!!
I am very pleased with the end result. Like others have said, this should have been a stock part. The improved lighting is literally night and day! And as others have said, my kit came with a blown fuse. After checking the name brand auto part stores and the Orange and the Blue big box stores, I found a replacement at Ace Hardware. The worst part of the install was the fishing of the wire through the rubber hose between the body and the hatch. Be super careful of the white plastic “gaskets” that hold the rubber hose to the body. I Broke one and it would no longer form a watertight seal. I used super glue to re-seal it to the body. Other than these relatively minor issues, I am completely satisfied with the end result.
GREAT PRODUCT BUT.....
THIS IS A MUST NEED, KILLER PRODUCT!!!!! THE DIRECTIONS ABSOULTY BLOW!!! I HAVE MECHANICAL EXPERINCE AND THIS WAS A BIT OF A PAIN IN THE A**. IF SOMEONE HAS NONE IT WILL BE A TASK WITH THE DIRECTIONS PROVIDED.
Great Light - Old fuse issues seem fixed
Great kit, got it installed and working just fine. The old issues mentioning the fuse going bad are likely solved. My kit had an in-line fuse (with an extra provided) as opposed to the old glass tubes they had before. It's all installed and working, so I assume the fuses are higher quality than before and should work fine. Like others have said, don't connect the wires to the original light port until you have everything else done, otherwise you might create a short during installation. Also, when snaking the wire through the tube, use a small thin / round piece of metal (I used a metal chopstick) to either push or snake it through. Makes it a ton easier, doing it by hand is a nightmare. If you need an "on / off switch" if you decide to keep the hatch open with the light off; close the back gate hatch and it should think the doors are closed, turning off the new (and the old) lights. Works fine for me at least. Good luck! The kit should be fine for your purposes.
I just can around to installing this light and it came with a blown fuse. Waiting on new fuses but sucks that it would be shipped with a blown one…. Hoping the lights as good as the videos are
Exactly what I wanted
The trunk of my 2018 Forester was way too dark when I was out camping. I found this and it's exactly what I need. Really strong light that reaches the whole trunk. The install is pretty simple although it might seem intimidating at first. Hardest part was routing the cable through the rubber conduit connecting the trunk door to the car.
Excellent Trunk Light
While the Outback has a built-in overhead light, the Forester has only that wimpy tiny light in the right fender well. I changed that out for an LED light, but still needed more! To the rescue came the OLM JDM Precision LED Lift Gate Light! Now there's a party going on and I can see if I have too much junk in my trunk! The fuse was busted upon arrival and installation was a bit of a challenge, but I used a short coat hanger section to thread the wires through the rubber wiring hose at the top. A good product that does the job it needs to do. Thanks, SubiSpeed!
There's a party going on in my trunk!
I installed this in my 2018 Forester Premium with only minor difficulty. But the results were worth every drop of sweat, as now I actually light in the rear and can see how much junk I've got in my trunk! I also changed out the stock bulb in the right wheel well for an LED version and this only added to my light. The fuse that came with this light had to be replaced, one minor complaint. I threaded something like a piece of coat hanger through the rubber covering at the top of the door and used it to pull my wiring through. One interesting anomaly is that you have to close the rear hatch door and wait for the light to cycle out before hitting your remote to lock the car. Thank you for developing this product.
Installed in my 17 forester I received the first one with a. Blown fuse and broken peices on the light itself , bought a 2nd kit got it installed still another blown fuse got one at Home Depot it worked only issue is the light doesn’t shut off when the trunk is closed I tried shutting the other trunk light off but nothing happens it jus dims the light otherwise I do like the upgrade it is great to have since there is minimal light in the trunk area
Prepare to use/ replace fuse. 5 Amp. Maybe try slow burn, I have run through 4 fast burn fuses.
Great Product, Terrible Fuse
Absolutely fantastic upgrade. However the fuse that ships with the product was damaged / blown before I even installed the harness. Be sure to have a spare 5x20mm 5 amp 250V fuse to complete the install.
Best mod yet!
I don’t know why I waited to buy and install this mod, it is actually the best lift gate mod for foresters. I don’t even understand why this didn’t come as stock! The trunk light for the late model foresters is a joke! For first timers, you’ll find it tedious removing the panels, I watched the installation video many times prior installing this mod. Trickiest part really is “snaking” the wire through the rubber covering for the “clean look”. I have to use a wire hanger to hook it in and pull, slowly. The Panels and headliner pop easy, need a LITTLE force to pull them out. Be very careful putting them back in, the pop clips are very fragile. DO NOT FORCE or HIT the PANELS to lock in place. You will damage the clips and break something. Believe me. Lol. Note: Don’t worry, the lift gate light will AUTOMATICALLY TURN On when you open the back and will AUTOMATICALLY TURN OFF when you close it. Give it 5 sec or so. I got a little worried since I wire tapped it using the stock trunk light switch, it won’t turn off. Again, don’t worry. Red wire to red, white to white. Simple.
Awesome Light - added to 2020 Ascent Limited
Found the link on Ascent Forum and installed today and the light is really bright. Followed the u-tube video and most panels came loose pretty easy. Did it at 50 degrees and should have waited til warmer. Couldn’t get big lift gate panel off but got bottom loose and ran wires up left side. Minor differences in getting Ascent panels loose but once loose install was a snap. Still don’t know why this isn’t a factory option.
This upgrade should have been stock
My favorite upgrade so far. So simple, yet so effective! Easy to follow the official youtube install video. The hardest part was fishing the cable through the rubber grommet that connects the trunk door to the rest of the car.
I am very pleased with this product, just needs to be packaged better.
This is a great product overall. The amount of light that this product puts out far surpasses any LED placed in the luggage area. The installation was tricky due to a bad connector with the wiring harness, and a pre-blown fuse. The black plug needed to connect the power to the wiring harness in the hatch was broken upon delivery. Other than that, a fantastic product for the price, I wish this was a subaru OEM product already in the car!
Much needed light!
Overall this product is worth its weight in gold. Quick tips for installing. Ditch the fuse it comes with. Go to a local auto parts store and pick up an inline fuse and wire it in where the existing one was. Don't plug it in until all the wiring is done! You will blow a fuse in the vehicle! Take your time and be careful with the clips. And when you have it all taken apart its a perfect time to put some led license plate lights in as well!
Would highly recommend.Quick response staff. Brian,Kevin Thank you.
One of the best upgrades
I had been eyeing this upgrade for awhile, while I liked the idea, I kept thinking that its placement wouldnt be that ideal because of it being blocked by myself standing in the middle of the hatch. But that hasnt been the case. As for install, I had the car apart pretty fast, this would be a solid 50 min install tops. But the issue I had was my kit wasnt 100% complete. I was missing the male end that the pin outs lock into. Not a big deal, I just cut them and spliced together. (But Subispeed was awesome and mailed another harness, but it little late considering I had to cut and splice it but maybe when its warmer I will replace that wire) I will note, the gasket / rubber tunnel between the hatch door and body SUCKED, but I was doing this when it was 40 ish degrees outside, so that most likely had a lot to do with it. Only other thing I am not a huge fan of is I thought the light was flush with the plastic panel, but it has a small curve to it when the hatch doesnt, so its in on the top and bottom, and the middle is a little out. Doesnt quite match the hatch panel.
The images don't do it justice
First off I agree with other users, the car should have come from the factory with this light. I drive a 2014 2.5i and I have, for a while, cursed the person who decided the trunk of the car did not need any significant lighting. This hatch light solves all of that. Following the SubieSpeed video made the installation super easy, took maybe half an hour and worked right away. When the sun finally went down I went to see how much of a difference this light made and I was pleasantly surprised. It illuminates the whole cargo area and the ground around the rear of the vehicle. For the quality, cost, and ease of installation I am very happy with this purchase. Note: Personally I would also recommend getting the OLM REPLACEMENT TRUNK LIGHT LED, as you are already working with wiring in this part of the car and that LED upgrade makes a big difference
What a difference!
The YouTube video made this light a piece of cake to install on my 2017 Forester. It took about an hour in total, including the time I took to follow along with the video. I also cut my finger taking down the headliner, so be careful, it's sharp! The most difficult part, by far, was fishing the wires through the rubber tube between the car and the rear hatch. DO NOT connect the bare wires to the plug on the wiring harness until AFTER you fish the wires through the tube. I made that mistake and spent a good 10 minutes trying to cram the plug through the tube. I ended up using a wooden skewer from my kitchen to guide the wire through, but it would have been way easier if I just didn't attach the plug before fishing the wire. Anyway, that minor installation annoyance aside, this thing is awesome! The light is plenty bright. I just wish I hadn't waited so many months before installing it!
Good end Result
I got this for my 2017 Forester Limited, with power lift gate. The Youtube video helped a lot when doing the install, which was doable but not completely easy, as the first time it took me about 54 minutes. I was so annoyed when it didn't work, the reason was indeed the blown fuse. Thanks to all the previous reviews that had the same issue, whats up with that Subispeed?! Couldn't you guys put the fuse in shock proof packaging or something? Anyhow, I found a 2-Amp 250 mV fuse from the 'Depot', important info as the 'Zone' and 'Advance' didn't have this type of fuse. The fact of the matter is that this accessory is well worth it. The only thing that may improve it is if OLM had an on/off switch. Good advice, CHECK the light before you put all the panels back on and you might as well get the OLM bulbs for the license plate light, everything is accessible during the install. I'll post some pics soon.
Should have come with car!
had a chance to install this in my 17 forester xt this morning. the youtube video was excellent. the step by step process was easy to follow and made the install very manageable. the item itself is fairly simple. just need to take it slow on removing the trim pieces. key note: check the 2a buss fuse when you get the item. mines, like the other reviewers, needed a new one. but i had to go to a local hardware store to get it. actually, it would be nice if a replacement fuse is provided. i saw this in another subaru forester and thought it's definitely something i needed to get. this should have been installed as an oem product! thank you though. on to the next mod!
2A fuse died upon arrival, but it lighted up my life!
Installing the OLM LED Tailgate Light over the weekend, taking my time to remove the trim panels and clips, making sure I didn't break any, went fairly well. Once I have all the wiring routed and wired up, I noticed it wasn't lighting up. I checked the 2A fuse if it died, sure enough it was dead. Luckily, I had some spare 2A fuse leftover from another project, and 'BOOM!!! We Have Light!!!' Much better than that dinky light on the right side panel. Subaru should of added this an stock item for the Forester.
FXT Should've Came Like This!
This is a must buy for our cargo! The video provided for the installation makes it a breeze. The lighting it provides is amazing. Although if you stand in front of the light it does block but still enough illumination that you can still see what you need. I even turned off the side lamp since there really is no point anymore. Double check the fuse before install. Mine was broken so it didn't turn on. you can find a replacement at your local auto store. My life has changed lol.
Great addition to my 2016 Subaru Forester
Great Video Kevin and video crew. After watching the video I knew I could complete this project without any problems. Only a couple things to add. If you look at the picture in the product, it shows two harneses. The one with the two large clips does not have a connector on one end. That end of the connector is clipped on the other Harness. Just unclip it. After routing the wire thru the rubber hose at the top push the wires into that side of the clip. On the video it shows the clip on before pushing thru the rubber hose, maybe that is why it was difficult to get thru. After routing all the wires and making the connections, do not replace the panels until you plug the light into the small white connector and make sure it lights up, or works, Remember by the time you open the gate, remove all the Panels, and route the wires, the power may not be there anymore to save on the battery. Close the gate, lock the vehicle with the key, then unlock the doors and tailgate. This should restore the power to the trunk lights. The light is great!
Good End Result
Installing this was a pain! Taking off all the trim is easy, the problems i ran into were with the wiring kit. The included inline fuse was blown on arrival,also the connection where the two harnesses clip together wasn't on the wires and wouldn't work, i had to cut it off and solder the wires together. In the end i did get it to work properly and it does work very well however i was unlucky to receive some faulty wires but nothing that couldn't be easily fixed. Oh and a fair warning, the bottom right black plastic panel that covers the wheel well is very hard to get back in place properly and i ended up cracking it trying to get it back in.
great add on
I was very pleased with the wiring kit, it came with all of the harness clips with no splicing needed. the light makes a unbelievable difference compared to the stock trunk light. I would recommend having extra 2 amp buss fuses handy, my included fuse was busted during install.