• To ALL forum users - As of late I have been getting quite a few private messages with questions about build ups here on the forum, or tech questions about your personal project. While I appreciate the interest, sending me a private message about these topics distracts from, and undermines the purpose of having a forum here. During the day I wear many hats as a small business owner-operator and I work tirelessly to provide the absolute best service possible to you, our valued customer. When I created this forum I rounded up some of the best minds I knew so that any tech question you might have could be asked and answered by either myself or one of my highly experienced moderators, this way the next time this same question is asked the answer can be easily found and utilized by the next IH enthusiast having the same question. This allows me the freedom to run the day to day operations of the business and minimize the impact to shipments and shop activities that these distractions can cause. It is of the up most importance for me to complete the daily tasks in order to best take care of you our customer, all the while providing you a forum to get the level advice and input you have come to expect and deserve from the premier IH shop in the country.

    So with that I ask that anyone with a question about one of our build ups or a general tech question to please use the forum as it was intended. I am absolutely available by telephone to answer your questions as well but at times may direct you back to our website to better field your question or questions. Most other private messages I will be glad to answer for you.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Jeff Ismail

Dash, Marker and Tail Lights out


New member
Hello all,

I noticed dash, marker and tail lights are out. Recently pulled the license plate wire to install new light and put in a new stereo. I do not know when the lights went out. Headlights, blinker and brake lights work fine, and all the fuses are good but replaced them anyway. Is there a ground somewhere in the tailgate I may have pulled? The Scout 2 electrical diagrams are confusing to me. The license plate light was not even connected to anything, and there is also what appears to be a trailer power wire just hanging out the back. I am stumped.

Thanks for your help,



Hi Jake. There are two rectangular rubber bulkhead connectors coming through the fire wall high up on the passenger side. Try unplugging and reseating these first. They are the source of your type problem I'd say at least 80% of the time. One is the engine connector, it will have the two large 10 gauge wires for the ammeter. The other is the rear lights connector, and is probably the one causing you grief. There is also a third one under the brake booster that goes to the front lights. Good luck.