This project takes some time with lots of ties and tape!
The project was the replacement of the reflectors with LED Tailight, Turn and Stop Signals in the lower rear bumper using a Curt Custom Wiring Harness on a 2017 Escape.
The major items that were used for this project are pictured below.
The extra time to wrap the wiring in convoluted tubing underneath made for a nice install and keeps the wiring protected.
Now the items list:
CURT 56320 Custom Wiring Harness From Amazon
Hopkins Towing Solutions 20' Trailer End Y-Harness 4-Wire Flat Set From Walmart
Items from eBay
Pair replacement rear bumper lights Fog lights For Ford Escape 2013-2016 | eBay
2x RED 50-SMD Car 3157 3156 LED Bulbs Brake Tail Stop Light 3057 3457 4157 3047
2x RED 50-SMD Car 3157 3156 LED Bulbs Brake Tail Stop Light 3057 3457 4157 3047 | eBay
2X Brake Turn Signal Light Lamp Socket Harness Wires Adapter LED 3157 3357 4157
2X Brake Turn Signal Light Lamp Socket Harness Wires Adapter LED 3157 3357 4157 | eBay
These were the major items, you also need wire ties, electrical tape, convoluted tubing, butt splice connectors, and heavy duty hook and loop fastener for mounting the Curt Unit.
This video from Curt Manufacturing helped with the install of the Wiring Adapter
The Hopkins Wiring Harness provided the additional length of cable to run through the floor of the luggage compartment to the LED light locations in the driver and passenger side. The brown taillight wire is run for both sides along with the turn/stop light wire in this kit. There is also a white ground which will need to be spliced with two longer white wires to provide ground to the led light sockets.
Running the T connectors into the tailights takes some extra care while slitting the grommet to allow just enough room to get the connectors through without making too large of a slit. That makes for a nicer seal when you put the black silicone sealer on the grommets to seal the slits.
The Hopkins wiring harness was down through the floor on the drivers side rear luggage compartment by making a small slit in that grommet that has a cable running through for the under chassis connections. You can see that grommet and the existing cable running through it in the photo.
There was a slight modification required to the light housings to accept the sockets as one of the lugs is larger and the light housings lug cutouts all came the same size. A Stanley knife and a few minutes of carving and they fit good and snug.
The install takes about 5 hours for a semi experienced installer like myself. I am a stickler about details and that slows me down quite a bit.
The LED's were not too bright, but bright enough to be seen well and still not over power the upper tailights.
If you have any questions, feel free to reply.