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Old 11-20-2007, 10:02 PM   #1
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Frenched taillights?

I've seen a lot of Jeeps with the taillights 'frenched', the big stock ones removed, and circular ones sitting flush against the back of the Jeep. I like that look, but whats involved? I haven't seen whats behind the stock taillight, but its probably not a hole that will fit one of those lights in. You have to cut the circles out, right? How about a reverse light setup? Or is there circular lights that have all of that stuff in them? Thanks

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Old 11-20-2007, 10:11 PM   #2
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its a kit that you buy, led tail light conversion. you have to use a hole saw and cut a hole the right size diameter for the taillight to sit in. look on ebay for led tail lights or quadratec has them also. pretty common mod

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Old 11-20-2007, 10:17 PM   #3
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I went to a local truck stop got a set of red flat LED (26) lights with a wiring adapter to fit the plugs in the back of the light, rubber gromets for the lights after I cut the 4" holes, then went to wally world and got some cheap 1" fogs (which are brighter than hell) for the back-up's. Oh and don't forget about the little licence plate light ($8.00 at an auto parts store) wire it all up to your stock light wires and your golden! love mine they're so bright at night that people behind me cover their eyes when I step on the brakes , yes I know I'm an a##hole.

I'll try to get a pic tomorrow evening of my setup for ya.
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:18 PM   #4
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When you buy the rock corners, they are usually pre-drilled. It is a great guide for drilling your sheet metal on the jeep.

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Old 11-20-2007, 10:23 PM   #5
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I picked my rear leds from car quest for about 50$ you cut the hole with a hole saw then just tap into the factory tail light wires and for my revers lights I used some cheap fog lights from walmart about 15$
you do have to modify your blinker relay but thats pretty easy

heres a good right ups on how to do everything
http://www.stu-offroad.com/electrical/led1/led-1.htm
http://www.stu-offroad.com/electrical/led1/led-2a.htm
http://www.stu-offroad.com/electrica...8/backup-1.htm
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:28 PM   #6
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Ok, thanks guys. I want to do some of those corner armor things, thats probably when I'll do the lights. Do they come pre cut for the gas door and stock light stuff? How do you guys normally attach them? I saw an eBay auction for some and it said to use self tapping sheetmetal screws or rivets..I can maybe use the rivet gun at work, and I'd rather not use self tapping screws, that would look like shit from the inside. That pic looks like flathead allen bolts. Did you just put a nut on the back of each one? Also, when I took the tire off the back, I took off the big mount, but the black rails with the rubber stops I can't get off; the screws are pretty rusted out and they just strip realllly easy. Same with the bolts for the hinges. Anyone experienced this? Thanks guys.


*edit* It's probably a good idea to get the side marker like in that link, right? Since the stock taillight has a side marker, I think.
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:47 PM   #7
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I think blinkers and brake lights are wired into the lights... at least thats what i did
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Old 11-21-2007, 11:14 AM   #8
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Being in California I would try as hard as possible to duplicate what you have right now. If you have a side marker make sure you have one after the modification. The more you work towards being legal the better chance you will get out of tickets.

In Kansas, they don't really care. I drive this on the street from time to time and have never had any problems. You can see my tail lights and 3rd brake light with no side markers. I did, however, put side markers in the front.



You can see the side markers in my hood.



Here is a better shot of the matching turn signals

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I just installed mine the other day on my 93' YJ, and I love it! I bought a set of black Warrior Products 12 guage steel corners (Quadratec - $104.99) Then went to Harbor Freight and purchased a set of 4" round LED tail lights (about $32). I installed the corners and then got a 4 1/2" Hole Saw and cut out the holes in the same place the origional tail lights were located. As for the back up lights I will get a set of 1" or 2" round White LED's and cut the holes into my swing out bumper and as for the License Plate lights I found a cool set of "light-in-bolt's" for that. ($19 on ebay) I'll have to install the license plate LED's this weekend. Here are a few Pic's of the finished product!




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Old 11-21-2007, 11:50 PM   #10
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I'd also recommend using rubber grommets instead of hardmounting with a flange and bolts/screws. If the armor or sheetmetal gets bent out of shape, the grommets flex enough where a flange mount would break or cause the LED lamp itself to break.

I get my PSC corners next month for christmas so it won't look this bad much longer...

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Old 11-23-2007, 05:38 PM   #11
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I was wondering if you could just mount the stock brake lights flush with the body?
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Old 11-23-2007, 06:38 PM   #12
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You can mount stock lights flush, theres a write up somewhere.

On the other hand, ORO light dots bolt to the exsisting tail light mounts. No cutting required. Get the LED look without drilling your Jeep that the bank still owns. Doesn't sit flush, but close to it
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Old 11-23-2007, 06:51 PM   #13
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I'm just not a fan of the LED look, that's why I was thinking about mounting the stock ones flush.
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Old 11-23-2007, 06:57 PM   #14
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Really? I like them a lot, just not a fan of cutting up my Jeep before I own it I know I saw a write up somewhere? Maybe on ROF, or 4x4xplor? lemme see if I can find it

EDIT: Here it is. Jeep forum... go figure...

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=418567
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My back up lights.
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