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Old 07-19-2013, 02:13 PM   #1
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Installing lights in the rear bumper

So I replaced my factor front bumper with one that doesn't use the factory fogs. I have KC fogs on there now and they are waaay better than the factory, so I'm not sad about losing the factory fogs in the front.... but I was thinking before I throw the factory bumper out with the garbage I might be able to use the factory fogs as rear lights.

So... I've searched but haven't seen a post about this. I'm thinking that there is plenty of depth in the factory rear for the factory fogs. Has anyone modded their factory rear bumper to use the factory fog lights?

I think that if I cut out the raised area just around the fogs in the front and plasti-welded it into the appropriate cutout in the rear...

Anyway if someone has done this or can point me to a post I'd appreciate it.

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consider "paying it forward" and posting your factory bumper on the classified section, im certain a fellow Jeeper could use it, especially if you're just going to toss it!

I realize that doesnt answer your question, to which i have no idea LOL

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consider "paying it forward" and posting your factory bumper on the classified section, im certain a fellow Jeeper could use it, especially if you're just going to toss it!

I realize that doesnt answer your question, to which i have no idea LOL
I had to use a couple of the trapezoidal metal plates that go behind the frame horns to make my new bumper fit (separate story). I also reused the plastic plate between the bumper and the grille (although I had to trim it). So it's missing pieces. The only worthwhile bits would seem to be the lights and possibly the tow hooks. If I don't end up using them for a project I'll probably let someone have them for the cost of shipping.
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I plan on relocating my PIAA's to the rear when I get a winch but I have an after market rear bumper so the install would be different.

I say go for it.

Think about a 5 wire relay so you can tie to the reverse lights and have an aux switch interdependent of the reverse so that they can be illuminated by a separate switch on those occasions...........when they are needed.

But don't forget the diode & I am not sure if the reverse light circuit uses PWM but it probably does so you would need to isolate / buffer with some caps.
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The good thing about modding OEM Jeep parts is that if you mess it up or aren't happy with the result, you can just about always find a replacement for cheap if not free. So go for it, take pics, and let us know how it turns out.
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I plan on relocating my PIAA's to the rear when I get a winch but I have an after market rear bumper so the install would be different.

I say go for it.

Think about a 5 wire relay so you can tie to the reverse lights and have an aux switch interdependent of the reverse so that they can be illuminated by a separate switch on those occasions...........when they are needed.

But don't forget the diode & I am not sure if the reverse light circuit uses PWM but it probably does so you would need to isolate / buffer with some caps.
I used a relay with a signal wire from my original fog lights for the KC foglights and no capacitor/diode was required. So I'm fairly sure I could do the same with the rear lights signaled by the backup light.
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So I replaced my factor front bumper with one that doesn't use the factory fogs. I have KC fogs on there now and they are waaay better than the factory, so I'm not sad about losing the factory fogs in the front.... but I was thinking before I throw the factory bumper out with the garbage I might be able to use the factory fogs as rear lights.

So... I've searched but haven't seen a post about this. I'm thinking that there is plenty of depth in the factory rear for the factory fogs. Has anyone modded their factory rear bumper to use the factory fog lights?

I think that if I cut out the raised area just around the fogs in the front and plasti-welded it into the appropriate cutout in the rear...

Anyway if someone has done this or can point me to a post I'd appreciate it.

I was thinking of welding in too. Or use the sahara metal cover and adapt it to the rear. The only other idea is to use 2.5 leds round lights I found on ebay. some guys use the 4 inch they just seem too large to me, but the 4 inch are dot for back ups if that maters the 2.5 inch are not. Not sure how the welding will look. I think ypu might be the pioneer on this mod. I was going to pick up a rear takeoff and try it so not to mess up my own. I just hit a few financial bumps recently and put this project on hold for now. Please post you results.

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