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Old 04-16-2008, 01:59 PM   #1
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adding Reverse lights

when i back out of my driveway it is really hard to see where i am backing. I would like to add a light under my spare that i can control from the dash via rocker switch. can any one hook me up with some links to some gear? thank you!

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Just get a cheapo foglamp kit and mount under your spare. You can put the switch wherever you want, but the kit should come with all the wiring and relays that you need to make it work properly.

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Old 04-16-2008, 02:37 PM   #3
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x2 on that.

Picked up a set not too long ago from Oreilley for like $20 or so. 1/2 an hour later and it is done...
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Old 04-16-2008, 03:53 PM   #4
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In this pic you can see my lights pretty well. The big square light above the left tail is just on a switch by itself but the 2 under the spare are tied in with the backup lights. When I back up I can light up the world. The big light was a former Caterpillar work light and the others came from wally world.
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you can get some cheap fog lights for around $20 at auto zone
just make sure you use a relay when you wire it up

heres a write up on what you want to do
http://www.stu-offroad.com/electrica...8/backup-1.htm

what I did instead of using a switch I tapped into the reverse light wire and used the reverse lights as the switch
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tinker, are those back-up lights these?

http://www.quadratec.com/products/97036_00.htm
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negative. They were just some $7 fog lights from wally world. I had some wire and a relay, bought the lights and was into it for less than $20. The other big light was free.
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I got the $20.00 from O'Reilly's as well.

I did NOT use the wiring harness that came with it. It was cheap and thin, and I would have had to splice it longer to run it cleanly. So I ran my own. I set it up so that it works with the reverse circuit (since I have LED's and that reverse wire wasn't doing anything, I ran it to the relay I installed). AND it works with a switch on my dash.

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I had wire that I had used from wiring up my front lights, that I was able to run this wiring along my tire carrier, then zip tied it along the tub, to the driver rear corner, where I installed the relay. I then ran the wires I needed from the relay to the dash/battery by using the existing conduit that was already there.
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I got the $20.00 from O'Reilly's as well.

I did NOT use the wiring harness that came with it. It was cheap and thin, and I would have had to splice it longer to run it cleanly. So I ran my own. I set it up so that it works with the reverse circuit (since I have LED's and that reverse wire wasn't doing anything, I ran it to the relay I installed). AND it works with a switch on my dash.

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I had wire that I had used from wiring up my front lights, that I was able to run this wiring along my tire carrier, then zip tied it along the tub, to the driver rear corner, where I installed the relay. I then ran the wires I needed from the relay to the dash/battery by using the existing conduit that was already there.
Where did you get your switches? I've been looking all over and can't find them.
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They sell them at this place - the guy used to frequent the forums a lot too.
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I got the $20.00 from O'Reilly's as well.

I did NOT use the wiring harness that came with it. It was cheap and thin, and I would have had to splice it longer to run it cleanly. So I ran my own. I set it up so that it works with the reverse circuit (since I have LED's and that reverse wire wasn't doing anything, I ran it to the relay I installed). AND it works with a switch on my dash.

Lights.


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I had wire that I had used from wiring up my front lights, that I was able to run this wiring along my tire carrier, then zip tied it along the tub, to the driver rear corner, where I installed the relay. I then ran the wires I needed from the relay to the dash/battery by using the existing conduit that was already there.
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Thanks. As mentioned www.otrattw.com/S2.htm. James is a great guy to work with. I believe he's working on a consolidated switch console setup that replaces all the switch bezels like I have. Looks pretty sweet.
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I got the $20.00 from O'Reilly's as well.

I did NOT use the wiring harness that came with it. It was cheap and thin, and I would have had to splice it longer to run it cleanly. So I ran my own. I set it up so that it works with the reverse circuit (since I have LED's and that reverse wire wasn't doing anything, I ran it to the relay I installed). AND it works with a switch on my dash.

Lights.


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kind of confused on how to order.. whats the difference on say switch #1 on the website for $3.25.. below it are 2 more non-pictured for 11 dollars each?
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:59 PM   #15
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these are mine walmart special and i wired mine into the back up lights they really work well and there hidden and very bright they work well for what they were meant for

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kind of confused on how to order.. whats the difference on say switch #1 on the website for $3.25.. below it are 2 more non-pictured for 11 dollars each?
That 3.25 is just the rocker cover (the light cover and the label).
The 11.00 is the price of the actual switch plus the cover. The switch itself has many uses, and different rockers (aka actuators) can be put on them depending on their use, so they are properly labeled. James has a variety of labeled rockers available, so you can order the switch with them already on there.

For example if you want a simple on/off switch, like those used for ARB lockers, you'd want the switch V1DAJ66B-AYCN5-17U and that will have the driving light labeled rocker on there. The V1DaJ66B is the switch's part number. The rest of that is the P/N for the various label.

SO, if you want just the on off switch V1DaJ66B is what you want. if you want just the driving light actuator, AYCN5-17U is the P/N you want. Combine em for a switch and rocker cover.

If you contact James there, he'll be sure to get you what you need.
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o so I can call in an order? thanks
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I've been talking to Jim. Bout to make a $40 through him. he gave me a small discount and advise as well.
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when i back out of my driveway it is really hard to see where i am backing.
On second thought just keep going till you hear it
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a quick question for those of you have wired their reverse lights to the stock reverse lights... Have you had any issues with blowing the fuse because the load is too high?
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a quick question for those of you have wired their reverse lights to the stock reverse lights... Have you had any issues with blowing the fuse because the load is too high?
Read this: http://www.stu-offroad.com/electrica...8/backup-1.htm

It will answer your questions and provide a good solution.
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a quick question for those of you have wired their reverse lights to the stock reverse lights... Have you had any issues with blowing the fuse because the load is too high?
Nope. Never been a problem. My Reverse wire that comes from the tranny does nothing more than activate the relay. The heavier duty wires carry the load from the battery.

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