I have a set of Aurora tail lights (removed from a Air Force HumVee prior to its permanent retirement); from prior posts I have read others have flush mounted round or the stock tail lights but nothing like this yet. I know the space will be tight and I may need to trim the light housing flange to fit the fuel cap lip, but what is behind the stock lens? How much room is there? I haven't taken anyone hint apart yet, thought I ask first and get some ideas and input. Thanks!
I'm trying to attach pics here of the lights I got.
I had some time today a bit and discovered that the wires run straight up into that flat fender well. I guess my dream of installing these lights will be slightly harder also because that fender well will be affected from inside as well. And then I looked instead design the light itself and half of it is LED. Well above my pay grade. I might explore the possibility of mounting them in externally or partially flush. Keep the ideas coming!
My YJ now has military tail lights installed. We ended up relocating the gas cap/filler neck to side and mounted the license in the center on frame/crossmember below spare tire. The license plate is secured by using the stock sprung holder, bolting it upside down and riveting the license plate to the holder. We then secured a scrap piece of fuel hose behind it to keep it from being noisy. Now it can swing forward if I choose to hide it or make room for trailer hitch. We removed the blackout lights inside the housing and used the bottom "light" as a reverse light although it is ineffective. In the future I'll mount some external "back-up" lights. Disclaimer to all: Do not do this as the military lenses are not DOT approved. They are not reflectorized, so I am not endorsing this project in any way.
Now for some pictures! And FYI, I did not need to cut the inner fender. And by extended the fuel neck, I am guessing I added to the capacity of my fuel tank.
Here are some pics of my '94 YJ Wrangler before and after my friend and I installed the military lights from a M-998 A-1 The "black-out" lights were disabled but we kept the very bottom light functional as a token "reverse" light. I reused the stock license plate frame but mounted in upside down below spare tire. A piece of 1" fuel line props it up and keeps it from rattling plus I can flip it up and hide it if I wanted to... The middle blackout light is not used but I might go back and make an additional tail-light but keep cut out's. We did not have to cut into or modify the inner fender as we stayed below it. Last step I need to finish is a license plate light. (Maybe)
I forgot to mention one thing, and that is I didn't use LED bulbs, just regular 1157,1165 and the lens stick out just enough to be seen from side but I intend to add matching military reflectors and maybe matching side markers but I like this look the and will try to keep it this way.
No license plage light yet; not sure how I want that done. I am gonna to go look at some other military vehicles and "acquire" some ideas. Some suggestions are using the license plate bolts that double as lights, I guess these are common on hot rods. Mounting a light on bottom of spare. Mounting a light from bottom of spare bracket and aiming it down. Right now I need to wait until I get told too because this project pissed off my wife who said there was nothing wrong with the way it was. She's obviously never seen one break or filled it with gas when you had to hold down the plate. BTW I can add almost 1 more gallon of gas with the longer fuel line. Next project will be figuring out how to incorporate military turnsignals up front, but I may just stop here.