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firefighter777 09-30-2010 11:20 AM

LED Taillight Info!
 
Im going to tackle this on as my next project :cool: and wanted to know what all of you have used for supplies and where you got them. Also what exactly I will need for the easiest installation? Thanks for the help! Oh and I have a 2004 so what flasher is best to use?

cavediverjc 09-30-2010 11:28 AM

You can order whatever 4" LED taillights you want. They're ALL OVER eBay and elsewhere on the internet. Here's a good site for the flasher relay. It's a simple, plug-and-play deal. Just remove the upper clamshell of your steering column and it's right there. Just remove (and keep for an emergency) the stocker and plug in the new relay and you're golden. Here's the site where I ordered mine. The shipping was really fast as well......

Jeep TJ after market Flasher LED 2001-2006 [GCD-TJ0106] - $28.95 :: GCD Off Road - An Ultra Care Car Products, Inc Company

firefighter777 09-30-2010 11:32 AM

Thanks! Not a bad price either.

burton160w 09-30-2010 11:38 AM

Stu's Offroad has the best write up for it

LED Flush Mount Tail Lights - 1

It's a really easy job, it's just daunting if you've never cut into the body before.

I got my LED lights at NAPA ($13 w/ grommet x 2 = $36 + wiring harnesses). I think they look the best out of all I've checked out and can take pictures for you later if you'd like. Avoid Wal-Marts, the ones they sell are awful and are too dim.

I then used a 4.5" hole saw (you'll need an arbor too) and a corded power drill. Others will say a jigsaw, but I'm not coordinated enough and this job took 3 minutes of sawing for a perfect hole. When drilling, fill the hole saw with ice to keep it cool or spray every so often with WD-40 to keep things cool.

I also grabbed a piece of cardboard, and sawed a 4.5" hole in it to use a template to draw (with magic marker) where I wanted the hole. Then measured to make sure they're even.

You'll also need touch up paint to paint the bare metal to prevent rust.

Then, once the holes are drilled it's simply a matter of putting in the rubber grommets and then push the LED lights in from the outside. Make sure to push them all the way in for that flat look. Then hook up the harness and you're good to go. Both harnesses are accessible from underneath the car on the corners just push those flaps up. You also can access the driver side harness by removing the fuel filler bezel.

firefighter777 09-30-2010 11:57 AM

Anyone have problems with the evap canister?

ajorosa 09-30-2010 12:58 PM

Pep Boys has LED trailer type lights that are the same style as jeep uses. They are in the twenty dollar range each, a great price considering Quadratec sells the same for over $200.00

cavediverjc 09-30-2010 01:32 PM

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Originally Posted by firefighter777 (Post 795344)
Anyone have problems with the evap canister?

I made 1" spacers from some solid oak I had laying around. Painted them black and used longer hardware. Works like a champ. Really simple to move that evap canister forward an inch.......just a small additional step to adding LED taillights to a later model TJ. Stu Olsen's website has a write-up on doing that mod as well.

Cons_Table 09-30-2010 01:37 PM

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Originally Posted by burton160w (Post 795316)
Avoid Wal-Marts, the ones they sell are awful and are too dim.

I hear people say that the walmarts arent that good. What lights did you guys buy? I got mine from walmart and they are super bright for the people behind me. Ive acually watched people hold up their hand to block them when sitting behind me at a stop light.

DevilDogDoc 09-30-2010 01:50 PM

My walmarties were 16 a piece a work great! Crazy bright.

oldskool71 09-30-2010 01:56 PM

More good info here...thanks

Cons_Table 09-30-2010 02:02 PM

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Originally Posted by DevilDogDoc (Post 795554)
My walmarties were 16 a piece a work great! Crazy bright.

Thats how mine are.

mrcarcrazy 09-30-2010 02:21 PM

Cons, which ones did you buy? (I don't know if there are multiple choices, but it'll help take the guess work out.)

jeepjones 09-30-2010 02:39 PM

Has anybody used anything other than the normal round brake lights? I found a crazy set of square LED tail lights made by TruckLite, that I thought would look good or interesting anyway.
http://www.truck-lite.com/wcsstore/t...ew/4550-lr.jpg

or

http://grote.com/images/prodcat/G5202.jpg

Slightly different from the first:

http://grote.com/images/prodcat/G4502.jpg

Cons_Table 09-30-2010 02:41 PM

I actually do not know the brand. They were around 15 or 16 dollars a piece. I dont remember there being multiple choices at my walmart. They only had one type of round LED lights that I remember. This is what mine look like. Sorry not the clearest picture.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/images/...14443/4866.jpg

mrcarcrazy 09-30-2010 02:43 PM

well it was worth asking. I like those, they look cool to me.
Did you do anything for Reverse? I don't think it really matters, as the OEM Reverse lights are worthless anyway. I've seen where some mount lights between body and bumper, etc.

Jeepjones, The only square I've seen on a jeep are the thin ones sold by savvy (IIRC), and then some people flush mount the OEM lights.

the ones you posted look very similar to some I saw on a new school bus this morning. They'd work, and be different.

Cons_Table 09-30-2010 02:48 PM

I dont have anything designated for reverse lights. If I am out on a night trail or if I absolutely need reverse lights, I can just flip the switch to my rock lights :D

DevilDogDoc 09-30-2010 05:10 PM

My solution, $15 tractor lite from autozone
http://i899.photobucket.com/albums/a...8/Jeep2001.jpg

BLACKTOOTHGRIN 09-30-2010 07:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by firefighter777 (Post 795287)
Im going to tackle this on as my next project :cool: and wanted to know what all of you have used for supplies and where you got them. Also what exactly I will need for the easiest installation?

I've had ORO Litedots for a couple years now and couldn't be happier.
As far as the "easiest installation" goes....
They are going to be some of the easiest around.
(and in my opinion, some of the best looking) :cool:
They bolt on using the factory holes.
The only mod is the widening of 1 of the factory holes with a provided self tapper.
So if you ever want to go back to using your stock tail lights in the future, no problem. :)
(you also have to shave your license plate holder a bit, but that's no big deal)

The only draw back to these lights is the cost.
They average around $190-$200 a pair.
However....spending the extra money was a lesser evil to me
in comparison to cutting those huge holes in my tub,
and being forced to stick with that 1 type of tail light forever. ;)
I also think these look better, but that's just personal preference.

If you're interested in some of these lights,
do a Google search and you might find them a bit cheaper than
at the manufacturer's website.
I think I paid about $170 for mine, but forgot where I bought them.
Here's a link to the manufacturer,
and some pics of mine installed:

https://secure48.mysecureorder.net/o...q1b34u28tabda6

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/e...LightOff-1.jpg

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/e...ightOn-1-1.jpg

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/e...ightOn-2-1.jpg

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/e...d/100_4976.jpg

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/e...J/100_4734.jpg

These also have white reverse LEDs on the lower portion to keep you legal,
and 3 red side marker LEDs.
For good reverse lighting, you should consider adding some back up lights.
I used KC 55w Back-Up Lights, and they're bright as hell.

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/e...RO-LITEDOT.jpg

Neil F. 10-01-2010 07:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrcarcrazy (Post 795644)
Did you do anything for Reverse? I don't think it really matters, as the OEM Reverse lights are worthless anyway. I've seen where some mount lights between body and bumper, etc.

.

Reverse lights are not for there for you to see. They are there to let people know you are backing up. (Note if your local inspection does safety checks, they will probably look for reverse light operation.)

With that said, I have square Led trailer lights from Autozone that do not have reverse lights. I installed some small white LED driving/fog (cheap) lights. They fit between the bumper and body with my bodylift. My biddy with the same lights, used a set of regular fog lights mounted on his bumper.

cavediverjc 10-01-2010 07:20 AM

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Originally Posted by Neil F. (Post 796807)
Reverse lights are not for there for you to see. They are there to let people know you are backing up. (Note if your local inspection does safety checks, they will probably look for reverse light operation.)

Hahaha.......what is this thing you speak of, this INSPECTION? :rofl:


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