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Old 09-30-2014, 07:51 PM
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Rear lighting the DIY way

After installing replacement LED reverse lights in the factory housings, I decided I would still like some more light. And the option to have light if Im unloading at the campsite at night

I purchased these rather inexpensive lights off fleabay


my thinking is if I end up messing up, or not liking it, or the led's break, I can replace them, or find another stock bumper and not be out too much money.

So I took off the rear bumper, and took hundreds of measurements. The problem was I didnt know what the inside looked like, and these lights need about 3" of rear clearance. So I cut a few small holes to have a look inside.

After finding the best place with the most clearance (besides the corners, however I didnt want to reverse into something and break them being so exposed on the corners) I cut out a few cardboard traces of the light.

I went to town on the bumper with the dremel. I cut small first and gradually cut bigger until the light fit snug. Now the only problem, the hardware that comes with the lights includes 4 small bolts with nuts and washers, how am I going to get a hold of the nut?

I found my smallest sockets and extensions and did my best estimating where the bolts would be. I drilled some holes just big enough to fit in the socket. After some creative use of the socket and extensions I had a good fit.

the other side was easy. Before I put the light in for good I took exact measurements of the hole that perfectly fit the first light. Measured it up and cut away again.

I ran the wires out of one of the holes used on each side for the socket, and then plugged the rest. I made a little homemade wiring harness to join the lights to 1 power wire. I grounded the lights to the frame behind the bumper.

I ran the power wire through the frame (fish tape definitely helped) to up under the battery, then straight up to my relay box. The lights are controlled by my daystar switch panel inside the jeep.

And finally the finished product



I will take some pictures tonight of the light output, but these lights put out a really good usable amount of light.
The lights look slightly skewed, because they are. The inside of the bumper contours up behind the light, but from a couple feet back the look just fine.

what do you guys think?

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Nice. That's a good idea and looks great.

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Looks sharp, nice work
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$75 for shipping??!!!
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Here are some night time pics.

Best I could get for now but it shows the main idea

Here are just the reverse led replacement bulbs


Way better than the stock bulbs, here's a view from the back


And here is with the aux bumper lights


As you can see the ground coverage is much better as is the overall brightness and amount of flood.

Puts the reverse bulbs to shame
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$75 for shipping??!!!
Haha well I grabbed the picture of the same lights but not the exact seller. They ran me 55$ and free shipping iirc
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I bought the exact same lights off eBay with the exact same idea in mind.

$45 shipped to my door

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=181501181395
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I bought the exact same lights off eBay with the exact same idea in mind. $45 shipped to my door http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=181501181395
Throw some washers behind the nuts, as big as you can fit to help it sit flush with the bumper. The plastic is thick, but it helps it pull the whole thing tight.
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Throw some washers behind the nuts, as big as you can fit to help it sit flush with the bumper. The plastic is thick, but it helps it pull the whole thing tight.
Thx for the tip. .

Still waiting for mine to arrive, I ordered them about 3 weeks, free shipping from China so may be a bit longer before they arrive.

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