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Old 09-09-2018, 05:31 PM
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Flushmount Tailights

Hey everyone, picked up a 95 YJ a couple of months ago and slowly going through doing some upgrades and customization. Has anyone installed flush mount taillights? If so can you post pics and explain the wiring and anything else you had to do to make them work correctly? Thanks in advance!

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You loose your backup lights and your license plate lights. So if you do them you need to wire them up separately but i dont think it's worth it. And if you plan to do LED lights a lot of people have problems getting them to work with the factory wiring. It's a lot of hassle for no real benefit i dont know why so many people do it makes no sense to me.
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You loose your backup lights and your license plate lights. So if you do them you need to wire them up separately but i dont think it's worth it. And if you plan to do LED lights a lot of people have problems getting them to work with the factory wiring. It's a lot of hassle for no real benefit i dont know why so many people do it makes no sense to me.
I just really like the look of the ones that I have seen, but thank you for the input on them!
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Allow me to disagree;
First I believe the key word here is "custom". Infers that the owner wants something different, something unique. Often times that doesn't take much, and I think the flush mounts sounds kinda cool. I'd like to see some too, if they're out there. Side mount lights can be corrected easily, as I did when I covered mine with fuel cans, by mounting inexpensive lights elsewhere. In my case mounted in the customized, yet likely impractical, bumper I built.
Secondly, LEDS are a breeze to instal and make functional. I did mine;
A: cuz I really like them
B: cuz they're much brighter than stock, and
C: cuz I really like them (On, and my wife bought them for me), (and I really like her.
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I just flushed the stock lights. I still have backup lights just fine. Since I don't drive like an ahole, no one ever bothered me about the license plate light (did this near 15 years ago).
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You loose your backup lights and your license plate lights. So if you do them you need to wire them up separately but i dont think it's worth it. And if you plan to do LED lights a lot of people have problems getting them to work with the factory wiring. It's a lot of hassle for no real benefit i dont know why so many people do it makes no sense to me.
Thanks for the input just liked the clean look!
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I just flushed the stock lights. I still have backup lights just fine. Since I don't drive like an ahole, no one ever bothered me about the license plate light (did this near 15 years ago).
How hard was it? looks nice!
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Allow me to disagree;
First I believe the key word here is "custom". Infers that the owner wants something different, something unique. Often times that doesn't take much, and I think the flush mounts sounds kinda cool. I'd like to see some too, if they're out there. Side mount lights can be corrected easily, as I did when I covered mine with fuel cans, by mounting inexpensive lights elsewhere. In my case mounted in the customized, yet likely impractical, bumper I built.
Secondly, LEDS are a breeze to instal and make functional. I did mine;
A: cuz I really like them
B: cuz they're much brighter than stock, and
C: cuz I really like them (On, and my wife bought them for me), (and I really like her.
I have some pictures saved ill have to find them and ill share! but any tips on the led installation?
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I installed 75 Blazer tail lights in one of my previous jeeps. Not a perfect fit but good enough. Was a common swap years ago. Hmmmm that's got me thinking(again).
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How hard was it? looks nice!
It is just cutting sheet metal. I happened to use a drill for the corners and saber saw. To keep them in the right place, you do have to notch the inner fender tops. Just measure 2-3 times and cut once. You also have to add a ground wire since the backside of the light grounds the assembly as it's bolted on.

To me, it was easy, didn't even have to mess with the plug and main wire harness. I'd do it again without a doubt.
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Cheapo non-led units, but brighter than factory. Had to put connectors on the factory wiring.

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I have some pictures saved ill have to find them and ill share! but any tips on the led installation?
The lights themselves simply plug in, or you can attach bare wire by any means you choose. I think the only issue folks have is the flasher unit, particularly when you swap out both front and rear. I bought a very inexpensive LED flasher unit off Amazon and they work great. No reason in the world NOT to do it.
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The lights themselves simply plug in, or you can attach bare wire by any means you choose. I think the only issue folks have is the flasher unit, particularly when you swap out both front and rear. I bought a very inexpensive LED flasher unit off Amazon and they work great. No reason in the world NOT to do it.

I remember a guy on here a while back that put LED's on his jeep and it wouldent start. Then he swapped the original lights back and it would start. I didn't follow the thread and i dont feel like looking for it because i can never find old posts. I dont know how he ended up fixing it.

I have seen big honking resistors wired in to make LED tail lights work on some jeeps screwed to the rear wheel well. It just seems like a lot of b/s that crates more problems than it fixes
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There’s a flasher with a ground wire available on Amazon that seems to take care of *most issues with non functioning LED marker lights. For the tail lights I’m not sure it’s necessary, but I’d do it anyway.


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LED lights (and 17" wheels, etc.) on a old Jeep are like breast implants. They may look ok from a distance, but you know its just not right.
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LED lights (and 17" wheels, etc.) on a old Jeep are like breast implants. They may look ok from a distance, but you know its just not right.
I would imagine that this could be said about any change to an older rig. I'm thinking in terms of a 47' wrap around 3,000,000 kelvin LED light bar that are so popular. I prefer the new LED headlamps and just small aux lights mounted in the bumper. But the nice part about all this is that it's "our" jeep, and we get to do whatever the hell we want. And only "we" have to like it.
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I remember a guy on here a while back that put LED's on his jeep and it wouldent start. Then he swapped the original lights back and it would start. I didn't follow the thread and i dont feel like looking for it because i can never find old posts. I dont know how he ended up fixing it.

I have seen big honking resistors wired in to make LED tail lights work on some jeeps screwed to the rear wheel well. It just seems like a lot of b/s that crates more problems than it fixes
I recall this too. Seemed really odd at the time, but there had to be something more going on there. I installed nice LED headlights and all turn signal/tail/brake lights. Went without a hitch, so from my perspective, it was a no brainer.
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I just got some LED ones that look like factory ones...best part I get way more light in reverse now..for some folks that may not be a big deal but I am either going to or leaving the woods in the dark a lot....lol
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I just got some LED ones that look like factory ones...best part I get way more light in reverse now..for some folks that may not be a big deal but I am either going to or leaving the woods in the dark a lot....lol


I have these as well. They have the same classic look, just LED. Very bright for the northern Michigan woods.


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For tail lights and markers I used LED replacement bulbs, way to easy don't even need to replace the flasher, look stock and more than twice as bright. Now for headlights I changed them for the brightness, some like the looks some don't.( I don't like all the little bulbs, went with the larger dark ones) I don't care, I can see much better, and around here in the winter it's dark when I go to work and when I come home. For these reasons I've gone to the LED replacement bulbs in all of my older cars.
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Here’s mine; 4” led’s.
It’s true you lose your back-up light & license plate light. But this really depends on local laws. For example some states don’t require license plate lights since their headlights (someone driving at night behind you) will Illuminate your plate WAY more than the weak, little factory lights.
But here’s my plan for a fix for both issues;
Plate lights- get a cheap, little, stick-on, led light strip & slap it on your plate.
Back-up light- get an aftermarket work light & wire it to a switch. When you put your heep in reverse just flick the switch & you now have a back-up light/and an actual, usable light vs the weak factory lights on the back of your heep that’s useful.
Wiring is pretty straight forward.
In fact, the most difficult part is cutting the tub for flush mount led’s like mine.
It’s not hard, you just need to be precise bc cutting the hole to high gets you into the tub on the interior of your heep.
(Case-in-point; the junk products that poison spyder sells, its to be expected. But the drivers side corner guards w/3” defenders for 4” led tailghts, they didn’t cut the holes evenly. It’s not REALLY noticeable, but I do bc I installed them & all the measuring I did gave it away. But they cut the hole to high so I had to contend with “massaging” the tailight & tub so the led light fit nice & flush.)
As far as resistors, flashers, etc I don’t currently have any & my lights work just fine.
With wiring I have some screenshots for an 89 yj (mine) so my wiring is going to be different than your 95. Do a quick search for taillight wiring for a 95 & it should yield a ton of results & vids. Just remember; yj taillights ground through the tub.
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There's no reason to lose back up lights.... plenty of flish mpunt led's have em..... then lighted bolts for the plate and flush mount side markers and ur perfectly legal.
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My backup lights, with a couple'a aux lights in the back are set up on a seperate switch. Allows me to light up camping spots with just the flip of the switch. And I'd bet you could easily find a license plate frame with a lamp mounted in it.
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They make license plate bolts with lights built into them. It really isn't rocket science to add any lights you want. All of the wires are there, you just have to wire them to the new lights. I have 4" round LED brake and turn lights and 2" round clear lights for back up. They are still in a drawer in my shop, but some day they will find their way onto the Jeep. I see way more benefits than I do negatives with upgrading to LED lighting. Brighter, last longer, no more corroded sockets, flush mounted so they are less likely to get broken, and it is what all the cool kids are doing.

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A guy would really have to screw things up to make this happen. Lighting is completely separate from the engine side of the wiring. The only thing I could think of is he somehow removed the ground from the neutral safety switch under the dash.That is about the only place I can think of where the two sides of the wiring might share a ground.
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There are a lot of those type posts on various forii. "I put on a new bikini top and now the Jeep is overheating and won't go into 4th gear! What did I do wrong?"
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