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So I finally got fed up with the factory dim reverse lights. Installed some extra lights under the bumper.

Here are some pictures and diagram of how I did my wiring.










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Oh yeah not to mention, These lights were only 16 bucks.
 

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looks good & I bet it helps a lot.
 
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They sure do, These little cheap lights cast a light pattern at least 300 feet out. This was the brightest lamp out of the 5 others I tried and returned.
 

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where did ya find em, brand/model ??
 

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I will probably be doing this sometime soon, can you shoot a pic of the back in daylight from a bit away so I can see how low they look from a distance and also a shot of where you mounted them? Thatnks!:thumbsup:
 

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I will probably be doing this sometime soon, can you shoot a pic of the back in daylight from a bit away so I can see how low they look from a distance and also a shot of where you mounted them? Thatnks!:thumbsup:


Hope that helps some. They are mounted through the bumper. I aimed mine out some that way it lights up just like a headlight when in reverse. Its really bright in the daytime not to mention at night time. :shock:
 

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cool man, thanks! I am thinking about doing this on my midtour leave since Im tinting my tail lights with a film and I can always use more light behind me... Im thinking of putting it on a switch instead of the reverse lights though...
 

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Looks great. I replaced my factory backup light bulbs with some 50w & mounted some 55w H3 similar to how you did & it's one of the best mods for a mega cab 4x4 with tinted windows. I did use a remote control instead of a switch and have been very pleased with how much easier it is to hook/unhook from trailers in the dark not to mention backing up.
 

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Looks great. I replaced my factory backup light bulbs with some 50w & mounted some 55w H3 similar to how you did & it's one of the best mods for a mega cab 4x4 with tinted windows. I did use a remote control instead of a switch and have been very pleased with how much easier it is to hook/unhook from trailers in the dark not to mention backing up.
Hows the 50w bulbs in your reverse lights working out? Do they heat up too much or anything? Are they the xenon 50w bulbs. I could only find those online and no where local.
 

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Hows the 50w bulbs in your reverse lights working out? Do they heat up too much or anything? Are they the xenon 50w bulbs. I could only find those online and no where local.
Design Tech BACK-UP BULB - 50-WATT - JCWhitney

I got my bulbs there in early 2007 & couldn't be happier with them. I've had zero problems. I'm sure they do get hotter than stock though, so if you spend abnormal amounts of time in reverse I might be concerned.

Sorry it took me so long to reply, almost my whole neighborhood was blown away with the storms so we've had no power, phones, water, etc.
 

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Design Tech BACK-UP BULB - 50-WATT - JCWhitney

I got my bulbs there in early 2007 & couldn't be happier with them. I've had zero problems. I'm sure they do get hotter than stock though, so if you spend abnormal amounts of time in reverse I might be concerned.

Sorry it took me so long to reply, almost my whole neighborhood was blown away with the storms so we've had no power, phones, water, etc.
Thanks for the link, Might give them a try just because Im addicted to lights lol :thumbsup:
 

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I don't know why that link I posted doesn't go directly to the bulbs but you can search for them on JC Whitneys home page.
 

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They wont last long

I tried your idea the first year I had my truck and found that the first time out plowing, I tore them off in the ice hard snow bank on the road.

Its a great idea to have more light, Maybe a Galvenized metal box with a removeable metal grid cover would be workable.

Right now I have a problem with the switch on the 6 speed not working.

When I remove the switch and put a Ohm meter on it and manually push the ball plunger it works fine. When I jumper the connector the backup lights come on.

However when the switch is in the transmission and the shifter is put into reverse I dont have any lights.

Not sure when they stopped working but I bet it was when I paid $1,400 to have a new clutch put in last fall.

Any ide what is in the transmission that pushes on the switch plunger? Maybe the mechanic screwed it up. I cant afford any downtime to have him disassemble the transmission right now and I cant Backup my boat because the reverse lights accuate the hydraulic brakes bypass soilinoid.

Need to rrig a toggle switch to turn on the lights when I have to back up.

Any ideas? Anyone have a drawing of the 6 speed Transmission Guts?
 

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I tried your idea the first year I had my truck and found that the first time out plowing, I tore them off in the ice hard snow bank on the road.

Its a great idea to have more light, Maybe a Galvenized metal box with a removeable metal grid cover would be workable.
Being a snowplow driver as well I had that same concern when I was planning my reverse lights. Seen lots of guys driving around with smashed bulbs or whole lights missing under the bumper.

So I went this route:




And then since I'm out playing in the snow all the time with my truck I wired them up to a constant power switch so I can turn them on and the snow will melt off them.

 

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Just to rub it in, we don't have snow down here so I'm good to go lol

But yes I can see your point. :)

Geezir, I thought about doing that but with the oval/rectangle lights instead. Still cant get the courage to cut my bumper though lol
 

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Yeah I know what you mean. As you can see in my pic the rear bumper already had a dent in it from the previous owner so that made it easier to cut the holes knowing I was already planning on replacing the bumper at some point.
 

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Just a little update, Lights are working great. No water issues and overall still very happy with these cheap little lights. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
 
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