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Unread 01-05-2012, 09:30 PM   #1
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led tail lights

I am going to be swapping my stock yj tail lights to flush mount leds ..I wanna know what people use to cut the hole... and is their any post of just pictures of it installed..would like to see diagrams how its all wired? Thankyou

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Unread 01-05-2012, 09:32 PM   #2
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The appropriate sized hole saw would probably work well.
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Unread 01-05-2012, 10:01 PM   #3
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Try searching for a post by Max on this very subject. Up to his normal standard of excellence.
I just built a rig for a guy, and cheated and used my plasma cutter on his rig. I installed corner guards so it wasn't an issue. Would have used the hole saw, but couldn't find the damn thing, so they met Mr Hypertherm instead

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Unread 01-05-2012, 10:03 PM   #4
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What about installing these flush mount:

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-b...-r16w18-lp.htm

Any ideas for a clean fit? I'm guessing that i'll have to buy a dremel to make them look good
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Unread 01-05-2012, 10:09 PM   #5
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Too expensive IMO.
The 4" round ones look better, and are cheaper at any truckstop. Hell I got some new ones for my big trailer for $9.99 each at a Pilot a while ago.....

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Unread 01-05-2012, 11:09 PM   #6
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i'm not a fan of the round ones, i like mine to look like a Wrangler, not a CJ
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Unread 01-05-2012, 11:31 PM   #7
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I taped the area off with masking tape, drew the template I needed, and cut the hole with a jig saw and a good metal blade. Cut like butter and left a very clean edge.
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Unread 01-06-2012, 12:54 AM   #8
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I used a hole saw and jig saw to cut mine in. Didn't like the factory style ones or the price and the round ones were just too much like everyone else so I went with oval high output.




Found out about 2 months later that I could have got the backups in the oval as well. Oh well they are stupid bright and are like having headlights in the back.
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I bought these: http://www.harborfreight.com/4-inch-...ght-93263.html

I used a hole saw to cut them out. I'm not positive, but I think it was 4 1/2 ".

Some pics are located on the first page of my build thread if you want to see what the lights look like mounted:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/m...90-yj-1291174/
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Unread 01-06-2012, 11:28 AM   #10
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I taped the area off with masking tape, drew the template I needed, and cut the hole with a jig saw and a good metal blade. Cut like butter and left a very clean edge.
This is exactly what I did, very smooth and easy.

I agree with Martin, the round flush mounts can be had super cheap at any truck stop. I used to have (well still do in the garage) the ones from Harbor Freight, I got them on sale for like $8 each and they were OK. I replaced them with some 43 LED units from a truck stop for about $12 each and they're night and day different with the amount and brightness of the light.

Keep in mind you WILL need something for a tag light and reverse lights. Both can be done pretty cheap.

Oh, and yes 4 1/2" is the right size if you're gonna do the hole saw, they're about $23 for the saw.
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Unread 01-07-2012, 07:26 PM   #11
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Here is what mine looks like at the moment. LED tail light install with LED BU lights. Gas filler move to the TJ location. Tire carrier delete...moved the spare to where the rear seat was using a custom tire holder I fabbed up.

I used duck tape then cut the hole with my el cheapo jig saw with a metal cutting blade.

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Unread 01-08-2012, 03:03 AM   #12
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Found these while looking at different 4-inch rounds. Nineteen diodes each and only $9, though grommet sold seperately:

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...1266_200391266
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Unread 11-05-2012, 05:42 AM   #13
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since so many people go with the red round ones, i went with the clear oval ones. Teh reverse lights are the smal oval ones next to the tails. AND these are SURFACE mounts lights, so i didnt have to cut holes in the body. They are held in with screws and not a groumet. And i put a 3rd brake light across the bottom.

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What lights did you use for the reverse?
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Unread 11-05-2012, 10:17 AM   #15
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my reverse lights are these...
http://www.ebay.com/itm/LED-Light-2-...b#ht_971wt_679
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