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Offroadinshawty 02-26-2011 06:54 PM

Led tailight conversion
 
Okkk so i was thinking on replacing the bulky stock taillight assembly on my YJ with two Red and two White Oblong LED lights like you see on semi trailers and such... My idea was to stagger them at an angle on each side of the rear.

Any install tips on wiring or cutting would be more than handy... I would also like to see some of your pics from sinking your tail lights

jmmorgan82 02-26-2011 07:22 PM

Here ya go

timatoe 02-26-2011 07:51 PM

There are also pics of EXACTLY what you're talking about here on the forum, if you search for them you may find them, I don't remember who posted them before or I'd just find them for you.

SnowdogMarc 02-26-2011 09:21 PM

I did something similar but used the oval high intensity for the red and round white for the backup. Backups are stupid bright and light up everything. Friend was behind me at a traffic light and said he was seeing spots after looking at my brake lights LOL.
It's super tight but can be done.
http://i391.photobucket.com/albums/o...s001Medium.jpg
http://i391.photobucket.com/albums/o...s004Medium.jpg
http://i391.photobucket.com/albums/o...s007Medium.jpg

1murderedjeep 02-26-2011 09:32 PM

flush mount your stock tail lights good look and not expensive

Offroadinshawty 02-26-2011 11:21 PM

I like what you did with your lights SnowDogMarc. How did you wire those up?

92 Green YJ 02-27-2011 12:43 PM

Here is what I did on my YJ for the LED tails.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...s/DSCN0312.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...s/DSCN0313.jpg

in this one you can see the small white reverse lights I put in. basically kicked em at an angle. Wanted to do something a little different. As you can see from the lit up pictures it looks kinda mean from the back
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...9/DSCN0019.jpg

Offroadinshawty 02-27-2011 09:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 92 Green YJ (Post 11057865)
Here is what I did on my YJ for the LED tails.
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...s/DSCN0312.jpg
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...s/DSCN0313.jpg

in this one you can see the small white reverse lights I put in. basically kicked em at an angle. Wanted to do something a little different. As you can see from the lit up pictures it looks kinda mean from the back
http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c3...9/DSCN0019.jpg

I like how you did the tail lights. and my thinking was to angle the tail and reverse lights like you have yours on each side.

Now for the stupid question... Im not so good at trouble shooting wiring. Can u explain to me in lame-mans terms how you wired both tail and reverse lights to the stock wiring harness? and any other useful info

92 Green YJ 02-27-2011 10:19 PM

sure. wasnt too difficult really. the Haynes service manual has the wiring diagrams in the back, that will tell you which color wires do what. basically there are 4 you need to be concerned with. tail, stop/turn (l and R), ground and reverse. If you dont have a book, you can use a multi meter. turn your tails on and see which wire has voltage. thats your tail light wire. hit your left signal and check again, the one that gets 12 volts on and off is for the turn and stop (they run on one wire per side, when you brake it lights them both) the 2 left will be ground and reverse lights. with the engine off and the ebrake set, put it in reverse and see which one gets 12volts, thats gonna be your reverse. the LEDs (the red ones) have 3 wires (some may be self grounding, mine were not) the ground, tail, and stop/turn wire. just hook the correct wires up to the corresponding factory wires and you are all set. the reverse lights are 2 wire, one ground one hot. ground it and hook the reverse light wire to the hot side.

newheep 02-27-2011 10:30 PM

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Originally Posted by 92 Green YJ (Post 11061464)
sure. wasnt too difficult really. the Haynes service manual has the wiring diagrams in the back, that will tell you which color wires do what. basically there are 4 you need to be concerned with. tail, stop/turn (l and R), ground and reverse. If you dont have a book, you can use a multi meter. turn your tails on and see which wire has voltage. thats your tail light wire. hit your left signal and check again, the one that gets 12 volts on and off is for the turn and stop (they run on one wire per side, when you brake it lights them both) the 2 left will be ground and reverse lights. with the engine off and the ebrake set, put it in reverse and see which one gets 12volts, thats gonna be your reverse. the LEDs (the red ones) have 3 wires (some may be self grounding, mine were not) the ground, tail, and stop/turn wire. just hook the correct wires up to the corresponding factory wires and you are all set. the reverse lights are 2 wire, one ground one hot. ground it and hook the reverse light wire to the hot side.

I basically did the same thing but I had to upgrade my flasher unit to get the turn signals to work.

burnout189 02-27-2011 10:41 PM

so you guys that have done this, it looks cool and all, but how did you do this without cutting through the fender well inside the tub?

my 4" round jobbies were a tight azz fit. i only have about 1/16 inch from the top of my hole to the bottom of the "seam" under the wheel well (under the "fold"), and the rubber grommet still touches the gas filler bezel.

i can see where you would have room for one oval light, but two would be pushing it...

i mean im just saying to the op, measure real good before cutting holes. they are real hard to un-do

92 Green YJ 02-27-2011 11:10 PM

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Originally Posted by newheep (Post 11061556)
I basically did the same thing but I had to upgrade my flasher unit to get the turn signals to work.

oh i totally forgot about that! In my case I found the hazzard flasher worked perfectly so I just swapped that one over to the signal flasher slot and got another hazzard light one.


and yes, i used a cut off wheel and cut into the body. If you look close you can see I also angle cut the body towards the tub and the fenders for my eventual tire carrier I have planned. I have no quams hacking up my sheet metal. if that makes you cringe you should have seen the holes I cut in my hood to install some vents:cheers2:

Flajeeper1 02-28-2011 03:48 PM

Here are some LED tail lights with backup lights built into them.

http://www.genright.com/ProductInfo....ductid=LED1200

http://skinnypedal.net/store/index.p...products_id=69

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001PJJJ7A/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0039G2XSO&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1RRY8FC2Y8JPZWTQR2E3

SnowdogMarc 03-01-2011 12:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Offroadinshawty (Post 11055654)
I like what you did with your lights SnowDogMarc. How did you wire those up?

I spliced the connector from the LED lights into the plug that was on the factory taillight. They do require a ground as the factory ones use the bolt that mounts them to the tub. I just added one in a convenient place behind the lights.


Quote:

Originally Posted by burnout189 (Post 11061621)
so you guys that have done this, it looks cool and all, but how did you do this without cutting through the fender well inside the tub?

Measure 9 times and cut 4 :laugh: I did in fact cut about 1/2" into the fender well but it makes it very easy to remove the light with a punch from inside. They are a real PITA to get out if you have to reach up from under the tub. It's also not a good idea to pry from the front as you have a good chance of breaking the light if the gasket is in the least bit cold.

Offroadinshawty 03-01-2011 02:03 PM

Thanks for the input guys. hopefully when i get some cash i can get out to buyin the supplies and post some pics


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