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Mean Max 12-20-2008 09:05 PM

Round 4" LED tail light install!
Woo-Hoo! :D

I am stoked! I did my LED tail light install today, and it's frickin' awesome!

I bought the round 4" LED grommet mount lights from the local Harbor Freight store for $14.99 each (includes wiring pigtail & grommet) and an EL-12 electronic flasher from Napa for $11.99. I stopped by Home Depot for a 2'X4' sheet of thin fiberboard to use as a template.

I unplugged the stock lights from the wiring harness & removed the light housings from the Jeep body. I covered the rear sheet metal of the tub with some heavy fiberglass masking tape I "borrowed" from work to protect the paint while drilling. Behind the light housings are 3 screws (arranged in a triangle formation, 1 to the top, and 2 lower ones) that attach the factory lights to the body, and a large oval shaped hole for the factory wiring to pass through the body. I used the top (centered) screw hole & the large oval hole as reference points for measuring. The left rear light is as low as it can be and not interfere with the gas filler's surrounding trim, and as high as it can be without interfering with the top of the rear wheel wells. The hole required is a 4-1/2" hole and the left one is a tight fit to be high enough to clear the gas filler & wheel well top plate, so I measured the left one first.

I used a 4-1/2" hole saw to cut out a hole in the fiberboard, and used the round cut out disc piece to hold up to the tub & find my center drill point. After drilling out the sheet metal I installed the grommets & wired the lights (green/black stripe factory wire to red brake/turn signal of LED lights, and the solid white factory wire to the black LED park circuit of the LED lights) and popped them in the grommets. They look AWESOME in my opinion!

Now before anyone asks, I have not yet installed my 2" LED side marker lights, and no, I don't have a license plate light or backup lights either. I plan on wiring (through a relay) some low power flood/driving lights up for reverse lights, and I also plan on using a license plate frame with a built in light to address the plate light issue.

Lights off

LED (mine) & stock (wife's) park lights

LED (mine) & stock (wife's) brake lights

All in all, for under $50 & less than 1 hour it was a really great mod (I think!) that I had been wanting to do for a long time.


Brads_nky_yj 12-20-2008 09:11 PM

same lights I have man. They are great and are plenty bright enough. Now post some pics!!! lol

Mean Max 12-20-2008 09:17 PM


Originally Posted by Brads_nky_yj (Post 6211659)
same lights I have man. They are great and are plenty bright enough. Now post some pics!!! lol

I was a bit afraid that the 10 LED version wouldn't be bright enough, but they are a LOT brighter than my OEM lights ever were!


1bad92yj 12-20-2008 09:51 PM

I wanna see some pics, thinkin about doing this myself.

leftlanetruckin 12-20-2008 10:38 PM

i used a tag light from wal mart, they sell them for trailers.
also used a rectangular 55w light for the backup light wired through a relay. the swithc feed was from the stock reverse light circuit.
cheapo fixes.


Tompatt 12-20-2008 11:02 PM

i cant wait to see some pics... i was thinking about doing this for a while then i decided to just stick with my custom tail lights... seeing that i have seen no one with them. xD.. (600 post haha)

timatoe 12-21-2008 12:04 AM

I used the same ones too.

I did just buy some new ones though 43 LED I think from a truck stop same price.

spiicytuna 12-21-2008 02:34 AM


Originally Posted by timatoe (Post 6212609)
I used the same ones too.
I did just buy some new ones though 43 LED I think from a truck stop same price.

Got you a picture with them lit up ... i.e. with someone pressing the brake pedal?

timatoe 12-21-2008 04:53 AM

Nope, I'd get one but it's buried in snow right now. I bet Max will get one though.

UltimatE 12-21-2008 09:47 AM

I used the iBoat (SeaSense) flange mount tail lights. They are only $5 more per light, and have a lot more LEDs. I much prefer the look of the array instead of a couple LEDs.

Took the picture at dusk, so its kinda dark.

yjcrawlr 12-21-2008 09:55 AM

Napa had some high count ones on sale for 19.99 other wise I would have had the harbor freight ones.

wranglerswrock 12-21-2008 11:21 AM

mean max


Mean Max 12-21-2008 05:28 PM

Pics added to first post.


Brandon_YJ 12-21-2008 05:32 PM

Looks like utter garbage!

Yes, that was a joke.
No, I knew Max got it, this EDIT is for the rest of you. :p

choeyreplied 12-21-2008 05:32 PM

are these street legal?

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