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post #1 of 24 Old 09-05-2012, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Halogen Reverse Light Mod

Ever out on the trail at night and need to back up, but you can't see where you're going? Then this mod is for you!
Materials:
I used the clear lense halogen lamps from Harbor Freight because they are cheap ($9.99) and they are low profile so they dont block the turn signal.
Electrical ring connectors
Bolts for the connectors

First open your tailgate. Then locate the 3 bolts that hold in the taillight assembly, there are 2 on the side and 1 on top. Remove them and remove the tail light assembly. Remove all the lights from the tail light lense by twisting and pulling the sockets. Find the reverse light, it will have a black wire and a brown wire with green tracer.

Cut the brown wire and install ring connectors on both ends (optional to put one on the bulb socket end, I did in case I ever want to return the reverse lights to stock)

Now attach a ring connector to another piece of wire, this will go to the positive on your light.

Attach a ring connector to the ground wire from your light. I had to extend mine so I used a butt splice:

I decided to ground the lights to one of the bolts that holds the tail light on.
This is what you should have at this point:

Next, drill a hole in your bumper for the light to mount in. Make sure the tail gate can open and close with the light in this position, I had to re-drill once because I forgot this.
Depending on how your light mounts, you may have to remove the bumper cover and access the bolt from the bottom. I was able to stick a rachet in between the bumper cover and the body and tighten the bolt up.


Thats it!

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post in this thread or PM me. Happy Wrenching!

EDIT: Forgot to mention, you have to take out the original reverse light bulb, because if you leave it in, the circuit draws too much power and blows the fuse. Not to mention it will dim both lights greatly.

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post #2 of 24 Old 09-05-2012, 10:00 PM
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Just curious, can you take a picture close up and lights off?

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post #3 of 24 Old 09-05-2012, 10:11 PM
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Thats pretty awesome. Love the MS Paint diagrams lol!

Honestly I dunno why they don't have bright reverse lights standard on all vehicles...it sure would help at night backing out of a parking lot with dozens of college morons on their phones not paying attention to people backing out...
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Just curious, can you take a picture close up and lights off?
yes sir I will take one tomorrow when its light out
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post #5 of 24 Old 09-05-2012, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Thats pretty awesome. Love the MS Paint diagrams lol!

Honestly I dunno why they don't have bright reverse lights standard on all vehicles...it sure would help at night backing out of a parking lot with dozens of college morons on their phones not paying attention to people backing out...
Thanks! They probably dont do it factory because of cost. Even though they could probably get decent lights for like $5 more, say you make 500,000 cars, you saved alot of money
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post #6 of 24 Old 09-06-2012, 12:19 AM
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yes sir I will take one tomorrow when its light out
Thanks! cause that was going to be my question also


needless to say but subscribing now

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post #7 of 24 Old 09-06-2012, 08:18 AM Thread Starter
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Went out and took some pictures.

Here is the light mounted:


Here is the ground connection, you can just barely see the blue end from the connector:


Here is the ground connector unbolted:


And here is the positive connection, it is the blue cluster with electrical tape around it. The white wire is the positive wire to the halogen light:
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post #8 of 24 Old 09-06-2012, 08:51 AM
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...They probably dont do it factory because of cost...
Change housings...

Some ZG (Europe models) have rear fog lamps in the bottom of the housing.





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post #9 of 24 Old 09-06-2012, 08:59 AM
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The rear backup lights from an Aurora fit perfectly in the space next to the license plate. I'm gonna do this at some point.
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post #10 of 24 Old 09-06-2012, 09:32 AM
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I just replaced my stock bulbs with H3's...... A little more custom fab work for the sockets but results are nice....I'm not big on hanging dung on when a simple mod will suffice.
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I just replaced my stock bulbs with H3's...... A little more custom fab work for the sockets but results are nice....I'm not big on hanging dung on when a simple mod will suffice.
Nice idea... got pics?
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post #12 of 24 Old 09-06-2012, 11:06 AM
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Anyone ever try those "line of fire" led strips they put on trucks. The few I've seen are pretty bright web in reverse
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post #13 of 24 Old 09-06-2012, 11:21 AM
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Lol,Korea dont throw those up there unless you gonna give the part numbers too cause I couldn't find one.

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post #14 of 24 Old 09-06-2012, 11:33 AM
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Nice thread. Love the idea of better light out back. I did the PIAA rear aux kit.
Before I get razzed, a new exhaust is on the list soon. Lol. :-)
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Nice idea... got pics?
Next time I need to replace a bulb I shoot some or maybe when I do #2 jeep I'll do a "How to" write up.
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