Originally Posted by justinwatts8282
i have an 85 cj7 laredo im considering changing out the stock square tail lights for some led round flush mount ones are they street legal or no is anyone out there running them that can tell me for a fact and any recommendations on certain brands that work better than others i would prefer to have some that just fit with the stock wiring to prevent any splicing thanks.
For ease of installation I went with these:
They are not a true flush mount, but barely stick out (about 1 inch). They require no drilling or hole sawing or any body modifications. They took literally 15 minutes to install.
I am pretty sure that no matter what route you go, you will be splicing wires. I looked at tons of options for flush mount LED's and nothing was exactly plug and play. However, splicing was extremely easy and the instructions were very clear as to which wire goes to where.
As far as "street legal" goes. I am sure that it depends on your state/local ordinances. You should check with them. In colorado it is against the law to not have a license plate light. So I had to purchase and install that as well. It is also offered through O.R.O.
There was also reflective tape included in the kit to be installed at the outer rear corners of the jeep to be in compliance with local ordinances... but they don't really explain why. I didn't install the reflective tape, and was pulled over (for speeding) without anything being said about that or my lights. So most flush mounts are not legal (in colorado) without a license plate light or the reflective tape. However, I know plenty of people who have them and have never been pulled over for it. But that doesn't mean they are legal.
I really love these LED's but they are expencive. I have heard of people doing the flush mount for like $50 bucks or something. However, I am really glad I went the route I did. I have no regrets. They are insanely nice and they were insanely easy to install.