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post #1 of 184 Old 12-14-2007, 03:59 AM Thread Starter
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Custom Reverse Lights?

Any pics on custom back up lights? This is my next project. I was going to go w/ Walmart/Canadian tire specials since there only reverse lights and cheap.
Something small, out of the way, low profile. Any tips?

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post #2 of 184 Old 12-14-2007, 04:22 AM
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Make sure it's a fog light.

I've got PIAA's with a 90 degree beam pattern. That means they light up the area 45 degrees to the left and 45 degrees to the right. When you're reversing, you'll be going slow and possibly doing a lot of steering - so a spot beam is useless.

I love my PIAA's because it's a nice smooth beam pattern and VERY bright out of a very small light, but if you want to go cheap, just make sure it's a fog beam.

I wired mine up independently of the reverse lights so I can turn them on as a work light if I wan to, and they don't come on in the city.
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No pics,but I'm mounting some bright back up lights inside my Warn bumper behind the "W" cut out on each end
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I used walmart fogs and wired them to a new switch next to the rear wiper and defrost swithces. I got a new OEM toggle for $25 at the stealership.


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I used walmart fogs and wired them to a new switch next to the rear wiper and defrost swithces. I got a new OEM toggle for $25 at the stealership.

Was that bumper accessory included with them?
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Was that bumper accessory included with them?

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Can the fog lights (like 55W) be wired directly to the factory backup light circuit or does a relay need to be included? I'm also a fan of that model "bumper accessory".....
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not mine but if you get slim ones you can mount them like these.



I had KC lights on the rear of mine but I took them off because i didn't have a good mounting system.

I'm going to weld a tab on the rear bumper in January and drill a hole to mount them again.

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20.00 specials from O'Reilly's, mounted on the tire carrier.

Works on the reverse circuit AND from a switch on the dash...



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Can the fog lights (like 55W) be wired directly to the factory backup light circuit or does a relay need to be included? I'm also a fan of that model "bumper accessory".....
I'm wiring mine directly into the backup light wires on the factory lights.
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I'm wiring mine directly into the backup light wires on the factory lights.
I would use a relay if your planning on keeping the factory lights opperational.

The factoy lights are not 55w, and if they were you would be doubling the load on that circuit by adding 2 more 55w lights, since they are likely less you will be more than doubling the load, which is asking to blow fuses at best.


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I would use a relay if your planning on keeping the factory lights opperational.

The factoy lights are not 55w, and if they were you would be doubling the load on that circuit by adding 2 more 55w lights, since they are likely less you will be more than doubling the load, which is asking to blow fuses at best.

X2, I would not wire them directly into the factory reverse lights, too much load for the stock wiring. You would be asking for trouble as Crashnburn80 said.

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I would use a relay if your planning on keeping the factory lights opperational.

The factoy lights are not 55w, and if they were you would be doubling the load on that circuit by adding 2 more 55w lights, since they are likely less you will be more than doubling the load, which is asking to blow fuses at best.
thanks a bunch for that info but I was just going for the effect of the lights shining through the Warn "W".I was just going to wire small lights(not 55w),so do you still think the relay is the way to go?Thanks.
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