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post #1 of 34 Old 10-09-2011, 01:33 PM Thread Starter
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DIY Taillights

I wanted to install flush mount LED taillights, but wasn't ready to cut into the tub. I like the way the Off Road only surface mount LEDs look, but not the price. Originally I was going to make a plate to bolt in place of the factory lens, with the taillight in that. Then I had an idea, what about a 4 inch PVC cap?


So I removed the factory taillight housing, put a dab of grease in each bolt hole, and positioned the cap so that it covered the oval hole and was centered. pulled it off and drilled where the grease had marked the back of the cap.


Then I put the 4 inch round LED light in the cap to see how much I wanted to shorten it.


I cut a half inch off the cap. It's a little uneven, but the bench grinder fixed that.


The rectangle drawn on the back of the cap was cut out, the LED had a rectangle protruding from the back. I cut this out so I could get the light in as far as possible


Next I took my air grinder, and... well I am not sure what the grinding wheel is called, but it worked great.


With the grinder, I removed material from the inside walls of the cap. This is done so the grommet and LED fit snug. About an 1/8 of an inch from the edge, grind a lip for the grommet to snap over.


Ok, at this point, my phone died so I don't have pic's. This is what I did. I decided to add a reverse light to the housing. I cut a hole in the side of each cap. On the drivers side it is at about 10 o'clock and on the passenger side, about 2 o'clock. In that hole I epoxied a cut down 1 inch to 1.5 inch 90 degree elbow.
I bought some LED fog lights from the parts store, and fit them in the 90's.
then I painted the housings flat black, wired the lights and fit the LED's.
Here are the results.





I guess I was inspired by my old Autometer Tach with shift light. I like them, they are different and bright. so, thats it. Let the flaming begin.

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post #2 of 34 Old 10-09-2011, 01:59 PM
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A for effort but the reverse light light looks cheap and doseent fit at the look at all

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post #3 of 34 Old 10-09-2011, 02:03 PM
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I think this is a great idea. It needs just a bit more perfection, though. I'm not sure what, but I might steal it, if that's all right.

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post #4 of 34 Old 10-09-2011, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I like the reverse lights, but that's why they make vanilla and chocolate. B52dude, steal away. That's why I posted it. So others could use it, improve upon it. Kinda like open source software. I also added a small tag light. Walmart had a clear marine marker LED on clearance, I taped off the bottom side, painted it sliver, then black and mounted it on a license plate frame. I can post a pic so you guys can tell me it looks bad and you can do better.
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post #5 of 34 Old 10-09-2011, 07:59 PM
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i love the look of the LEDs to man. nice write up!

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post #6 of 34 Old 10-09-2011, 08:03 PM
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I think maybe you should have used something like the old Cuda taillights. The red outter circle with the white inner. I am going to look something like that and use your instructions. Great idea though, saves cutting up the tub.
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post #7 of 34 Old 10-09-2011, 11:51 PM
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how did you wire them? cut and splice with resistors?
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post #8 of 34 Old 10-10-2011, 01:31 AM
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PVC tail lights I can live with. That 3" BL on the other hand........
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post #9 of 34 Old 10-10-2011, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, the BL was on it when it when I got it last week. Got to do something about that.
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post #10 of 34 Old 10-10-2011, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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I cut the stock plug and crimped/ shrink tubed the connections. No resistors , I cut the race to the burnt bulb circuit in the relay. The blinkers work fine, and my flasher quit clicking like crazy.
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post #11 of 34 Old 10-10-2011, 09:04 AM
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Looks pretty good! Look alot better than mine! I used truck brackets on mine with side LED markers. Fab these up!
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post #12 of 34 Old 10-10-2011, 01:02 PM
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Very creative solution, I like it and will steal too
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post #13 of 34 Old 10-10-2011, 01:42 PM
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Looks pretty good. I have flush mount LED'S by litedot and you don't have to cut anything they bolt right on and look great. FYI.
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Looks pretty good. I have flush mount LED'S by litedot and you don't have to cut anything they bolt right on and look great. FYI.
Uh, yeah and the ones from litedots are close to $200!

This is sweet! I just got my led tail lights in the other day and couldn't find my jig saw to cut into the tub all weekend. Was gonna borrow my Dads until I saw this ...Nice work!

I'll post pics of mine when I gett'em done.
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post #15 of 34 Old 10-10-2011, 02:54 PM
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You can get the ones with no reverse light for around $40-$60. Yes, the other with reverse and side marker lights around $200. They are made of high quality materials and completely sealed to the weather. (or deep puddles). Also being able to mount in existing holes was great, once you cut your tub there is no going back! IMO.
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