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post #1 of 8 Old 07-20-2004, 08:09 AM Thread Starter
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Is it possible to flush mount...

Normal, square Jeep taillights? I love the standard look but hate the jutt-out. I want them flush. If anything, I want those new ones in quadratec.
Is there a way to flush mount lights like those...like stock?!?!?!

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-20-2004, 08:34 AM
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as a matter of fact, yes. i have seen plenty of guys do this. unfortunatly, i don't know of any write-ups out there on how best to do this.
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Take off the light and make a template of the back of the light up to the flat ridge that the lens mounts to. You may have to do a little trimming to make the template fit just right. You want to be able to slide the whole light assembly thru the hole and have it rest on the flat ridge. Now you may have to take off all the reflectors and license lightl lenses and such on the sides so you just have a smooth outer shell. You'll probably have to make some covers for the holes that fit inside the light bucket if you don't have the abililty to weld the holes shut. Make sure theres nothing behind where you want to put the light and cut the hole to the size of your new template. Finish the edges to prevent rust. Cut a thin gasket out of stock material to seal the flange to the body and slide the light bucket into the hole you made. You will have to drill a few holes in the lip of the light to secure it to the body, then put the lens back on and your done.

It's easy to write up how to do it but it you pay attention to details and take your time you should be able to do this yourself.

Good Luck and post some pictures when your done.
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I haven't checked, but NJ might have statute defining the requirement of lighted rear plates.

(Note: my Jeep is not legal in a few areas either, but with our lax enforcement - it's not an issue here)

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The stock rear light assemblies also provide side reflector and red running light functions, and license plate illumination on the left side. If you sink the lights flush you will be missing such required equipment, or have to replace these functions with seperate lights and reflectors.

In fact you are unlikely to get pulled over for such equipment infractions. However if a cop pulls you over for a moving violation, that's an easy additional thing he will add to the ticket if he doesn't like your attitude. The other item is if you are ever hit in a rear collision, whoever hit you can say the real cause was your illegal modification and missing required safety equipment.

It's not worth it IMHO just for the look.

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The description I gave is the basic process for doing the modification that was asked about. The attention to details line is meant to cover the additional modifications that will arise from doing the modification. It is the owners resposibilty to make sure that there motor vehicle meets the code of what ever state or country they live in. Sometimes the customizing process is easier than the modifications to make it legal. Just my .02

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post #7 of 8 Old 07-20-2004, 02:13 PM Thread Starter
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Ummm...yeah.
Not worth it. Think I'll just buy the upgraded "fashion" lights and go with those.
Loveofmylife just baught new taillights for the 61 Willy's and the rounds would look awesome...but again...don't want separate back-up lights and I like the convenience of the clip for the wiring. I'm not into rewiring the whole rig to fit a pretty light!

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I'm not sure about the side reflectors, but as for the license plate light, that is an easy fix. Theirs a kit available that has LED lights built into the nuts that hold the license plate. That will allow the license plate to still have the necessary lighting.
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