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 Post subject: Custom Homemade LED Tail Lights :)
PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:33 pm 
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Soooo, I finally got around to finish a project I was planning on doing since earlier this year.
I LOVE it. You might not.
These LED's are BRIGHT. The pictures don't do any justice.
I have to get some better night shots.

Enjoy. (Video at the end)

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This is with my reverse light illuminated.
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Here is a little video of my lights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5XwWYDKBkA

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Here are some other photos of the fabrication process.

Using a Dremel to cut the opening.
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Cutting out the inside of the tail light to make room for the LED's.
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The Tail lights ready for the LED's.
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The LED's mounted in the tail light.
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The wiring harness I made to make everything easy. I used a 3 to 2 wire trailer harness to make both lights on the tail lights flash together for the brakes and signal.
I also found the correct factory Jeep connectors to make everything plug and play.
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EDIT: I've added the connector information since it was requested.
There is a great site for all the chrysler family electrical connector parts - http://starparts.chrysler.com/

The connector needed for the tail lights is 05013988AA
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I had only found one online, so I found a very similar one that i shaved off a piece for it to work. look at the two and you can easily see where to trim it.
05013990AA
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Here is the pinout of the tail light connector, and what the metal contacts on the light housing correspond to.
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 Post subject: Re: Custom Homemade LED Tail Lights :)
PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:46 pm 
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You know you could have just bought LED bulbs.They make some super brite ones.

I run these and they are extremely brite............

http://www.superbrightleds.com/cgi-bin/store/index.cgi?action=DispPage&Page2Disp=%2Fspecs%2F315x-x45-T.htm#photos

No mods needed unless you use them for the blinkers.


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 Post subject: Re: Custom Homemade LED Tail Lights :)
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those are really cool... great idea... good work with thinking outside the box.



tjkj... i almost bought some of those exact same bulbs for my back up lights....do you have them in your backups? if so how are they compared to stock? with tinted windows... and tinted tail lights... my back up's could use some help.

or maybe i could use put in 2 of those LED back up's that he used. dont really like the look but i bet they would work great.

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 Post subject: Re: Custom Homemade LED Tail Lights :)
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tjkj2002 wrote:
You know you could have just bought LED bulbs
Yeah.. I could have, but thats boring.
I want to have a different truck.
This was a fun project that I wanted to do and enjoyed doing.
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I had LED bulbs in my tail and reverse lights already. It was one of the first mods, five years ago.
2006 KJ wrote:
those are really cool... great idea... good work with thinking outside the box.
Thanks, I appreciate it, I love them.

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 Post subject: Re: Custom Homemade LED Tail Lights :)
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2006 KJ wrote:
those are really cool... great idea... good work with thinking outside the box.



tjkj... i almost bought some of those exact same bulbs for my back up lights....do you have them in your backups? if so how are they compared to stock? with tinted windows... and tinted tail lights... my back up's could use some help.

or maybe i could use put in 2 of those LED back up's that he used. dont really like the look but i bet they would work great.

Yes I have those same LED's in my backups,about 10 times briter then the standard 3157 bulb.


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Looks good.

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Bad a$s!!! i love the reverse light too.


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I really like the way these look, I may just have to steal this idea from you :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Custom Homemade LED Tail Lights :)
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bugnout wrote:
Looks good.

Thanks!
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Bad a$s!!! i love the reverse light too.

Thanks man! (did you ever get the relay hooked up properly?)

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I really like the way these look, I may just have to steal this idea from you :shock:
Thanks, I like them too.
I say go for it!
It was pretty easy to do. I'll post up some pictures of the process if you want.


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awesome mod. did you fabricate the lens housing too?
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Boss wrote:
awesome mod. did you fabricate the lens housing too?
Brian

Thanks. The housing is just the actual tail light that the Jeep came with.

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That looks awesome Dean. Can't wait to see it!

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VMKJCRD wrote:
That looks awesome Dean. Can't wait to see it!

Thanks Pete! it's all thanks to you! Without that Dremel, it never would have happened.

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I hope you saved to pastil shavings for new years confetti

Haha, just wait until next time I come over.
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Pretty nice work. Very cool. 8)

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Love the lights,and that back-up light looks great to! :mrgreen:


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NICE! So you got around to it finally? I like the look of it, how bright is the back up light ya got on there? :BANANA:

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hmmm I found some Clear LED lights (light up Red) like these in my garage I wonder what they would look like?? :?

either way I guess I am going to break out the hole-saw kit and start on this this weekend...

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67Customs wrote:
Pretty nice work. Very cool. 8)
Thanks!
patmaz wrote:
Love the lights,and that back-up light looks great too!
That's one of my favorites, before I came up with the tail light idea, I was going to put a red one there to act as a rear fog light.
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NICE! So you got around to it finally? I like the look of it, how bright is the back up light ya got on there?
Yeah man! It took a little while, but I finally finished everything, MUCH easier than I originally thought.
The reverse light is pretty bright, although, unfortunately the curve in the bumper points the light a little too much to the ground. It definitely provides adequate light though.
I am going to add a 55w halogen light in the rear as well. :twisted:
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hmmm I found some Clear LED lights (light up Red) like these in my garage I wonder what they would look like?? Either way I guess I am going to break out the hole-saw kit and start on this this weekend...
I had thought about clear housings, and red housings that light up amber for the signal, or just using an amber housing that lights up amber. Many, many options. I finally decided to stick with everything red.
I used a Dremel to do all the cutting. it was very easy to control and cut exactly where and how deep I needed to cut.
If you have one, I would recommend using it. If not, good luck with the hole saw.
Either way, Have Fun!
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