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    Default XJ tail light housings

    Well, I got sick of reparing and replacing the tail lights on my XJ.

    Seemed that everytime I got up against a tree or a rock, "CRACK" there goes another tail light



    I had some 14 guage sheet steel at the shop, so I went at it.

    Built a pair of housings:



    I picked up some flush mount 6" oval LED stop/turn/tail lights, a pair of flush mount 2.5" LED marker lights, and a cheap set of 2.5" LED 'Racing Lights' to use as back up lamps.

    After getting the outside shaped the way I wanted, I cut the holes for the lights:



    Did a test fit of the lights before finishing the boxes:



    The back up lights bolted in, so I welded a tab inside the box to bolt them to.

    Gave the boxes a nice coat of rattle can gloss black



    Then installed the lights, and bolted the boxes on:



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaXh4DBmc7M


    Now, as some of you may be thinking, the XJ has an amber turn signal, and a seperate (red) stop/turn lamp.

    On my XJ, I already had a trailer adapter wired in. So I wired the new Stop/Tail/Turn combo light off from that, and eliminated the amber turn signal all together.

    All the lights, including the back up lamps, are LED's, so no need for any relays or heavy wire.
    (when using 55W driving lights for back up lamps, you should always use a relay-factory wiring isn't heavy enough for big draw lights)

    I also swapped in a new LED compliant flasher, part # EP27, so the new lights flash at the correct rate, instead of flashing really fast, like when a bulb is burned out.


    Total cost:

    Sheet steel= Free
    6" oval stop/turn/tail LED's= $9.00 ea
    2.5" round LED's = $4.00 ea
    2.5" LED 'Racing ights'= $15.00 set (on clearance)
    LED compliant flasher= $15.00
    Labor= 8 hours (what's time when your retired/disabled?)

    So, not counting the welding wire and gas, and a few flapper wheels/grinding wheel, I have around $56 into my new light boxes


    That's about the cost of one new tail light housing!!


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    look real nice....awesome job

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    Thanks! I did a new video, right at dusk to show how bright they are. The back up lamps are definately brighter than the stock!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXdDwJa_bLw


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    That is really great work HB! Now you need to test one oddball thing since it is snowing out up dere in the da great white north! Do the LED's put off enough heat in running light mode to melt off the snow that might otherwise collect? Probably not a fair apprasial though when it is not -5 deg F ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsq41 View Post
    That is really great work HB! Now you need to test one oddball thing since it is snowing out up dere in the da great white north! Do the LED's put off enough heat in running light mode to melt off the snow that might otherwise collect? Probably not a fair apprasial though when it is not -5 deg F ...

    I'm betting not, as they aren't even warm to the touch.

    Maybe I should replace them with some HED's?? Ya know, Heat Emitting Diodes!! LOL


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