Author Topic: JK LED Taillights  (Read 465 times)

Offline Major Ho

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JK LED Taillights
« on: May 12, 2020, 11:43:40 AM »
Hey all,

Wanted to share my tinkering while were in quarantine. Been able to fiddle around about an hours worth in the afternoon after telework.

The current and latest is a set of flush mounted LED tail lights, instead of the factory ones that extend out to be grabbed by a rock/tree.
Some notable material details:
  • Got some 12"x12" sheet steel from onlinemetals. 12 gauge
  • 4" round LED tail light w/ gasket enclosure. Diameter is actually ~4.5"
  • 3/4" white reverse LED
Already have installed AEV corner guards
The 12x12 cuts in half nicely to 6"wx12"h.
My drill press is not true so the holes I ended up drilling for the brake and reverse lights ended up being close to 1/8" proud of the actual hole saw diameter.
As such, I had to weld a washer to the backside to make the 3/4" fit tighter.

Factory light mounts have an odd raised stamped metal points. I had to saw those out so these panels can sit flush.
Made a minor curve to match the body simply just clamping into a vice and bending.

I traced the tail and stop/turn light using a multimeter and associated it to the yellow and blue striped wires and soldered accordingly.

With the resistors in place I managed to not get the fast blink.
2 second vid: https://photos.app.goo.gl/LAu9hQzBeecrSpPy6

Current problem... I can't get the reverse light to come on. Don't have any 9Vs or battery source right now to remotely test if the LEDs work at all.

Thoughts, comments, advise?
UPDATE 13 May: Fixed the links, permissions issue?
Also SUCCESS, the reverse lights work now. Chinesium had the white and black wires reversed
https://photos.app.goo.gl/cPzxuKCUGwM9pATZ6


//Full Disclosure: The Jeep has been a pavement queen for the better part of the last decade, but now that my boys are getting bigger/older hoping to get back involved in the wheeling scene.

15 Jun: Added wiring map I referenced to for the 2nd set.


« Last Edit: June 15, 2020, 01:16:39 PM by Major Ho »

Offline jwilson2598

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Re: JK LED Taillights
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2020, 04:01:49 PM »
Not sure what's going on with your picture links, but they are not showing up at all.
Jeff

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2004 Wrangler Unlimited, 2" lift, 265/75/16 Wildpeak AT3W, Moab wheels, Mopar/AEV front and rear bumpers, JVC DDIN radio with backup camera

Offline zuke

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Re: JK LED Taillights
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2020, 05:34:20 PM »
Interesting they were showing up for me earlier when I was at work, but now I can't see them either..
John
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2015 JK Unlimited Sahara
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Offline Major Ho

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Re: JK LED Taillights
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2020, 09:00:41 AM »
Can you guys let me know if the pic links work now?
I think it was a permissions issue with my personal Google Photos gallery? Obviously I can see them logged into my own Google, but you guys cant.

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Re: JK LED Taillights
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2020, 10:21:13 AM »
Can you guys let me know if the pic links work now?
I think it was a permissions issue with my personal Google Photos gallery? Obviously I can see them logged into my own Google, but you guys cant.
I can see the pics
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Re: JK LED Taillights
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2020, 10:24:12 AM »
I can see them again now too, maybe just a glitch in googleusercontent sharing last night...
John
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2017 BU Trailhawk
2015 JK Unlimited Sahara
2006 TJ Rubicon
1999 TJ HC Wheeler
1998 TJ SE

Offline jwilson2598

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Re: JK LED Taillights
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2020, 11:03:24 AM »
Can you guys let me know if the pic links work now?
I think it was a permissions issue with my personal Google Photos gallery? Obviously I can see them logged into my own Google, but you guys cant.

Yep, I can se it them now. looks good!
Jeff

2020 Gladiator Rubicon Launch Edition, 35" Wildpeak AT3W, Warn VR12-s winch, Mopar winch guard, Redarc brake controller
2004 Wrangler Unlimited, 2" lift, 265/75/16 Wildpeak AT3W, Moab wheels, Mopar/AEV front and rear bumpers, JVC DDIN radio with backup camera

Offline Major Ho

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Re: JK LED Taillights
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2020, 11:56:03 AM »
Minor house plumbing issue/emergency Thursday, so progress hindered.

Slapped these in today. Paint job is a bit shoddy and one of my bolt holes is off  :s




Button head socket screw/bolts coming in tomm.
« Last Edit: May 15, 2020, 11:58:43 AM by Major Ho »

Offline Major Ho

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Re: JK LED Taillights
« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2020, 10:22:18 AM »
So, bolts/screws never arrived. Haven't shipped yet, amazon tracking lied to me.  :?

Was able to fab up the second set in only one afternoon yesterday.


I also figured out I can just pinch out the existing screw mounts by squeezing the legs together from behind the body, in through the light enclosure hole. Rather than hacking them out like the other side.


To cut, this afternoon?

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Re: JK LED Taillights
« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2020, 06:13:42 PM »
Never posted the results. Looka' this tight tooshie
All LED lighting in the rear now


Saving up for a rear frame chop bumper, e.g. Crawler Conceptz or Poison Spyder

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Re: JK LED Taillights
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2020, 05:17:58 PM »
Very tight indeed, nice flush look. Good work.
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