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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-26-2006, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Aux reverse lights...

after getting windows tinted?

here's the deal: I'm getting my windows tinted soon 35 on the front two and 20 on all of the rear ones. have to have 35 on the fronts to stay legal. don't need to be hassled by the man. that aside, i was wondering if anyone has installed aux reverse lights and where they put them.

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I had a idea. but have a better one (see post #6)

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Hmmm - I'd lose that first time offroad. How about some stronger lights in the current position? :think:

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Hmmm - I'd lose that first time offroad. How about some stronger lights in the current position? :think:
I'm working on it :-) I have some ideas :think:

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03-05s have and empty space in the bumper where it is raised up at the two ends. its where i stuck my rear fog. easy as cake and protected, theres a rear fog lamp thread somewhere if you want to see it done. a pair of these would be super easy in that location.

http://www.rallylights.com/Optilux/o..._work_lamp.asp

these also look like fun

http://www.rallylights.com/hella/008221.asp

you can also try halogen bulbs in the stock lamp assemblies.
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If you have a hitch you can get a back up light that attaches to it. only 55w bulbs, I'm switching to 100w later.
but they do work good.

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03-05s have and empty space in the bumper where it is raised up at the two ends. its where i stuck my rear fog. easy as cake and protected, theres a rear fog lamp thread somewhere if you want to see it done. a pair of these would be super easy in that location.
Can someone post a pic of this? I've looked at my bumper on my '05 and I can't for the life of me see this "spot". Maybe I'm just looking in the wrong places?

I have 15% tint on the back 5 windows and seeing at night hasn't been that much of a problem, however the idea of putting an additional reverse light has also been something I've been thinking about, maybe a 1,000,000 candlewatt power spotlight for those jackasses that ride your *** with their brights on?

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I was thinking the LED reversing lamps for trucks may be useful - less power drain too.

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Can someone post a pic of this? I've looked at my bumper on my '05 and I can't for the life of me see this "spot". Maybe I'm just looking in the wrong places? -Steve
Immediately under your tail-light cluster is my guess.

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I've seen these on trucks. I wonder if they'd fit the Forester Hitch.

http://www.whitenight.com/viewinstalls.htm

Anyone tried 50W halogen bulbs as reverse lights? I have a set of 1156 bulbs I never used from my last car. I imagine they burn hot.

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03-05s have and empty space in the bumper where it is raised up at the two ends. its where i stuck my rear fog. easy as cake and protected, theres a rear fog lamp thread somewhere if you want to see it done. a pair of these would be super easy in that location.

http://www.rallylights.com/Optilux/optilux_built-in_work_lamp.asp
Those look good! Are they brighter than the stock reverse lights?

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I was thinking the LED reversing lamps for trucks may be useful - less power drain too.
You know that most LEDs are not much more efficient than halogen bulbs, right? The higher efficiency LEDs are slowly getting to the mass market but you'll probably pay top dollar. I say if you want a lot of reversing light go for HID. If you want a lot of light for your money go for halogen. How often will you use them?

Edit: I don't mean you, Kevin - LEDs' ruggedness might suit your offroad uses.
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Maybe these high intensity versions would be better:
http://db.hella.com.au/cgi-bin/catal...r&flrecid=2146

I'm looking for something that will flush or surface mount. I can't have stuff hanging off the rear of the vehicle or I'll lose it! Nearly ripped that black plastic evaporation cannister away from its mounts on the last outing - well I did rip it off one mount but luckily the other two held it on.

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Where did you get this!? That's awesome!

I was probably just going to mount a set of Hella 550's in the rear bumper when I remove it for painting. I'd have 2 full on fog lights for rear illumination. Of course they'd be tied into the reverse switch, with an aux. switch for pesky tailgaters.


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If you have a hitch you can get a back up light that attaches to it. only 55w bulbs, I'm switching to 100w later.
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Where did you get this!? That's awesome!

I was probably just going to mount a set of Hella 550's in the rear bumper when I remove it for painting. I'd have 2 full on fog lights for rear illumination. Of course they'd be tied into the reverse switch, with an aux. switch for pesky tailgaters.
I got my from www.CanadainTire.ca. you could get a set from autozone, pepboys or walmart, any auto store should have them

I also added a set of red marker lights to the revese lights, I wired them to the trailer hitch wiring



I'll get a better pic when the F-150 is not in the way

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