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Old 03-15-2012, 01:26 PM   #41
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You are all over reading my statement. Overheating can be an issue, if not done correctly, as can shorts, opens, blown fuses, and feedback. Installing something that is not meant to be there, although can work without problem, can occasionally have issues do to installation error. I'm not saying don't do it. Just saying don't do it unless you are absolutely confident in knowing WHAT you are doing.
Yeah man...I know what yer sayin....we weren't grilling you or anything, we were just wondering if you knew any crazy harsh shit that the bulb could do.

I might try it though.....I need MORE light!!!
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did this to mine years ago. loved every minute of it. still running the same bulbs. nice write up
As you can see here^^^^ time tested WINNER

If you are still runnin this setup this long than it's got to be badass!!
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:57 AM   #43
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boom! did the mod. big improvement via rear view camera
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:47 AM   #44
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gotta do this mod!
I can't believe uyou guys are only paying 7.99 a bulb...in Canada they're WAY more...senn them for 18.99 each!! for that price better not f#$^ it up!
I bought some LED reverse light bulbs from CSJumper, they are better than stock but I still can't see shit!
I will check around for better prices
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I bought a box of under cabinet halogen lights for my kitchen. Worked out to $1 a bulb. They are idential to the 886 bulbs, but with just pins. no plastic to cut off. I am gonna borrow a couple from the kitchen and hope the wife doesn't notice. They are 12v too. just not sure of the wattage.

I'll get pics if it works...

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gotta do this mod!
I can't believe uyou guys are only paying 7.99 a bulb...in Canada they're WAY more...senn them for 18.99 each!! for that price better not f#$^ it up!
I bought some LED reverse light bulbs from CSJumper, they are better than stock but I still can't see shit!
I will check around for better prices
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00480KOS6

I have Prime and got them in less than 24 hrs. I'll try to install tonight.

Edit: Done. Both photos were shot from the end of the bed on the passenger side, both with the same aperture and exposure; f/1.8 @ 1/60.

Looks kinda dark out.


Trees! The dark shadow you see on the lower right is the tailgate, which is down. It was down in the first shot too, but you can't tell.
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:02 AM   #47
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Just remembered to do this, after seeing it ages ago. I used a dremel to cut the plug off, but had one issue. While the dremel worked well to cut the plug off, I also tried to use it to even out the bottom of the cuts,,, a bit OCD that way. Well, while evening it out, one of the wires/glass broke off. Did the other side and just used a set of dikes to cut the flash off after the dremel trim and went and got another bulb and trimmed that one.

So, even with a dremel,,, be careful! The wires/glass will break pretty easily.
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To anyone on the fence about doing it, DO IT!

Huge light difference, I will try and get a pic of my back up camera tonight. You can actually see the light cutoff where the 2 reverse lights intersect. Very bright and I can see in reverse with my windows tinted.

Ive been running mine for a couple months now without any issue.

I cut the bulbs with a pair of dikes and they work, but be careful because the glass is fragile.
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jeebus, thats a slightly massive difference

and for the price, how can u say no?


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great write up, thanks for the effort!

will be doing this mod soon also!
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:40 AM   #51
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Alright I have the backup camera and 15% tint.....DO IT! It has made a world of difference with the amount of light I have (and my driveway is pitch black in the morning).

As a note, I cut the lights with a dremel and I'm not sure if I held it on too long or the vibration just caused a defect to be more pronounced but on my second light it ripped a leg off of the bulb. At 7 bucks it wasn't a huge loss but take your time if you're doing this so you don't have to make a run by the store
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Just remembered to do this, after seeing it ages ago. I used a dremel to cut the plug off, but had one issue. While the dremel worked well to cut the plug off, I also tried to use it to even out the bottom of the cuts,,, a bit OCD that way. Well, while evening it out, one of the wires/glass broke off. Did the other side and just used a set of dikes to cut the flash off after the dremel trim and went and got another bulb and trimmed that one.

So, even with a dremel,,, be careful! The wires/glass will break pretty easily.
Posted this same thing above but yeah, I was trying to be OCD and even the bottoms out and it ripped the leg off. First cut was a little jagged so I was trying to smooth it out and it did not like that at all.
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I'm doing this today! The backup lights on the 2nd gen are pretty big inside so I have no worries about heat. You commonly see 55 watt bulbs in very small housings. The stock lights are so bad there are times when I can't even tell if they are on.

I'm also going to power mine from a relay with a larger gauge primary wire. It's no secret that the headlights benefit from this arrangement. The 55w backup lights will most likely not attain full brightness from the factory harness. It's a long run to the back with such small wire I plan to do just one side on the relay to begin with so I can see if there is any noticable difference. No sense leaving lumens on the table. I'll try and get some voltage drop numbers too. I'll report back on what I find.................
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Instead of cutting the posts though, I simply grabbed both posts simultaneously with a pair of needle nose pliers as close to the plastic base as possible and bent back n forth till i got a nice clean snap. .
Just did it this way...super easy!
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one of the easiest and best mod to do. Thank OP!
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Old 03-20-2012, 07:05 PM   #56
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^^^ x2

doesnt sound anymore risky than doing an LED dome light. The chances are there, just slim.
Big difference.

LED dome light is reducing current draw on the circuit.

The backup light mod is removing a 16w (?) lamp and replacing it with a 50w lamp.
Two 50w is 100w on one circuit that was designed for 32w.

That's tripling the current draw. Stock 921 draws 2.3 amps for the pair.
100w is 7.1amps.
Anything smaller than a 10a fuse is asking for a blackout, and going to a larger fuse is asking for a fire.
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Big difference.

LED dome light is reducing current draw on the circuit.

The backup light mod is removing a 16w (?) lamp and replacing it with a 50w lamp.
Two 50w is 100w on one circuit that was designed for 32w.

That's tripling the current draw. Stock 921 draws 2.3 amps for the pair.
100w is 7.1amps.
Anything smaller than a 10a fuse is asking for a blackout, and going to a larger fuse is asking for a fire.
It's a valid argument but in reality the wire size used in the Tacoma tail light does not pose a fire problem with a 7 amp load. I haven't cut mine yet, but it appears to be at least 20 gauge, maybe 18. I do think there is the possobility that the wire could be too light to get the best out of the new bulbs. I'll have an answer to that tomorrow. I installed a relay harness in my truck today so I won't be running mine directly from the factory harness. I didn't do that for safety, I did it to power the bulbs without a detrimental voltage drop.
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I cut mine with a jewelers file that had a knife edge. When it was almost through I used needle nose pliers to grip the leads and snap it off. Very easy.
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