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Bullfrog 01-18-2013 04:31 PM

Cheap Back Up light solution.
 
I was struggling with Backing up in the dark living on property because the stock back up lights suck on the first gens. I went down to the local Autoparts store (I hate Oreily's) in North Bend, Wa and pickup some cheap 55w driving lights drilled some 1/2inch holes in the bumper, Threaded them put the lights in (open up the housings and flip the drain holes) and wired them to the stock backup lights. My jeeper friend said rocks will probably kick up and break them but for 20 bucks i can live with that. Let me know if anyone does this or has any suggestions! Hope this is helpful never thought it was that easy!

Ryanv 01-18-2013 06:40 PM

Please tell me you used a relay and didn't just t-tap into the reverse circuit.

Bullfrog 01-18-2013 10:24 PM

Lights didn't come with one so I didn't bother. Why would you suggest doing so?

Ryanv 01-18-2013 11:19 PM

You just added over 8 amp load to a 10 amp circuit you will blow a fuse. DO NOT install a bigger fuse you can start a fire. Lets assume your charging system puts out 13V A=W/V 2x55w in parallel 110w 110w/13V=8.46A

davidjmay 01-18-2013 11:24 PM

2nd gen^

KalamaKid 01-18-2013 11:25 PM

My bad

Bullfrog 01-18-2013 11:27 PM

What is the relay going to do to help/ avoid this problem?

Ryanv 01-18-2013 11:30 PM

2nd gen what? Im looking at a FSM for a 98 Tacoma v6 reverse lights run off the 10A GAUGE fuse that is also a source for all dash lights. its basic electrical principle

KalamaKid 01-18-2013 11:31 PM

Only prevents you from running 9amps into the switch in your cab and let's you run new 16 gauge wires to those lights.

Ryanv 01-18-2013 11:33 PM

relay uses small amp draw from reverse lights to move a switch in relay to use larger wire you add to power spot lights. ill do a quick drawing

Ryanv 01-18-2013 11:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KalamaKid (Post 6300545)
Only prevents you from running 9amps into the switch in your cab and let's you run new 16 gauge wires to those lights.

wrong it stops you from running that exra 9a through the fuse, relay and wiring that is only designed to handle 10a

KalamaKid 01-18-2013 11:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ryanv (Post 6300563)
wrong it stops you from running that exra 9a through the fuse, relay and wiring that is only designed to handle 10a

Only if he ran new wires from the source to the lights.

Justus 01-18-2013 11:44 PM

lets just say its safer.

Ryanv 01-19-2013 12:13 AM

http://www.tacomaworld.com/gallery/d...0/lights37.jpg
Use 14 Gauge wires from battery into relay, out of relay to splice before lights and relay ground. 18 will work from splice to lights or you can just keep going to lights with 14. The splice is important


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