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886 Backup light mod

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by FFRNDAN, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Mar 15, 2012 at 1:26 PM
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    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!!!
     
  2. Mar 15, 2012 at 1:28 PM
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    As you can see here^^^^ time tested WINNER ;)

    If you are still runnin this setup this long than it's got to be badass!!
     
  3. Mar 17, 2012 at 9:57 AM
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    boom! did the mod. big improvement via rear view camera
     
  4. Mar 17, 2012 at 10:47 AM
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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
     
  5. Mar 17, 2012 at 2:48 PM
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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...

     
  6. Mar 17, 2012 at 3:18 PM
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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.
    [​IMG]

    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.
    [​IMG]
     
  7. Mar 20, 2012 at 6:02 AM
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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.
     
  8. Mar 20, 2012 at 6:15 AM
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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.
     
  9. Mar 20, 2012 at 6:38 AM
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    Sooo, this would be the "light of the beast"?? :p
     
  10. Mar 20, 2012 at 7:02 AM
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    great write up, thanks for the effort!

    will be doing this mod soon also!
     
  11. Mar 20, 2012 at 7:40 AM
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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 :p
     
  12. Mar 20, 2012 at 7:42 AM
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    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.
     
  13. Mar 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM
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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.................
     
  14. Mar 20, 2012 at 3:37 PM
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    Just did it this way...super easy!
     
  15. Mar 20, 2012 at 6:12 PM
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    one of the easiest and best mod to do. Thank OP!
     
  16. Mar 20, 2012 at 7:05 PM
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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.
     
  17. Mar 20, 2012 at 8:34 PM
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    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.
     
  18. Mar 20, 2012 at 9:53 PM
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    Easy mod...brighter and better light throw compared to 5W Cree LED reverse lights

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  19. Mar 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM
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    Gonna do this tomorrow, glad I found this, great write up and the pros versus cons and proven testimonial from members, I'm in! :D
     
  20. Mar 21, 2012 at 12:25 AM
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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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