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Backup Lights?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by K Williams, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. Sep 20, 2011 at 3:15 PM
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    K Williams

    K Williams [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Can you recommend a pair of backup lights for my truck? Im thinking about installing them under the rear bumper. Is that a good idea?
     
  2. Sep 20, 2011 at 3:19 PM
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    pudge151

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    i have one that plugs into the 7 pin trailer harness, works good. and also try to SEARCH

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Sep 20, 2011 at 3:26 PM
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    gottahot1

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    It's a good idea IF you don't go off-roading or drive over curbs or anything else that will break the light off it's mount.

    Do you find that you don't have enough light form the stock reverse lights?

    Check your local laws to make sure that adding lights does not violate some obscure code.
     
  4. Sep 20, 2011 at 3:29 PM
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    precoma

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    Screw the laws these are what I have hooked into the reverse lights and on a aux to blind people that ride my ass

    [​IMG]
     
  5. Sep 20, 2011 at 4:07 PM
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    Mitch

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    KC sells a 2x6" reverse light. I think around 80 to 90 bucks for the kit
     
  6. Sep 20, 2011 at 4:56 PM
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    K Williams

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    Thanks.
     
  7. Sep 20, 2011 at 5:45 PM
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    bigmooze

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    I bought a set of these: http://www.amazon.com/Pilot-WN-PL250-Navigator-Backup/dp/B000OS7UU6 from Meijer. About $20 for a set there.

    I have had them for over a year and they work great.

    [​IMG]

    Mine are wired to a rocker switch in the cab, so I can turn them on at any thime, regardless of ignition power being on or not.

    I use them for backing out of longer driveways, hooking up to the trailer, unhooking the trailer, general lighting while camping/fishing. Very useful.

    One thing though... I got a little too ambitious last weekend and folded one of them back under the bumper when I tried to drive through a ditch. The departure angle is slightly less with the lights on the underside of the bumper :). No harm to anything other than the light, though I did bend my 7-pin connector a little. I just replaced the light.

    For the price, I'm impressed.
     
  8. Sep 20, 2011 at 5:51 PM
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    joes06tacoma

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    I have a $40 pair of fog lights from Kragen mounted in the same holes under my rear bumper. They have been there for almost two years, and were on a 2wd Dakota before that. They make a huge difference in light with the tinted windows. The trailer hitch hangs down enough that they are safe unless you are a serious wheeler. I am not. Mine are wired on a dedicated 12 gauge wire with a relay directly from the battery. Three way switch on the dash for on, off, and on with factory reverse lights. Totally worth the time to set it up.
     
  9. Sep 20, 2011 at 5:56 PM
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    scocar

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    X2 on this kit. I custom mounted mine on my first gen without a hitch (see link in sig). I have pix in my gallery too showing how well it lights up behind the truck at night.
     
  10. Sep 20, 2011 at 9:00 PM
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    jw1983

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    Is it easy to mount these in the back? I'm a noob to when it comes to electrical and I wouldn't want to mess something up. Is there some sort of guide?
    Is there any other lights that you could prefer? Maybe something wrong and that could be mounted on either side of the trailer hitch, under the truck?
     
  11. Sep 20, 2011 at 9:05 PM
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    livel0veryde

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  12. Sep 20, 2011 at 9:19 PM
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    Here is a pic of my PIAA's. Great fog light and back up light. wired them with a switch inside of the cab. Just ran new wire to battery and to switch and back to lights. [​IMG]

    P.S. I know the paint is coming off the bumper and its not PLASTIDIP. Rustoleum.:D Just for the Plastidip Nazi's out there
     
  13. Sep 20, 2011 at 9:20 PM
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    Konaborne

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    Why'd you plastiderp your bumper?





























































    :cookiemonster:
     
  14. Sep 20, 2011 at 9:24 PM
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    taco084gb

    taco084gb No matter where you go there you are.

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    Cause I der wanted it to be's plastiflaged:rolleyes:
     
  15. Sep 20, 2011 at 9:55 PM
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    I dunno. I can see a custom bumper with two lights installed in it. What are you seeing?
     
  16. Sep 20, 2011 at 11:48 PM
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    scocar

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    The Pilot kit is very simple and is designed to attach to a square-tube hitch receiver, but you can attach the lights wherever you are creative enough to do it. The wiring is designed for them to come on only when you put the truck in reverse: a tap to the reverse light wire, and a ground. The relay stuff others mentioned is only if you want to switch them on at will, like aux. loading lights when parked.

    See if this helps:

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lighting/83616-1st-gen-extra-backup-lights-mod-writeup.html
     
  17. Sep 21, 2011 at 5:02 AM
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    I see what he's getting at. Where the lights are in the bumper, it looks like the pavement, like he's looking through the bumper. Or he's wondering why someone would be so stupid as to potentially cause an accident by blinding those behind them. But I suppose he could just be acting like a "Bro" and shooting off. Either way, time to grow up.

    Frank
     
  18. Sep 21, 2011 at 7:06 AM
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    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    You can always flush mount them to the bumper. Measure twice, then cut out the holes with a body saw.
     
  19. Sep 21, 2011 at 8:54 PM
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    If you did that, how would you aim them? I know I spent some time aiming mine to be most effective.
     
  20. Sep 22, 2011 at 2:03 AM
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    K Williams

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    Does anyone have the PIAA kit? Are they worth the extra $60 over the KC Lites?
     
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