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Anyone use Fog lights for their Backup lights?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Boss, Jan 15, 2002.

  1. Boss

    Boss 1/2 ton status Author

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    I'm thinking about getting some el cheapo Explorer pro-comps fog lights and put them on the rear bumper I'm fabbing up and using that as the rear back up light. Wondering if anyone did this? I was searching for backup lights and found some KC ones for like upper $60s, kinda pricey I think. I guess this post is kinda more to see who used what for their backup lights. The stock ones don't do $hit for me when it's dark.
    Boss

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  2. Pure Insanity

    Pure Insanity 1/2 ton status

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    I have the same problem. I will put one on sooner or later. My brother has one on his rig hooked to a toggle to use it only when he needs it. Id hate to be behind him in a parking lot otherwise. LOL! For now all I do is ride the brakes for the extra lite when backing up. I only seem to have the problem at my mom and dads house. I am sure I would on the trail also on a nite ride.

    If ya can't stop.......Smile as you go under! [​IMG]
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  3. 3car

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    i used tractor utility lights.about $10.work great.if you hook them up to the back-up light circuit,i'd use a relay.thats too much juice to pull of the factory wire.or use a toggle switch.
     
  4. Boss

    Boss 1/2 ton status Author

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    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I'm thinking of probably using a toggle switch like you suggested Pure, b/c I can just switch it on when I really need it, which is at night, so it's probably better to get a regular "fog light" or something for this. Thanks for the tip 3car.
    Boss

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  5. delta9blazer

    delta9blazer 1/2 ton status

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    yeah, i got a couple of tractor lights at napa for around eight dollars apiece. one is wired into the reverse circuit, and the second will be wired to a toggle.
    mounted 'em to the underside of the rear bumper. kinda loose, so they'll roll up outta the way if need be.

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  6. Pure Insanity

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    You can get some smallish, thin type driving lites. They are about 4-5 in. wide and 2 in. tall. They fit beside the hitch nice and are somewhat protected by the hitch. Provided you have a receiver type (Reese) hitch that is.

    If ya can't stop.......Smile as you go under! [​IMG]
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  7. HarryH3

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    Hella used to have some that you could mount flush in the tailgate. Don't know if they still make them or not. You just cut out some holes for the lights and then the light fit into the hole and the included bezel made it look nice. I'm sure they aren't cheap (Hella doesn't seem to know what cheap is) but they would be out of the way. [​IMG]

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  8. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    they dont only make good backup lights they also work good on tailgaiters[​IMG] just make sure you get some that are nice and bright

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    LOL, this is EXACTLY what I did on my RAM a few weeks ago. I've got tent around all the side and back windows and can't see behind me for @#$ at night. So, I picked up a set of clearance backup lights for $19 and put them back there. They are about 4" wide and 1.5" tall and they fit in right beside the receiver so that it can protect them from anything other than a direct hit. I made some simple brackets for them out of 1"x 1/4" x 4" strap stock, drilled and tapped 2 holes in it for the light brackets, and screwed them on with 2 lock nuts each. The whole thing is wired into a toggle switch (came with the lights along with wire, which was not long enough) that I mounted hidden under the dash. Works great. Just don't try to tailgate me at night or follow me with your lights on bright cause I pointed one right into your face. [​IMG] Also works well along with the cargo light when loading my K30 on the trailer at night. Shines right up underneath so I can see to hook up the chains.

    Russ

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  10. Pure Insanity

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    Works good dont it?!

    They wont shine in my face.....9" and 38s! LOL!

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    Hmmm, to get you, I would need to mount one on top of my cab...

    Russ

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    That would get me! [​IMG] LOL!

    If ya can't stop.......Smile as you go under! [​IMG]
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    Yeah, Hella stuff is $$$$ Cha-Ching!!
    I'm going to get the Hella Series 500 driving lights for the front, since they seem to be the cheapest from them, like, $60 bones.

    The idea of flashing A$$ riders is a good idea!! Funny. Definately going to wire to a toggle switch now! :) Just gotta make sure I keep that crow bar in the truck at all times, incase I get some serious beef from someone [​IMG]
    Boss

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    I used to flash oncoming cars that wouldnt dim the lites when I had my CJ. I would give them a few chances them hit hard! I had a row of lites cross the windsheild, and some on the brush bar. It was funny as hell to do till I did it to a cop! [​IMG] Fotunately for me he pulled off the road to regain his composure and it gave me plenty of time to boogie! LOL!!

    If ya can't stop.......Smile as you go under! [​IMG]
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    MNorby 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I'm gonna put some cheap walmart specials on the bottom of my rol lbar facing back. I've only flashed one person with my KC's on teh road because they flashed me a few times and flash back since I was already dimmed. I look back and saw his brakes hit and him swerving teh the wrong lane for a second

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    I've got some on my Dodge, I got tired of rolling down the windows or opening the slider to backup at night. They were around $30, and came in a little kit, they are designed to be used as reverse lights. 55W each, came with some brackets, wire, and a switch that I tossed. I made a steel plate thats welded to the top of the reciever hitch, just under the bumper. The lights are about 1 1/2" tall and 4" wide, they're right next to eachother and pointed out slightly. Light output is slightly compromised by the location, but it was the only really protected place I could find to mount them.

    I mounted a relay to one of the rear cross members on the bed, and tapped into the trailer wire harness. There is one hot lead and one for the reverse lights, made it real easy. One of these days I'll get around to finding another fog light switch or an OD switch (I've got a stick, so there is a blank where the OD switch would go), and give myself the option of having it come on whenever I want, for now it just comes on whenever I shift to R.

    For flush mount lights, you might try a truck store or a trailer store. They make flush mount lights in round and rectangular, similar to the brake lights that some guys use on Jeeps, but they are clear. Fairly inexpensive, and if you hit them they usually just get pushed in (just pop them back in place).

    Pete

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    I have a set of ProComp 55W driving lights mounted to the back of my roof rack. Check out a pic My Jimmy with all her projects!
     
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    Here's a trick.....you can install 55 watt bulbs in the stock tail light lens.Look for replacement bulbs for common Q-H lights.I believe they were #1156 or 1157's.You might want to increase the guage wire.These bulbs are also in J.C. Whitney cat.....cost about $20.
     
  19. HarryH3

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    I bought one of those, just to try out. If I didn't know which side I installed it in, I wouldn't be able to tell. [​IMG] It just doesn't make much of a difference. I think the reflector and lens used in fog/flood/driving lights makes a huge difference in the light output.

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    I used some clear driving lights about 4" X 2" (see sig link for pic of the back of my truck). Since my truck has the factory tow package with a 6 pin connector, I wired a relay into the reverse light feed from the connector and use that to switch them on whenever the truck is in reverse. That way I don't have to switch it on or off manually all of the time, but I did wire in a toggle in case I need continuous light for hitching a trailer, etc. Makes a huge difference when backing up the Nimitz, especially with the deep tint glass.

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