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anyone know what controls the rear clear cab lights on either side of the third brake light ( which works fine)? ( 2000 ranger) told reverse lights but not getting power to either side when in reverse...the reverse lights in taillights are working fine.. thought were cargo lights but don't see a switch anywhere to turn them on...any assistance would be greatly appreciated this something about my truck i wanted to do something about since i bought it almost..thanks
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right next to your head light switch there is a dimmer switch for the gauges.. roll it all the way up it will click and turn on your interior lights and also turn on the cargo lights next to the third brake light
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thanks finally figured that one out... want to see tonight what they are like for backing up...my reverse lights do next to nothing...if good want to wire them as reverse lights instead... another other place to get power for them other than at the dimmer switch? thanks again
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not sure if those lights emit enough to help anymore or not. Probably be more beneficial to get a tractor style light and wire that under your bumper maybe.
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these really arnt that much brighter
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still gotta be better than my current setup.... my reverse lights aren't clear anymore but flash instead...yeah ricer but i like them... thats why i am thinking of using the cab lights as reverse lights instead
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From what I have seen I don't think you will get output further than its intended purpose, to see in the bed. but I am sure it will a few more candlepower...
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From what I have seen I don't think you will get output further than its intended purpose, to see in the bed. but I am sure it will a few more candlepower...
tried them tonight granted it is raining but they basically just light up the inside of the box.. will have to think of an alternative setup instead
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Get some auxilarry lights to mount up under your bumper area.. I just got 2 sets delivered in the mail today, along wtih a bunch of other stuff.. I'll take a few pics of them, I havent wired or mounted anythign up yet.. only because I dont have an extra wire-in jumper for it... will probably pick one up tomorrow
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tried them tonight granted it is raining but they basically just light up the inside of the box.. will have to think of an alternative setup instead
yea...that's the intended purpose as 'cargo lamps'.


So you looking for more light for backing up? There's tons of options out there. Plug in reverse lamps(in your tail lights!) aren't that much of a difference.

Get some auxilary back ups mounted under your bumper/beside your hitch or whatever. I'm running 130W KC backup lights. They ususally run about $70. They come stock with 55w bulbs, but i added 130w bulbs. Any aux light works...heck...shoot....even tractor aux lights work perfectly fine. I ran those on a few rigs before.
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hrm I'm tempted myself to wire up my cargo lights up next the 3rd brake light into my reverse lights since I never use my cargo lights anyways. I just think it would be a neat looking mod to have them come on too when backing up. Also it would improve visibility to other drivers with me having higher backup lights then in just the tails themselves.

I'm just not sure what wire i need to tap into though under the dash. Does anyone know what color wire feeds the backup lights?
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got my jc whitney catalog today seen they have a line of fire that also has backup lights installed...wondering how efective that would be?
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do a search on here for the line of fire...some people have posted pics of it with the back up lights on, but i cant remember if it helped too much or not..
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It doesn't help at all, at least for me it didn't.
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Dude go to Walmart and get the 20 dollar aux fog lights, works just as good and costs 1/4 less.
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Dude go to Walmart and get the 20 dollar aux fog lights, works just as good and costs 1/4 less.
x2, I got a decent pair of fog lights at a swap meet for 15 dollars and just hooked em up to the reverse light wire in the taillamp, works awesome

and I also have the line of fire with the white reverse lights, and it was a total waste of the extra money unless you want to look cool while backing up

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Eric any pics with the lights off? Want to see where you mounted those things.

EDIT: Also do you just have normal bulbs in your reverse lights??
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any problem towing,etc with them mounted there? not crazy about mounting lights under my rear bumper ( like the clean look) but if can be done so looks good comestically i'd consider it... sorta doubted the line of fire idea don't think leds would be bright enough to make a difference... especially for the $90 spent
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got another idea..cut holes in bumper, mount lights into the holes. i'm thinkin' about that...
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Eric any pics with the lights off? Want to see where you mounted those things.

EDIT: Also do you just have normal bulbs in your reverse lights??
Sure I got a few pics Justin, right under the plate there's actually a "lip" that stuck out far enough to mount my lights right underneath.

The bulbs are just regular reverse lights, but I did notice a huge difference in the light output when I got the 06 tails. It puts out a lot of light on the sides which I why I wanted more light in the center, aimed ferther out.



This is actually a video of my exhaust, but you can see how I did the back up lights and they actually kick on a couple times cuz I had the truck in reverse when I started it up




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any problem towing,etc with them mounted there? not crazy about mounting lights under my rear bumper ( like the clean look) but if can be done so looks good comestically i'd consider it... sorta doubted the line of fire idea don't think leds would be bright enough to make a difference... especially for the $90 spent
I don't tow anything with my truck so I don't even have a hitch on it. But if I did then it would have been easier because you can just stick the lights on the hitch somewhere. After driving a few duallies with big trailers at my old work I'm sure it'd be alot nicer to have those lights back there

I try to keep the clean look and I think it turned out pretty good rather than some of the other setups I've seen
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got another idea..cut holes in bumper, mount lights into the holes. i'm thinkin' about that...
I wish I would have done that when I put my new bumper on



LMC truck sells a bumper with reverse lights already molded into it, but it's the older style bumper that I don't agree with for the newer trucks
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I wish I would have done that when I put my new bumper on



LMC truck sells a bumper with reverse lights already molded into it, but it's the older style bumper that I don't agree with for the newer trucks
thats looks pretty good...maybe easier with a rollpan, but don't really want to lose the bumper hitch... gotta see what wallyworld carries for slim clear lites ...gotta look into that LMC bumper too sounds like a good idea
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thats looks pretty good...maybe easier with a rollpan, but don't really want to lose the bumper hitch... gotta see what wallyworld carries for slim clear lites ...gotta look into that LMC bumper too sounds like a good idea
http://www.lmctruck.com/ICATALOG/FR/full.aspx?Page=69
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Hmmm...... i hate to say this since i used to drive a volkswagen, i use the VW bus back up lights they look awesome and are small enough not to notice.

They are cool.
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