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KITSOS 08-13-2009 01:47 PM

Tailgate LED mod
Hi everyone. I know we all have issues seeing in the trunk area at night due to crappy visibility, mainly where jeep decided to mount a light (corner of the tailgate). I know many of you have done some sort of led mod with either a strip of leds or a couple of single units.

I present to you my variation of this: 2 x 9.5" white leds placed on the outer most part of the rear headliner. Had to trim the plastic panel with a razor blade for the cleanest cuts.

Getting access to the power was a pain and took patience as to not break any clips or tabs. I used 2 of the 22-18 guage red vampire clips to hookup the power. Located the red wire with the white strip (+) and yellow wire with the orange strip (-). Connect the silver led wire to the red/white wire and the copper led wire to the yellow/orange wire.

Thanks to Jim (Jeepnjeep) and Nate (White WK Swagga). :thumbsup:

Any questions feel free to ask. hope you enjoy:


One set of the leds and plastic piece pre trim:

The last row (closest to the rear of the Jeep):

Both strips of LEDs attached:

Installed side view:

Alternate view:



B.P.O.D 08-13-2009 01:49 PM

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good work bro!!! sorry i couldnt help you out at the meet and talk about the leds i got there really late. you did a great job!!! we can compare brightness at the next meet!!! i think your lights will be brighter!!!

KITSOS 08-13-2009 01:52 PM

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im waiting for tonight to get a night shot

B.P.O.D 08-13-2009 02:08 PM

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awesome! i look forward to seeing it!

White WK Swagga 08-13-2009 02:11 PM

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Nice work. Wow that looke easier than the way Irf and I did it. LOL You didn't tell me you were using the led strip... You sneaky snake... LMAO But looks good. Let me know if you have the after glow problem...

KITSOS 08-13-2009 02:17 PM

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Nate, explain the afterglow problem?

B.P.O.D 08-13-2009 02:46 PM

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ill jump in for nate since he's too busy looking for brakelight fluid:)

if you have a slight glow to your led's after you shut off your interior lights you will have to install a $3 resistor so they shut off completely

if you have at least 1 halogen(regular) interior light in your truck, you should be fine

KITSOS 08-13-2009 02:54 PM

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Thanks Irfan! All my lights so far are stock halogens except these leds.

White WK Swagga 08-13-2009 03:00 PM

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Yes I was just about to say that. LOL
Here is the interior V-LED chart to order if ya want. I think it came to about $80. with the coupon.

KITSOS 08-13-2009 04:14 PM

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Thanks Nate!

Megatron 08-13-2009 04:30 PM

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Looks impressive man.

I like the new avy too!

B.P.O.D 08-14-2009 09:55 AM

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night shot?

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