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Old 05-18-2008, 11:53 AM   #1
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tail light delete

im gonna finish my lunch and go fabricate a taillight delete panel out of some sheetmetal from my old hood. i used a taillight lens to make a template. i plan on using a cutting wheel on a grinder to cut it out. i then will mount a pair of trailer lights (oblong) into the delete panels. right now the OEM lens sticks out just far enuff to grab trees and rocks, and they cost $30 each everytime i break one. with the new style they wont wrap around, the lights will just be rearward facing. i plan on using rivits to mount the panel.
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Old 05-18-2008, 03:45 PM   #2
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i only had time to get one side done. heres what it looks like.


those lights were only $8.56 ea. at tractor supply co.
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That's cool. Why not weld it in?
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Old 05-18-2008, 04:11 PM   #4
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no . rivits are cheap and easy
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Old 05-18-2008, 04:25 PM   #6
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btw, if anyone does this, the wiring is super easy. there are 3 wires from the light. one ground (its the one with a hole on the end). the other two are bright and dim. i checked it on the battery to see which was which. connect the dim one to the parking light wire (oem for me was black), connect the bright one to the turn signal and brake wires.
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Old 05-18-2008, 07:39 PM   #8
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a couple more shots of the same thing. i did the side that was dented first. the drivers side is straight, so should look better. the metal i cut from the hood was 8.5"x9.5", then rounded two corners, and kept two corners square. the square corners go towards the back, by the tailgate. if you do this, and use rivits, you have to angle the drill up to hit the metal of the truck. there isnt much to hit and it is rounded. i used 3/16" rivits with 6mm working area. i used a 9/64" drill bit.
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:36 PM   #9
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finished the other side. i was doing a hurry-up job and it didnt come out as good as expected, but im happy with it.
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Cool, easy to fix when broken hmmm... mind if i copy it buddy.
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not at all, hopefully yours will turn out better.
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Old 06-17-2008, 03:52 PM   #12
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nice work jimbo i like it
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heres what they look like in full color
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you went with **** green??

at least it is one color! lol
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you went with **** green??

at least it is one color! lol
**** green = mint green
and id have to say that you never cease to amaze me with your incredible grasp of the obvious
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Looks really good Jimbo
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