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PostSubject: Rear mounted spot lights for reversing?   Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:00 am

hey team,
im thinking of mounting some low spotlights maybe under the rear bar somewhere to help see when reversing at night. the reason being is that my tints are 5% so prove to be difficult to see at night. anyone done this?

will be just some lowkey led lights like these.
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PostSubject: Re: Rear mounted spot lights for reversing?   Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:23 am

Hello Lonnie Very Happy sounds like a very good thought let us know how you go?? pirat I also have some trouble here during winter have to get out between two trees then another two trees pale i put some solar garden small lights there but with winter and not much sun they are out by the time i have to get out!! Wink
Winter is on the way out here and will be sun up before i have to go but yes a bugger to see behind!!( should just stay inbed until the sun is out of bed also!!) lol! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Rear mounted spot lights for reversing?   Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:55 am

haha hey Merv, yeah man, ill let ya know how i go, ill take heaps of pics of the process and difference and post it up Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Rear mounted spot lights for reversing?   Sat Aug 07, 2010 4:44 pm

looks like a good idea, like to see it when done too
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PostSubject: Re: Rear mounted spot lights for reversing?   Sat Aug 07, 2010 11:03 pm

I whacked in a gps/reversing camera doover and it's great in good light but dodgy in dark. The camera had little lights in it but the little shites seem to have lost their get up and go so I'd like to hear how it goes as well.
It's a bugger trying to hook up to golf cart at 5 AM in winter Sad

@ Merv I've got a chain saw you can have a lend of Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Rear mounted spot lights for reversing?   Sun Aug 08, 2010 12:56 pm

I had 2 on the old kombi (Not LED's)....Awesome reversing back out of narrow tracks at night...And they quieten down the tailgating high beamers too!!! Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Rear mounted spot lights for reversing?   Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:23 am

How'd folks, here's a reversing light mod I did on mine.

I used a relay set up to automatically bring on a reversing spot if you have the lights on when you select reverse. No faffing about with spotlight switches, and it doesn't come on in the day when you don't have you're lights on.

Works really well, especially in the boonies when you want to see where you're backing into in the dark.

I used a supply from the tail light to power the spot and the relay is activated by a supply from the reversing light.

Here's a picture of the circuit diagram.



1. To get the top panel out of the back on the RH side, pull back the door rubbers on the tail gate and drivers door.


2. Pull the ashtrays out and remove the screws from the retaining brackets -careful not to drop the screws down into the panel -they're a pain in the a#se to get out.


3. Lever the panel up and away from the window.


4. Remove the rear lower panel by taking out the four fixing screws across the top and lever it out.


5. Mount the reversing spot where you want it. You'll want something fairly robust and water proof as it'll catch all sorts of crud. Hella do a pretty good 55W Work spotlight for mounting on the back of a ute.


6. Run the leads from the spot across to the right and through the hole at the bottom of the rear quarter panel, and up into the quarter panel.


7. Run the supply for the spot from the R rear tail light. Use an in line fuse (5A) so if the spot gets a short it's not going to take out your tail lights. Run this through to the rear quarter panel for connection to the relay (30).


8. Run the control for the relay from the reversing light. You can tap into this in the top R corner of the tailgate. Pull back the rubber boot, it's the red wire with the yellow stripe. Run the lead down into the rear quarter panel to the relay (86).


9. Make an earth point on the rib inside the rear quarter panel for the negative of the spotlight and the negative of the relay control (85).


10. Connect the leads to the relay as per the wiring diagram and mount onto the rib.


11. Put it all back together without having any screws left over and Voila!, thou shalt have light when it's pitch black and pi#sing with rain!


Happy Trails. Greg. cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Rear mounted spot lights for reversing?   Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:52 am

Nice write up Greg. You wouldn't happen to be a sparky by any chance? Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Rear mounted spot lights for reversing?   Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:28 pm

great thanks for the how to greg Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Rear mounted spot lights for reversing?   Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:58 pm

Next time you are over the ditch, a little bit of help with a few things would be good  Smile  
Good job mate 
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PostSubject: Re: Rear mounted spot lights for reversing?   Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:16 pm


No worries. Thanks to the Royal NZ Navy for the training -ex weapons systems technician. I've also fitted a "stealth" kick butt sound system with the amps fitted to the floor in the space underneath the rear seats. -but thats a whole other story...

Next time I'm over the ditch I'll look you guys up for a beer.
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PostSubject: Re: Rear mounted spot lights for reversing?   Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:06 pm

Allways a homebrew in the keg Smile
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