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Back up lights

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Kris_Kris, Feb 7, 2010.

  1. Kris_Kris

    Kris_Kris Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 38

    I finally got around to installing my back up lights. They are $12.00 each 4" tractor lights that had a front cover that held the sealed bulb in the housing. The front cover had (2) screws from the front.I removed the front cover and used the screw holes to flush mount the lights. [​IMG]

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  2. overtime

    overtime Senior Member
    Messages: 153

    That looks pretty good. How do they work at night? Pretty bright?
     
  3. Kris_Kris

    Kris_Kris Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 38

    They are pretty decent. A heck of a lot better than what I had but when you are plowing, Is there ever enough light?
     
  4. NCat496

    NCat496 Senior Member
    Messages: 353

    Your truck runs off natural gas?
     
  5. Matt400

    Matt400 Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Wow..I am blown away at the rust on that bumper, what year is your truck?

    Nice job on the lights!
     
  6. Kris_Kris

    Kris_Kris Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 38

    Yes, I pay about $.70 per Gasoline Gallon Equivalent. The CNG tank is under the tool box. When it runs out of CNG it switches back to gas. For the most part you don't know you are not running gasoline.
     
  7. Kris_Kris

    Kris_Kris Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 38

    Thanks. Yes, I need to clean the bumper up and paint it. That will be a this summer job. The truck is a 2005 with 125K on it. Here in Indiana they put a lot of salt down on the road.
     
  8. 911tech

    911tech Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    looks good. Beats the 650.00 LMC wants for an aftermarket bumper with the same lights.
     
  9. mossman381

    mossman381 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,410

    That looks familiar :D . Looks good. I know I really like mine.
     
  10. Kris_Kris

    Kris_Kris Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 38

    Yes, I liked yours. It was a great Idea. Almost like head lights when you back up.
     
  11. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    Can you elaborate more on how this is done? Sounds pretty cool.
     
  12. Kris_Kris

    Kris_Kris Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 38

    I will start a new thread on the CNG conversion
     
  13. elecblu

    elecblu Member
    Messages: 79

    Where did you find the lights? Someplace like TSC or an auto parts store? I really like your creativity and would like to do the same thing. Do those run directly off of the reverse lights, or was a relay necessary? Nice job!!!
     
  14. Kris_Kris

    Kris_Kris Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 38

    Thanks. I got the Idea from another member on this forum.

    I got them from a place call Thrifty supply. It is just like a TSC. They are just 4" tractor lights with sealed bulbs. The key was that the light fixture has a trim piece that screwed on from the front with a screw on each side. I took those off and used the screw holes to fasten it to the bumper. Basically, the bumper is the new trim piece. I tied them into the back up lights on the factory trailer plug. They come on when ever the truck is in reverse.
     
  15. canoebuildah

    canoebuildah Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    What did you used to cut the holes in the bumper?
     
  16. Kris_Kris

    Kris_Kris Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 38

    I used a drill to start the corners and a Sawzaw with a metal blade to cut the rest. It cut pretty easy.
     
  17. canoebuildah

    canoebuildah Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    Thanks, the lights look great. I am debating between placing them high or low on my 2005 2500. I have a Backrack but also a six foot rail top aluminum tool box on the driver's side.I am worried about the light either being blocked or reflecting off of the back of the aluminum box. I have tested by having someone hold a spotlight over the Backrack and there is quite a bit of glare.

    I have been worried about putting them near the bumpers knowing they can be damaged by backing into snow banks. Your idea might just do the trick without investing too much money.
     
  18. Kris_Kris

    Kris_Kris Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 38

    This is what they look like.

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  19. rcpd34

    rcpd34 Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 670

    CNG is awesome, but the range is very limited unless you completely convert it and remove the factory fuel tanks for space. Even then, so so. Also, be sure you have a place to fill up; public NG stations are few and far between and home stations are expensive. Most folks find they will never recoup the conversion costs on fuel savings alone. It is very expensive. However; they run great, allow for higher engine compression and the oil seems to never get dirty!
     
  20. Kris_Kris

    Kris_Kris Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 38

    It defiantly is not for every one. But if you have the right fit, It works very well. The fuel saves us about 12 cents per mile.
    250,000 miles x .12 = $30,000.00 saved. If you dont drive any miles, you wont save anything. We put about 30,000 miles per year on our trucks.
    We save our conversion cost back in about 2 years and then by the time we get rid of the trucks we have saved another $20,000.00 or so. We are going to start taking the tanks off when we sell the trucks. The tanks are worth more than a truck with 250k miles on it. It will make the next conversion about 1/2 price.