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Hide away strobes - Where did you drill?

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by jfalkingham, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. jfalkingham

    jfalkingham Junior Member
    Messages: 22

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    Ok guys my buddy and I are doing the hide away strobes in the backup lights on Friday and I thought I would ask everyone here a couple of things. This install is for an F350 & F250 (2002, 2004 respectively):

    1. where did you drill the hole to mount the tube? top/bottom/side?

    2. Any suggestions on where you mounted the switching unit? This is an all weather sealed unit from Nova, but we were thinking inside the cab behind the rear seatback.

    Thanks for your wisdom and let it snow! :bluebounc
     
  2. SnowDozers

    SnowDozers Member
    Messages: 86

    I would say to do the bottom side only. I accidentally did the top of my car and just from the car sitting in the weather all winter, it got water in the capsul and the water ate at the chrome paint inside.
     
  3. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 824

    jfalkingham - if your installing undercover strobes ... your best bet is that once your tail lights out ... looks where your brake like bulb is there should be a flat spot to drill into ... i just did a 2001 f150 and a 2003 f250 ... the more in the middle you can get the better the reflection off your silver tail light reflector .... about the power supply .... i put em under the hood by the firewall .... just make sure there sealed up good ... just my .002
     
  4. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Install the bulbs as close to the factory bulbs as possible, this will let you use the natural curve of the background in the housing for good reflection. As far as you power supply make sure it somewhere it will not get wet (they are not waterproof) I would suggest under the seat, behind the seat, or anywhere else inside the cab.:nod:
     
  5. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741


    What Epic said.
     
  6. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,101

    I still can't figure where your installing them in the reverse light, my 05 250 has zero room for the strobe tube, I had to mount them in the tail light. If anyone has any pic's of their's in the reverse part of the light please post them, I really want to move mine.

    thanks
     
  7. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    Is it because there is no room in that section or because there is not sufficient room to drill?
     
  8. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 824

    please correct me if im wrong but F-150 and F-250 both had identical tail lights .... and i just installed some on a 99 ford f 150 .....
     
  9. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,101

    Their is no room once the bulb is installed. I took the light out again and the only possible place that the bulb could go without hitting anything once the light is back in place is the bottom of the reverse light, even at that is a small possibility. Drilling is no problem cause the light is out.
     
  10. infineon954

    infineon954 Senior Member
    Messages: 235

    Here is where I located mine on my 02' f-250. Pic is on the right side in the back-up light.

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  11. infineon954

    infineon954 Senior Member
    Messages: 235

    There are fractions of an inch to spare but the light fits flush and is water tight. Beware, in some or most states, it is illegal to install these strobes in your taillights. At least this is what I was told by the Sherriff's office in two counties.
     
  12. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,101

    Hey thanks for the picture, I'm glad someone posted one for me, I'm moving mine tomorrow.
     
  13. groundbreakers

    groundbreakers Senior Member
    Messages: 824

    BAM ...... told ya .... it could be done .. infineon954 thanks for the pic .... i was about to call my buddy back over here to take a pic of his set up ...
     
  14. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    Chevy any different?

    I've been thinking about putting some in my plowlights, maybe a 4 way power supply and do the reverse lights like you guys are talking about. Anyone know if theres room in the 88-98 style GM backup lights?
     
  15. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    I have yet to see an American made car or truck that they don't fit in.
     
  16. infineon954

    infineon954 Senior Member
    Messages: 235

    Most GM vehichles have plenty of room. For those thinking of installing in any strobes in your headlights, be prepared for headaches after plowing for long periods of time. Install them in your parking lights.
     
  17. jfalkingham

    jfalkingham Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    There is plenty of room for strobes in the backup light or tail light for that matter in the F series pickup trucks.

    Attaching 2 photos of install that was completed today. Really appreciate the tips from everyone, as you can see, there is a perfect spot to mount them in the backup lights, nice flat area to drill and mount. Ran the harness along the frame, through the vent behind rear bench seat into cab, mounted controller there, then ran switch wire harness under molding to dash.

    Thanks again guys!

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    controls.JPG
     
  18. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    My new plow lights have the big amber parking/turn signal lens that wraps around, I think it would be a great place for strobes, but I've never really felt a need for a lot of warning light to the front, and I know what you mean about a headache, I used to shut my front strobes off on my Whelen Edge when it was still snowing because it reflects right back at you. Also if I was in a driveway at night. This year I'm going to run quadflash amber LED strips beneath the tailgate, and a 420 beacon on the roof, so I can kill the rooflight when I want, and still have something for backing out in the street. I'm thinking about some creative uses for 3M reflexite, too. I'd like to think of a way to use it that wouldnt look gay when I'm not out plowing.
     
  19. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,101

    Moved my strobes yestersday, they fit, a little snug going back in but they work.

    thanks for the pictures, it's always nice to see what other people have done.
     
  20. jfalkingham

    jfalkingham Junior Member
    Messages: 22

    Where were they mounted before? How did you repair the old 1" hole? :confused: