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$ 7 Backup light system

Discussion in 'Equipment, Tools & Vehicle Pictures' started by FisherVMan, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    Ok I am lieing the two foot junk of 2" steel cost seven bucks and I had the old strobe light laying around and the 55 watt halogen flood light. I just cut four inches off and butt welded it to the 20" that was left and drilled a hole in it for the light and welded a right angle piece on to hold the magnetic base strobe and put a piece of Stainless molding behind it for a reflector and there you go a light bar for cheap................... the wiring plug I had as well but I think from memory it cost $6.
    I will say that the guy on here that makes the backup buddy is the slickest one I have ever seen and I like that even better but I had this stuff laying around so just made it up and it works great! The F150 backup light isnt much so this is a HUGE improvement:waving:
  2. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    It's a good idea, but I'd have both lights broke in under an hour.
  3. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    I better sign you up for a driving in reverse program I think one starts tomorrow [I have my wife take it two or three times a year]
  4. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    I have no trouble backing up, lol.

    I was thinking more along the lines of backing up to quick and sliding backwards into the snow pile at the other end of the lot with all 4 tires locked up. :D
  5. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    I too have a problem with those snow piles getting in the way. Also I dont like anything sticking out farther then my bumper. Neat Idea non the less though
  6. ColumbiaLand

    ColumbiaLand Senior Member
    Messages: 790

    you can run a red light in maine?
  7. N&CLandscaping

    N&CLandscaping Senior Member
    from Medford
    Messages: 105

    In Mass... You can run any color backwards with the exeption of White (clear). It might be the same in Maine
  8. andcon83

    andcon83 Senior Member
    Messages: 388

    I don't think a red light can be run in Maine. Only amber. I used to have purple lights on my first truck and got pulled over all the time.

    I too would have those lights ruined in an hour. I allready have my trailer plug-in bent.
  9. tuna

    tuna Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    Not true,Only amber in mass.Forward or back.
  10. EGLC

    EGLC PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,733

    for all you guys saying you'd have that destroyed in under a few hours, seriously learn how to drive LOL

    looks very cool!
  11. Mysticlandscape

    Mysticlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 689

    uh oh mite have a problem with my 6 clear lights lol
  12. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,796

    Says the guy who just had a new front clip put on his truck... prsport :D
  13. serafii

    serafii Senior Member
    Messages: 287

    great idea but those wouldnt last the time it would take me to do one driveway lol my back bumper and anything on it dont get along with the snowbanks i back up into lol
  14. DugHD

    DugHD Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 420

    Dont forget to register your truck.
  15. bacwudzme

    bacwudzme Senior Member
    Messages: 651


    you are definitely Crafty!!!!!!!!!
  16. EGLC

    EGLC PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,733

    hahahahahaaa I knew that was coming....
  17. N&CLandscaping

    N&CLandscaping Senior Member
    from Medford
    Messages: 105

    Not if you have the permit. And the law states as follows.... I will double check with my uncle who is a state trooper, but I have been told the following prior. You may have any color in the rear in that state of MA, because of the following, You can not pull people over with the back of your vehicle. Look at the state vehicles next time while driving, many have red and amber rear facing. Regardless of the emergency lights are lights. I had blue on the rear facing of my truck and never had a problem with them. I am meeting with my uncle later on in the week and will double check.
  18. Maine_Train

    Maine_Train Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    Another neat product, FVM.

    Mass., at least in the M.G.L. Chapter 90 stuff that I was most familiar with, expressed it as something to the effect of "in the direction the vehicle is proceeding or facing." I think they may have gotten a little pickier with the newer "CMR" or whatever those are, with amber light permits and all that.

    In Maine, other than taillights, Title 29-A allows only vehicles that can display red lights to the front to have "auxiliary" red lights to the rear, except for rural mail carriers on duty. Theirs have to be "amber or red, or any shade between amber and red." They must also flash simultaneously.

    That being a Federal Signal strobe, switching it to an amber dome should be easy enough. I think that setup would give the truck some pretty good visibility to the sides when you're trying to back out from between snowbanks. [​IMG]
  19. FisherVMan

    FisherVMan Senior Member
    Messages: 706

    Now that I bought the SS plow,if it doesnt start snowing again, probably wont be able to afford to register at the end of the month!!!!
  20. Spudman

    Spudman Member
    Messages: 95

    Perhaps I need to sign up. I haven't had any trouble with snowbanks but the other day I did get a little to close to the bumper on one of our potato trucks. Now it's time for a new bumper and tail light on my truck. Oh well. . . . . . .