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F-250 Hide-aways In Back up lights

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by DAMSLandscaping, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. DAMSLandscaping

    DAMSLandscaping Member
    Messages: 46

    I was just wondering if anyone has put Hide-aways in their backup lights in their ford pickup. Ive got a 99 F250sd & didnt know if someone could give me some tips on doing it. Im pretty sure ive got enough room but maybe you have some do's and dont's that you found out the hard way. Ive seen a few posts about it but was hoping for maybe a little more help.
  2. 84deisel

    84deisel Senior Member
    Messages: 697

    use a good hole saw and get bulbs that have screws to hold in bases and use silcone and all will work fine
  3. harley hauler

    harley hauler Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    I put hide-a-ways in the backup lights in my 02 150. It's very tight but its do able just take your time laying out the hole first I put mine in the very small flat spot in the rev. light housing area. I used a uni bit instead of a hole saw much cleaner smoother hole
  4. sbrennan007

    sbrennan007 Senior Member
    Messages: 350

    Same here. Put them in the reverse lights. I also took out the overhead bed lights on either side of the 3rd brake light and put strobes in there. Worked out real well.
  5. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Why chance breaking the expensive lenses? I just use some off-road rubber sealed flood lights tuck them on either side of the hitch and they are bright as hell and I can angle them how I want them to shine. They cost under $15.00 each and I usually get 2 seasons out of them.
  6. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,106

    I think he's talking about strobes, yes the strobe bulbs will work only in the red part of the lens, there is not enough room in the reverse ( white ) area to mount the bulb unless you do some cutting on the truck. I have no problems running them ( red strobes ) in the metro Detroit area as long as I am plowing.

    If you want pics of them installed let me know and I'll post a few.
  7. your saying that they will not work in the clear part you must not know what you are talking about iv got mine in the clears back ups, headlights , and front turns if you want pics let me know or and just joking
  8. Brian Young

    Brian Young PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,394

    Oh yeah strobes, sorry. There were two guys pulled over and fined for using red strobes while plowing last season where I live. One was on a 1 ton dump and the other guy had his new F350 all decked out, it was sweet to look at but I guess illegal. One night plowing I drove by and saw a cop had pulled them over while plowing. I don't know if the cop had a big up his a$$ or what, but the next couple of times out I did not see them "blinking" anymore. Although both vehicles were a little overkill on the lights the dump had probably 4 red strobes (2 in the rear lenses and 2 on the rear of the salt spreader) Yellow strobe on the salt spreader, yellow strobe bar on the cab protector of the dump box, and finally white strobes in the headlights and yellow strobes in the corners of the headlights. His partner used just about the same set up.
  9. harley hauler

    harley hauler Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    Those bulbs will fit in the rev lights I have them in mine and I know other guys who also have them in the rev lights. As for running them in the red I really don't know if it iilegal or not. my opion, their alot brighter and visable in the white
  10. DAMSLandscaping

    DAMSLandscaping Member
    Messages: 46

    Hey Thanks a lot for all the tips. I think im going to try it out tomorrow if i dont blow away in the storm thats on its way. I just wont drive down the road with them on. I think in Maine you cant have white flashing anywhere, just amber but not 100% sure. I just want somthing for when im backing out of a driveway for people to see. i got the strobes and power pack for next to nothing so i figured why not. Thanks again! and if you have pics post them! that would be great. and ill do the same when i finally get it all set up!
  11. Mowerpan

    Mowerpan Senior Member
    Messages: 305

    I thought you were allowed to have red as long as they were facing the rear of the vehicle?
  12. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,106

    Trust me I have been plowing for years with my strobes always in the RED part of the tail light, seen many cops, never a problem. I even had red in my light bar for a while ( rear ) no problems ( again seen many police in different cities ) no problems.

    My 05 250, I could not find an area to put the strobe bulbs with out cutting something away in the reverse light, I could,nt get the tail light back in, those of you who have pic's or can take pic's ( R & R ) please provide them, I want to see.

  13. rcpd34

    rcpd34 Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 688

    I put them in both the brake and backup lights of an '05 F250 w/no probs. Works great!
  14. Eyesell

    Eyesell 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,106

    Can you send me a couple of pic's I would like to move mine to the reverse light location. my email address is fbishop@wideopenwest.com

    thank you
  15. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    romove the bulb and then drill we just did it in my 03 dodge and its was fine tight but fine but let me warn you its really bright and may cause an accident before preventing one next time ill do it in the tail lights
  16. rcpd34

    rcpd34 Senior Member
    from MD
    Messages: 688

    I don't have pics as it was a buddy's truck. I can ask him to take some. BTW, little chance of these causing an accident.
  17. snoluvr

    snoluvr Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 266

    corner strobes

    Just be careful with your wiring. I have a superduty that I installed them in. Due to the connections being behind the wheels the moisture turned into problems. I since pulled them out after too many storms with no lights to work. I now run LED Stars from 911ep under the tailgate and at the corners between the bumper and lights..work better by far!
  18. infineon954

    infineon954 Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    Mine went in the back-up lights just fine. A little tight, but it works and is water tight.