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I have read a lot of the posts on the subject of the back up lights on xB2's (08thru 10). The problem I think is that there not enough lite and it's not spread out . After seeing the possibility of adding some LEDs, how 'bout installing two flat square ones on each side of the rear tag (using 3M tape). I've noticed some cars with that config. and it isn't that bad looking. The only problem might be routing the wire form the original b/u lite up to the rear hatch. I'm going to do some more looking to see if I can find some the right size,total shape and bright enough. Any thoughts?
 

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Interesting. Let us know how you make out with this. Pics would be great also.
 

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I have read a lot of the posts on the subject of the back up lights on xB2's (08thru 10). The problem I think is that there not enough lite and it's not spread out . After seeing the possibility of adding some LEDs, how 'bout installing two flat square ones on each side of the rear tag (using 3M tape). I've noticed some cars with that config. and it isn't that bad looking. The only problem might be routing the wire form the original b/u lite up to the rear hatch. I'm going to do some more looking to see if I can find some the right size,total shape and bright enough. Any thoughts?
I've just installed Pro Burners Series White LED Driving Lights (LS-10) on each side of the bottom edge of the rear bumper...connected to the backup light. Bought them at Advance Auto Parts for $21.99 plus tax. Each LED assembly is about 6" long with 12 LEDs. Eash hookup as all the wiring is behind the bumper cover.

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I've just installed Pro Burners Series White LED Driving Lights (LS-10) on each side of the bottom edge of the rear bumper...connected to the backup light. Bought them at Advance Auto Parts for $21.99 plus tax. Each LED assembly is about 6" long with 12 LEDs. Eash hookup as all the wiring is behind the bumper cover.

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Post pictures! I wanna see this!
 

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So far I have ordered 4ea.pcs.straight LED modules from Oznium Lights. They are small .375x 2.25 in.x.25 high and I can't decide whether to attach them on the rear hatch on each side of the tag which would require some wiring routing, or to attach them to the tail light lenes which would require less wiring problems.There is a flange on the interior side of the lens ( that is closest to the hatch) that would be big enough to attach them to. But I have to get them first and see if they are bright enough. I ordered them so that I could put 2 on each lens and if not enough light, I could put one more on each side. So for now, we'll just have to think about it.
 

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LED Backup Lights Installed

Post pictures! I wanna see this!
Pictures taken and in Photobucket...now I just need to remember how to get them to the Forum.

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Pictures taken and in Photobucket...now I just need to remember how to get them to the Forum.

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Look under the image in your photobucket page. There should be (four I think) boxes w/ text/code in them.
Just copy the ones starting w/ http . . . and paste one here. They will show up.
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Still not sure how to post the pictures...so this is just a try at it.
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Sweet!

Your car looks really nice, especially that Texas flag!! :D Good ol' Arlington, Texas - Proud to call it home. Although it looks like I'll be living in Norman, Oklahoma this time next year (Boomer Sooner!), which I'm totally stoked about!!! Of course, Arlington will still be my real home. :)
 

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a Good Backup light.
Let me tell you what I did with a different vehicle and see if could also work with the xB.
While stationed in Turkey in the Air Force, I had a '86 CJ7 Jeep. I used a 55w flood light on the rear ... because I like to drive into places no other vehicle would dare to go and many times I needed to back out a mile or two and I needed to see where I was going. Now I rigged the rear flood light with the front driving lights, using a double switch with neutral in the middle. Flip the switch down, I had the floodlight in the rear. Flip it up, I had the 120w driving beams in the front.
Could maybe, something like this work with the xB. Granted we didn't have things like LED lights that were bright enough to illuminate the area to help in backing up. But now how could the white LED work for rear illumination? vs. something like a flood light?
 

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Sweet!

Your car looks really nice, especially that Texas flag!! :D Good ol' Arlington, Texas - Proud to call it home. Although it looks like I'll be living in Norman, Oklahoma this time next year (Boomer Sooner!), which I'm totally stoked about!!! Of course, Arlington will still be my real home. :)
Thanks...on noticing the Texas Flag...and the other comment on the xB2.
On another note...I graduated from Arlington High School Class of 1959...called Arlington home from 1954 to 1969...still have a sister there.

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I just got the Oznium lights last night(Wed.).My idea is to locate them on the tail light lens.There is a spot that is angular on the area just next to where the hatch is.I bought some alum. channel(1/2x1/2x1/2x1/16) and am planning to bend it to form a triangle.The only problem so far, is to get the wires down through the seam between the bumper cover and the body to get to the b/u light.Might have to remove the light ***'m. to reveal the seam and how much gap there is.I will keep you posted. Dale
 

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a Good Backup light.
While stationed in Turkey in the Air Force, I had a '86 CJ7 Jeep. I used a 55w flood light on the rear ...Could maybe, something like this work with the xB. Granted we didn't have things like LED lights that were bright enough to illuminate the area to help in backing up. But now how could the white LED work for rear illumination? vs. something like a flood light?
The advantage of the LEDs is that they provide good rear illumination with a minimum of power/amps and can be connected directly into the existing backup lamp wiring...which is what I did with mine. (I would think that a 55w flood light would require a relay and wiring directly to the battery...)

And on another note...Thank you for your service in the USAF! :cheers:

Brewski (USAF/Texas Air National Guard Retired)
 

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Tried to get pic.

Look under the image in your photobucket page. There should be (four I think) boxes w/ text/code in them.
Just copy the ones starting w/ http . . . and paste one here. They will show up.
(I wanna see this too!)[/quote]
I signed on to photobucket and loaded my pic's in.I tried to do what you told me. clicked on the pic. and chose the IMG tag. Clicked to copy and it must have but the paste part never became active. I'm getting fustrated for now but I will someday get these pic's out to all. By the way it really looks good!
 

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Backup Light Solution






Still not sure how to post the pictures...so this is just a try at it.
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Here is a solution to the backup light issue for the xB2

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An update: The back up lights' project that I started in Jan.(it took longer than I thought) is cpt.and installed. The brackets are made from alum. channel, I got at Loew's, and modified to fit onto the rear lite assemblies.I hooked them up to the existing b/u wires with T taps. While they don't add alot of light,it's enough to see with when using the rearview mirror. If I can figure out how to post a DIY on it,I will.
Maybe I need a DIY on putting this together.
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After looking at the LED's compared to the b/u lite, I bought a Superbright LED to put into the existing bumper lite.The light color should match more closely with the add-ons.
Also I bought the Oznium vert. vent lights installed them yesterday morning before it got hot and hooked them up last night.They look great. Finnally waiting for the delivery of the wiper switch to add variable delay. I don't know where the burst of energy came from to get this all done,but I'm not going to ask.
 
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