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post #1 of 18 Old 01-16-2011, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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Backup Lighting, Bed lighting

Has anyone installed backup lights on these trucks? where is the best place to put them?

Has anyone installed bed lights or toolbox lights?
I was thinking of hooking up some revers lights, bed lights and toolbox lights to one of the aux switches. the stock revers lights are enough for normal use but when I need to backup to a trailer or out of the woods or if I'm just working around my truck at night it would be nice.

This is what I found for the bed/toolbox lights
Flexible LED Strips (Flex Strips) | HID Country

Do y'all recommend any backup lights?
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I'm going to mount two 6" lights on the rear. I have made two brackets to bolt on a tube behind the tailgate. The lights will drop down just below the
bumper on each side of the hitch. The brackets also have 6" round plate
behind the lights to serve as some armor. I think they will look pretty good
I 'll put up some pics when when done

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I may be digging this up from the dead but I thought I'd offer some advice when it comes to wiring back up lights. I just this morning wired up the little ones that go in my rear bumper and settled on not running them to an aux switch.

Easiest thing to do is splice into the 7-pin wiring harness for the trailer. The middle circular connector is meant for reverse lights. It's the grey/black wire on the back. Just a simple t-tap into it powered mine right up in reverse.

If you want to run some bed or toolbox lights, which I would like to do eventually, tap into the black wire. Its an aux 12v power and you could install an in-line or pressure switch instead of using the upfitters.

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Here's mine below bumper

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2011 F350 6.7 cc,4wd shortbox lariat
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Tool box Bull bar
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Nice looking install.

What does 'weighted' mean on your licence plate?
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A "weighted" license plate is the North Carolina equivalent of a commercial license plate. The vehicle is registered based upon the amount of weight it is going to carry.

Weighted license plates are only good up to 26,000 lbs as long as their not being used across State lines. Then they have to be apportioned.

Also - Twin, I notice your in NC, same here im in Fayetteville.
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Nice looking install.

What does 'weighted' mean on your licence plate?
Yeap jimmy7060 got the right answer.See if "THE MAN" runs my
plate he will see I can legally gross 10,000lbs and will usually say
that guy is ok (no hassle).

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Tinted windows Gray bedliner(diy)
Tool box Bull bar
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Billet grille LED bed lights
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That actually looks really good, maybe I should try and tackle that this weekend.

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Backup lights

I have been using the White
Night back up lights White Night Rear Lighting System, Truck SUV Reverse Lights now for a couple years, Lots of off road miles, and nearly 40K road miles with absolutely no problems. They are great for backing up trailers in the dark as they are designed to shine down at a slight angle which keeps glare down. The mount on the receiver of the hitch, and the stinger passes throughthe light housing and into the reciever. Mounted like the light has alot of protection also.

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I've seen those at Autozone or Cabela's or somewhere. Thought about giving them a try once - glad you like them.

But it doesn't look like they will fit the new 2.5" Ford hitch......

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