Rigid Ignite Backup Lights

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Added a set of Rigid Ignite Backup lights to help with rear lighting in reverse and be able to switch them on from aux switches. Also added a set of studs to replace the two that Jeep forgot to add...


First, cut a couple of pieces of bar stock to use as light mounts. Primed and painted them black.
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Drilled holes for the missing studs and then for the light mounts. Epoxied in the extra studs.
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Took some time to feed the Rigid wires through the existing sleeve/tailgate hole. That required trimming the rubber plug that goes through the tailgate and some lube...
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Wired the lights into an Aux switch, the reverse lights and a switch panel on the Outback Tailgater as described here: https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/forum/threads/outback-tailgater-w-switch-plate.29587/#post-689955


Re-mounted the spare, added the missing lug nuts, and attached 3rd brake light and bike rack.
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nice job! do you have any pictures of the light throw at night?
 
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nice job! do you have any pictures of the light throw at night?
Added an exterior shot with the Rigid lights on. Photos of the backup cam view didn’t come out great because of focus issues, but add those too.
 
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This is great on the road for those pesky tailgaters!
 

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@mortimer Great write up! Couple quick questions as I am going to try this as well shortly. Thanks in advance for the help!

What type of hardware did you use to mount the little light brackets you made to the spare tire holder? I have most of what i need to do this, but I dont want to take all that off and realize I am missing something and not be able to drive to get it. Did you use a bolt and nut? Could you access underneath that spare tire holder to tight up a nut? Or did you use some sort of unique screw like a metal tapping screw or something designed to dig into spare holder and hold that bracket on itself? Thanks for the help in advance, this is cool!

Separately, if you wired this directly to the aux switches... why did you feel the need to wire it up to the reverse lights as well? Is a "safety" measure so that you cannot turn on these lights without being in reverse, in fear that you will accendentlly flip these on driving down the highway and blind someone thus making sure these only will come on if both reverse is engaged and the aux switch is flipped on? Curious why you did that.

Thanks!
 

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@mortimer Great write up! Couple quick questions as I am going to try this as well shortly. Thanks in advance for the help!

What type of hardware did you use to mount the little light brackets you made to the spare tire holder? I have most of what i need to do this, but I dont want to take all that off and realize I am missing something and not be able to drive to get it. Did you use a bolt and nut? Could you access underneath that spare tire holder to tight up a nut? Or did you use some sort of unique screw like a metal tapping screw or something designed to dig into spare holder and hold that bracket on itself? Thanks for the help in advance, this is cool!

Separately, if you wired this directly to the aux switches... why did you feel the need to wire it up to the reverse lights as well? Is a "safety" measure so that you cannot turn on these lights without being in reverse, in fear that you will accendentlly flip these on driving down the highway and blind someone thus making sure these only will come on if both reverse is engaged and the aux switch is flipped on? Curious why you did that.

Thanks!
So I took this on finally and answered my own question.. easy nut and bolt to mount it. I also was able to squeeze in some Baja Designs squadron pros in there 😜🤓
 

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