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Aux Reverse Lights in RTR License Place Panel

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Aux Reverse Lights in RTR License Place Panel

I got the RTR rear license plate surround and put LED Pods in the "vents" wired up to the reverse lights.
(my interior lights are extra bright LEDs too)
I have a smooth panel waiting in box as well.

I bought Single-LED light pods from Amazon and with my brother's help, made brackets to mount them to the back of the RTR panel. The brackets are made of some thin sheet metal we had laying around that we cut and bent to fit. I painted the brackets black.

They are tapped into the reverse light wires behind the taillights which I think was the blue wire on both sides using "scotchlok" style taps and used an existing ground stud. We put a waterproof connector in the middle of the wire so that the panel is removable. The wires go though existing grommet.

The LED pods are advertised at 10W each at 12V, but I measured 6W Each which is 0.5 Amp Each. The stock wiring should handle them fine. Although the stock wiring did look thinner than I was expecting.

These barely fit in depth. Anything larger might not fit. Unless maybe you mount them in the vent in front of the mesh instead of behind it like I did, but you'll have to check width on larger pods as well. I wanted them to be as hidden as possible until they were on.

These are the light pods I used:

These are the flood pattern.
I didn't use those brackets they come with.

Here are the waterproof connectors I used:

The brackets we made may not be the best looking, but they work and are not particularly visible when everything is mounted.

To mount them to the RTR panel, I drilled though the metal clips that hold the mesh and used stainless steel bolts and nuts (double-nutted, pic before complete).

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