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Discussion in 'Ford Raptor Lighting Modifications Forum [GEN 1]' started by Cody Templeton, Nov 8, 2020.

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  1. Cody Templeton

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    I was looking at that one as well, but I'm not sure if I wanna dovetail the bed yet to match it. Does it still use the factory license plate lamps and license plate mount areas as well? Looks like it retains the hitch too.
     
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    Ended up so far with this:

    https://www.vleds.com/lpr-reverse-72-w.html

    And these:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GGK6QDW/?tag=fordraptorforum-20

    And these:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07J1ZNVY9/?tag=fordraptorforum-20

    After I figure out the bumper situation I'll order the rear LED floods, but I need to find a bumper that uses the OEM backup sensors, license plate lights, license plate mounting, and retains the hitch. I'm just not sure if I wanna dovetail the bed, but I'd like a bumper to match my front. I just don't want one of the gaudy giant metal bumpers, rather have a tube style one.
     
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    One issue I'll need to fix is the license plates are so light now they wash out the camera a bit at night. What I think I'm gonna do is just pull the lenses off them and just spray them lightly with a tinting spray to darken them a bit. Should work well, and if I mess it up they were only 13 bucks. lol
     
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    Got the license plate lamp assemblies spray tinted and darkened down a fair bit. They were so bright that they actually made it hard to see out of the reverse camera at night because they were shining so brightly up at it. Also, they were just a bit too overpowering compared to the tail lights and side markers. The reverse bulbs are installed in the tail lights as well, and they made a huge difference in the light output.

    I also got the trailer connector relocated as well. I noticed that the bracket was bent indicating the P.O. must have hit it on something. I cut the bracket off the hitch, ground the welds down, and sprayed it with matte black paint to cover it for now. Eventually when I get the front bumper, rear bumper, and rock sliders bed linered gray I'll have the hitch done as well.

    Lastly, I installed the license plate reverse mount. It's very good quality, and it's nice because you can drill a hole through the plastic underneath it for the wire to run through so you don't have any wires on the outside of the bumper. I ended up tying it into the reverse output on the trailer harness wiring, and used a self tapping screw to ground it to the bumper bracket. I was going to attach it to the trailer wiring ground, but the wire is quite large, and I didn't want to attach the tiny 24 gauge wire into the 14 gauge trailer harness ground wire. This thing is extremely bright for how small it is!

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    Last one.

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    All that should be left is to figure out some flood lights. Who knows, I may end up just keeping the rear bumper so that I can retain the trailer connector where it is and still have a step.
     
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    Is all that lighting mainly from the amazon reverse bulbs? that looks great!
     
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    I'd say 40% is from the reverse bulbs, and the other 60% is from the license plate bar. That little thing is stupidly bright.
     
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    awesome, thanks for the feedback
     
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    Welcome! I'm looking forward to getting the rear flood flights to finish it out. :)
     

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