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Flush mounted LED Floods to my stock 2014 3500HD rear bumper

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Flush mounted LED Floods to my stock 2014 3500HD rear bumper

Postby jjs405 [OP] » Jan 21 2020, 7:35pm

Here's how I added two Rigid LED Floods to my stock 2014 3500HD rear bumper.

Requirements:
• Skill Level: Anyone who can use power tools without causing injury to themselves or others
• Time: About 2 Hours or so, maybe a little longer to pretty up the wiring harness
• Special Tools: Angle Grinder or Dremel, Soldering Iron, Wire Crimper.

*** All pics at the bottom ***

- I used masking tape to outline the area that I wanted to mount the lights after checking clearance behind the bumper. The necessary clearance dictated where to mount the lights. I used an angle grinder to cut out the metal (Not shown), but you could use a Dremel tool as well.

- Pics 1, 2 & 3 show the cut-out area in the bumper. I touched up the bare metal with paint to protect the exposed surfaces.

- Pics 4, 5 & 6 shows what I purchased. Rigid # 925113 Flush Mount LED Floods.

- Pics 7, 8 & 9 show the mounted lights prior to me zip tying the wiring up inside. I protected all the wires with wire loom and ran it along with the factory wiring, zip-tying them together.

- Pic 10 shows the schematic of how I wired the lights; you don't need to be this complex. I wanted the On-Off-On switch so that I could turn on the reverse lights on demand as needed. In the middle position they don't come on at all, In the other position they turn on manually as needed or with the switch in the other position they come on with the reverse lights.

I used a relay to carry the current and used a fuse tap under the hood as the signal wire so that I did not have to use or potentially damage the factory wiring harness. (Initially I was going to mount a weather-proof relay inside the rear tail light area & tap the reverse light there, but later changed my mind to this version)

Conclusion: I wanted it to blend in with the truck & am glad that I went with the flush mount LED's. They have been on for 2 years now and I do not regret the install & would do it again!

Reverse Lights 01.jpg
Cut out area in the stock bumper

Reverse Lights 02.jpg
Cut out area in the stock bumper

Reverse Lights 03.jpg
Cut out area in the stock bumper

Reverse Lights 04.jpg
What was purchased

Reverse Lights 05.jpg
What was purchased

Reverse Lights 06.jpg
What was purchased

Reverse Lights 07.jpg
Lights as mounted

Reverse Lights 08.jpg
Lights as mounted

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Lights as mounted

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The schematic
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Re: Flush mounted LED Floods to my stock 2014 3500HD rear bu

Postby GBSierraSLE » Jan 23 2020, 8:32pm

Thanks for posting. Do you have any night pics of the lights?
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Re: Flush mounted LED Floods to my stock 2014 3500HD rear bu

Postby jjs405 [OP] » Jan 23 2020, 9:05pm

No, not yet .... we're buried in snow here - I can try & take some soon & post them.
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Re: Flush mounted LED Floods to my stock 2014 3500HD rear bu

Postby mars2878 » Jun 27 2020, 3:15pm

jjs405 wrote:No, not yet .... we're buried in snow here - I can try & take some soon & post them.



did you get a chance for night pics yet??
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Re: Flush mounted LED Floods to my stock 2014 3500HD rear bu

Postby jjs405 [OP] » Jun 28 2020, 4:07am

No, & no real excuse other than being lazy ... I will try & get some posted ... sorry.
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Re: Flush mounted LED Floods to my stock 2014 3500HD rear bu

Postby silentbravo » Jun 28 2020, 7:49am

That's how I did my lights to. Great mod.

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Night shot for mine, which are 22w(ea) Mictuning flood lights.
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Re: Flush mounted LED Floods to my stock 2014 3500HD rear bu

Postby jjs405 [OP] » Nov 09 2020, 6:49am

GBSierraSLE wrote:Thanks for posting. Do you have any night pics of the lights?


Sorry for the very late reply, but finally got some night pics of the lights.

First pic is just the stock reverse lights and the second pic is with the Flush Mounted LED's ... Night and day difference !!!

*** Both pics were taken with the camera in manual mode with a fixed exposure to try & capture what the eye sees ***

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Just the Stock Reverse Lights


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Re: Flush mounted LED Floods to my stock 2014 3500HD rear bu

Postby mars2878 » Nov 09 2020, 9:18pm

"oh my grandma, what big eyes you have! all the better to see you with my dear"

such vast improvement.
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Re: Flush mounted LED Floods to my stock 2014 3500HD rear bu

Postby QNman » Nov 09 2020, 9:57pm

Great mod! I'd like to do something similar to my 2016 1500. The mechanics of it, no problem. But electricity stumps me. How could I wire it without a splice where they come on with my reverse lights? I don't know what a fuse tap is.
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Re: Flush mounted LED Floods to my stock 2014 3500HD rear bu

Postby jjs405 [OP] » Nov 09 2020, 10:31pm

QNman wrote:Great mod! I'd like to do something similar to my 2016 1500. The mechanics of it, no problem. But electricity stumps me. How could I wire it without a splice where they come on with my reverse lights? I don't know what a fuse tap is.



Probably the easiest way is to use a fuse tap - https://tinyurl.com/y3s9zjwb - that taps into the electrical signal for the reverse lights in the fuse panel. You would find the fuse for the reverse lights, pull it, plug in the fuse tap and re-insert the fuse. You now have an additional slot for another fused circuit to power the lights. For my truck it was Fuse # 14.

When the truck is put into reverse there is 12V available at that fuse. I used that 12V to power a relay to carry the current for the LED's. I did not want to take the chance to overload the factory wiring by having that same circuit power the LED's.

Here's a simplified schematic that should help.

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