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Haha cool. I can live vicariously through you some more!
Well don't get too excited, we still have to see if I'm smart enough to get it done on my own.....LOL.

I have some time to think about it because I don't think the lights will get to me 'til around the middle of September.
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Hello everyone, I've spent hours looking at all the tips and tricks but have never posted. Now that I have something i find worthy of posting here it goes...
I am on my second Commander in the last 8 months and previously had and 99WJ and a 90XJ. I had installed a light into the hatch on the WJ because it lacked light in the rear and if you weren't inside the cargo area you couldn't see anything. My Commander has the same issue. I finally found an led that I like and they were pretty cheap too.

http://www.amazon.com/HOT-SYSTEM-Bum...systems+12v+9w

They are very bright for the size and not huge intrusive lights.
I installed them in that small hump that covers the rear window latch, one on each side, and wired them in with the small OEM light in the hatch so they come on and off with the interior lights. I'm very happy with the results.
I've also mounted one at the bottom of each rear grab handle and wired them to the reverse lights to add some illumination there. They could also be used as rock lights.
Hey rboots, quick question.

The interior hatch light had two wires going to it.

One is red with a white stripe, the other is yellow with an orange stripe.

I'm assuming that the red wire with the white stripe is positive and the yellow wire with the orange stripe is negative/ground?

Can you confirm?


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Hey rboots, quick question.

The interior hatch light had two wires going to it.

One is red with a white stripe, the other is yellow with an orange stripe.

I'm assuming that the red wire with the white stripe is positive and the yellow wire with the orange stripe is negative?

Can you confirm?
I just found a wiring diagram for a 2006 Commander and it confirms the yellow wire with the orange stripe is the ground for all interior dome lights as I suspected.

DOME LIGHT SUPERVISION (-) YELLOW/ORANGE At Courtesy Light

http://www.alarmsellout.com/support/...DER%202006.pdf

I had the interior panel off of the rear hatch door yesterday checking out the wiring harness and looking to see how it's routed and trying to figure out exactly how I want to wire the LED's in.

When I pulled the rear hatch interior light out, 2 of the plastic tabs on the cover of the light snapped off, the whole light housing (which of course is plastic) is very brittle probably from heat & age, so, I ordered a new one from the dealership yesterday. It should be here on Monday.

My LED interior light kit should also be here Monday, so I should be able to get all of this done at once.


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I just finished installing and wiring the rear hatch LED lights....what a pain in the arse that was...I had to pull the entire interior hatch panel off to be able to do the wiring....it SUCKED!!!

rboots said this was easy........well, in my opinion, it was very tedious.

It probably took me about 2 1/2 hours from start to finish.

The wire those LED's come wired with is extremely thin and somewhat difficult to strip and splice.

I had to add additional wire to the wire the LED's came with to make it long enough to comfortably splice into the existing rear hatch light wiring.

I could not find any way to snake the LED wiring through the rear hatch interior door panel without taking it off - for me, there just was not enough space to work.

Once I took the rear hatch interior panel off completely, it made things somewhat simpler - although I did break one of the plastic clips that holds it in place.

Fortunately I had some left over clips from my old door molding that I took off yesterday, that I saved - which will temporarily substitute nicely for the one I broke today, until I can order a new one.

But it's done, it works and it looks pretty damn good if I do say so myself, can't wait to see it tonight.

I also replaced the rear hatch light that I broke with the new one that I ordered from the dealership and replaced the original bulb it came with with an LED.

A couple of daytime pics:







I'll take some night-time pics tonight.


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I'm extremely happy with the amount of light these LED's throw - night time pics:




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Hello everyone, I've spent hours looking at all the tips and tricks but have never posted. Now that I have something i find worthy of posting here it goes...
I'd just like to give a shout out to rboots who pioneered this rear hatch custom LED light installation/modification.

This was a great idea my friend, thanks for sharing it with us.

It looks great, it's cheap and it's very functional.
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What an excellent mod!

BigBlue, would you happen to have a link to the LED's you purchased? The link above is no longer active and I'd like to buy a set of the lights and get them installed before it gets too cold.

Thanks - appreciate the great forum!

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What an excellent mod!

BigBlue, would you happen to have a link to the LED's you purchased? The link above is no longer active and I'd like to buy a set of the lights and get them installed before it gets too cold.

Thanks - appreciate the great forum!

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Looks like they are the 9 watt "eagle eye" leds on ebay. I love them! Running them on my sled too along the sides to help catch the areas that don't get light from the headlight and on my smart car as day time running lights where the fog lights would be.

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Found 'em!

Just ordered a 10-pack. Bound to be another project I can use the extras on, right?


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Found 'em!

Just ordered a 10-pack. Bound to be another project I can use the extras on, right?


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I found with mine they skimp out on the silicone ( you will know what I'm talking about when you get yours) so I added a little more and they last forever. My first batch would get moisture in them and burn out fast

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