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Rear Off Road Lights on ORU Defender Roof Rack

Has anyone with the Defender roof rack installed rear lights on the two mounts on the back? I want to add rear lights to my rack, but am concerned that the depth of the lights will hit the bar behind them. The rack is completely vertical in the back, whereas in the front it has about a 45 degree angle allowing you to add lights with depth.

I don't want the rear lights to stand up above the top of the rack, which probably only leaves me about a couple of inches from the mount to the bar behind it.

If somebody has rear lights installed on this rack, please let me know what model lights you have and post pictures if possible. Thanks!
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I can't help, but would love to see what your outcome looks like. Good luck.
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If somebody has rear lights installed on this rack, please let me know what model lights you have and post pictures if possible. Thanks!
I liked the way your defender rack looks on your Commander. So I went to their web site and noticed one photo of rear lights in their gallery.
http://www.defenderracks.com/gallery_detail.asp?ID=3
( last photo on the right)

Perhaps they can tell you what brand lights they are.
How do you like your defender rack ? I like the idea of their light mounts and low profile.

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I have the same rack and mine will fit on the rear. They are just cheap BAJA Champions from autozone. They have the mounting bolt all the way at the rear of the light so it's a straight line from the bolt up the rear of the light. I think many off road lights are designed this way.
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Has anyone with the Defender roof rack installed rear lights on the two mounts on the back?........let me know what model lights you have and post pictures if possible. Thanks!
Sal's Garage and Cico7's Garage have lights on the back of the rack.
May be others, but you might look at these for ideas.

If you want to stay below the top of the rack, I think you will need to
go with rectangular lights, that you can get reasonably priced and fab a
mount for them.
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I actually found that same picture on their website shortly after posting this question. After much thought, I changed my mind and decided not to mount rear lights. I just mounted front lights on my rack and am content with just the front lights.

BTW, I love the Defender roof rack. It has been my favorite purchase for the Jeep. Just as you said, I love the low profile. Since you need to remove the factory cross rails, you can sell them for about $100 and use that money towards the rack.
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Thanks for all your replies guys. Who knows, maybe I'll change my mind someday and decide to add the rear lights.
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I think you will need to
go with rectangular lights,
Cico7 comment reminded me that PIAA makes a pair of backup lights.
I have them on two of my vehicles (74 Dodge Van, 93 WX).
http://www.piaa.com/Lamps/Lamp-pages/1500bu.html

Thanks for the info on your rack.

Good Luck..
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That's the perfect light. Exactly what I was looking for b/c the bracket sits back in the light, keeping the light from interfering with the cross bar on the roof rack. I'll keep this in mind if I decide to install rear lights. Thanks for the info!
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This is how one guy connected his roof lights......





The PIAA lights are nice, but only 55 watt. Are they bright enough?
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