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Alright, I was not the first to mount a second fuel tank in the spare tire location, the guy from Austrailia beat me.

I was not the first to get a rear tire carrier, Phunkeydude beat me.

I also was not the first to get a "Get Lost" front bumper.

However, I bet that I am the first to have Sequential Turn Signals on a Commander.

I was concerned that my right turn signal and brake light might be obstructed by the spare tire on the rear carrier. I looked at several LED lights online and finally selected the same light that I installed on my old motor home a couple of years ago. I ordered the lights, but since they will take a few weeks to get here, I removed the ones from the motor home to use till the new ones come in.

They have three wires, the white is ground, the red is turn signal and the black is for the brake light.

Here is the link for the lights:

http://www.buytruckstuff.com/product.asp?selcategory=61&p_gpID=233

Here are some pictures:



The wiring for the lights comes directly from the tail lights.

The Dark green wire from the bottom light is for the turn signal and goes to the red wire on the light.
the Yellow green wire from the middle light is for the brake light and goes to the black wire on the light.

I also tapped into the tail light because I will add a small round red LED light later so I ran the wire now. It comes from either the white green wire from the little clearence light or from the green wire from the middle light.

The wiring for the right side is the same.

All the extra wiring is from my Blue OX towing wire. They allow the motor home wiring to feed thru diodes to my rear lights when the Commander is towed.


The three wires come thru holes that I drilled into the tail light housing area and then the wire goes into a loom and up the sides of the open tailgate gasket.

There is a large black wire in the bundle at the top of the door where the wiring goes into the door that I used for all the grounds.




This is where the light will be mounted in a rubber grommet.
 

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First I drilled a hole after removing the third brake light to check to see what was behind and how deep it was. I then used a jig saw to cut out the hole smaller than I needed. I carefully enlarged the hole with a small grinder to approach the correct size, checking with a test fit several times.




Here is the first one installed and recessed in a grommet


 

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The turn signals will also both come on with the emergency flashers and it looks like a highway service truck with arrows directing you both ways around.

The brake light lights both up with a steady light unless one of the turn signals is on and then the turn signal over rides the break light.





When you are a little to the right and behind you can see all the lights.


However, If you are directly behind or a little to the left the tire blocks the lights.

 

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you are nuts my friend. i would never hack into the steel. holy crap. you have impressed me.

looks really good and a really good modification for waking those sleeping behind the wheel.
 

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I figured what is the worst that could happen. I have to buy a new door. Besides someone has to be first.
 

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Did you put something on the metal where you cut it to keep it from rusting ?
 

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Yes, and it is sealed with the grommet. I might glue the grommet later, but I think I will swap the new lights for the old ones first. The plastic is a little crazed.
 

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I like your braveness to do such a modification :) ,, and I like the way you did it ,,,, but honestly speaking,, I don't like the look of the those lights !! ,, you should have get a tire carrier that sets the tire in the middle and keep the neat and gentle look of the Commander intact .... :)

I like to maintain the factory look :)
 

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I actually do like the lights. You have to see them in motion to get the full effect. There is certainly no doubt about your intention to turn with these lights. I wanted to keep the option of using my backup camera and that is why my tire is offset. It coould be a few inches to the left and I could still use the camera. I would hate to run over some kid or old person in the parking lot. I have spotted people crossing behind me as I was attempting to back up.

Ahmed, Would you like me to throw a couple of sets of Spydertrax spacers in the belly box of the unit coming over to Dubai in May?. If you say no, you just might get them anyway.

By the Way, I am trying for the "Ungentle Look"...LOL
 

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I actually do like the lights. You have to see them in motion to get the full effect. There is certainly no doubt about your intention to turn with these lights. I wanted to keep the option of using my backup camera and that is why my tire is offset. It coould be a few inches to the left and I could still use the camera. I would hate to run over some kid or old person in the parking lot. I have spotted people crossing behind me as I was attempting to back up.

Ahmed, Would you like me to throw a couple of sets of Spydertrax spacers in the belly box of the unit coming over to Dubai in May?. If you say no, you just might get them anyway.

By the Way, I am trying for the "Ungentle Look"...LOL

I see now why you went with the offset tire carrier,, you have a point.

as for the spacers, I would like to have them but it will make the tires rub against the wheel well as you can see in the pics in my thread about the new tires I got at this link .. http://www.jeepcommander.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7443&page=4

But I'm thinking about getting some other bigger parts like molded running boards if its ok with you. my wife is pregnant and it might be a bit difficult for her to get into the lifted Commander after some months !
 

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Cool mod! still waiting to get together and see the project in person.

You might want to consider a red light that plugs into the right rear lens that you could then mount on the corner of the tire carrier. Something you can unplug if you remove the carrier.
 

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Turn signals can be amber. Lots of cars come with amber rear turn signals.
 

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Turn signals can be amber. Lots of cars come with amber rear turn signals.
I have seen amber on the sides and front but never on the rear.
 

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I finished up after dark last night so here are the daylight pictures of the finished project.









 

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Hate to be a party pooper but I don't like them all that much. Sorry.
 

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I am not bothered that you do not like them. Not a problem, different people like different things. I mostly did them for safety. I wish that they were smaller, but the arrows are large enough to see for a distance. I could visualize someone not seeing my right turn signal and passing me on the right if I were stopped in the road. I don't think that will happen with these industrial size turn signals. They will also work when I am towing the Commander behind the Motor home. I alos would not have installed them if my spare tire did not block the lower LED turn signals. I am also going to take A49er"s suggestion and add two small red tail lights to the frame of the tire carrier. I can actually run them off the same wire as the license plate light. If it would stop a rear end collision I would put a billboard back there.
 
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