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copied from a lost thread (aka: not mine)

 

 

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Ok, so I took a bunch of photos and I will share them with you. However, I think I owe you more photos and a sufficient write up. The write up will have to occur on the passenger side tail light. The drivers side was my trail and error side. I have my thoughts, but I would like you thoughts. This took me a total of about 5 hours to do one side. I feel like the other side will take half as long. I say that because the first 2.5 hours of work was fruitless, but I will share that with you as well.

 

Here is what I started with:

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What you see here is the first part of my day. I figured that i would use the XJ rear hatch to trace the curve of the light. Great Idea!!!!!! Bad execution. once I found the curve, the next step was to trace that onto the the bed and use tape to get the body line correct.. I measured the lip of the sheet metal so that I could replicate it.........don't try this, its stupid and it will waste your time trying to make the factory lip. Its possible...but stupid.

 

 

 

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At this point, I google the cost of a new bed. This was after I had beat the sheet metal in after cutting those relief cuts. I then unfolded it all and cut it off even. The was no measurements for this, it was a complete eyeball through a face shield. Don't do that,.......its not smart. I guess I didn't completely realize that there was going to be a gap on both sides of the light.

 

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And this is what it looks like completed without body filler or paint. 

 

 

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Nice! Had I known you were doing this I would have sent you some of those lights. I just looked and I have a driver side for late model xj. Its yours for a spare if you want it, I have no use for it.

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24 minutes ago, Pete M said:

copied from a lost thread (aka: not mine)

 

 

wasn't me!  just a portion of a thread I salvaged from a member who left.  :L:  

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How the heck did I miss this?  It will save me tons of time.

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On 9/21/2018 at 2:50 AM, JeepSchmidt O'Guinness said:

Why wouldn't he have just used Dakota lights if he was cutting the bed for the extre room?

Are the Dakota lights easier to mciver into our beds?

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On 7/16/2019 at 12:30 PM, Mopar_Luvr said:

Are the Dakota lights easier to mciver into our beds?

 

not really.  with zero fabrication (maybe some duct tape?) they can both be made "functional", but in order to not look like crap they both require welding. 

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