Taillights are some of the most common modifications for your Jeep Wrangler. Many Jeep owners decide to replace their stock lights with brighter LEDs. LED taillights are an excellent way to increase the overall look of your Jeep, as well as its field of view. They also offer different coloured lighting assemblies and patterns that can illuminate while you drive your Jeep.
So, what is required to install new taillights on your Jeep?
You may think this is lengthy process, that requires cutting and splicing of factory wiring, as well as total de-assembly of the factory taillight and chopping the Jeep’s sheet metal for fitment.
In reality the process is very simple and quick, about 10-15 minutes. And all you need is a couple of hand tools – a Phillips screwdriver and a set of pliers - with no splicing or other modifications needed.
In this guide, I'll walk you through the simple steps needed to install new taillights on your Jeep Wrangler.
Remove the old taillight
This is very simple step, however avoid the mistake of removing all four screws. The two outer screws actually hold the plastic guard to the light assembly, so it helps prevents water from leaking inside. Just remove the two inner screws from the stock taillight housings. Keep them somewhere safe as you will reuse on the new lights.
Pull off the taillight assembly
Grab each side of the taillight assembly and pull it outwards. Then disconnect the wire plugs from the light bulbs.
Connect the new light bulbs
Connect the resistor to the brackets using the screws provided. Tighten the clips using the pliers to help fixing them to the Jeep's body.Press the clips on to the sheet metal body ribbing until secure to hold the resistor bracket in place. On the passenger side, make sure that resistor and wiring sit up and is out of the way of the tailgate check bar.
Optionally, mount the guard
Install the new taillight using the screws from the factory housing. Make sure not to over tighten the screws, as that can crack the housing.
If you are installing guards for the taillights, follow these steps instead:
- Take the rubber stopper and place them on the face of the taillights. These will protect the taillight from receiving any scratches from the guard.
- Grab the rear screws and place one washer on each top and loosely install both screws.
- Install the front screws.
- Tighten all four screw until they are snug.