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post #1 of 4 Old Yesterday, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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Taillight kit - are backup and brake lights supposed to work?

I got the "Deluxe cargo box" with my new TX which included the taillight kit. The lights have a top red section and a bottom white section, similar to the way taillights and backup lights look on autos and pickups. However, I notice that only the red taillights work when the lights are on. Should the white lights come on when I put it in reverse? Also, are there supposed to be brake lights? Nothing changes when I press the brake pedal. I'm not finding much info about how these lights are supposed to work.
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If you take a look at the "build your own" section on the Deere site, your choice is tail/brake or deluxe. Presuming you got the tail/brake, then that's likely a 2 element bulb behind the red lens. Everything else isn't connected nor is there likely a bulb in the other slots. There doesn't appear to have a white back up light regardless. The lens looks exactly like what's put into all the XUVs which means one size fits all. The red would be the tail/brake, middle turn signal with yellow bulb, and bottom back up with a white bulb. Just because you have the fixture, doesn't mean you have the wiring and switches to make it all work. If you didn't get the deluxe package, then you should just have tail/brake. If the brake light isn't working, the dealer needs to fix it under warranty. I don't know if you already have the wiring harness for the other stuff but given how JD runs their site, you might. "Options" are configured at the factory and "Attachments" are sent in boxes to your dealer for them to put in. I don't recall an attachment in which they have to yank out a factory wire harness to put a different one in.
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If you take a look at the "build your own" section on the Deere site, your choice is tail/brake or deluxe. Presuming you got the tail/brake, then that's likely a 2 element bulb behind the red lens. Everything else isn't connected nor is there likely a bulb in the other slots. There doesn't appear to have a white back up light regardless. The lens looks exactly like what's put into all the XUVs which means one size fits all. The red would be the tail/brake, middle turn signal with yellow bulb, and bottom back up with a white bulb. Just because you have the fixture, doesn't mean you have the wiring and switches to make it all work. If you didn't get the deluxe package, then you should just have tail/brake. If the brake light isn't working, the dealer needs to fix it under warranty. I don't know if you already have the wiring harness for the other stuff but given how JD runs their site, you might. "Options" are configured at the factory and "Attachments" are sent in boxes to your dealer for them to put in. I don't recall an attachment in which they have to yank out a factory wire harness to put a different one in.
Paperwork says I have the "Deluxe Cargo Box with Brake and Taillights and Spray-On Liner". I found the "Deluxe Light Kit" that you mention in "attachments" and I definitely don't have that, so guess I am supposed to have brake and taillights only. However, you say there is not a white back up light, but I have a red lens on top and a white lens on bottom. Can't really see thru the lens, but it looks like there is a bulb in the white section (might be an orange bulb). Only thing that works is top red lights and they are on constantly, but only when lights are switched on. I have to take it in to dealer for another issue anyway, so guess I will have them investigate. No big deal about brake lights, but backup lights would be nice to have in the dark!

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post #4 of 4 Old Today, 03:16 PM
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The backup lights are pretty lame. I convert everything to LED which means I typically have to change out the flasher relay to a full solid state unit. Even then, backup lights remain lame. However, rear work lights are awesome for backing around in the dark.
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