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Unread 02-22-2012, 11:51 AM   #1
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Underhood engine compartment light Mod

My underhood light on my 2000 XJ was toast, completely rotted out.

I work two jobs, so if I'm going to mess with my XJ, there's a good chance it will be at night in my driveway. So I need some light under the hood.

I looked at factory replacement lights, they run close to $30, helllz no.

So I thought a bit, went on Ebay, and bought:

1. Some LED strip lights, $10.49 Free Shipping
http://www.ebay.com/itm/360429114808...84.m1439.l2649

2. A mercury tilt switch, $7.99 Free Shipping
http://www.ebay.com/itm/290665100013...84.m1439.l2649

Total $18.48


And now when I work under the hood at night it looks like this:






I put the mercury switch in the original light location using the screw that held the original light in place.

I wired the negative wire for the light through the mercury switch, then ran the wires up the center of the hood in a heat shrink.

I then used 3m body molding tape to stick the LED strips to the underside of the hood.

I realize the heat under the hood may affect the life of the LED's, but honestly, after driving 20 miles last night, I immediately lifted the hood and felt the LED's, they didn't seem hot at all.

I know this isn't a major or breathtaking mod, but it's something I did so I figured I'd share it with the forum.



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Unread 02-22-2012, 12:23 PM   #2
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nice! yeah heat would be my only worry.

ha ha after a hot day of it sitting in the sun and that night you go to work on your jeep and your leds are wrapped around your serp belt
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Unread 02-22-2012, 02:17 PM   #3
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VERY cool! Well done! Hopefully they hold up for awhile.
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Unread 02-22-2012, 03:19 PM   #4
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As long as the housing and LEDS are up to, it should be OK. So, if you slam on the brakes, does it blink?



I picked up enough industrial signage LED units to do this same thing to both our XJs.
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Unread 02-22-2012, 07:07 PM   #5
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That is very cool and inventive. I ended up using an underhood light from a WJ, nicer than the XJ, not as cool as LEDs though...
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Unread 02-23-2012, 10:17 PM   #6
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On my TJ I put in a light from a 90's chev. truck underhood light, you can even pull the light out and is on a long retractable cord in case you need to use it to change a tire.
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Unread 02-23-2012, 11:32 PM   #7
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I got a led with a pigtail adapter that was just the right size to fit inside the housing of the stock light and it lights up the engine just fine. Had to zip tie the clear cover because the leds were too tall, but sealed up nice with clear silicone. Used a similar one to put in the rear light as well. Now I can see stuff in back a heck of a lot better.
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Unread 02-24-2012, 04:53 AM   #8
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i like it. keep us update if heat becomes an issue with the plastic housing of the led's
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Unread 04-03-2012, 08:38 PM   #9
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Just wanted to say that I performed this same mod and I am truly impressed with how well it turned out.

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Unread 08-12-2012, 01:05 PM   #10
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Curious, Tracker and Ronni3, to see how these led strips held up over time.

Also, Ronni3, I noticed the hood hydraulic arms. Where'd you get those, and was it an easy install?
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Unread 08-23-2012, 01:41 PM   #11
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Update: 6 months since I did this , almost to the day.

The LED's are working fine.

My biggest fear was the tape letting go under the hood on some of the 100+ degree days we had in NY. No worries, it still looks like it did the day I did this mod.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 02:34 PM   #12
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This is too cool! I have an Avalanche that did not come with an underhood light. Guess whats mod its getting this weekend!!
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Unread 08-23-2012, 04:28 PM   #13
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I did this a while back, plenty of light for night time wrenching
And it was only $2.50 from the pullapart.

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Unread 08-23-2012, 05:50 PM   #14
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Has anyone tried putting an actual hood button in instead of a mercury switch? Mine got stuck on parked on a steep hill once...

Seems most european cars have buttons that would be easy to yoink.
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Unread 08-23-2012, 09:32 PM   #15
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Update: 6 months since I did this , almost to the day.

The LED's are working fine.

My biggest fear was the tape letting go under the hood on some of the 100+ degree days we had in NY. No worries, it still looks like it did the day I did this mod.
Thanks for the update Scorer. Glad to hear it can withstand the horrid underhood temps. Got this mod on the to-do list...but with a regular, manual flip switch rather than the mercury deal.
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