Several folks asked for a write up on this so here it is:
After several wheeling trips that had some sort of hold up where I ended up wheeling in the dark I decided that I needed to add some rock lights, but the price tag on the pre-made kits was a little ridiculous.
After a little searching on Ebay and Amazon I came across these for $18.20 and decided to give them a try: Link to Ebay
There are 20 4-LED pods included in the string but they are only a couple inches apart so I had to extend the wiring. I ended up only using 18 pods.
To begin with I wanted to point out that the correct way of doing this would be to solder the connections for all the extensions, but I didn't have enough heat shrink on hand so I just used butt connectors. If it ever shorts out or pulls apart then I will go back through and re-do it.
I started by installing the relay and switch that would power the lights. Relay setup is pretty straight forward but can be confusing if you have never done it before. Here is a diagram that explains the wiring.
The relay used is a standard 5 pin 30amp SPDT relay. They look like this:
I located the relay above the ECU due to the easy access to the battery and close access to the front fender.
There is a very convenient hole through the fender to pass the power wire through.
The pods all have pass through power and ground so it makes it quite easy to daisy chain them all the way around the Jeep. The string started in the passenger front fender and is daisy chained all the way around the Jeep. As you can see the first pod is grounded and as you will see in the next photos the ground is simply daisy chained all the way around along with the power. All pods are mounted with self tapping screws with appropriately sized pre-drilled holes:
First Pod (w/ground):
The rest of the photos are from the drivers side, but you get the idea. I chose locations that would be fairly protected.
Front wheel well locations (be carefull when drilling the mounting holes on both front fenders, the washer bottle and the fuse block could easily be drilled into if you are not careful):
To be continued...