How durable are the lights as far as waterproofing and normal offroad beatings.
I have taken them offroad nearly every weekend since installing them, mostly rock crawling but they've been through several water crossings and rain storms and they are still working like they did when they were just installed. They seem pretty durable at this point.
Consider this: I took the ground wire from each of the pods and bent it back and just used the mounting screw to ground the pod since all but 2 of the locations were on metal; I mounted 1 pod on each side in the plastic behind the rear wheel, I had to run a ground wire to those instead of using the mounting screw. This method would also allow you to troubleshoot a wiring problem fairly easily.
And this: I wired them so that they turn on when I go in reverse, and also when I open my doors, which always makes me smile
Mounting Locals: I don't have any pictures, but I have 3 on the front, 2 in each of the front wheel wells, 3 on each side between the wheels aiming down/out, 1 on each side between the wheels aiming inward at the front of the skid plate, 1 in each rear wheel well, and 3 in the rear.
Genius! Can you inform us on the wiring locations to do the same?? I have mine mounted in but not powered yet so if I can do all that before, it would be much easier
I took the reverse light power from the rear of the jeep (spliced into the reverse lights) but make sure you use a diode to keep the power from the lights hitting the actual reverse lights (which would turn on the reverse lights anytime you turned on the rock lights/opened the door etc.)
Then I tapped into the dome lights by the driver's feet (I can't remember which wires the power/ground are exactly, but I tapped in near the harness) again, using a diode so that your dome lights don't pop on in reverse/when the rock lights are switched on.
I like being seen better when pulling out of a dark parking spot; but really, the dome light tap is the better of the two mods, it's cool looking and it helps everyone see the running boards!
I'd hate to ask this of you, but could you ellaborate on the use of the diode? I'm good with wiring and basic electronics but I've never used diodes before. Any help is appreciated as to where and how they're wired in