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Unread 12-31-2010, 09:12 PM   #76
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So I was under the impression that I had fixed these silly windshield lights. At I was driving yesterday, they turned off and would not turn back on. I cannot for the life of me figure out what is going on with these, but I think that a new hot lead from the battery is necessary. I found a new switch panel that I'm going to get that will mount exactly into the space where the ash tray was. I'll post pictures of it tomorrow.

Happy new year guys.

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Unread 01-01-2011, 06:20 AM   #77
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Hey man nice looking jeep!
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Unread 01-01-2011, 07:11 AM   #78
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Heres some advice on those lights for ya....Check this thread"KC lights" . it was started by mudmonkey and there is a diagram posted by rustywrangler.The dia. is for 4;..With only 2 lights you will need to wire them as one side of the diagran says.Did you use a relay and inline fuse them?If thay aren't wired like this...rewire them.For the long term this works best.Also use shrink tubing over all connections.Sorry I don't know how to attach the thread... Good Luck
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Unread 01-01-2011, 07:47 AM   #79
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So you were stuck in Poughkeepsie for the "big" snowstorm?! Haha

Nice looking Jeep, it's coming along nicely!
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Unread 01-03-2011, 03:39 PM   #80
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Heres some advice on those lights for ya....Check this thread"KC lights" . it was started by mudmonkey and there is a diagram posted by rustywrangler.The dia. is for 4;..With only 2 lights you will need to wire them as one side of the diagran says.Did you use a relay and inline fuse them?If thay aren't wired like this...rewire them.For the long term this works best.Also use shrink tubing over all connections.Sorry I don't know how to attach the thread... Good Luck
Thanks! I decided not to mess with it any further, as I'm going to attack the wiring for this and more lights next time I'm in Boston. Most definitely appreciate the help.

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Thanks man! I think she's looking really great these days.

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So you were stuck in Poughkeepsie for the "big" snowstorm?! Haha

Nice looking Jeep, it's coming along nicely!
Yep, stuck in Poughkeepsie for 18" of snowfall! My grandparents live on Fair Oaks Drive. Thanks for the compliment!
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Unread 01-03-2011, 03:45 PM   #81
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So I flew back to Orlando last night. I'll be back to Boston in April probably, and will have tons of projects to be done then. I will first tackle the wiring for the windshield lights, and have found a great way to attack this problem.

I don't have the cigarette ash tray in the dash anymore, and it's now just an empty space. So I was googling solutions for switch panels for aux lighting, and came across a panel that's intended for marine/boating applications. After talking to the company, I found the measurements and everything. It's 4 and a half inches wide and 5 inches tall. This will fit perfectly into the slot where the ash tray went, and I'll use a dremmel to cut out the space so it fits correctly. This panel has 4 switches, and has inline fuses that make wiring a cinch! I will be able to run one hot line from the battery (thick, 10 ~ 12 gauge) and will daisy chain down the hot lines of the switches. This way, when I add new lights I'll only need to run the wiring to the lights themselves, instead of going back and forth through the firewall every time something is added.

Anyway, here are some photos. This unit is $25 on eBay, and should serve it's purpose well in a nice, clean installation. And it comes with different stickers for the panel labeling, so I can creatively name the switches.



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Unread 01-09-2011, 04:04 PM   #82
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So my next lighting project is going to begin...

I got 6 of the Northern Industrial Mini Wide Beam lights from a friend for my birthday. My plan (as stated back on page 4 or 5) is to build a light bar for the hood. Something along the lines of the Delta hood bar. I ordered from Home Depot some 2" by 2" stock aluminum piping that I'll cut up. The piping came today, but only came with one cap. I made a quick call to Home Depot's customer service, and they're sending me a 2nd cap free of charge. Can't beat free!

Anyway, photos of the lights and the bar stock...





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Unread 01-11-2011, 10:00 AM   #83
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Used the dremmel to cut out the holes for the lights. I was kind of nervous as there wasn't much space for error vertically (in order to fit within the height of the stock pipe) but I surprised myself with good cuts. The overall length of the stock was cut from 72" down to 33". From the measurements I got, the hood hinges are 31" wide from the exterior of each hinge bracket. This will allow me to add the L brackets and have the bar extend past each side a little, which I think will give for a clean look.

As far as the holes and their spacing, I'll be putting 4 lights in the bar. They are measured as follows:

Light 1 - 1" from the end of the stock
Light 2 - 1.75" from the end of Light 1
Light 3 - 1.75" from the end of Light 2
Light 4 - 1.75" from the end of Light 3
Pipe End- 1" from end of Light 4

I also thought that for anyone else trying to make this, it might be helpful if you had a link to the pipe that I used. I tried Lowes and Home Depot, as well as 4 local hardware stores and 2 local fencing companies, and nobody thought these tubes existed. I swore up and down that I had a "friend" (easier than explaining that it was someone on JF) that had purchased it at Lowes, but nobody could direct me to any 2" x 2"... after some searching through the Home Depot website, I found it and ordered... Here's a Link. The reason that I selected that version of the pipe instead of the 4 or 5 other options (some cheaper) is because that one is the "end post" and only has 2 cut outs made into it. Perfectly, the 2 holes are 35 inches apart, which meant it didn't interfere with the stock once I cut it down.

Anyway, after 20 minutes and 2 dead batteries with my (wireless) dremmel later, I had 3 of the holes cut out, and the test light fitted. I had to use a sanding attachment to grind down some of the edges for a smoother fit, but they are easy to take the light in and out of, with minimal gaps between the housing and the stock hole. I'll finish cutting that last hole later this week, the batteries just couldn't hold up to the power draw of cutting through aluminum for that long.

Here are some photos, including the test fit, clearance inside the stock pipe, and a mock up on the TJ.











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Unread 01-11-2011, 10:14 AM   #84
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The light bar looks great! The only thing I can suggest is dont drill and holes through your hood for wiring incase you don't like it. I made a light bar for mine that mounted on the windshield bumpers. I thought it would be better up there for clearance of the fluid sprayers and to hopefully eliminate glare. I liked the look but the problem was the in fact the glare off the hood. there just wasn't enough light for the amount of glare it produced. Just my $0.02
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Unread 01-11-2011, 01:58 PM   #85
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Looks Great! I really like the idea. Just a quick question. They wont interfere while lifting up the hood or anything, right? You actually inspired me to maybe do something similar but maybe I'll put the bar under my front bumper since I'll have my lift in hopefully soon and then I'll be able to see everything even better. Thanks.
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Unread 01-11-2011, 03:07 PM   #86
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You know, now that I look at it, I don't think I'd even considered the approach angle of the washer fluid. Reason being that my washer fluid had been leaking, so I never had any to use in the first place. I guess this raises an interesting problem now that it's working again. I'm wondering if I'd be able to use the holes that the hood bumps stops go through? They look to be a little narrower width wise.

Also, as far as glare goes, I get minimal from the windshield lights, and I do plan on having this bar be elevated a quarter/half inch or so. Not knowing the exact beam pattern of the lights will prove interesting until tested, but I'll let you know how that goes.
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Unread 01-11-2011, 05:53 PM   #87
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I used five 55w generic brand fog lights. I thought i could get away with it but it was a no go they, were about 3/4 of a inch from the hood. I hope yours will work out better. Ill try and dig up a picture of the one I built. The rubber hood bumpers are easy to get out. Just squeeze the bottom side with pliers and pull. One more thing, they tend to act like a wind screen and flex the hood and shake the lights from bumper position.
Here is what mine light bar looked like. I had just bought a welder and wanted to try my hands at fabricating.


Obviously its been sitting around for awhile.
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Unread 01-11-2011, 08:08 PM   #88
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I looked in your stats but couldn't find any info on what color your TJ is... maybe because mine's darker I won't have as much as a problem? This could be shot down depending on the color of yours!
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Unread 01-11-2011, 08:13 PM   #89
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I hope you can still tell with the mud. Its a green, blueish color.
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Unread 01-11-2011, 08:15 PM   #90
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Looks Great! I really like the idea. Just a quick question. They wont interfere while lifting up the hood or anything, right? You actually inspired me to maybe do something similar but maybe I'll put the bar under my front bumper since I'll have my lift in hopefully soon and then I'll be able to see everything even better. Thanks.
Shouldn't interfere with the hood being up, since it's only 2" tall. I think one of these on a front bumper would be awesome!
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