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Unread 03-26-2014, 11:41 PM   #16
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Yeah i need a light. I guess ill do this. So just connect them to my original light wires?

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Unread 03-27-2014, 03:00 AM   #17
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^Yep.
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Unread 03-27-2014, 08:57 AM   #18
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This is a really great idea. I've been complaining about the same thing for the last few months! I am definitely stealing this idea!
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Unread 03-27-2014, 09:57 AM   #19
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I'm old fashioned. A 12 volt back up light, and a clip-on reflector, and two battery clips are good enough for me. My dad carried one in the glove box of his 1951 Buick.

(Only, it was probably a 6 volt)
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Unread 03-27-2014, 10:09 AM   #20
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I'm old fashioned. A 12 volt back up light, and a clip-on reflector, and two battery clips are good enough for me. My dad carried one in the glove box of his 1951 Buick.
I used a similar setup to this until it was borrowed and not returned. The only difference is that my light was on a magnet instead of a clip.
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Unread 03-27-2014, 04:00 PM   #21
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I thought I was old fashioned for still carrying a 4D-cell MagLite... You guys take it to another level. Lol.
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Unread 03-28-2014, 12:03 AM   #22
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I'm still using a small flood light on a magnetic base that plugs into the lighter. 12 foot cord plus a 12 foot extension so I can reach the rear of the jeep if needed.

But.....

Being able to simply lift the hood and not have to futz getting that light out it's ammo can storage box is VERY convenient. Nice mod!
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Unread 03-28-2014, 01:44 AM   #23
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I have a headlamp, the aforementioned maglite, two or three other small flashlights, a flashlight app on my phone, and now this. There are certain things that when you need them, you can't have too much. (Light, water, ammo, cover, QRF...)
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Unread 04-12-2014, 06:34 PM   #24
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Has anyone else done this yet? I want to see pics. Maybe I can improve mine.
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Unread 04-13-2014, 01:05 PM   #25
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Has anyone else done this yet? I want to see pics. Maybe I can improve mine.
Maybe you could put them under the car to face upward and also wire them to the switch. So that if you ever have to do anything under the car you can see what your doing. I would aim them at stuff like the starter, oil pan, u-joints... Maybe put a strip in each tire well so you can change a tire in the dark...

The possibilities are endless. If you don't want to wire to the hood lamp you can always put a toggle switch somewhere. LEDs don't take much so there isn't much risk of blowing a fuse if you hook them all to one location.

LEDs are pretty durable and should hold up to the water, dirt and other road sh... Just don't hit them on a rock or something.
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Unread 04-23-2014, 02:32 AM   #26
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What would you attach them to if you wanted them to shine up from the bottom? The control arms?
I like the idea of the wheel wells, though. That had crossed my mind when i saw someone's rock lights...
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Unread 07-18-2014, 05:03 PM   #27
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No underhood lights in my XK.

Doing this!

Thanks fayceoff!
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Unread 09-11-2014, 03:20 PM   #28
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Nice. Thinking of doing this myself now, just wanted to check and see if they are staying in place?
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Unread 09-11-2014, 10:29 PM   #29
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They're holding just as strong as ever. Its been a pretty warm muggy summer this year, too.
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Unread 09-12-2014, 07:30 AM   #30
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How would you do this if you had no light in there in the first place my 04 did not have one on the first place there are no wires or anything thanks
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