So this morning, i got everything wired up. Its by far the cleanest wire job ive done, but it will work until i have time to clean it up and make it tidy. Ill get some nighttime pictures when its dark.
I ran the wiring to the weather seal at the doors, down the driver's side pillar, and back under the door striping into the cab behind the dash and put the switch inside the cubby to the left of the steering wheel. I then took the power and ground into the engine bay at the bottom corner of the windshield/back corner of the hood/ back right corner of the bay. I grounded at the fuse block ground, and positive power from the battery terminal cable inside the fuse/relay box. I want to change the positive connection to somewhere with switched power so they only work with the key on, but i wasnt sure where the best place to tie into that was? Any ideas?
I tied the two sets of wires into one switch and one fuse, and replaced the 15amp fuse they came with, with a 30amp since it was double the load. I know Rigid says to add 5 amps for each additional light, so technically i only needed 25- but i had a 30 laying on the workbench so it got the call.
Im not the best at electrical setups, so i welcome feedback here! Should i have done something differently?
Dude, the lights look awesome! Are they pretty bright at night? I hope you don't mind, I also want to get the Rhino rack! Since we live in different states, I am pretty much doing that same set up on my roof! I wish I was more knowledgeable with electrical but I am in the same boat. You should take a couple more pics of your wiring and how you ran everything! take it easy
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Finished up the rear hitch mod today and got everything back together. There is ZErO extra room in there, but i got my 265/70/17 tucked away finally and can put my bike rack back on if needed after a month or so of no hitch.
Here was my shopping list for anyone needing info before tackling this mod:
1/2"-4" galv cap head lag bolts with a lock washer and nut to match (4 sets)
Rustoleum spray paint (always good to have around)
Dremel rotory tool with cutoff wheels and a grinding tip
Short! Phillips screwdriver
10mm deep socket
Deep socket to fit new nuts listed above (mine were 19mm)
Breakover bar or impact gun
Start by removing the rear bumper cover which is a process all itself- refer to the shop manual or search the board. Then remove the spare tire and unbolt the hitch (4 bolts) and unplug the hitch wiring harness plug. Remove hitch from vehicle and go to dremel with cutoff wheel. Cut the 4 large nuts off by cutting the tack welds, and then cut the back of the receiver tube flush with the frame cradle. This took some time but the dremel worked best for what i had available. After everything is cut, grind the sharp edges smooth and then give it a good couple of coats of rustoleum. Once dry, reinstall using the new lag bolts positioned from front to back of the vehicle (point the bolts backwards towards the car behind you..) and put the washer and nut on. Replug the wiring harness, and reinstall the bumper cover.
Boom. Now the oversized spare fits (barely!) And you can have the rear cargo area back for ice chests and your dogs :-)