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post #1 of 44 Old 01-13-2010, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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Light bar finally done

well we are leaving on our snowmobile trip, and i wanted to get a few odds and ends done... finally finished the light bar!
got about $60 total into it...

10 hours of wiring later... the light bar is wired... you can not see any wires, i love it... 2 switches one for 2 lights, one for 3, both have their own relays. the wires are ran though the roof rack, down into the back, under the head liner, to the left support tower by the windshield, down that into my dash, i ran an extra power line in case i add more lights to the back... took forever! everything is soldered and shrink wrapped of course, came out great... here are some pics



you can see a bit of the wires cause in the summer i wanted to open my sun roof, i drilled out the stops on the rack so i can slide it all the way forward when i am using the lights, in the summer i will just slide it back a bit, that is why the wires are there so that i can still move it around without a problem (got to think ahead)


wires back from the roof rack and into the cab


switches


can you see me now! with the Piaa fog light conversions, projection headlights... and now the roof rack, i am ready for my snowmobile trip!!



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post #2 of 44 Old 01-13-2010, 11:12 AM
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looks nice and bright.


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post #3 of 44 Old 01-13-2010, 12:26 PM
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looks good,

did you just use a stock cross bar?
and what lights are those?
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post #4 of 44 Old 01-13-2010, 12:30 PM
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Hell of a job!!! Nice work!!

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post #5 of 44 Old 01-13-2010, 12:37 PM
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Sweet Way to wire it up! Never would have thought about that!!
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post #6 of 44 Old 01-13-2010, 01:15 PM
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I LIKE IT ! ! I'll have to make that one of my next projects. Just wondering...before you ran your wires along the headliner, had you thought of taking them along the floor? Would the headliner be easier?

Anyway, great job.

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post #8 of 44 Old 01-13-2010, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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we are going to Ishpaming Mi, we head up that way about 9 - 10 times a winter, just got the wife a new yamaha vector so she is ready to rip!

I used a fish tape to feed the wires though the headliner, just cleaner that way, and looks better IMO. you always see wires somewhere when you do them under the carpet and on the sides. first time i have done this, was actually a buddies idea that is a electrician, he said "ahh get me a fish tape ill pull that through in one min"... then his ex called and he had to go get his daughter, needless to say, took me a bit longer than 1 min, but i got it done..... the lights where super cheap! like 11 bucks per pair, they are from Northerntool.com

[FONT='Arial','sans-serif']Northern Industrial Mini Wide Beam Sportlight Kit ó 12 Volt [/FONT]

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I did replace all the bolts with stainless... if i would have had more time i would have blasted down the lights and powder coated them... but ill do that this spring when i do the roof rack (i own a powdercoating company)

I pre wired the harness for the lights inside off the truck and mesured out my spacing so all i had to do was plug it in and wrap it up. made thing so much faster, rather than having to solder and crap on the roof of the truck

if you have any questions or i can help in any way let me know... this site is awesome and has helped me out of alot of jams!!!

here are some pics of when i set it up... i pulled off the rack, marked my holes


punched it to mark it



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Very nice.

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post #10 of 44 Old 01-13-2010, 10:26 PM
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I used the same mini-halogen driving lights from Northern Tool Supply but they were custom cut into a 2" x2" black anodized aluminum fence post I picked up at Menard's. Then mounted the post under my roof basket for some added protection. When all 6 are fired up, it is really bright. Kept the wiring clean and out of the way to avoud snagging in the trees. So far, so good!


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post #11 of 44 Old 01-13-2010, 10:39 PM
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Awesome! I'm dead serious that I was looking at my 99 GC yesterday and wondering if anyone has mounted lights on the crossbar for the luggage rack, and how it would look.... I came out here tonight and immediately stumbled across this thread! Looks great. I'll be ripping off your idea very soon and doing it to mine! Those lights look like a nice slimline design, which is good because my gas mileage is marginal already and I didn't want to add the proverbial stack-of-bricks lights to mine and kill the MPG. How is the NOISE of those at highway speeds? I'm just wondering because when I switch from a "slicktop" (no lightbar) car to a bar-equipped one at work (I'm a police officer), the first thing I notice is the constant noise at highway (and much higher, heh-heh) speeds from the lights and the aero gap under the bar from the mounting. Lastly, for the $, are those lights really worth it as far as brightness, and/or does it take all 5 to make a difference? I was considering just adding 2, *maybe* 4, and don't want to put a huge pull on a stock alternator by running a bunch in line. Thanks in advance for responding.
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the stock alternator will be fine, it produces plenty of power, mine are wired to 2 switches, one for 2 one for 3 and then i can turn them both on of course for all 5. two is nice when i am on some country roads, 3 i turned on when it was just nasty and snowing, and 5 is for when i am in need of some serious slight, they give off a flood style light, not a beam. so it just makes everything around you light up. I angled my lights so the outside 2 are facing a bit out to spread the light. on the highway i have not heard anything from them at all... drive it all the time to get into the shop and not a sound!

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looks good.

Not to steal his thunder but I didn't something similar a while back with hellas.

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post #14 of 44 Old 01-14-2010, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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steal my thunder, hell no man, i stole from you!!! that is where i got the idea, only i wanted mine to be a bit lower to the light bar and did not have the $$$$ for the Hellas... that looks great!

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post #15 of 44 Old 01-14-2010, 02:31 PM
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Lights look great. I think that going to be my next project

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