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05-17-2017 09:10 AM
cranbiz Oddly enough, I did one last xmas and will probably do it again this year. Our club got invited to a night parade and I used the lights there.
05-17-2017 09:02 AM
fayceoff
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Those look nice. I went with the ones I did because they are RGB and I was set up wiring wise for the RGB lights. This allows me to select different colors. While I'll probably never use some color combinations except for parades, I can create multiple colors with 3 switches. One switch each for Red, Blue and Green, White would be all switches on and then other colors with a combination of the 3 switches.
That's a very cool option. I just can't ever see my Jeep ever being in a night time parade.
05-17-2017 07:44 AM
cranbiz Those look nice. I went with the ones I did because they are RGB and I was set up wiring wise for the RGB lights. This allows me to select different colors. While I'll probably never use some color combinations except for parades, I can create multiple colors with 3 switches. One switch each for Red, Blue and Green, White would be all switches on and then other colors with a combination of the 3 switches.
05-17-2017 04:03 AM
fayceoff
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Update on my rock lights. Seems the initial, Chinese potted lights have a fatal flaw when used in snow and ice. Build up of snow/ice in the wheel well adheres to the harness and then rips out wires/shorts wires together.

I pulled them out finally and see that out of 9 pods, maybe 4 survived unscathed. Not wanting to spend over $100 for replacements in the quantity I needed, I found some fully sealed lights with strain reliefs that I have swapped the old lights with.

New lights, ran about $10 for a string of 10, which means they were twice the price of the other ones that cost me about $10 for 20. Well worth it from my initial impressions.

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I used these. http://www.pilotautomotive.com/led/C...wfjFoVzx4.link
2 in each wheel well. They're $9 per pair, I think, but VERY bright. I got them from Pep Boys.
05-15-2017 03:10 PM
cranbiz Update on my rock lights. Seems the initial, Chinese potted lights have a fatal flaw when used in snow and ice. Build up of snow/ice in the wheel well adheres to the harness and then rips out wires/shorts wires together.

I pulled them out finally and see that out of 9 pods, maybe 4 survived unscathed. Not wanting to spend over $100 for replacements in the quantity I needed, I found some fully sealed lights with strain reliefs that I have swapped the old lights with.

New lights, ran about $10 for a string of 10, which means they were twice the price of the other ones that cost me about $10 for 20. Well worth it from my initial impressions.


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09-19-2016 10:44 AM
cranbiz I have finished everything, finally. I had an initial issue where the only color I got was red, that turned out to be a diode I installed backwards. Turned it around and now everything works as expected.

Here is the finished relay box. Lots of spares as most of my accessories were fused inline when I installed them.


Switch panel:


Lights in Red:



I'll add white tonight (I hope) but for now:
09-17-2016 04:14 PM
bgredjeep I had to change up my rock light game when I chopped up the jeep earlier this year. With the boat sides we did there was no place on the side to mount lights under the jeep. I ended up using a pair of 2x2 pods for the sides, then picked up some of these for the back. I'll add them to the front eventually as well.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01AB...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

09-12-2016 03:22 PM
cranbiz Those are the stock blank covers with P-Touch labels.

It's a JK Sport so the factory switch panel was only populated with ESC, Hill Assist and hazards. On Sahara's I think you get the AC inverter on one of those and Rubi's have sway bar and e lockers on two others.

You need to pop the switch assembly apart, then pop the hinges inside the housing to remove each blank. Take a razor blade to the outside bottom housing to the bits of plastic there to make the caps movable.

I then bought small SPST switches from eBay seller in China for about $1 each and glued them into the base, added the holes in the top of the blank for the LED I installed to shine thru, LED's came from Digikey, small surface mounts with a 2W resistor tacked on to limit current. I used a 3/8" dowel that I sanded down in diameter to activate the switch with the cap, the factory left me the retainers for the switch activators in the housing that I was able to use to hold the dowel in place. The unpopulated PCB helps hold the switches in place while the glue is setting and adds support once it's set.

Got it installed this morning but haven't tested them yet in the Jeep. That's tomorrow mornings project before work.
09-09-2016 04:02 PM
Jaminjer cranbiz where did you get your red and white rocker switches?
09-08-2016 01:19 PM
cranbiz Ok, Jeep and wife are back from the 6 weeks in Mass so I finally started to install my lights, modified factory switch panel and relay box. I still need to actually connect the wires to the relays, add the diodes to isolate the wires to switch colors, install the switch panel and add cable clamps as i ran out of the right size. Probably finish up next week as I'm heading to the beach this weekend for a 4x4 club trip.

It's a start anyways.

Schematic:

Relay Box:

Front Wheel well:

Rear Wheel well:

Finished Switch:
07-19-2016 09:37 PM
fayceoff
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It's OK. We all secretly know we don't really use rock lights for the rocks. Mine mostly get switched on whenever I find myself driving next to a ricer car with ground effect lights.
Lol. I might need to light up that parking spot at the mall...
07-19-2016 08:33 PM
jjvw It's OK. We all secretly know we don't really use rock lights for the rocks. Mine mostly get switched on whenever I find myself driving next to a ricer car with ground effect lights.
07-19-2016 08:31 PM
fayceoff
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Nice wheel well and tops of the tire lights.
"I find your lack of faith disturbing..." lol.

They light up a nice area of the ground around the tire. Maybe i should have taken a pic out the window from the drivers seat. But the important thing to me is to not have to hold a flashlight in my mouth while changing a tire. I'll probably add more, but not until after I build my sliders. I don't wanna have to move the lights or anything, and I honestly don't do a lot of wheeling after dark. At least not yet. That may change soon.
07-19-2016 07:32 PM
jjvw
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Finally got mine the way I wanted them...
Nice wheel well and tops of the tire lights.
07-19-2016 09:26 AM
fayceoff
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where did you mount the lights?
Tough to see, but these are the front


And these are the back.

I have bump stop stop extensions to keep the tires from tucking ALL the way up into the wheel well and ripping anything up.
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