So this is my first real contribution to the site. This is not a VERY detailed description and DIY tutorial to installing an LED flood light to the underside of the hood. I didn't take many pictures but will try my best to explain. It took me a good amount of time because I didn't have all the parts and tools at arms reach. It took several trips into the garage and back out. The pictures were taken with my cell phone quickly so they are not great, but should give you an idea. Thanks to TACO RON for the link for this BRIGHT LED and the idea.
His Post: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lig...-complete.html
YOU ARE DOING THIS MOD AT YOUR OWN RISK. I AM NOT LIABLE FOR ANYTHING YOU SCREW UP.
You will need:
LED flood light: http://www.oznium.com/high-intensity-led-floodlight
2 #4 x 3/4" Pan head screws
Cable (to elongate the power and ground wires)
Sodering iron or crimps (dunno what they're called) to join wires.
1 In-Line fuse
Electric drill (with smallm Medium & large drill bits)
1 Universal Pin Switch http://cgi.ebay.com/Alarm-Hood-Trunk...item1c0d2b4903
First, You will need to decide where you want to mount the LED light.
Since I only put one LED light instead of two like TACO RON did, I put mine in the center of the hood.
The below picture points where with the arrow. It's RIGHT in front of the weather stripping.
Hold the LED up where you want to mount it and put the small drill bit through the hole on the LED and start the drill. This will make a scuff or scratch on the paint where your screw will need to go. Take the LED off and start drilling the hole with the drill. Once you punch through, put the LED up and put one of the metal screws through the hole and screw it into the sheet metal. This will hold the LED on there and allow you to place the drill bit through the other hole on the light to scuff where the other hole needs to be drilled for the other screw. You can also see where you will want to drill the slightly larger hole in front of the LED to run the wires through and out of sight. Take the LED off & drill the other hole for the second screw as well as the hole for the wires. Now you can run the wires through the hole in front and out of sight. Once you have the wires through the hole, screw the LED onto the sheet metal.
I made a hole where i shouldn't have, it's only obvious in the pic.
* MAKE SURE the drill bit is smaller in diameter than the small screws you are using. If the hole is larger, the screws will not hold the light on.
* Make sure the drill bit is not long enough so that when you punch through, it'll go and hit the underside of the actual exterior hood sheet metal.
BE VERY CAREFULL when you're about to punch through. Take your time.
Run the wires down the hood supports and out of sight.
RED LINE in the below picture shows where I ran my wires. Behind the bracing of course.
There are two holes at the bottom driver side corner. Choose one to have the wires come back out and run down the hood's hinge.
Then run the wires under the pinch weld of the fender (green line shows where I ran my wires). The power wire I ran directly to the battery but you can run it to the fuse box or any wire with constant power running through it, whatever tickles your pickle.
IMPORTANT: Make sure to put an In-Line fuse at some point in the power wire. The closest to the battery, the best. The green arrow shows where mine is.
Run the GROUND cable to the Universal Pin Switch. When the hood is closed, the pin disconnects the ground and thus shuts the light off. When the hood is opened, it makes the pin touch ground and thus turning the light on.
I'll update with night pictures later today but here is the finished product:
You can't even tell the light is there.