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DIY: Wiring after-market lights

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by rhoppas, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. Jul 27, 2016 at 12:08 AM
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    koda925

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    20160712_135630.jpg And this one just for fun. Most favorite pic of my baby right now... :)
     
  2. Jul 27, 2016 at 7:02 PM
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    Yeah, those look awesome, but I would definitely be worried about the brightness of those halos driving down our long Nevada highways at night with the occasional crossing elk :) Your setup is definitely the way to go! Thanks again for taking the time to show me all of that man, I'm really tempted now.
     
  3. Jul 27, 2016 at 7:14 PM
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    The halos are just an accessory to your running lights. Thats what you wire them into. Just for looks. That pic is only with the running lights on, not headlights. The headlights themselves seem much brighter than my old stock headlights.
     
  4. Jul 27, 2016 at 8:30 PM
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    You've got all the answers I was looking for, thank you!
     
  5. Jul 30, 2016 at 10:10 AM
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    some things here and there... see build thread
    hey guys, planning to get 4 pods in the future and use this write up to install them... can someone help me understand how this step is done?

    "9. Cut another length of 14 gauge wire long enough to go from the relay to your off-road lights. Put a spade connector on one end of the wire and plug it into the relay post marked 87 (NOT the one marked 87a). Connect the other end of this wire to the black wires of BOTH off-road lights."

    i understand i will connect the 14 gauge wire to a spade connector and onto relay 87. But how do i connect the other end of the 14 gauge wire to 4 different black wires on 4 different light pods?
     
  6. Aug 15, 2016 at 2:45 AM
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    I have your same lights and love em just waiting till I can complete my retros! Are you running HIDs or the stock lights
     
  7. Oct 3, 2016 at 5:59 PM
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    Anyone have any photos of the wire routing path for roof mounted light bars?
     
  8. Oct 12, 2016 at 3:45 PM
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    Electrify135

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    anyone have any issues with running lights and halos when i wired mine in my running liights dont work at all.
    bigger fuse? any recommendation?
     
  9. Oct 12, 2016 at 3:58 PM
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    Id get a deutch connector on Amazon. And they're water proof. Thats what ill be doing as soon as I order the sPod this week. Ive got some ditch lights to wire in
     
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  10. Oct 13, 2016 at 9:18 AM
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    Funny that you just posted here...I came here looking for alternatives to the switch that I have in now for my ditch lights.
     
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    Re check your wiring. Don't put a bigger fuse in.
     
  12. Dec 3, 2016 at 7:13 PM
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    Okay, I have a question. First off, I'm a total newb related to wiring, so go easy on me. I'm getting ready to wire up a light bar with a switch in the cab.

    All the write ups I've seen show the relay being wired to the battery, a ground, the lights, and the switch. My question relates to the connection to the battery. Obviously that's providing the power. But, is there any reason instead of wiring direct to the battery I can't run the wire from the relay to an add a fuse in a blank in the fuse box in the engine compartment? Or do a fuse piggy back in the engine compartment fuse box to pull the power?

    If this is possible, are there any benefits to this as opposed to wiring direct to the battery? Just seems a little cleaner then wiring direct to the battery. Anyways, flame away if this is not possible or just bad practice.

    Thanks for any help!
     
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  13. Dec 26, 2016 at 2:40 PM
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    Careful with your fusing, guys. I read a few posts that have 20amp fuses on a 14awg wire. 14awg is only rated for 15amps. 12 is rated for 20.
     
  14. Jan 16, 2017 at 6:19 PM
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    I have a question about using a relay for aux lighting and lighted switch. When I bought my Apex fog pods, I got an harness and a relay with instruction and I followed them to install everything. All went well and my lights are working good. I used a "add a circuit" and tapped into the fuse that has power when I flip on my parking/headlights. When I flip them on, my swith is light up and when I turn it on my pods are on.

    If I understand well, when I flip on my parking/headlights on, I give the signal to the relay to draw the power from the battery for the pods when I'll flip my lighted switch on. Am I right? If so, is there a way to estimate the power drawn from the fuse tap to give the "signal" and to light the switch? I would like to wire 2 set of lights (pods and my Hella's that are laying on the shelve, and maybe an other set) into the same location in the fuse box to have them all on with the parking light switch. Can I do that?

    Thanks!
     
  15. Jan 17, 2017 at 3:59 PM
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    @nazlax10 , Since you the reference in wiring, can you help me with my situation on the post #174 of this thread please?
     
  16. Jan 17, 2017 at 5:19 PM
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  17. Jan 17, 2017 at 6:00 PM
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    Much appreciated! Not in a hurry take your time ;)
     
  18. Jan 17, 2017 at 6:21 PM
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    So you want to wire multiple pods and such to come on automatically when you turn your parking lights on?
     
  19. Jan 17, 2017 at 6:25 PM
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    It is already done and works well. But because I would like to have all my switches to be lighted when I turn on my parking light, I want to wire them all on the same fuse tap... but for each light set its own relay and fuse link...

    A bit hard to explain... I am better with drawing lol
     
  20. Jan 17, 2017 at 6:39 PM
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    Oh. How many switches are we talking here?
     
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