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My version of a hood light

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TACOMA2NDGEN, Oct 20, 2021.

  1. Oct 20, 2021 at 3:58 PM
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    TACOMA2NDGEN

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    6C158D5C-9016-4B4B-8233-3E24E99E1178.jpg 752E47FD-5B76-4BB6-87F0-9D218258B789.jpg F4B50387-B842-4661-A5B1-0023D13FBE97.jpg 9DF02596-E0CB-4E24-BDA6-11743E4A0009.jpg 028A5636-F1CA-4DC8-BDC5-8E34E86E80A4.jpg A9D9C80F-E05A-48E5-BC3E-157015AA1585.jpg 360AA378-B199-400F-AD7E-4A51758F3D89.jpg D7BE5DE9-529B-400F-8482-5C36285ABA99.jpg So I didn’t really need this mod but its nice to have a light in the engine bay. Still don’t know why Toyota doesn’t put lights and hood struts on our trucks . Well to save money in production…
    Any way this what i used
    I had a $10 off coupon at harbor freight so I bought the roadshocks lights and i have to say there not bad quality wise. The lights come in a two pack for $29 but I only used one witch i think is plenty of light.
    I came up with an idea to mount them with out drilling holes or self adhesive glue. So I bought these non markings magnets with machine bolts coming out of them. I took a chance on them for $14 bucks off Amazon and was very happy with there strength very strong. And i got lucky with the length of the bolt.after extending the wire i ran it down the center of the hood and around to the battery. Positive to positive and the ground to a pin switch i had laying around. Project turned out better than expected.
    Here are some pics and the link to the magnets
    ULIBERMAGNET 4Pack Anti-Scratch Neodymium Magnet with Rubber Coated and M6 Male Thread,Super Strong Magnetic Mounting for Lighting,Camera,Tools and equipement https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0923LLS6N?_encoding=UTF8
     
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    Waasheem

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    Nice job!

    I'm sure it won't be a problem but keep an eye on where the wires can rub through and short. Did you run the switch for switched power or ground?

    I put one on my old 77 nova, grounded one wire, the other I stuck a roach clip on and clipped it to close to the battery. When I needed it I clipped it to the positive battery terminal.
     
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    I put loom on the wires . And I switches the ground lead. And thanks
     
  4. Oct 31, 2021 at 5:47 PM
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    Looks great, I’ve been wanting to design a bracket to 3D print to hold similar lights. On my list lol
     
  5. Nov 1, 2021 at 10:51 AM
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    Airdreams

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    Cool idea... I like having a light under the hood as well. Sometimes it's just nice to have instead of having to try to dig around and find a flashlight or pull out your phone and try to pull up the camera and make that shine where you want it to go. So much easier to have both hands-free
     

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