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Roof Rack Lights Help Needed.

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Blueberry, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. Mar 1, 2012 at 5:48 PM
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    Blueberry

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    So I'm welding up a custom roof rack this weekend and plan to install 4-7" lights up front and 5" bed lights on the back of the rack. My question is to those who have done this already. How did you route the wiring from the roof to the cab? Any advice on how to run wiring from the back of the roof for bed lights would be great too, or just point me to a thread where this has already been answered. Thanks in advance. :)
     
  2. Mar 1, 2012 at 10:51 PM
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    Blueberry

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    Nobody?
     
  3. Mar 1, 2012 at 10:58 PM
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    jbmccul

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    Try the search bar at the top of the page. I'm in my phone so I can't be of much help
     
  4. Mar 1, 2012 at 11:14 PM
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    jdmdcfan

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    I've been wondering the same thing.
     
  5. Mar 2, 2012 at 12:08 AM
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    Blueberry

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    So am I LOL
     
  6. Mar 2, 2012 at 5:29 PM
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    Redgrom

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    Good luck! Hopefully someone chimes in who is not on their phone. Still thinking about adding some lights to a Yakima basket on the shell.
     
  7. Mar 2, 2012 at 5:36 PM
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    TnRedNeck721

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    i’ll see if i can find a thread for you. hang on
     
  8. Mar 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM
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    TnRedNeck721

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    ok since i’m a little confused on what exactly you what. i tryed searching and could not find much.. i would talk to colinb17 he is a member in FL and i think has a custom roof rack with like 6 lights on it.
     
  9. Mar 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM
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    Will do man. Thanks.
     
  10. Mar 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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    i would also like to know
     
  11. Mar 6, 2012 at 5:52 PM
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    If you're looking for an easy, non-permanent solution, I don't think you'll find one.

    Short of running the wire through a back window or shutting your door over them, you'll pretty much have to drill. You might be able to pry back the grommet on the 3rd brake light and run the wires through that hole.

    I just mounted five 7" HIDs on my roof and I will be drilling into the roof to route the wires. My plan is to run them down the inside of my A-pillar.
     
  12. Mar 6, 2012 at 5:54 PM
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    do you have pics od the lights?^
     
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  14. Mar 6, 2012 at 6:09 PM
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    I have 4 lights on the front and 2 on the back of my rack. All I did was run my wires in black flux down my back window (off to 1 side), along the frame, and up in the gromet under the driver seat. Once in the cab it's up to you.
     
  15. Mar 6, 2012 at 6:19 PM
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    My buddy has a 95 Grand Cherokee with roof mounted lights. On his Jeep, we managed to run two 10 AWG wires from the rack, down into the crack between the doors and the roof line, tucked the wires behind the weather stripping and ran them forward all the way to the bottom of the A pillar, then we tucked them behind the front fender and under the hood. We did this on both sides of his jeep. One side had positive and negative for one pair of 130W lights, the other side fed a second pair of 130W lights. I haven't investigated the Tacoma to see if it's possible, but it may be.
     
  16. Mar 6, 2012 at 6:37 PM
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    I ran my wiring inside the tube and through the existing bolt hole on one side. Check gallery for pics...
     
  18. Mar 6, 2012 at 7:58 PM
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    Wow this thread took off like a rocket! Thank you all for your input and keep 'em coming. Basically I'm just looking at different wiring options and routing locations.
     
  19. Mar 7, 2012 at 10:40 AM
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    ill see if i have some pics of mine to put up

    edit: nvm sorry no pics... i drilled a hole into my cab and put a rubber bushing around the hole and the wires through it, works perfect
     
  20. Mar 9, 2012 at 3:08 PM
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    Sub'd. And Blueberry, I'm planning a similar build, and would love to see what you come up with as far as routing and mounting... (trying to avoid the "hole in the roof method...)
     
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