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underbody neons on a taco?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by darkturtleninja, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. Jan 17, 2009 at 12:59 AM
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    darkturtleninja

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    ok so most of you will probly say neons are rice..... but imo the 4cyl taco has rice written all over it!!!! if its a 4 banger its a rice burner! i have 2 kits of blue streetglow neons i was thinking about tossing on my taco. just wondered what you guys thought about it..... also i dont really do any wheeling on rugged terrain or anything like that so im not worried about damaging them.... just mud once in awhile but i think my trailmaster 6" lift and my body lift will minimize the chances for broken tubes... let me know if anyone has underbody kits.....
     
  2. Jan 17, 2009 at 9:01 AM
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    tigerfan00

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    have you thought about doing something different with them? like maybe making bed lights....
     
  3. Jan 17, 2009 at 9:02 AM
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    Are you wanting to add them just for visual effect, or as auxiliary lighting to check clearance underneath in tight places?
     
  4. Jan 17, 2009 at 9:04 AM
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    Dont do it!:smash:
     
  5. Jan 17, 2009 at 9:07 AM
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    That's exactly what I'm doing with mine. Someday.

    IMHO under-carriage lights are for street trucks. Don't really fit the "rugged lifted truck" image. Just my opinion though.
     
  6. Jan 17, 2009 at 9:11 AM
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    hmm...

    x2 on bedlights if ya gotta use them... but not for underneath the truck.
     
  7. Jan 17, 2009 at 9:28 AM
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    Rtrn2taco

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    The only use for them to me would be to hook them to the door pin so they illuminate the ground when exiting the truck (white of course).
     
  8. Jan 18, 2009 at 6:53 AM
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    actually i was kinda thinking for all the above.... i had a set of white underbody neons and they lit up the ditchline and helped me see deer and whatnot.... but clearance definately..... plus they always helped out when i caught a stick or something underneath id just kick them on and i could see underneath.... i must say that they are a handy thing to have in some situations.....
    that was on my saturn btw.....

    i have thought about the bed lighting but i have a drop in bed liner so you would be able to see them quite easily or steal them easily....

    im thinking about the doorpin thing.... thats a fantastic idea.... would the stock wiring and fuse be able to take that much more current draw i think its only like 5 to 10 amps max......
     
  9. Jan 18, 2009 at 7:50 AM
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    My tubes are a foot long and use less than an amp each. What kind do you have that uses that much juice?

    Keep in mind the door switch switches ground. So you'd have to run power to the lights.
     
  10. Jan 18, 2009 at 7:54 AM
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    so the switch is to ground instead of power???? how hard would it be to install a door switch specifically for the neons?????
    where would i get a switch of that sort????napa?
    they are old school streetglow with converter box
     
  11. Jan 18, 2009 at 7:58 AM
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    I'd just run a fused wire from the battery positive and use the door switch to supply ground to them. I've never pulled the switches out of a Taco but have on other cars, they're pretty rugged and appear to be able to handle some decent current draw. If you're nervous about it though it wouldn't be hard to use a relay.
     
  12. Jan 18, 2009 at 8:03 AM
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    i thought they went out in the early 90's??dont do it
     
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    most of the newer neons have built in transformers so you can hook them directly to a 12volt source and a ground..... the ones i have consist of a converterbox and tubes that wire in a series circuit.....
     
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    Underglow is ricey. Strictly for show purposes.
     
  16. Jan 18, 2009 at 9:22 AM
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    i believe i said you would say its rice.... and they are not necessarily for show only... it is a light... just like anyother light i helps you see in the dark.... like i said if you pick up a stick it will help you see to locate it... or as someone mentioned it can help you navigate obstacles while wheeling in the dark.... or my favorite, to help me see the pile of cat shit that is beside my car that way i dont step in it!!! damn furballs....:D
     
  17. Jan 18, 2009 at 9:25 AM
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    you take the time saying dont do it... but you havent given me any reason to not do it....just because you would rather not have them on your vehicle doesnt explain why i shouldnt put them on mine.... and it being rice isnt an acceptable reason....
     
  18. Jan 18, 2009 at 9:32 AM
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    Sorry I just thought you were going to put neons under a lifted truck for show....but since you were going to be using them for other purposes I withdraw my statement:).
     
  19. Jan 18, 2009 at 9:36 AM
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    well it would be partly for show but there are many other handy uses i have found for them.... i appreciate your feedback please dont take offense to anything i say just trying to create conversation..... i think its a good topic... and all opinnions are welcome but if you just say dont do it that doesnt justify any reasoning..... ok i think we are on the same page now buddy:)
     
  20. Jan 18, 2009 at 9:40 AM
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    there are many uses for the neons i have them in my truck bed and under my truck as well, they have been used many a time not just for show, believe me its a good idea man
     
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