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Wisconsin Tacomas and bad financial advice

Discussion in 'Mid West' started by Thatbassguy, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. Jul 20, 2023 at 1:50 AM
    Thatbassguy

    Thatbassguy [OP] Sweet or sour?

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    I thought Diode Dynamics were the best fogs. :notsure:

    I have no doubt that Rigid would be good, though, based on the other Rigid products I have.


    I've been pretty satisfied with the headlights by running higher output bulbs. The ditch lights have a special purpose, where they basically make it feel like broad daylight for ~50' around the front and sides of the 4Runner, which is very nice for navigating through tight areas at night. My bumper light bar is more like high beams on steroids. It doesn't get used all the time, but it's sure nice to have.


    Chase lights are definitely a worthy accessory! It's almost certainly my next lighting purchase
     
  2. Jul 20, 2023 at 3:05 AM
    Camerasandcoffee

    Camerasandcoffee 900hp short of 1000hp

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    Relentless Fab hybrid bumper, 2.5” Dobinsons IMS lift, RCI skids and sliders, block heater. Rola rack. Painted FJ Steelies. Was trying to keep it stock, now slowly building for the Wisconsin trails.
    The chase light I have is a Diode Dynamics SS3 sport pod. It's the flush mount in yellow with a flood lens.
    https://www.diodedynamics.com/stage-series-3-sae-yellow-sport-flush-mount-led-pod-one.html


    DSCF8349.jpg

    I have it mounted in the "blank" space to the right of the license plate. Truthfully it's a tight fit and was pain to install with the metal structure behind the plastic.
    I recommend getting the SS1 flush mount sport instead as it would be easier to install and brightness isn't an issue.
    https://www.diodedynamics.com/stage-series-c1-yellow-sport-flush-mount-led-pod-one.html


    Ideally you want bright enough to cut through the dust but not blinding the driver behind. Higher mounting would be better but this works no matter how the bed is configured. I run a tonneau cover in the winter months and my ladder rack in the summer. If I had a bed rack or cap that was on all year round I would get a regular pod light and mount it up high.

    Another mounting option would be the Calirased antenna/flag mount.
    https://caliraisedled.com/products/2016-2021-bed-accessory-mount


    I have it wired to a button on my Auxbeam panel but a simple accessory switch and relay would do.
    https://www.amazon.com/Auxbeam-Cont...2-63e904010ad0&sp_csd=d2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGY
     
  3. Jul 20, 2023 at 4:37 AM
    CygnusX191

    CygnusX191 Gangster of Boats

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    So. Many. Stickers.
    When you said D (Diode) and SS (Stage Series) I assumed you were talking about Diode Dynamics Stage Series lights.....

    On the high and very expensive end of things, rigid are absolute king. But in mid and low range, that is where diode excels. And frankly they're low and mid-range stuff is damn near is good as most people's high range stuff. So...
     
  4. Jul 20, 2023 at 5:49 AM
    Thatbassguy

    Thatbassguy [OP] Sweet or sour?

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    No, I was referring to the Rigid Dually - SS ditch lights I bought on @Shellshock 's recommendation. As you mentioned, not cheap, but excellent quality!

    But, as far as I know, Diode Dynamics is the king for SAE fog lights. I don't know of any other brand that is better.
     
  5. Jul 20, 2023 at 6:22 AM
    Snowy

    Snowy Is neither here nor there

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    I’ve been around them enough to know what I’m missing but the use case just isn’t there for me. I live pretty rurally but not so rural that I don't see other cars and I'm not flipping multiple switches off for lights or being that asshole when I forget. Wheeling at night is always with a few other trucks in a conga line moving at rock crawler pace so you can't use them then either. No spotter likes to be night blinded by harsh LED lights. I find us often wheeling headlights off and rock lights only at night to try and keep a shred of night vision.

    The use case that does make sense is the go fast scene or some of the desert trails at night when its super easy to get lost. They definitely have their place for that.
     
  6. Jul 20, 2023 at 6:49 AM
    Shellshock

    Shellshock King Shit of Turd Island

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    I’ve got mine tied to the high beams so i don’t have to flip any extra switches. Otherwise I’d probably use them a lot less.
     
  7. Jul 20, 2023 at 6:53 AM
    LarryDangerfield

    LarryDangerfield One Larry a day keeps the money away ™

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    Is there a plug n play way to do so or did it require cutting of wires?
     
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  8. Jul 20, 2023 at 7:37 AM
    Shellshock

    Shellshock King Shit of Turd Island

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    Mine is off a switch pro

    you could also do it with a fuse tap and relay if you only have one thing.
     
  9. Jul 20, 2023 at 7:41 AM
    LarryDangerfield

    LarryDangerfield One Larry a day keeps the money away ™

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    Ahh. I confess I don't know anything about the switch pro, I'll have to do some research.
     
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    LarryDangerfield

    LarryDangerfield One Larry a day keeps the money away ™

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    Those are expensive lol. Is there a decent writeup you know of on how to do the fuse tap thing? Every post is just people saying "don't do it, very illegal" lol.
     
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    Shellshock

    Shellshock King Shit of Turd Island

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    @daveeasa might already make a pnp one.. if not, he could probably make you one if you ask nicely.
     
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    rubbersidedown Well known voider of warranties

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    You had to go ahead and post links, eh? o_O

    I just ordered the Auxbeam panel I had sitting in my Amazon wish list for a while. Basically the same as the one you linked to I think, but 6 switches instead of 8.

    :spending:

    I'll be ordering that SS1 flush mount soon but didn't pull the trigger yet. I'm considering other lighting, but I'm thinking I should wait until I decide on a front bumper. That will be a while. I'm not maxing out my credit cards like @OldSchlPunk just yet...
     
  13. Jul 20, 2023 at 8:01 AM
    Shellshock

    Shellshock King Shit of Turd Island

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    just call them and ask nicely if they'll raise your credit limit. problem solved! :thumbsup:
     
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    Taco-Grinder It's all part of the adventure.

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    Finally got some time available to work on the truck. Just converted my new Dobinsons 112R leafs to 111R. Plan is to install this weekend along with new coils. I drove up to @OldSchlPunk house last weekend to get his spring compressor.

    Thanks to the gang for reminding me about a chase light.
    The :spending: never ends.

    I think the OP gets a kickback from the credit card companies.
     
  15. Jul 20, 2023 at 10:05 AM
    Baja Designs

    Baja Designs The Scientist of Lighting Vendor

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    I would love to see some head-to-head photos if you can provide them. We are always up for a little friendly competition with our competitors to continue to develop our products.
    Best,
    Brandon
     
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    Aztec120 The Road To Hell Is Paved With Stock Tires

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    If you're not trading it in as you say, why not cut wires?


    Unless you are trading it in. :boink:


    Or you're making us think you're trading it in so one day you can show up all modded out. :transformer:


    Larryception. I like it.
     
  17. Jul 20, 2023 at 10:31 AM
    LarryDangerfield

    LarryDangerfield One Larry a day keeps the money away ™

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    Cutting wires is grosssss
    Screenshot_20230524_104127.jpg
     
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    OldSchlPunk

    OldSchlPunk A legend in my own mind!

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    Hey, hey, hey now! I resemble that remark! Well, nothing is maxed, but it is way past my comfort level, especially with retirement coming up.
     
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    This…I have used @daveeasa PNP harnesses for all of my lights. They are made really well and are much better than fuse taps. (Although I’ve also used these without issue). The harnesses are much more clean and work in conjunction with your factory wiring without the need to splice or tap.
     
  20. Jul 20, 2023 at 10:57 AM
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