It's a little quiet on the build front. because I have lighting coming tomorrow. Been making certain harnesses, making sure everything is actually working. The compressor actually works, using the Switch Pro and both Switch Pro's are now working . I downloaded the ap for the Iphone control and was excited, like a little kid, using the ap to turn my stuff on and off
We designed a light mount for the (6) XL Racers for the roof. All the lights but the hood bulge, under hood and rock lights, will be burning, by Thursday night
As complex as my wiring system is, the Switch Pro's have made life much better. For an average system it would be child's play to make your stuff work
This pic is blurry, but it was a night shot and it wouldn't focus with the Iphone. I just wanted to give you an idea of how the console looks with the switches lit up
Since I received a big box of lights from Baja Designs, I figured I may as well begin installing them
First up 3 lights for the front bumper. You know its never as easy as just bolting them on and plugging them in.
I bolted the first one, and realized that the angle of the bumper didn't allow the light to level out. I took some channel I had laying around and made an offset bracket for each light. It did the trick, all level now.
I still need to make one plug, but 2 of em actually work
I took it out and did some down the road testing
DRLS with engine running
These are the Squadron driving lights only
These are the 2 XL 80's on the bumper They could use a little aim up, but you get the idea
XL80's and Squdrons. Because the 80's need to be aimed, they are drowning out the Squadrons, except yu can see it fill to the sides. Correct aiming of your lights will give you the best fill for the entire pattern. In this case, adjusting the 80's , would get much more distance, yet keep the wide pattern close in
The joke here is that I turned on the headlights, but could barely see them come on
I went ahead and threw it in reverse
Here is the next step.
I wanted to mount the lights, but not directly to the rack I figured if I had a mount made that was simple, but designed well, it would accomplish making everything look right without wires showing .
After a discussion with Joe From GMG Fabrication , we came up with a simple but effective plan to make this look like a clean install. He picked up the steel, the next day and I was able to pick up the finished project from him later that day. He did a great job and made it look very neat while being able to hide everything wire-wise .
So here is what fit that thought. 2x2" 1/8th Square tube. beveled in front so it doesn't look like just a box. So I had 1/8th inch plate added at about a 45 degree angle. The 2 inches gives it a little more height, off the rack. Then I had the back opened up , so all the wires could be stored there. The only wires that you will see are the wires coming off the light into a notched hole , then the main cable coming in from the bottom, but the rack hides lots of that
My only fear is that the space will not hold all of the connections . We shall see tomorrow
The entire device gets mounted to the roof rack, through the cool track system it has. I pre drilled the holes in the bottom of the mount to just fit the screws and put bolts on the inside of the box. The box has a back plate to close it all off purdy Poof !! Should be no wires
Tomorrow , all these lights should be blazing
Back from Off-Road Expo . It was actually kind of exhausting , getting ready as I could be, then actually getting there. I left Thursday morning at 3:45 AM , first stop was to Deaver, to fix the springs. They rebuilt them and had me out of their shop by 12:30 PM, then i found a place to do hand wash and detail. Of course the hold up after that was them actually allowing vehicles in their show places.
Here are a couple of shots. You will see that the truck is really close to level now. It made it ride drastically better, even though with the springs not right, it was much better than it ever was.
One correction I will do with all of the XL lighting is, I requested the round bezels from Baja Designs. I was shooting for a little throw back old school with round lights, so I think that will complete the look