Between the interior lighting and the next section, i had to create the "foundation" for MOAR LYTES- Rola!!!
Per Coop's suggestion - i went to Home Depot and got a few new machine screws to replace the crossbar "hand-crank" screws. This allows the rack to sit lower and to be centered on your crossbars easier. As seen in the pic, i also mounted this 1 section up, where a few of the other guys the Rola sitting 1 section fwd. From what I've observed so far - it helps cut down on sunroof wind noise and it looks more "in-line" with factory rails.
The 2 pics below are before i moved the rack back 1 section.
Now, to my absolute FAVORITE part - off-road LYTES. JJ was SO nice to me for an early BDAY present (conspiring with Coop to get me these LYTES)
These are 2 6" 55W EagleEye Spot HIDs
(6K) and the Rigid D2's
Depending on LYTE output on these HID's i'm going to get 2 MOAR - and after seeing what these things can do - I'm DEF getting 2 MOAR. I'll put output pics on here at some point, but 2 of these put light on trees at 500yds. It wasnt daylight, but i could see the trunks. I could see detail at 340yds - awesome considering the cost on these!!!
So - i wanted to so the whole sh-bang here: rock lights (copy Omelet), set of fwd lights, angled out fwd (2nd pair of Eagles - yet to order), rear lights and a roof AUX light (XMAS lights and what not). This makes a total of 5 devices, which means i need five switches - perfect for the Seguaro switch pane
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Got a few switches and switch panel in anticipation
I've wired stereo's in the past and am not afraid to jump in, but i really had to clue how to do all this. I consulted Omelet, since he's always seemed to "have done that"
Omelet - THANK YOU again for your responses and guidance! I just needed to wrap my head around this wiring concept.
So, i almost have all the ingredients here - i have:
*combination of 16AWG wire and 18AWG speaker wire - followed this table to reference WATTS and length (WIRE GAUGE SELECTION TABLE
*Large and small zipties
*About 35ft of plastic electrical conduit
*Heat shrink tube
I found I was missing a few things:
*Aux fuse block
for fuse box (it was basically the same leads as in the link, but they were in the automotive section and they were 24")
Ordered 6 PIAA light mounts
for all lights on the Rola Rack. Bottom, thick rail is 1.5". Top, skinny rail is 1.0"
Now, this is where it gets fun/wicked:
Following Omelet's wiring diagrams, i need to:
*Run leads from battery to fuse block
*Run (POS) from fuse block to relay
*Run the device (POS) to the relay, (neg) to ground(i chose on fuse block)
*Run swiches (POS) to relay (neg) to ground under dash
Seems simple, but there are many wires to manage and I (Initially) had the wires incorrect at the relay. Here's the pics to support - i tried to keep this a neat and presentable as possible.
Let's start with the rock lights! Same procedure as my liftgate, i soldered (speaker) wire to the pos/neg leads at the end of the "LED-by-the-foot", covered with heat shirnk and applied Gorilla Glue about every 4-6 inches. I'm also using the plastic conduit to run wires from ALL lights to terminals, applying some electrical tape where necessary for water/element shieilding.
Please forgive the dirty underneath, as i didnt spray down after my recent hunt.
Front skid rock light:
Shot of wire run going up into hood:
Here's where i differ from Omelet's install: I only used 2 leads for the rock lights (front wiring and "the rest") What i mean is that 1 side connects to the back, which connects to the other side. So - i only have 2 wires that comprise the rock light leads. Along the side (frame). I tucked this back up in the corner, to hopefully avoid rocks in the future and to not interfere with future rock rails:
Wiring going from side to track bar:
Viewing side to rear (dont forget to leave a little slack for suspension flex
Viewing rear, from side:
Here is the rear, which i just glued to the track-bar. If i get a new one, i just need to re-cut the LED and re-attach the wires.
Aright - enough of the dirty work - back to wiring!
This is the famous Omelet wiring diagram. This thing was golden - thanks again bud!! Just FOLLOW it and "you're good" (couldn't find a better pic)
I started on the switch wiring:
Power wires on - still need wires to run from each switch to each relay
I bundled up 5 wires (marking them with numbers) and fed it through the rubber hole to the left of the steering shaft (facing rear of vehicle)
Hooked these up to the appropriate relay, grounded the switch panel under the hood and tapped into the top-right fuse(empty), under the dash using this fuse tap
from autozone (sorry, autozone.com was not up when i was making this thread)- Note:FACE TAP UP
Mounting switch panel