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Muddy4DSM 01-28-2012 11:57 AM

How To: Flashlight Mounting in WK Cargo Area
 
I've been seeing some little tips and tricks for the cargo area and saw people mounting their flashlights around the interior of their Jeeps. I have a “Mag-Like” which is my Menards LED flashlight that looks like a Mag-Lite. I’ve had it for a while in my toolbox but pretty much only get it out to work on the car so thought I might as well have it with me. I measured the diameter of the handle on my light and it was a 1.5” which is equivalent do I believe the Mag-Lite D-cell version. Ordered the clips on Amazon for like $4.25 and showed up in two days.

I was looking for locations all over the back of the vehicle and figured I wasn’t going to use that little netting/cubby for anything else (maybe a pair of gloves?) and it was about the right size. Clipped the clips onto the light, put it where I wanted it in the cubby, marked with a pencil and screwed in the clips.

Couple of tips:
1. Keep clipping and unclipping the flashlight to make sure you have it parallel (or exactly the direction you want it to sit) between each screw and then double check it before tightening down.
2. When measuring, make sure you remember that the clips typically won’t be centered on the light, at least they weren’t with mine due to the grip and the cone on the lighted end. Take that into account if you are trying to center the light into a cubbie, glove box, or other location. With mine, I positioned my first clip at ~7" from the front with 5" between them, measured at the widest point of the clip, the base with the screw holes.
3. Don’t over tighten the screws. It is super easy to strip out whatever threads you’re making with the supplied screws by tightening too much. There isn’t really a way to fix that unless you take off whatever panel you’re screwing into and replacing with machine screws and a nut.

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That pretty much covers it. It’s pretty easy and the biggest part is getting the right size clips. Once you have those, it’s pretty self explanatory.

On a side note, a Google search of “Mag lite clips” will give plenty of other locations where people have mounted their lights or used their clips for something else. One of them is a license plate mount for their roller winch opening (can’t remember what it’s called) which is pretty clever and another cheap trick. Good luck!

antsjeep 01-30-2012 09:48 AM

Re: How To: Flashlight Mounting in WK Cargo Area
 
i would do this but i have my JL stealthbox in the way... ha

I remember someone on here mounting it just above that pocket near the window.

pavelhen 02-16-2012 10:52 AM

Re: How To: Flashlight Mounting in WK Cargo Area
 
Ha this is so funny, I had this same idea the other day when I tossed my maglite in there and it wouldn't stop sliding around.


I'm curious about that flashlight though. Were did you get it from and does it have decent light output?

Muddy4DSM 02-16-2012 11:01 AM

Re: How To: Flashlight Mounting in WK Cargo Area
 
I got it as a combo pack with a pencil LED light that matched it as a gift a few Christmases ago. I think it was a rebate item at Menards. So far it has put out plenty of light for what I need it for – looking around the inside of the car, checking out the engine bay, finding stuff on the floor, etc. I don’t think it’s going to work as a small search light like a 4-D cell Mag Light would work, but it does the job for basic tasks. The best part about it is that I’ve had it for maybe 4+ years and the last 2 years it’s been in the garage exposed to temperature swings, and two years before that in a cold stairwell at my old apartment building without having to change the batteries. Kind of nice to not have to worry about the light working since these batteries seem to last forever!

SvenskaJeepGuy 02-16-2012 08:10 PM

Re: How To: Flashlight Mounting in WK Cargo Area
 
i have a surefire that is like 6 inches long and fits in the rear seat center console. it is much brighter than giant maglights and i dont lose storage space over it

lll2for3lll 02-16-2012 08:12 PM

Re: How To: Flashlight Mounting in WK Cargo Area
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SvenskaJeepGuy (Post 575417)
i have a surefire that is like 6 inches long and fits in the rear seat center console. it is much brighter than giant maglights and i dont lose storage space over it

Pictures?

SvenskaJeepGuy 02-16-2012 08:12 PM

Re: How To: Flashlight Mounting in WK Cargo Area
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by lll2for3lll (Post 575421)
Pictures?

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Lsuber 03-18-2012 06:45 AM

Re: How To: Flashlight Mounting in WK Cargo Area
 
Cool project, I think I'll try that in mine. I like to keep a maglite with me, but it does rattle and roll a lot.


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