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Old 02-23-2014, 11:38 PM   #1
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KC lights question

Ok so ive had my 2013 JK sport S 2 door for about 9 months now. Still mostly stock, but I want to add a KC overhead light bar soon. My question is, how hard would it be to install such a thing? I dont have a ton of experience with cars, and the only things ive wired are stereos and speakers, etc. Just wondering how difficult it is to install? I'd like to hear from some people with the light bars on their jeeps as I have been unable to find any good how-to's online. Thanks for your help!!

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Old 02-24-2014, 01:03 AM   #2
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If by light bar you mean with a rack that holds individual lights, the physical set up would be very easy. Most things of a jeep can be done with a socket wrench and a screw driver. As far as the wiring goes, if you google it enough you can find multiple how tos on how to wire these lights. If your patient and careful, Youll be able to do it. The beauty with jeeps is theyre fairly easy to work with compared to other cars

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Old 02-24-2014, 07:39 AM   #3
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I have a smittybilt bar with 4 KC hilites. And it was very simple to install. It took my friend and I a couple hours just because it was both our first time doing a light bar install. But other than that, KC lights come with the wiring harness already made up with a print out of easy schematics for install. I went to school for low voltage electronics, but with those schematics anyone can install them
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:43 PM   #4
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Thanks guys! Yeah ive been looking at a 5-tabbed setup with KC Apollos. Wasn't worried about the physical installation, just concerned with how to wire it all up. Thanks for your help!
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They are right about the instructions being easy. There are also some really nice how to videos on you tube. The link below is buy a guy who shows how to make a watertight box for the relays. He has a bunch of informative videos. I made a slightly modified version of this and it works great. I also recommend the A pillar switch pod if you want the install to look like OEM.

http://youtu.be/HmoaKsfwug4
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:59 PM   #6
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Thanks guys! Yeah ive been looking at a 5-tabbed setup with KC Apollos. Wasn't worried about the physical installation, just concerned with how to wire it all up. Thanks for your help!
The wiring up is really simple. I would just plan on a couple of hours for two sets just to lay out where you want to run the wires.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:48 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for your help!! I'm just waiting on my tax returns to buy the stuff, so I will let you know how it goes and post pics when its done!!
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:27 PM   #8
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On my old TJ I had a light bar and when we installed it. We drilled a small hole in the A Pillar right above the corner of the windshield. Ran them into the cab then down the inside of the A Pillar behind the dash and into the engine bay. We filled the hole with clear silicone to seal it. We also combined all the ground wires into one ground and then zip tied all the power wires to keep them tight under/behind the light bar. We measured the location of the hole to be concealed by the bar
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Ok so ive had my 2013 JK sport S 2 door for about 9 months now. Still mostly stock, but I want to add a KC overhead light bar soon. My question is, how hard would it be to install such a thing? I dont have a ton of experience with cars, and the only things ive wired are stereos and speakers, etc. Just wondering how difficult it is to install? I'd like to hear from some people with the light bars on their jeeps as I have been unable to find any good how-to's online. Thanks for your help!!
I like the look of the KC Light Bar on the JK. It's a much more classic look than the LED bars. I personally prefer the KC HiLites SlimLites over the Apollos. The SlimLites are metal construction and are brighter lights.

The wiring should be straightforward. Daisy chain them together with a large enough gauge wire, run the wire down the bar to the cowl or under the windshield where it folds, and connect everything up using the supplied wiring harness and switch.

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Old 02-26-2014, 11:18 AM   #10
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http://www.extremeterrain.com/smitty...-jk-76911.html this is the bar I have. I really like the look of it when it's installed.
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Old 03-05-2014, 03:46 PM   #11
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Okay so I want to run a 5-light overhead bar with the middle three long range lights on one relay/switch, and the outside two driving lights being on a separate relay/switch. My question is, can anyone explain to me in layman's terms all the materials that will be necessary for installing the light bar as such? I called KC and didn't get a clear cut answer so now I am turning to you guys for help before I order anything. Thank you!
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:11 PM   #12
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You will need a switch for every pair you want to turn on together, a relay (extremely important) for each pair and lots of wire, electrical connectors to connect the wire to the switches and relays etc., and probably some heat shrink wrap to cover the connections to protect them from weather and shorting. That should be it for actual materials. The rest should be tools such a screwdrivers, wrenches and maybe a drill.

As for wire, you will be running wire from power source to relays, relays to switches, relays to lights and so on. It adds up to quite a bit of wire if you are running lots of lights. Do NOT skip the relays. I melted 2 switches before I figured that out and I was lucky that it was only the switches that melted.
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:22 PM   #13
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Thanks, you nailed it. Got all the stuff on the way, just have to go get some 18 gauge wire and shrink wrap. And yeah I'm definitely not skipping the relays lol. Thanks!!

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