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Old 05-23-2011, 08:31 AM   #1
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Complexity/Difficulty? Installing Bumper-Mounted Light Bar & three HELLA® 500s

Your tips and suggestions are appreciated!

I recently purchaed a new 2011 Wrangler 2-Dr Sport. I would like to reproduce the look of the three lights and light bar in the supplied picture (please see attached).

Local Jeep dealership service departments have told me that it's going to take between 3-7 hrs. to do a complete installation and that I can order the parts from Mopar. They've warned me that the 2011 is new to them and that the install may be tricky (ie. Mopar parts may not fit perfectly, or the Wrangler's computer system may not respond properly to the new hardware).

A concern that I have is that once they get half-way, or more, into the work---that they'll find out that they can't get it working---or worse....damage something electrical or computer related.

Another is that the Off-Road Light Installation Kit is designed for installation of two lights---and my preferred set-up is for three lights.

What's your advice to me from a customer's perspective---should I be concerned---what's your advice to the service technician(s) that take on the installation assignment?

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Bumper-Mounted Light Bar
MOPAR Part Number: 123220RR
Mopar EASy

Off-Road Light, Installation Kit
MOPAR Part Number: 82210507AD
Mopar EASy

Off-Road Lights
MOPAR Part Number: HELLA500 (Packaged in pairs)
6 Inch, Hella 500 with the "Free Form" light reflector. 55W. 6" diameter light

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Old 05-23-2011, 08:44 AM   #2
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Mopar doesn't actually make anything, they just put their name on stuff. This looks like the Rugged Ridge light bar. You can check it out at Quadratec along with the installation instructions. You're nuts to let a dealer install it. They are very easy to do. KC lights come with very easy to understand instructions also. The lights in the Quadratec picture appear to be KC's. http://www.quadratec.com/products/12110_1100_07.htm

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I have installed everything from suspension lifts, body lifts, bumpers, sliders, lights, etc, etc....one thing I have learned is to always expect the unexpected. Depending on how resourceful, how mechanically inclined, and what kind of tools you have access too...will dictate how "easy" any particular intall is.
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I don't know where they are getting the idea of these lights messing up your electrical system (unless they are wiring them in the legal way so they can only turn on when your headlights are on and the power taken from the lights to trip the relay screws with the computer?), they should be on there own wireing system independent of the jeeps electrical system.
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Mopar doesn't actually make anything, they just put their name on stuff. This looks like the Rugged Ridge light bar. You can check it out at Quadratec along with the installation instructions. You're nuts to let a dealer install it. They are very easy to do. KC lights come with very easy to understand instructions also. The lights in the Quadratec picture appear to be KC's. Rugged Ridge 11232.20 - Rugged Ridge Light Bar in Textured Black for 07-11 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

Tom is right. The lights are very easy to install and I don't know anything about electrical wiring. The instructions were easy to understand. I also installed the KC light bar. It took a couple hours to install everything but most of that time was getting all the tools out and were I wanted to route the wires.I really enjoyed doing it all myself and Jeeps are easy to work on. If you know to work a wrench then you can do it ! Don't buy any parts from the dealer or let them install anything !
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Do you mind me asking what dollar amount the dealer is asking for installation?
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Do it yourself!!
I did the bar and lights in about 2 hours, with simple hand tools, and did it the RIGHT way. I put wire loom over any exposed wire, zip-tied everything off and routed everything to make it appear factory. A dealer won't take the extra time to do all of that, I'd wager.





I've also installed a double din head unit, new speakers, step bars, locking gas door and a few other odds and ends. I do have a decent mechanical aptitude (I've built my own engines, installed superchargers, etc), but we all had to start somewhere. Stuff like this light bar and light install are great places to start.
I can say with a fair amount of confidence that if the light bar and lights are designed to work with a 2007-2010 Jeep, they'll fit your 2011 just fine.
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Please do not buy the Mopar branded parts from the dealer. Way to expensive. There is a Youtube video on installation. It is easy to do. I will try to find the link for you. Can't add any more then was already posted...
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[QUOTE=Mr. Sinister;1256556]Do it yourself!!
I did the bar and lights in about 2 hours, with simple hand tools, and did it the RIGHT way. I put wire loom over any exposed wire, zip-tied everything off and routed everything to make it appear factory. A dealer won't take the extra time to do all of that, I'd wager.



picked up the same light bar from dealer today. got a question. do you need to drill holes on your bumpers? it seems like the bar wont fit right in on the stock bumper. also, used up the $500 Mopar Bucks, hehe
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Your tips and suggestions are appreciated!

I recently purchaed a new 2011 Wrangler 2-Dr Sport. I would like to reproduce the look of the three lights and light bar in the supplied picture (please see attached).

Local Jeep dealership service departments have told me that it's going to take between 3-7 hrs. to do a complete installation and that I can order the parts from Mopar. They've warned me that the 2011 is new to them and that the install may be tricky (ie. Mopar parts may not fit perfectly, or the Wrangler's computer system may not respond properly to the new hardware).
Look for the KC light bar. I think it is a simple bolt-on part with no drilling required.
Consider using HID conversions for your lights or getting the compact Hella or Rugged Ridge HID lights. They cost more, but wiring is simpler, they use less power and they put out MUCH MORE light. Three 35w HID lights provide and incredible improvement over the 500's.

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