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Old 01-11-2011, 07:58 AM   #1
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Rugged Ridge Light Install

Greets everyone. I'm new to the forum and new to jeep ownership. I have a 2010 Wrangler Unlimited soft-top that I LOVE. What I'm going to love even more is slowly modding this jeep over the coming years.

That leads me to my first mod project:

Installing three 6" Rugged Ridge HID lights on the Rugged Ridge light-bar for the stock bumper.

Now, there's tons of information on wiring and such, and I think I understand that part of the project (I've never touched wires before, so it's an adventure :0 )

My question is this:

After I mount the lights on the bar, how do I bundle or route the wires from the lights along the bar? is there some sort of sleeve I should use? Do I need to drill a holes in the light bar and route wires down through it?

This is the part of the project that befuddles me.

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Welcome!

As to your question, I have three suggestions, depending on how you want it to look vs simplicity.

1) Zip tie the wires to the bumper every 6"-1' or as needed to hold them to the back of the bar. (this is what I do)

2) Purchase a split wire loom at any parts store shove all the wires into it and then zip tie that to the back of the bar.
Split Wire Loom | Flex Tube (BLACK)

3) drill a small hole under the tab for each light and feed the wire through from the light to the end of the bar. This will only work if the end is open so you can get the wires out. You might also have to drill an additional hole at one end so as not to pinch the wires where they come out of the bar. Once the wires are run you can put a small dab of silicone where the wires go into the bar to seal out moisture.

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Old 01-11-2011, 09:27 AM   #3
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Thanks

I think the idea of drilling and running inside the tube is the "sexiest" for the long term.

In the short term I'll run the split wire loom along the bar.

Now I just have to figure out how to connect all these wires...<<Not an electrician, but willing to learn.

If anyone can find a link to a photo of a similar installation I'd most greatful...
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Here is a couple threads showing an easy place to run wires inside to a toggle switch.

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/whe...all-72205.html

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/bes...tch-73810.html
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Thanks for the links. I get the in-car wiring. It's the actual mounting of the lights and treatment of the wiring on the bumper...and running it through the grill..that I'm unclear on.
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Be sure any holes you make won't cut into the wires.
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I got the light bar installed, but the last bolt won't go thru the pre-drilled hole is off on one side of the tube by about 1 millimeter.

Would a small file work I wonder to expand the hole a little bit?
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Update:
I used a chain-saw sharpening file to get into the hole and it worked like a charm.

Now, I need advice on a couple of things...
There is a red wire from the switch that is supposed to be linked to the "lamp". I suppose it's to light the switch when the lights are turned on. I'm befuddled.
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There is a red wire from the switch that is supposed to be linked to the "lamp". I suppose it's to light the switch when the lights are turned on. I'm befuddled.
I'm not sure about this red wire you are talking about, but if the switch is lighted there should be three prongs on it. a supply, a load, and a ground.

Supply: power to the switch
Load: power through the switch to the relay

I believe what they are saying is to hook the supply for the switch to your parking lamps, so you can only turn the lights on when your parking lights are on.
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I'm not sure about this red wire you are talking about, but if the switch is lighted there should be three prongs on it. a supply, a load, and a ground.

Supply: power to the switch
Load: power through the switch to the relay

I believe what they are saying is to hook the supply for the switch to your parking lamps, so you can only turn the lights on when your parking lights are on.

sort of. There is a blue wire, that is the incoming power from the relay.
There is a white wire, that is the outgoing power back to the relay.

Both of these already have the connectors crimped on to the wire.

Then , there is a 6 inch long red wire with a naked end. The wiring diagram only says "to lamp".

I think it sucks that these companies only provide a wiring diagram and not a complete set of idiot proof instructions.
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sort of. There is a blue wire, that is the incoming power from the relay.
There is a white wire, that is the outgoing power back to the relay.

Both of these already have the connectors crimped on to the wire.

Then , there is a 6 inch long red wire with a naked end. The wiring diagram only says "to lamp".

I think it sucks that these companies only provide a wiring diagram and not a complete set of idiot proof instructions.
hey man i also just got a 2010 islander and i got those lights for it am im having the same problem as you and i was wondering how you fixed it
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I believe the "to lamp" wire is the power to the lights themselves. The relay will have a power input from the battery (fused), a ground (usually black), power out to the lights, and a power from the switch to "trip" the relay to turn the lights on.
Essentially, the relay is a switch that is activated by the switch. This keeps the higher amperage wiring out of the cabin and in the ngine compartment.

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