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Old 03-12-2012, 05:26 PM   #1
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windshield mount lights

I am gonna mount some lighting on the windshield frame, and was just wondering where everyone has been running the wires so there out of the way.

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Old 03-12-2012, 05:46 PM   #2
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I wrapped conduit around my wires and ran em beneath the cowl and into the engine bay. Just make sure they're not pinched, or gonna rub against anything sharp.

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Old 03-12-2012, 06:38 PM   #3
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Same here, its amazingly easy. Get good brackets for your lights (mine cost almost as much as the lights but were well worth it) and make sure you get driving beams and NOT fog. the diff is the spread of the light. A wide beam bounces off the hood and is all but useless.............don't ask how I learned this. The lights I found to work great were Hella's. Also check your local laws. Where I am there is NO prohibition on them, but some states are not as easy.
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I am gonna mount some lighting on the windshield frame, and was just wondering where everyone has been running the wires so there out of the way.
I have 100 watt 6 inch KC Daylighters with 3/8 MC cable running to a 1/2 hole drilled through my cowl. The 3/8 MC was a little thick for what I needed but it works great. Good focus at about 75 yards ahead of me. Not bright off the white hood either. I ran the wires through a 3/8 in. hole in the tope of the tub wall into an open space under the cowl and sealed it with heat resistant silicone to protect the wires and seal the tub again.
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I put a 1/4" wire loom (split plastic conduit) over the wires and ran them through the gap between the windshield and the cowl. Then under the cowl into the engine bay.

Sounds like Wolf did the same.
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I put a 1/4" wire loom (split plastic conduit) over the wires and ran them through the gap between the windshield and the cowl. Then under the cowl into the engine bay.

Sounds like Wolf did the same.
I might have used 3/8 loom.



The wire comes from under the cowl to a relay then across the back to the drivers side.



There are two openings here where you see a green pull wire. The light wire wraps back to cowl and goes in where you see the left side of the green wire. Back up inside there is a approx. 1-1/2" hole toward teh right side where there is another hole about the same size to get where the right side of the green wire is. It's little tough to get the wire to feed thru there but once you get to the right hand side it is a straight shot to the firewall to punch thru some Styrofome inside the dash. I could have just sent the wire right across but I didn't like the look.
The green pull wire is for future use. In fact now I think it is red since I wired up my amp.



Just inside this side panel toward the top is where the wire comes thru, Can't miss it. The switch is just above the speaker grill. Seems I remember thinking I just went far enough to make that hole.


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1/4" wire loom slip it under the cowl...good to go!
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Mine are about the same--


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I have 100 watt 6 inch KC Daylighters with 3/8 MC cable running to a 1/2 hole drilled through my cowl. The 3/8 MC was a little thick for what I needed but it works great. Good focus at about 75 yards ahead of me. Not bright off the white hood either. I ran the wires through a 3/8 in. hole in the tope of the tub wall into an open space under the cowl and sealed it with heat resistant silicone to protect the wires and seal the tub again.




You can choose where to drill/grommet, I put mine in that position, because there already a 1" hole uder the cowl/body bracket--

I don't believe in just stuffingem in a crack--looks GOLDBERG and "unfinished"--

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Where did you get the grommets from? what size?? I lke that look a little better than just stuffing them.
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All the auto parts stores-Kragen/Napa-etc have little packs of various grommet sizes in the elec. acc sections-


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I have 100 watt 6 inch KC Daylighters with 3/8 MC cable running to a 1/2 hole drilled through my cowl. The 3/8 MC was a little thick for what I needed but it works great. Good focus at about 75 yards ahead of me. Not bright off the white hood either. I ran the wires through a 3/8 in. hole in the tope of the tub wall into an open space under the cowl and sealed it with heat resistant silicone to protect the wires and seal the tub again.
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Where did you get the grommets from? what size?? I lke that look a little better than just stuffing them.
I've seenem routed back thru the windshield mount and farther back on the cowl--pick your spot !

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Mine are about the same--




You can choose where to drill/grommet, I put mine in that position, because there already a 1" hole uder the cowl/body bracket--

I don't believe in just stuffingem in a crack--looks GOLDBERG and "unfinished"--

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Now I got REWORK to do, dammit...
man, i agree.. JIMBO, that looks very clean... mine were stuffed i hate it. just been too lazy to fix it. i like what you did with the grommets in the cowl. thanks for the pics!

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Yeah, I know guys-I've added windshield lights a buncha times and I always TRY to make it look permanente, not haphazard--


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man, i agree.. JIMBO, that looks very clean... mine were stuffed i hate it. just been too lazy to fix it. i like what you did with the grommets in the cowl. thanks for the pics!

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Thanx for being CIVIL--I've made that same statement (stuffing in a crack) many times before and made some people (ANGRY)--I'm sorry--I tellit like it is !

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what'd you use to get through the cowl? 1/8" drill bit or something a little bigger? easy to get through? any tips, i've only drilled plastic and fiberglass stuff... never sheet metal.

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Just lift the cowl and run them under
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Remove both hold down screws on each end of the cowl and you'll see the bracket hole--just off ctr on each end, thats why my wire access hole, isn't in the ctr !


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what'd you use to get through the cowl? 1/8" drill bit or something a little bigger? easy to get through? any tips, i've only drilled plastic and fiberglass stuff... never sheet metal.

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You can mark the cowl, then drill 1/8" pilot hole-then 1/2" hole--deburr and run wires/wire loom/grommet and route your wires to the breaker box/sPOD source box-etc-

Batteries not included !

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I wrapped conduit around my wires and ran em beneath the cowl and into the engine bay. Just make sure they're not pinched, or gonna rub against anything sharp.

I've got my lights coming in tomorrow or the next day, did you just buy the conduit at lowe's or home depot?
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Remove both hold down screws on each end of the cowl and you'll see the bracket hole--just off ctr on each end, thats why my wire access hole, isn't in the ctr !




You can mark the cowl, then drill 1/8" pilot hole-then 1/2" hole--deburr and run wires/wire loom/grommet and route your wires to the breaker box/sPOD source box-etc-

Batteries not included !

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weekend project. thanks Jimbo.

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Good luck Bob, remember I said, "just lift" the end of the cowl and you can see the hole I'm talking about--don't even think about having to "REMOVE" the cowl !


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I've got my lights coming in tomorrow or the next day, did you just buy the conduit at lowe's or home depot?
I got mine at NAPA, I think. Any auto parts store should have it...

You should do it the way Jimbo's talking about. That looks really good. Probably gonna re-do mine, after seeing his.
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That looks really good. Probably gonna re-do mine, after seeing his.
that's exactly what i'm going to try and get done this weekend. it looks way better than what i've got up there presently. very clean.

on a side note, installed the Smittybuilt Oversized carrier last night. thanks for the help Wolf!

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that's exactly what i'm going to try and get done this weekend. it looks way better than what i've got up there presently. very clean.

on a side note, installed the Smittybuilt Oversized carrier last night. thanks for the help Wolf!

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Cool. Yeah, the Smitty works well, as long as you snug the tire down tight. Shouldn't bounce around or make any noise at all, unless you're on a really crappy road.
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Thankyou Wolfman--I appreciate your comments and

I woulda "stuffed" mine in a crack-except-

We all try to get bumpers/fenders/lights/tires/wheels/racks-etc, that look good and BALANCED on OUR jeeps, but

Then we, in doing the wiring--stuff the wires in a crack !!!

Thats why I didit-my way-

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Thankyou Wolfman--I appreciate your comments and

I woulda "stuffed" mine in a crack-except-

We all try to get bumpers/fenders/lights/tires/wheels/racks-etc, that look good and BALANCED on OUR jeeps, but

Then we, in doing the wiring--stuff the wires in a crack !!!

Thats why I didit-my way-

CIAO

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Lol...I agree...really didn't give much thought to my wiring, other than getting it to the sPOD and making it look (only) halfway decent.

But yours looks great. I'm gonna do mine like that when I switch out my windshield lights.
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Lowe's has the plastic conduit for sure. I've purchased 8 pkgs of varying sizes from them during my build so far.

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