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Old 04-12-2011, 11:42 PM   #1
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Light Routing

Just got some kc's and windshield mount brackets.....wondering if i could get some help for how to route these suckers..first time installing any kind of light. not completely dumb on how to hook them up but just seeing if i could get opinions of the experts on what the best way to route them is

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Old 04-12-2011, 11:43 PM   #2
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I routed my through the cowl at the wiper blades then through the fire wall

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Old 04-13-2011, 05:56 AM   #3
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Im in the same boat waiting on my Hella black magic kit and was wondering the best place to run the wiring, as they will also be mounted on winshield brackets. My old YJ had half doors so i just went above the doors and under the soft uppers. I hated it lol but i just wanted them on.
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Old 04-13-2011, 06:21 AM   #4
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There are several options (and a lot of threads with pictures):

- Fold down the windshield and run the wires through the seal (mine were like this)

- Into the cowl. You can run the wires under the seam where the cowl connects or some have drilled a hole and used a rubber gommet.

- From the cowl you can drill a hole in the front and down into the engine compartment, then through the firewall into the vehicle. I went into the vehicle from the cowl through the large grommet on the driverside. (I believe I went in next to the grommet)
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:00 AM   #5
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Remove the cowl, (wiper arms and 7 screws), run the wires under there. On the drivers side is a rubber grommet that the wires can be fed back into the cab. In the middle is a plastic air breather and the hot can be run into the engine bay next to it. I grounded mine and put the relay on the passenger side under the cowl. Real easy to do. Just did it yesterday.
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:56 AM   #6
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I installed my KCs and window brackets a week-and-a-half ago. Hardest part was getting the torx bolts off the factory hinges. Took me hours to do this, spread over several weeks. Broke several quality torx sockets. Used an impact driver. Finally had to get one bolt taken off with an impact chisel. Replaced the torx bolts with stainless hex bolts. I used heat shrink tubing, about 10" each side, to cover/protect the wires from the lights' wire tubes and ran them behind the window hinges, along the seam between cowl and body, then under the cowl. Of course had to remove cowl to route wires. I drilled two 7/16" holes. I decided to make two small holes rather one large hole. The holes were drilled about 4 inches above the two large grounding bolts for battery, etc on each side of compartment. I installed rubber grommets in the two holes. Just enough room for two wires in each grommet. I grounded the lights ground wires to the large battery/chassis ground bolts. Hot wires run to the relay mounted by the battery. Then I ran three 14/16 gauge wires from my switch, through the firewall (there are a couple rubber grommets you can go through), and to the relay/batt+/batt-. Covered all exposed wires with. 1/4" wire looms, 'cuz I don't like exposed wires in the engine compartment. I also put a 5 amp fuse on the batt+ wire to the switch. And I have a 25 amp fuse on the batt+ wire to relay.

All in all it looks real neat and disappears with the black shrink and black jeep.
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Old 04-13-2011, 12:58 PM   #7
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Remove the cowl, (wiper arms and 7 screws), run the wires under there. On the drivers side is a rubber grommet that the wires can be fed back into the cab. In the middle is a plastic air breather and the hot can be run into the engine bay next to it. I grounded mine and put the relay on the passenger side under the cowl. Real easy to do. Just did it yesterday.
I haven't checked this at all today and figured id just see if my handyman intuition would work and this is exactly what i did. I did it on my lunch break so all i have is them routed and zip tied to a corner and not hooked up yet but plan on hooking it up tonight
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:19 PM   #8
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Anybody have any pics on the electrical wiring hooked up? Im out of luck when it comes to electrical
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Nice! Sorry not yet lol my lights wont be here till friday or monday but ill post something on this forum cause its a decent size order coming my way!
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:26 PM   #10
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Got em installed
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Old 04-14-2011, 06:10 AM   #11
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Looking good cropduster! Which windshield brackets did you end up going with? I took the cheap way and went olympic lol i mean 4 bucks cheaper but just to save my girl friend some money on my b day gift lol and awesome input from everyone on this thread my install should go nice and easy now! Well when the man in brown drops everything off.
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:13 AM   #12
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Oh i just used the Kc brackets and i like them the only problem is the passenger side one the light is interfering with the antenna but it doesn't really bother me that much
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:21 AM   #13
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I had that issue on my YJ with the KC brackets. That's why i went with these lol nothing a little custom bend can't fix lol

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