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Old 02-20-2007, 12:45 PM   #1
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mounting KC Daylighters to windshield bracket

so last year, i had a daylighter mounted to my front bumper which was then obliterated upon a rather nasty confrontation with a tree while in the woods playing in some mud. i would rather that not happen again and have decided to remount my new daylighters to my windshield using these brackets. as seen on quadratec. for those of you who've done it before, how have you wired them up so as to hide the wiring. Where did you run it, i guess is what i'm asking. TIA.

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Old 02-20-2007, 01:45 PM   #2
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I have those brackets on my Jeep. I don't really like them because where they put the lights blocks your field of vision. It makes driving on tight mountain roads difficult. I'm currently looking for brackets that will move the lights about 3" outward so that they will not be as obtrusive.

I ran the wires down through the cowling and into the engine compartment like this:
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gotcha. thanks for the reply. that was another concern i had. i need to retain functionality of my jeep.. it looks good, but more importantly, it's functional when i offroad. i also saw the brackets that go up a little further, like these, but when i'm working under the hood, i like to lean the hood back on the windshield. i would worry that they would get in the way. any experience with them?
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I have those brackets on my Jeep. I don't really like them because where they put the lights blocks your field of vision. It makes driving on tight mountain roads difficult. I'm currently looking for brackets that will move the lights about 3" outward so that they will not be as obtrusive.

I ran the wires down through the cowling and into the engine compartment like this:
did you have to drill to get to the engine compartment or is there a hole?
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did you have to drill to get to the engine compartment or is there a hole?
I ground down the lip on the cowl with a Dremmel and then drilled a 1/4" hole from under the cowl through the firewall into the engine compartment. I put a rubber grommet around the hole to keep the wire from rubbing.
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Run the ones on the windshield. The ones on the hood will be a PITA when u need to work on the Jeep. I run the windshield brackets myself. I use hella 500's because they are pretty cheap. In other words, don't mount anything that u can't replace easily. They do get hit by branches and such. But the hellas have been pretty tough so far. No complaints.

I also point my left one straight ahead and my right one a little more towards the right side. Lights everything up nicely.
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did you have to drill to get to the engine compartment or is there a hole?
The windshield wiper plate, or so I call it, is removable. Pop it out, grind down the edge like he said. Cleanest way to do it.
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I have those brackets on my Jeep. I don't really like them because where they put the lights blocks your field of vision. It makes driving on tight mountain roads difficult.
I agree with Unlimited. I have the same problem.
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here is how i mounted my Hella 500s





ran the wires down through the hole on the back side of the bracket, behind the hinge (just fish it through), and then down under the cowl and into the engine compartment.
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I just made up a simple bracket that mounts to the lower 2 bolts of the hidge (rather than the upper part of the bracket) Sure since i just made em up myself they are not as solid as the ones u can by but it places the lights much lower so its easier to see
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^ the brakcets for YJs and CJs are like that....mount to the lower part of the hinge. does that interfere any with laying your hood all the way back?
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I think it'd make it EASIER to lay the hood back...
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Nope no problems wit the hood going back at all. The only problem i have had is my mom swinging open the door wit no strap to stop it... the door swung into the light and bent the bracket up a little so i just bent it back
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I also had a problem with my Jeep hood going back, it always hit my light so, i have to be careful whenever i'm working under my hood not to hit the light... Now, i'm working out on how to change the location of my light not being hit by the hood...

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