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Old 08-07-2011, 03:22 AM   #1
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Windshield Mounted Lights

Whats the best way to run the wiring for light that are mounted on the windshield hinges?

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Old 08-07-2011, 03:05 PM   #2
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I'm scratching my head on the same issue right now. Hopefully some of the more experienced folks will chime in.

At the moment, the best idea I can come up with is punching a hole for a conduit fitting on the vertical portion of the body tub that comes out behind the dash. My concern is that it will be an engraved invitation to rust even with edge treatment on the new hole. They make fittings know as "cord clamps" with a rubber liner compressed by an outer nut that should seal well. An alternative would be a 90deg box elbow. That would turn the end down and hopefully make it harder for water to find its way inside.

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Old 08-07-2011, 08:20 PM   #3
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Here's how I ran mine. I just folded the windshield a little and ran the two wires in between the seal. The wire loom only goes to the windshield.


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The water in that pic brings up my concern with that method. Any issues with water leaking past the seal?

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Here's how I ran mine. I just folded the windshield a little and ran the two wires in between the seal. The wire loom only goes to the windshield.
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The water in that pic brings up my concern with that method. Any issues with water leaking past the seal?

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I've had no leaks, or problems.
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Old 08-08-2011, 09:00 AM   #6
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Whats the best way to run the wiring for light that are mounted on the windshield hinges?
Don't know if there is a best way, but here's how I ran mine. I have flex tubing run from the light, under the light bracket to the windshield hinge. Did it this way to keep the tubing in place and not flopping around from wind, etc. I used wire heat shrink tubes to cover about 10" of the wires as they come out of the flex tubing. Did this to keep the wires together and help hide them. Then I ran the heat shrinked wires behind the hinges and down in the space between the cowling and body and then under the cowling. From there the wires go through the firewall via rubber grommets. The holes I drilled are just above the body/engine ground bolts on the firewall. I connected the ground wires here and ran the hot wires to a relay. I used existing rubber grommets in the lower firewall to enter the cab with wiring to the switch. All switch wires run to relay/battery/ground through the grommet. None are terminated in the cab. The hot wire for the switch is fused and runs to battery.
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:27 PM   #7
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Late to the party, again. But in case for future times.

Like in dfry's post, remove the upper cowl cover and look close at the upper corners, by the hinges, you'll see there's a channel and a cut out in the panel, just perfect to run the wires through. Almost like Jeep planned for it.

And you don't have to cut holes to run the wires inside, on the left side of the cowl is the grommet that the harness for the wipers runs through. There's your entrance to the dash/inside for your wires to go through.
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I usually run them through the hole in the bracket, under the hinge, and then under the cowl into the engine bay through a hole with grommet.

(by the way....skip the Rugged Ridge mounts. The holes don't line up. I use the KC brackets with no issues)










Here is a bad pic of where the wires come out under the cowl when they come out from under the hinge. You can either extend the ground wires to one ground point, or you can ground them right there.

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I don't like stuffing the wires in a crack/gap, they should appear to be more than a "quick" fix/temporary job--





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I don't like stuffing the wires in a crack/gap, they should appear to be more than a "quick" fix/temporary job--





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Prob the nicest/cleanest way in my opinion.
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Old 12-24-2011, 07:33 PM   #11
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I drilled a small hole and used a rubber grommet. Didn't want to risk pinching the wires and shorting out.
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i dont like the look of how yall drilled the holes. I think it takes away form the sleekness that I like when you see the lights up on the windshield. nice jeeps though

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