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04-06-2012 10:55 PM
Benjy
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Originally Posted by Benjy View Post
PM me if you'd like pictures of what I've done to get my lights going. Should have the lights installed by the end of the day. I spent more freaking time trying to route the wiring through the same path that I took for the CB wiring. Should have just pulled the CB wiring out and tapped the painless fuse box for CB power.
Ok, here's my writeup on this. A few months late but hey, they haven't come out with a new model yet eh?

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f118/20...ll-151855.html
12-28-2011 03:48 PM
Metaltiger Nice, Thank you!!
12-28-2011 02:24 PM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by Metaltiger View Post
Alright, I must be missing something.....So, that plug leads to the cab? In my Jeep, the back side of that plug is solid so....it must snake (i'm guessing here)..if that's the case...how did you snake the wire down and in to the cab.....
sorry if this all sounds stupid....I'm really not as dumb as I look! Hahaha

really surprised someone hasn't done a video on this.....
The plug in mine is rubber. Should be the same in your '09. I cut a small hole into the center of mine with an Exacto knife to make room for the new wires...

Remove the plug Krutj mentioned. Then take off the side panel on your dash (pops out). You'll see a foam-filled hole about the size of a silver dollar. Fish a straightened coathanger through the engine bay hole into the cab, attach wires with electrical tape, and pull through.
12-28-2011 12:54 PM
Metaltiger Alright, I must be missing something.....So, that plug leads to the cab? In my Jeep, the back side of that plug is solid so....it must snake (i'm guessing here)..if that's the case...how did you snake the wire down and in to the cab.....
sorry if this all sounds stupid....I'm really not as dumb as I look! Hahaha

really surprised someone hasn't done a video on this.....
12-28-2011 11:39 AM
krutj
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Originally Posted by Metaltiger View Post
I've read everyones comments on wiring...my question is...How to your run the wires for the switch into the cab...I'm at a loss ;(


2009 Jeep Unlimited 4 door.

Thanks for any help!
Drivers side under the hood, above the master cylinder, there's a rubber plug...that's where I run my wires.
12-27-2011 07:38 PM
Metaltiger
Wiring KC driving lights from windshield mounts....

I've read everyones comments on wiring...my question is...How to your run the wires for the switch into the cab...I'm at a loss ;(


2009 Jeep Unlimited 4 door.

Thanks for any help!
11-26-2011 06:34 PM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by 45 RPM-ACP View Post
Picture of damage done by deer:



Attachment 79663

Very little; just cover. No damage to crush can or anything else....Lucky

Wow. You got off easy.
11-26-2011 06:32 PM
45 RPM-ACP
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Originally Posted by 45 RPM-ACP
Hi...Installing additional driving light 2011, JKU 4dr Sport
Looked in fuse box BUT couldn"t find a spare jack that was power only on acc.
Looking for a relay control hot tap that goes dead with the key turned off...i.e. Acc. Help

Ran into deer @ 60+MPH on free way...Headlights didn't get the job done. Pleasantly surprised how little damage, Front bumper cover only, and how well the Jeep handled the running over it with the right front tire, very stable!!!
Picture of damage done by deer:



Attachment 79663

Very little; just cover. No damage to crush can or anything else....Lucky
11-23-2011 05:22 PM
krutj
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Originally Posted by robtbritn View Post
Here's a simple diagram on how to wire fog lights using a Bosh Relay...I would use a 30 amp relay.
Fog Light Wiring with Bosch Relay
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Originally Posted by Paintslinger16 View Post
Awesome jumped on here just to find this info. My kit did not come with a relay though. What's it do?
Take a look at the link posted by robtbritn, it's a good simple explanation and you should wire any aux. lighting with a relay.....
11-23-2011 05:13 PM
krutj
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Originally Posted by robtbritn View Post
Its not a matter of what your switch is rated at...there is a reason that they provide a relay with aftermarket fog lights, refer to post 21 & 22.
X-2....direct wiring is a bad idea
11-23-2011 04:15 PM
robtbritn
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Originally Posted by cu in oz View Post
My switches are rated at 20 AMPS. I hope this is ok. I'll see about a better way to wire. I just wanted to get it doen yesterday quickly. Buyt 20 AMP (I would think) should be ok........thoughts?
Its not a matter of what your switch is rated at...there is a reason that they provide a relay with aftermarket fog lights, refer to post 21 & 22.
11-23-2011 04:07 PM
JIMBOX Spend some money, getta foolproof/failproof/trouble free sPOD system-





Wanna save money, doit yourself, wanna stick switchs all over your dash ?

Although I've seen some pretty good "A" frame pods--

Good luck

JIMBO
11-23-2011 04:02 PM
krutj
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Originally Posted by 45 RPM-ACP View Post
Is the bumper cover, held on with the same,..."push screws" type fasteners as the front bumper cover?
The bumper skins have brass inserts and bolts, accessed from the backside.

A total of 4 if I remember correctly....
11-23-2011 03:57 PM
45 RPM-ACP Is the bumper cover, held on with the same,..."push screws" type fasteners as the front bumper cover?
11-23-2011 07:38 AM
krutj
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Originally Posted by willee51 View Post
Called my 4x4 shop to get a quote on installing "rear" lights as the stock backup lightes suck!

1. They quoted 2 - 3 hrs labor at $60 per hour

I will learn to do this MYSELF and save $120- $180
Here's what I did willee51....maybe $40 in material..

Recessed rear bumper light install - JeepForum.com
11-23-2011 06:53 AM
cu in oz My switches are rated at 20 AMPS. I hope this is ok. I'll see about a better way to wire. I just wanted to get it doen yesterday quickly. Buyt 20 AMP (I would think) should be ok........thoughts?
11-23-2011 02:44 AM
saharaguy OK...a couple of questions and a switch location solution...

I plan to install some auxilliary LED lighting both inside the Jeep and outside. They take VERY low current...so, I plan to run the wires directly from switches wired into the dash accessory outlet (which is switched to the ignition switch, so it doesn't stay on after the key is removed)...

So...running wire is not a problem, especially for low-current LEDs...but, where to put the switches???

Here's the big question...There are some 'dummy' plugs on the lower bar of switches on the dash (where the Rubicon has the sway bar disconnect button etc)...there's at least 3 spare spots...on my Sahara...
So...anybody ever tried to get factory push switches to install in the dummy plug spots for auxilliary equipment?...(I presume they are MOPAR parts...)

Here's another question...I'm not particulary enthusiastic about the DRIVING LIGHTS being switched by PULLING out the end of the light stalk...doesn't seem too durable (or intuitive!) to me ...I'm thinking of putting a proper switch in one of those 'dummy' plugs...and run it into the stock relay...just gotta find the RIGHT WIRE in the maze of wires coming from the 'multi-purpose' stalk!!!

If you ask me...it would have made more sense to spread the functions of stuff like the driving lights out...onto separate dash switches...Comments???

Comments written in previous post regarding the stock backup lights being rather DIM...so true...I'm going to put auxilliary LED backup lights in series with the stock lamps...I don't think any replacement lamp in the stock light fixture would make much of a difference...

Saharaguy
11-22-2011 09:04 PM
robtbritn
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Originally Posted by jmb6420 View Post
The only problems are...
1. If not using a relay, the same amps that your lights pull is also going through your switch, which will shorten it's life and possibly cause a short unless it's rated for those amps.

2. Another purpose for a relay is to keep the 'high amp' connections under the hood and out of the cab. A trigger wire to the switch is of much lower amperage. If there is a short, you don't want it inside the cab.
And I would add that with all the power going through the switch it will reduce voltage going to the lights...resulting in dimmer lights.
11-22-2011 08:19 PM
jmb6420
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Originally Posted by cu in oz View Post
I have mine wired directly to the battery using an inline fuse. I wanted the light to work without the key 'on'. I'm new at this but is there a downside to this way?

I have a relay with the wiring kit but figured a 20A inline would protect the expensive stuff ok.......I trust this is a safe option.
The only problems are...
1. If not using a relay, the same amps that your lights pull is also going through your switch, which will shorten it's life and possibly cause a short unless it's rated for those amps.

2. Another purpose for a relay is to keep the 'high amp' connections under the hood and out of the cab. A trigger wire to the switch is of much lower amperage. If there is a short, you don't want it inside the cab.
11-22-2011 06:00 PM
willee51
YOu will not believe this.........

Called my 4x4 shop to get a quote on installing "rear" lights as the stock backup lightes suck!

1. They quoted 2 - 3 hrs labor at $60 per hour

I will learn to do this MYSELF and save $120- $180
11-22-2011 05:44 PM
cu in oz I have mine wired directly to the battery using an inline fuse. I wanted the light to work without the key 'on'. I'm new at this but is there a downside to this way?

I have a relay with the wiring kit but figured a 20A inline would protect the expensive stuff ok.......I trust this is a safe option.
11-22-2011 05:35 PM
Paintslinger16
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Originally Posted by krutj

Open the hood, drivers side, above the master cylinder and right below the large wiring loom...there's a rubber plug, make a hole and push the wires through.
Awesome jumped on here just to find this info. My kit did not come with a relay though. What's it do?
11-19-2011 11:07 AM
robtbritn Here's a simple diagram on how to wire fog lights using a Bosh Relay...I would use a 30 amp relay.
http://www.classictruckshop.com/club...h/foglites.htm
11-19-2011 10:55 AM
MD_Jeep Found it, thanks.
11-19-2011 09:59 AM
krutj
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Originally Posted by MD_Jeep View Post
Where did you guys run your wires through the firewall? I don't see any openings under the drivers side dash.
Open the hood, drivers side, above the master cylinder and right below the large wiring loom...there's a rubber plug, make a hole and push the wires through.
11-19-2011 09:37 AM
MD_Jeep Where did you guys run your wires through the firewall? I don't see any openings under the drivers side dash.
11-13-2011 03:35 PM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by 45 RPM-ACP View Post
Pleasantly surprised how little damage, Front bumper cover only, and how well the Jeep handled the running over it with the right front tire, very stable!!!
Best review of mowing down a critter I've ever heard.
11-13-2011 01:41 PM
Chrispy Yea my Hellas came with the wiring harness and relay, I was looking into the plug for the head light high beam tap, don't like the idea of cutting the factory wires.

From Sea Comms:
"You remove the plug on the back of the headlight and plug the new loom onto it, then the original plug connects to a socket on the new wiring kit."
11-13-2011 12:58 PM
daggo66
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Originally Posted by Chrispy View Post
SeaComms, do you have a source, or a name for the aftermarket kit? Thanks
Painless wiring harnesses. Any decent light kit should come with a wiring harness and relay.
11-13-2011 12:03 PM
jmb6420 I should have stated above that the fusetap is used to power the switch only, you still need to run a power wire to a relay to power the lights.
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