|11-18-2013 11:03 AM|
|11-18-2013 09:05 AM|
|Sgobrecht||Thanks for the great write up! Made the installation process for my KC's and A Pillar switch housing much easier!|
|11-13-2013 10:22 AM|
I dont have a JKUR, but I just bought an 02 sahara. I want to do a set up like this but can't find any forums that really give some good advice. I'm not into offroading just yet, but maybe in the near future. My problem is that I am not sure if it is worth spending all of the money on windshield mounts that I can't use on the road. I was planning on going with KC HiLites from Quadratec that come with the mounts included. I love the look, and would probably use when I need hi beams, but I was hoping for some advice moving forward.
|11-03-2013 08:09 PM|
|11-02-2013 02:15 PM|
|Putzy||I got everything wired and no power. I'm going to go to harbor fright and buy a power meter to see if I get power to the switch. If I don't then I'm assuming it's the relay? I know nothing about this stuff. Ugggghh|
|11-01-2013 11:48 PM|
|t.schabel||Dude I had the same questions. White goes to positive terminal; make sure you ground it before turning them on---I didn't and it blew a fuse which slowed me down because I couldn't figure out why they didn't work. I grounded mine by drilling into the metal and using a bolt and a wing nut to secure it against the sheet metal. Installing them is a pain in the ass especially when you've never done anything with automotive lighting. (Doing it yourself beats the 186 bucks my jeep dealer wanted to charge me for an install) Aiming them is kind a pain too; mine kept coming loose---I had to mess with aiming and tightening them for a week after the install to get them where I wanted them. All in all, I'd say it's worth it. They look good and are very bright. The hassle is worth the experience of installing them|
|11-01-2013 07:24 PM|
|Putzy||I just tried to install mine and they do not work...uuggghhhhh!!! Where does the white wire connect to? Also can I just put the ground wire on the battery instead of medal? It's soooooo frustrating!!|
|10-30-2013 08:42 PM|
KC light install on 2013 JKUR - added notes
Can't thank you enough for this post, it really helped my install last Sat of my KC Slimlites & windshield mounts on my 2013 JKUR. Below inline, I added some additional notes, tips, and challenges I ran into prefaced w/ MSD: each time. Hope they help the next guy along!
|10-29-2013 08:27 AM|
I am trying to decide what is best for my windshield mount. Driving lights or Long range style?
KC HiLites 6" Apollo Pro Long Range Lights with FREE Windshield Mount Brackets for 07-14 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
KC HiLites 6" Apollo Pro Driving Lights with FREE Windshield Mount Brackets for 07-14 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
Q-Tech has them both on sale with free mounts.
|10-16-2013 03:18 AM|
I noticed that too. nothing on the ground here in AK yet, but termination dust is working its way down and i'm gettin afeared.
|10-15-2013 11:52 PM|
Do you have any pics showing the wires and how you ran them from the lights into the cowl?
|10-15-2013 08:13 PM|
|Republican Jeep||Looks good and an inexpensive mod compared to lifts and bumpers.|
|10-15-2013 08:07 PM|
Thanks for this excellent writeup. I'm doing same thing on my '13 JKUR, except I'll probably just use the KC switch that comes w/ slim lites. I intend to have the KCs on whenever my hi beams are.
Here's the Q. As I understand from hours of reading another thread*, Wave Pulse Modulation (WPM) used in newer Wrangler headlight wiring is a problem. Apparently it'll fry the KC relay (quickly or eventually). Could you possibly listen to and touch your KC relay while the lights are on -- to see if you hear or feel buzzing/vibrating? If so, that's the WPM fluctuating the voltage.
The solution is pretty easy, you're supposed to solder in a 4700uf capacitor in parallel with the wire you attached to the hi beam power. But I'd rather not mod the KC wiring if it's not necessary. On the other hand, nor do I want to blow relays weekly!
Thanks if you can possibly check or advise.
|05-08-2013 08:13 AM|
I just installed the same using the same "Rugged Ridge" A Pillar switch pod. I'm not happy with the Pod install on my '10 Wrangler. First, not sure if this pod is really intended for newer models, because the big cut out on the pod that is meant for where it should fit into the crevice of the upper portion is NOT lined up at all!
As well, I had to cut out a "notch" on the side panel, because the bottom edge of the pod gets in the way of the side panel cover.
Overall, not very impressed! I think they made these to be somewhat "universal" for a broad section of JK's and enough minor changes have been made between '08-'13 that warrants really more of a custom made product. Too bad they sell this stuff as "fits" my '10, when it really doesn't... I have made mine work, but I definitely wouldn't say mine looks at all "factoryish"... The only thing factory looking is the finish of the plastic itself, it tends to match the color and texture of my current interior, that's about it.
Secondly, why did they feel they had to mount the switches so close together? They put them so close together that when you cut out the switch holes, you're lucky if there is 1/8" of material left between each switch! I know that one day, cracks will develop on that thin sliver of material left on the pod! They could have at least put 1/2" between each switch and it would have even looked better too!
Glad to see yours worked out so well!
|03-19-2013 07:54 PM|
|03-19-2013 07:50 PM|
|BaldwinJeep||I just mounted my KC 6" Slimlites on my windshield mounts tonight and will wire them up tomorrow night when I get the switch in. One question though, my antenna is hitting the rock guard on the light. Anyone else run into this issue? If so, what, if anything, did you do about it?|
|02-26-2013 09:25 AM|
|stardalo||I think the pillar mount is very much "factoryish" looking. takes some massaging to get it to sit perfectly but definitely can be done.|
|02-25-2013 09:09 PM|
Is the fit and finish of the pillar mount install nice and snug in a manner that it does look factoryish?
|02-23-2013 11:00 PM|
|cornfedksboy||Subscribed for later.|
|02-23-2013 07:36 PM|
|Lancent||Awesome! And you got to spend the savings on other Jeep parts nice!|
|02-23-2013 03:31 PM|
Ok, so I took all your advice and did the install on the KC's myself. Used a RR pillar switch mount and Daystar switch. Just finished up the wiring now. Saved the $225 and used it to purchase a Tuffy underseat conceal carry box, did the install on that today as well. Neither was too difficult but just want to thank you guys for your encouragement and knowledge.
|01-27-2013 09:12 PM|
|JKULINY||Will most likely attempt myself. Price seems kinda steep for wiring up a set of lights especially since i would be supplying lights, brackets and the wiring harness.|
|01-27-2013 07:26 PM|
|Lancent||I would definitely do it yourself over the shop. That's an insane amount. Its pretty easy for beginners.|
|01-27-2013 06:59 PM|
|JKULINY||I agree, awesome write up. I got a set of 6" KC Slimlites w/ windshield mounts for christmas but haven't attempted the install. Checked with my local shop and they want $225 for install!! You make it look doable for a novice like me. Thanks!!|
|01-20-2013 03:55 PM|
|Blue Steel||Awesome write up, looks like I need to add this to my list of Mods!|
|01-20-2013 03:48 PM|
|01-20-2013 02:07 PM|
|BillF||I used a piece of the styrofoam that the brackets were wrapped in as a buffer between the frame and the bracket.|
|01-20-2013 01:56 PM|
|01-20-2013 01:54 PM|
|Lancent||Mine didn't come with rubber so the best thing I found was some bicycle innertube cut to size. Hope that will keep from rusting.|
|01-20-2013 01:51 PM|
|stardalo||Maybe I can put a thin piece of rubber under the mount so there is no direct contact with the vehicle. May not be a bad idea.|
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