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jebby 11-04-2010 09:31 AM

installing extra lights
 
hey everyone. im looking to add some extra lighting to my stock 97 tj SE... it does not have fog lights or the factory switch for them any suggestions for someone with minimal electrical knowledge.... looking to throw some more light for cheap.... thinking a pair on the bumper hard wired to the high beams but i really have no idea? any thoughts.....

brianb 11-04-2010 09:48 AM

Mount em on the bumper and just use the supplied switch. That way you can turn them on and off as wanted, they are pretty easy to wire, just follow the directions :0)
Or you could buy a set of warns wireless remote lights.

aelwero 11-04-2010 09:52 AM

with limited electrical knowledge, avoid the factory wiring completely...

What you need is a primary line for the lights, a relay, and a normal switch line to actuate the relay.

You also need enough knowledge of basic wiring to set those lines up... do a little light reading first or get a friend to talk you through it... don't go "step by step" on anything you find posted in a message board... seriously.

jebby 11-04-2010 10:09 AM

Thanks guys. Any ideas on where to go through the fire wall or how to tract to the switch panel under the radio with minimal difficulty. also any recomendations on lights (size type brand ect) that wont hurt my wallet too much.

OregonTJ 11-04-2010 10:18 AM

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I just added these, $25 each, 100w super bright. No need to spend big $$$. You'll need a switch and relay. They come in kits for about $10 and have wiring instructions. I ran the wire from the switch to the relay through a factory rubber grommet in the firewall that was just below the steering shaft. Just poked a small hole in it and fed the wire through. Tapped into a hot wire in the harness under the dash.

Atthehop 11-04-2010 10:21 AM

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Originally Posted by aelwero (Post 858382)
with limited electrical knowledge, avoid the factory wiring completely...

What you need is a primary line for the lights, a relay, and a normal switch line to actuate the relay.

You also need enough knowledge of basic wiring to set those lines up... do a little light reading first or get a friend to talk you through it... don't go "step by step" on anything you find posted in a message board... seriously.

Definetely avoid using the factory wiring except to trigger a relay.

monkeee2002 11-04-2010 08:05 PM

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Originally Posted by jebby (Post 858396)
Thanks guys. Any ideas on where to go through the fire wall or how to tract to the switch panel under the radio with minimal difficulty. also any recomendations on lights (size type brand ect) that wont hurt my wallet too much.

When I wired mine up, I found a rubber grommet through the firewall, just below the brake reservoir, that wasn't being used. I cut in through that to run the wires, then just zip-tied them up under the dash, across to the center console.
It will help if you can bend like Gumby when working under the dash.

As for what kind, there are a million right (and wrong) answers.
You should first consider where you'll be using them, and what you want them to light up for you. Then decide how much you're willing to pay.
You can get sets at Walmart for $40 a pair, or you can buy high-end off road lights, that can run as much as $300 for each light.
I went with Hella 500FF driving lights, partly because I like the look, they're SAE approved (road-legal) and they can be 'upgraded' if you're willing to start chopping holes in teh housing and do more wiring.

Hostile JEEP T.J 11-04-2010 08:31 PM

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Here I got these hella 500FF at walmart for $70 bucks, easy install comes with every thing you need plus light covers!!

Hostile JEEP T.J 11-04-2010 08:34 PM

Those are 6 or 6.5" lights


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