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2004_Silver_Sport 06-25-2011 11:24 PM

Windshield Lights
 
I was just wondering what size of lights you guys have mounted on your windshield hinge mounts. I was looking at 4 and 6 inch lights. But I wasnt sure if the 4 inchers would be too small. And also how did you run the wiring? Is there a way to run it so theres not too much wiring hanging out. Pictures please. Thanks guys and gals. Sorry for all the questions i just wanna do it right the first time:popcorn:

Phil05LJ 06-25-2011 11:46 PM

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I've got 6" Hellas on my LJ, to be honest, they are covered and I rarely use them but they do light up the hood when their on. They make shields to reduce the glare but I'm gonna make my own someday... I just tucked the wires into the gap at the windshield hinge, it stays in place and looks ok to me, they've never popped out of it. I think you should go with 6", 4" seems small to me, regardless, make sure you don't buy fog lights to mount up high, they would be useless!

2004_Silver_Sport 06-25-2011 11:50 PM

So should i get flood lights or spot?

Phil05LJ 06-26-2011 12:16 AM

Get "spot" lights if you want to see way ahead. The beam is smaller but you can aim them to point to either side of the road to light up the ditches. I have my driver's side light aimed at the road way ahead of the beam of my headlights and the passenger side light is shining just off to the right a bit, lighting up the banks. I also have flood lights on the bumper that aid in lighting up the road up close and the ditch, I can use the bumper lights at all times, the Hellas, not so much, I don't drive at night to often but when I do, I toggle them on and off, pain in the butt but I don't want to blind cars coming at me, but I need to see! Night blindness sucks!

2004_Silver_Sport 06-26-2011 12:39 AM

Ok cool thank you for the info. Oh by the way what mounts do you have for your windshield? I just ordered the real small Olympic 4x4 ones from 4wd since I had a coupon code from them

Phil05LJ 06-26-2011 12:58 AM

I actually have no idea lol! I got them from Q-tech a year ago. I'm sure that a thin light will fit the ones you ordered, I doubt a thick KC would.

2004_Silver_Sport 06-29-2011 02:55 PM

So does anybody know if lights that are 4.5 inches from front to back would fit with my olympic 4x4 light mounts? Olympic 4x4 Products 802-174 - Olympic 4X4 Products Light Mounting Brackets for 97-11 Jeep® Wrangler TJ, TJ Unlimited, JK & Unlimited JK - Quadratec

dfry 06-29-2011 09:06 PM

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Originally Posted by 2004_Silver_Sport
I was just wondering what size of lights you guys have mounted on your windshield hinge mounts. I was looking at 4 and 6 inch lights. But I wasnt sure if the 4 inchers would be too small. And also how did you run the wiring? Is there a way to run it so theres not too much wiring hanging out. Pictures please. Thanks guys and gals. Sorry for all the questions i just wanna do it right the first time:popcorn:

My KC Daylighters are 6-in. I think fours would look small on my Jeep. I covered the wiring in heat shrink to keep them together and because my Jeep is black, and ran the wires behind the windshield hinges and down in the space between cowl and fender, then under the cowl. Drilled two small holes in firewall, one each just above the ground bolts for battery/chassis. I did this so I could ground each light to those bolts. Then hot wires run to relay.

My KCs are off-road spots. I also have PIAA driving lights triggered by high beams, and PIAA fogs wired to low beams.

jeepson33s 06-29-2011 09:21 PM

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My KC Daylighters are 6-in. I think fours would look small on my Jeep. I covered the wiring in heat shrink to keep them together and because my Jeep is black, and ran the wires behind the windshield hinges and down in the space between cowl and fender, then under the cowl. Drilled two small holes in firewall, one each just above the ground bolts for battery/chassis. I did this so I could ground each light to those bolts. Then hot wires run to relay.

My KCs are off-road spots. I also have PIAA driving lights triggered by high beams, and PIAA fogs wired to low beams.

I have the off road spots...the slim ones retrofitted with hid's wired through the cowl...I wanted it very clean si it took me ~12 hours for the whole job but well worth the time.

Phil05LJ 06-29-2011 09:53 PM

dfry and jeepson33s, nice installs! Makes mine look like garbage, thanks a lot! LOL! Only kidding. I did notice that your mounting locations are at the top of the hinge. I think I have the same brackets as the OP's that mount at the bottom of the hinge. I did some measuring and it's hard to tell but the 4.5" thickness of the light would be REALLY close to hitting the center of the hinge. I suppose adding washers could be used though.

2004_Silver_Sport 06-30-2011 01:54 AM

I'm gonna wait till I get my brackets to order lights. Just so I know exactly how much room I'll have to work with. If needed I could drill out the mounting hole to make it a little bigger so I could scoot the light forward. Kinda like the KC brackets

jeepson33s 06-30-2011 06:04 AM

FWIW, on my 97, i had the KC mounts with the full size lights on them. Granted they were pushed all the way forward but they did work and look good...not squeezed in.


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