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Old 11-27-2019, 04:25 PM
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My on going Lighting Thread

1st came tail lights:
I had wanted a Military looking tail light set up for my 2015 JKU so I originally bought a set of Isee Military Style LED tail Lights from a forum member.

After a few minor issues I decided to make myself a non-LED set based on SuperDak's build thread. https://www.wranglerforum.com/f346/mojave-sandstorm-build-2167674.html#post31819002
I had toyed w/ this idea a few years ago before buying the iSee lights, but SuperDak's thread, and help, got me going.

I started w/ an OEM set of tail lights and removed the lenses.


Next a mounting plate:


I used Riv-nuts protruding outward to mount the new lens.


Drilled out the mounting holes on the lens so the Riv-nuts would fit inside.
The Black-out lenses were removed and replaced by 2 pieces of the OEM back-up light lens.
A divider was added to the mounting plate to help separate the back-up light and the tail/ turn signal light.


1st test fit.


Painted and mounted.




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Old 11-27-2019, 04:36 PM
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Next up: Back-up lights

The problem with my version of the non-LED Mil tail lights was the back-up lights. I did not want to lose the Mil styling of the black-out lights. Therefore I needed auxiliary back-up lights. I found this video thru a thread on the forum and used it as my guide.
Biggest issue w/ the video is he does not give any measurements for placement... I will.
I used this wire harness from Q-Tech as well as these Hella Value-Fit flush mount lights.
https://www.quadratec.com/p/quadrate...ep-wrangler-jk
https://www.quadratec.com/p/hella/va...sh-mount-light

Measured and cut:


These lights come w/ a gasket which helped line things up. The top of the light flange sits 1/2" from the top of the bumper. The inner most edge of the flange is 11 1/2" in from the "crush area" on the bumper. Any lower or further out and the light would not fit as the bumper is molded for the steel frame to sit behind it. Check out the video and you will see what I mean. The openings are 83mm wide and 75mm tall approx.


In the video the builder used the supplied mounting hardware and drilled holes in the back side of the bumper to access the nuts. I did not want to mess w/ that so I had 2 ideas. My 1st thought was to add Rivnuts to the plastic bumper. Good thing I tried it on an old bumper section I cut off another bumper as the Rivnuts just wanted to spin. So on to my 2nd thought.


I added Rivnuts to a 3 1/2" by 1" piece of aluminum cut from a cheap yard stick. (Much cheaper than buying aluminum flat stock.) I held them in place for mounting w/ some butyl.


All mounted and ready for the Jeep.


Note: Once I added the Apollointech control center I ran wires so that these back-up lights can be turned on from the pod as well as being activated with the back-up light circuit.

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Old 11-27-2019, 04:42 PM
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Time for control

Added an Apollointech Spod knock-off to control the upcoming projects.






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315/70R17 Goodyear Duratracs on Willys rims w/ 1.5" wheel spacers & 4.56 Yukon gears,Teraflex BRK frt & rr
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KC Hi-Lites under hood

Next I added the KC Hi-Lites under hood lighting kit. The kit uses their Cyclone LED lights.







Under hood switch.


These throw a ton of light and make working under the hood much easier.
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315/70R17 Goodyear Duratracs on Willys rims w/ 1.5" wheel spacers & 4.56 Yukon gears,Teraflex BRK frt & rr
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Rock-Lites

I started w/ a 4 piece light kit from KC Hi-Lites using their Cyclone LED lights. I have wired these lights so they can be set to turn on as courtesy lights as well as being controlled from the Apollintech pod.
All the wiring for the KC Hi-Lites Kit was run on top of the frame and wire tied to existing harnesses.





Then I added four more Cyclones. One in each wheel well and two out back using brackets from Rago.


Rago Fabrication:
https://www.ragofabrication.com/coll...ne-light-mount
Not cheap but whose counting

The rear wheel well lights were mounted by drilling a hole in the liner and using these to hold them in place.


DIY wire harness. The rear wire harness was run thru the frame after being connected to the KC Hi-Lites kit which came with a connector for their rear two piece lighting kit.


Cyclones mounted to Rago brackets.



Wheel well.




Rear end.




Finished for now... fronts to come...


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