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03-06-2012, 04:26 PM #11
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Yes. Use a relay and a fuse. Its cheap. Less than 10 bux for an off road light relay at the auto parts store."It went together didn't it? Well then there has to be a way to take it apart!" - Me.
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03-06-2012, 05:03 PM #12
just wondering what should i get it rated to because the lead is fed from the back up relay directly. that is from what i can tell from the truck wiring diagram.
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03-06-2012, 05:55 PM #13
I don't remember how the relays are rated - probably 10-15amps. The OEM relay and wiring for the backup lights are designed for the two factory lights in the taillights, which are what, 27w? Conversely, we all plug our trailers into the 4 flat or 7 round or whatever, adding those extra lights, and no additional relays are needed. The engineers may have already done the math for us.
You could tap into the 7 plug, and using a relay for the higher amp draw 55w light is a pretty good idea. (Good catch, moogvo)
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03-06-2012, 07:46 PM #14
ok thanks ill stop by autozone this week and grab one so i can wire it up this weekend
03-07-2012, 04:33 PM #15
couldnt for the life of me find the right type of relay but did find nice waterproof fuse holder for a 15 amp fuse. that should be fine in theory right if not id really love to know and also if it not right a nice steer in the right direction would be great like a link or something.
03-08-2012, 02:03 PM #16
well today i am installing the light since its such a pretty day out side why not ill send pics of the work i do and stuff
03-08-2012, 04:36 PM #17
OK well installation went off with out a hitch and looks great. The hardest parts were drilling through the bumper and cleaning a part of the frame enought for a good ground.
This is my truck before the light.
Here's the location I had to wire in to the 4 flat in there and I had to find the back up lead that I had re taped in earlier this year.
Here is half way through right after Id drilled through the bumper which was a major pain also was a pain finding right washer combination to make sure the light wouldn't move or wobble. Was really annoyed of how short the lead from the light was.
This was right before I tested light and hid wiring works great cant wait to see how bright it is at night.
This is after I hid the wires looks like it was meant to be there also tried to aim it best I could.
03-08-2012, 05:11 PM #18
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03-08-2012, 06:04 PM #19
Here's the best pic I could snap of the lights. Camera does really bad in low res night shots.
Here I used the flash so cant see the brightness as well.
Front of truck with head lights on soon gonna add set of driving lights under the bumper next to the tow hooks.
This was an attempt to see the illumination of the stock interior lights but it came out really bad.
Night shot of truck with lights on inside.
Last pic used flash got fairly good pic.
03-09-2012, 07:37 AM #20
Lookin' good! Glad to see you got it up and running.
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