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Old 12-16-2010, 09:07 PM   #1
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Default heres my lights on the cowl..

Well i was told in my build thread that lots of people ask about it and want to do it but never do, this was after i had one of mine done, it never turned out as good as i thought it would, dunno if i like it or not. but i think ill get used to it
its (2) 8" 100w lights, i bought them one day when me and fx2prerunner went to Princess Auto but i couldnt find any bigger bulbs for them.



but like i said ill probably get used to it and the function will make up for it.

so if anybody else has questions about doing it, this is what i had to do. for the passenger side, i removed the fender, and started cutting, ended up with something like this. just good enough to fit a wrench in there thats all. i doesnt have to be pretty as the fender will cover it.




on the driver side, it was easier. since my truck is auto, i didnt need to remove the fender, i just removed the plate that covers up the spot where the clutch hydraulic resivoir would be. lots of room in there for a wrench and to put on the nuts and washers, no pics of that tho because its pretty simple

and if you plan on mounting the switches here:



you have to do this:



just go around it with a screw driver it will unclip all around until you get down to where the ash tray is, remove that and there are (2) 7mm bolts (probably a 9/32"?) to remove, also you gotta remove the column lever if you have an auto, it just slides up through, i used a punch and small hammer. then just run your wires and you are good to go, theres your cowl mounted lights
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:09 PM   #2
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Neat idea, kinda looks like they might create a bad blind spot to me tho. How did you wire them up?
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Neat idea, kinda looks like they might create a bad blind spot to me tho. How did you wire them up?
Thanks! I already checked about the blind spot, it doesnt affect it as much as I thought, still have plenty of sight.

As for wiring, I used 12 gauge wire, ran from the lights to a relay and to the switch, then from the switch, to a relay, to the battery. And for the lights ground, I just ran the wire to the bolt that holds them on. Works great
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Wow....12ga is more than a bit overkill. 16g is more than enough for those lights.
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Well i already has this wire picked up because I am also running the 4 on the roof off it
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nice job. looks pretty good. if you get too much bright reflection off the housings, you can just coat them with a clear matte finish.
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looks unique lol, post some pics with the lights on
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looks good. imo 6" would be a bit better looking and would be easier to see around. i want to do this to my rig. need more lift or it'll look funny
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well the most i had the lights on yet was in the garage with the lights off, it light up the garage good and my garage is 40 feet long and 30 feet wide, ill take her out tomorrow in the dark and get some pics of it
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that looks sweet man, i had mine up like that, but lack of pictures.

one thing ill say is you might want to sandwich a 4x4" (or as much as you can get) section of flat plate to support and brace the sheet steel of the cowl. i ripped my driverside light off with a low hanging tree
or you could put some of those limb saver things that are just a steel cord running from the fender to the roof to save the Apillars and lights on jeeps and the such.
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