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Default Driving lights mounting
by 82ram150 08-18-2011, 08:10 PM

By request I am doing a write up on how I installed my driving lights. I have two sets of driving lights. I have a cheap set of Blazer driving lights, Blazer is the brand name. They were $20 at my local O'riellys. The kit includes: two driving lights, blue jumper wire from light to light, white wire that is power from switch, black wire with inline fuse that goes to switch, and a rocker switch. The bosch driving lights are bigger and i got those from pick n pull off of a dakota i spliced those into the previous system.

Now before i start telling you how to install the lights or wire them ill give you some tips. If you want bright lights and better performance from them, install a relay. Relays are about $5 at the parts store depending on where you go. Also make sure you properly insulate wires when putting them through firewall, frame, etc.. That mean get a grommet!!!! if you dont want your vehicle to burn to a crisp i advise a grommet in the firewall or wherever the wires pass through i hole in metal. Ive seen vehicles burn down because they didnt use a grommet.

List of things youll need
-Butt connectors
-wire
-spade connectors
-eyelet connectors
-switch
-inline fuse
-bosch style 4 or 5 prong relay(optional)
-and of course the lights
-electrical tape
- if you want, solder and shrink tube
- Grommet(s)

Tools
-Drill and drill bits
-Wire cutters and crimpers

Now on to the install. First, find a place where you want to mount your lights. I chose to drill a couple holes at the bottom of the radiator core support for my blazer lights. The bosch lights are on the sides mounted with existing holes, i only had to make them a little bigger for the mounting bolts.
This is the only pics with my lights like this, sorry its poor quality.


Next figure out where you want to mount the switch i mounted mine where a 4wd indicator goes since mine is 2wd.

The top switch is my driving lights. The bottom left is my back up lights and the bottom right is not used yet, it will be for an air compressor for my air horns. All of my lights have LED's that light up when the accessory is on. that way you dont forget about them when you get out.

Next figure out how much wire you are going to need. I usually give myself an extra foot or two in case something needs to be re routed in the future, plus the wires arent taught and dont break from being under tension.

Now, wiring it up.
Without a relay
Pretty easy.
1. Ground the lights to the frame.
2. Then take the positive wire from the lights and run it to the load prong on the switch.
3. Take your positive wire from the battery with the inline fuse installed and run it to the positive side of the switch.
4. Then you need a ground wire to the switch to ground the led so it will turn on when the switch is flipped on. I used the ground stud on the dash frame.
5. Next check all electrical connections.
6. Now flip the switch and see if the lights and led come on.

With a relay
This route is a little more complicated than without a relay but your lights will be brighter and the power wont be routed through the switch.
1. Ground lights to the frame
2. Take the fused positive from the battery and run it to #30 on the relay
3. Run the positive from the lights to #87 on the relay
4. Run a ground wire from #85
5. Run a positive wire to the switch, this wire can be spliced BEFORE the relay on the wire that goes to #30 or you can use a different source. This wire should be fused.
6. Run a wire from the load on the switch to #86 on the relay
7. Ground switch for led
8.check connections
9. Test lights

Mounting your lights
At the bottom of the core support there is a little tab that i drilled a hole into on each side.




For the bosch lights i used existing holes and enlarged them a little bit


The bolt and nut are for the light

And here is how my lights are set up. I know, i need a new bulb for the bottom driver side light.



Hope this helped anyone who wanted to mount some extra lights behind their grille.

And If you were wondering. YES i do like lights next lights i put on are mini fog lights and some amber marking lights behind the grille.

Thanks for reading
Cody
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:48 PM   #2
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Nice work, man! I still like the round lights you had behind the grille, but those look pretty good too!
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Thanks man. I did too thought it looked pretty cool but they were very dim. Dimmer than the low beams. They're just spot lights so they don't go very far. I could upgrade them from a sealed beam and that should be better. But it all works fine for now.

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Sweet....thanks for the write up buddy!
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Yeah anytime. They're kinda fun to do and being able to show people how you did something and giving others ideas for their rigs is always good. I have another write up on how I converted my truck from lean burn to an hei ignition that I will post as soon as my computer stops being slow. I'll probably have more in the future I have lots of mods on my things to do.

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