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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-23-2006, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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Overhead lights

I needed some overhead lights for offroad and for night rally crewing...

I choose a set of Lightforce RMDL 170's(100watts)from with focusable beams wide-spot with a twist of the dial on the back of the lamps.

I had to drill a hole through the roof to run the wires. I choose to route them via the A-pillar(drivers side).
I then removed the headliner and drilled just below the roof rail. After removing the roof rail I drilled through the bottom of the roof rail and out the inside (facing the middle out of sight) Holes were grommeted/or sealed with silicone.

Next I had to modify my cargo rack I fabbed up last year by welding/painting 1" square steel tubing to mount the lights on.

All the wiring was heat shrinked/wrapped in splitloom and connected via weatherpack(for ease of removal of the whole rack w/lights for cleaning and or other future mods) I also routed a set of wires for aux. backup lamps (Hella FF75's) update later on...

And yes that is my old Mudrat bumper straightened out w/new mounts(not bad for 35mph hit ehh....)

Here's a few clickable pics of a work in progress....gonna need that Optima D35 yellow top soon...


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That looks great. It really gives the car the old 'Don't mess with me' look.


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Wow. Light wh0re.

I'd love to add a few more lights to my wagon, but I wouldn't actually use them to their full capability where I live.
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The only thing besides "Cool!" that I can say is, what happens when you encounter low slung tree branches or a parking garage?

Wait a minute, your scooby, you probably will just drive right up and over the tree.


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Look! a Mickey Mouse car!

I remember a while back there was a areodynamic light bar that had 8 lights on the front, two on the side, and 4 on the back that was available from JC Whitney. Don't know if it's still available today, it's no longer listed.

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Just a comparison.

The centers are Hella 4000 converted to HID
The outer lights are Hella Micro Xenon's (HID).

I tapped off the battery and put the relay's in the engine comparment, ran wires into the passenger comparement for the switches. The power wires run over the suspension, under the frame into the side skirts, then over the rear supension, behind the bumper, behind the passenger side tail light, up the hatch/tailgate channel, then pop up via the gap between the Hatch/tailgate and the roof. I used a 8 wire trailer connector as a quick disconnect at the roof, then ran the wiring inside the roof rack to the front where the HID ballasts are located.

I was going to do it up the A Pillar and thru the roof, but wanted the wiring to be "temporary" when connected and "hideable" when not connected.

Yours sure is a lot cleaner/easier!

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did you ditch the FF75's?
and bah! too clean!

Although, right now, I feel you need some sort of automatic vulcan minigun type gun mounted on the sides or in the nose somehow. Ahnold would be pleased with you.
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You guys are nuts but I like it!
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nice scooby!! i hope those things fold down for highway use though!!

i was trying to design somthing that would hold about 3 hella 500 sized lights within one of those thule deflectors.. so it looks a little sleeker.

both of you! nice lighting
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