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Post by yellowranger1 » Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:02 pm

Throwing this out there... I'm wiring averse. I'm very good at letting the smoke out of wires. I can wire up lights no problem, I wired the hids and a few other individual lights/accessories on my prerunner... but that was to all separate switches and I feel like there was definitely room for improvement.

Looking for opinions from you guys that may have experience with wiring up various accessories. I want to do something clean looking in the PW, maybe individual switches (I've seen some that come labeled or you can order with custom labeling but can't remember the name of the mfg) or I was considering going the route of an spod or switch pro. I have very little knowledge of the differences between the two, and zero experience with either, but I like that all of the switches are together on one module. I'd like to run power for 1) a pillar lights 2) backup light 3) dust light 4) rock lights 5) power to the bed maybe? And other? I'm thinking a switch pro may be the way to go to keep things better organized and minimize space and drilling extra holes in the dash. Thoughts?


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Post by Colibri » Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:21 pm

Switch pro or sPod sound like the right way to go for you. I've been eyeing the switch pro but never handled one. I've had an sPod and the quality and service was outstanding. Very simple and straightforward to deal with
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Post by yellowranger1 » Sat Nov 12, 2016 1:53 pm

Spod is pretty local to me, I think they're maybe 20 minutes north of here. Time to do some homework on both.


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Post by Reloaderguy » Sat Nov 12, 2016 3:08 pm

I like that the Switch Pro panel fits in a Bullydog A-Pillar mount.
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Post by yellowranger1 » Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:16 pm

I ordered the switch pros module, I like that its compact, Bluetooth programable, no relays, and has more switches than I currently need so I have room to expand down the road on a single unit.

I mounted the Baja Designs Squadron XL-80s today. I used the included harness to temporarily wire the lights until the switch pros comes in. I'll get some night time output shots tonight. Image

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Post by yellowranger1 » Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:42 pm

Glare off the hood is a lot less than I expected. Here's a view from inside the cab, and one standing in the bed, over the cab so you can see distance and the light on the hood evenly.

Truck is at - 100'
Gate is at - 180'
Trees past gate at - 300'

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Post by Stickman » Sun Nov 13, 2016 3:51 pm

That is a hell of a lot of light, looks like a sweet setup
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Post by Colibri » Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:04 pm

Wow. That's pretty damn bright. Can't wait to hear how you like the switch pros, it's a really slick looking unit. :rockon:
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Post by yellowranger1 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:32 pm

It's a TON of light out of just two 4.5" cubes. Also I haven't spent any time aiming them yet either, just eyeballed it. Switch pro should be here Tuesday. It's probably going to be a week or two before I can hook it up but it'll give me time to find a good mounting spot for it. If I can't find a suitable space I may get that a pillar piece reloaderguy mentioned.


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Post by Reloaderguy » Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:17 am

Thanks for the pictures. Can you post some pictures of the brackets under the hood? I think I'm going to redo my lights soon but I'm still unsure of the direction I want to go.
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Post by yellowranger1 » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:23 am

Yeah no problem, I'll snap a couple of pictures after work today.


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Post by yellowranger1 » Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:10 pm

Realized I never posted pics of the mounts, here you go Reloaderguy

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The mounts reuse 2 fender bolts, and add a 3rd.


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Post by Reloaderguy » Sat Nov 26, 2016 1:10 am

Thanks for the pictures. Those brackets look super clean.
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Post by yellowranger1 » Sat Nov 26, 2016 6:50 pm

Reloaderguy wrote:Thanks for the pictures. Those brackets look super clean.
No problem, sorry for the delay! I'm happy with them, I'm really glad SDHQ came to their senses and updated them and changed the orientation of the light from their original design. Also, the mounts say they fit up to a 4.5" light, I test fitted my 6" round hid and they fit a-ok if you adjust the mount slightly back.


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Post by 04Ram2500Hemi » Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:59 pm

Do you by chance have a zoomed out picture of the front of the truck you could post with the lights? I've thought about doing this for a while now, and I'm wondering how it looks when you're looking at the truck.
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Post by yellowranger1 » Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:32 pm

04Ram2500Hemi wrote:Do you by chance have a zoomed out picture of the front of the truck you could post with the lights? I've thought about doing this for a while now, and I'm wondering how it looks when you're looking at the truck.
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Post by 2011TXPowerWagon » Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:07 pm

If had bought my truck new or not been so impulsive with my purchase I would have definitely gotten that blue color. Best looking color in my opinion.
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Post by 04Ram2500Hemi » Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:13 pm

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04Ram2500Hemi wrote:Do you by chance have a zoomed out picture of the front of the truck you could post with the lights? I've thought about doing this for a while now, and I'm wondering how it looks when you're looking at the truck.
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Post by BoldAdventure » Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:19 pm

I like that a lot. Those pods are great. It's amazing how much light they thru. Although mine are down lower.
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MikeKey wrote:I like that a lot. Those pods are great. It's amazing how much light they thru.
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Post by ShagginWagon86 » Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:24 pm

I clicked on this thread solely to see if YellowRange1's avatar was a yellow Power Ranger. I was disappointed.

That Yellow Ranger was really clean man, but I can see some pretty serious suspension on the new one. Nice 'Wagon, btw.
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Post by yellowranger1 » Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:36 pm

2011TXPowerWagon wrote:If had bought my truck new or not been so impulsive with my purchase I would have definitely gotten that blue color. Best looking color in my opinion.
I love the color since it's damn near identical to the truck I grew up in and drove to high school for a bit, but it definitely doesn't hide scratches like white or silver would!
MikeKey wrote:I like that a lot. Those pods are great. It's amazing how much light they thru. Although mine are down lower.
Love the output from these things! I'm planning to eventually upgrade to the baja designs fog light kit as well. One pair clear one pair amber. Having some lights a bit higher helps light up holes and cut down on shadows cast by lower mounted lights. They're definitely a hindrance in heavy dust or fog though.
ShagginWagon86 wrote:I clicked on this thread solely to see if YellowRange1's avatar was a yellow Power Ranger. I was disappointed.

That Yellow Ranger was really clean man, but I can see some pretty serious suspension on the new one. Nice 'Wagon, btw.
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Post by Babe » Sat Dec 24, 2016 11:54 am

Nice Rig YellowRanger1!! :cheers:
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Post by yellowranger1 » Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:36 pm

Babe wrote:Nice Rig YellowRanger1!! :cheers:
I went with Linex on my sliders. I have yet to test them and scrape the Linex off. Anxious to see if they stand behind the product or if its going to cost$$$.
Thanks! Hopefully line-x stands by it, I'm sure it's nice for traction getting in and out as well. I've touched up mine where they've hit and gotten sandblasted I definitely couldn't do that with powder coat...




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Post by yellowranger1 » Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:44 pm

Well, this happened...

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Found a Tepui Kukenam XL Ruggedized for sale on expedition portal. Wasn't a hard sell with the GF, she loves tent camping, but we've outgrown our kamp rite tent cot now with the dogs. Plus it sucked to spend time in if weather turned ugly. The big RTT should be a nice upgrade. I borrowed a simple rack from a friend (off his megacab) so I can use this thing on our New Years trip to the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Sometime at the end of January we're going to build a taller rack to mount this thing so I can still get under it to load/unload coolers and gear boxes.


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