Last post on Jan 27, 2008 at 8:39 AM
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#6 of 7 fog Light Installation
Jan 08, 2008 (11:35 am)
Hi, I wanted to start a projet on my JGC Laredo 4WD 4.0, just wondering if I can get a little help from the experts like you guys. I wanted to install a fog light and driving lights too on my jeep. I just wanted to buy those aftermarkets so I can save a few bucks (hope so). The thing is I havent done this project before and I have very little knowledge. But Im pretty sure that I can do it if only I can get a little guidance. Ii have consulted everything on the internet as per wiring harness and i got same basics but it seems incomplete. I want very detailed instructions because I dont want to commit any mistakes.
Thank in advance.
#7 of 7 Re: fog Light Installation [leak]
Jan 27, 2008 (8:39 am)
I did the same "extra lights" install on one of my previous vehicles. For my preivous vehicle, I found the accessory "+" pin in the factory fuse box. This "+" pin is only live when the ignition key is on. Use a 12V tester to find the ACC. plug in your vehicle. From there, I ran a 12 guage wire to a manual off/on switch (on the dash area). Mounted the toggle switch to have UP as on and DOWN is OFF. For safety, natural gravity always forces switch into OFF position (just like a properly mounted house switch). Run the 12 guage wire to your external mounted light(s). May have to to drill a small hole with rubber grommet into the fire wall. Or, hopefully use an existing firewall hole. By using "self grounding" lights, one only needs 1 x 12 guage wire to the light. If needed, use a "Y" connection between both lights. Note: Most light kits provide 16 or 14 guage wire. I like using "thicker" 12 guage automotive wire instead. And if possible, use a RED or BLUE color wire - for ease of visual identification afterwards. And if necessary, install another inline fuse inside the vehicle (where its easy to access). Thus, allowing even more circuit protection.
Why the accessory "+" pin? Front lights go off when the ignition key if off. Thus, stopping the vehicle's battery from being drained - when the ignition key is in the off and manual switch is accidentally left ON. Why the extra off/on manual switch? To allow the person to turn ON or OFF the extra lights when you want. If driving down clear city lights, then turn the extra lights OFF. Many folks, including myself, don't light too much light in their mirrors. Some people get very anal about it. And when doing county / logging trail driving, turn the extra lights manuall ON. This, increasing your driving safety. Especially on the extreme dark logging trails.
Note: In some areas, its illegal to use high power OFF-ROAD or EXTRA FOG lights when driving on paved or populated roads. Perfectly fine to use these extra lights on very dark country roads (like in my area). With this in mind, use your manual OFF/ON switch "only when needed". Drove with manual off/on extra lights for many years and never got honked at. In my dark area, bet 20% of vehicles have extra driving or extra reverse lights.
Hope this helps....