alright i'm gettin this project underway this week (spring break!)
tomorrow I'll be getting the roof rack prepped and painted. might go prep it tonight.
I'll be putting a few reverse lights under the bumper as well, ordering some relays tonight for that and other projects.
Now a few electrical questions/suggestions needed...
I'd like to get a fuse box/distribution block in the bed area for the accessories that will be going back there. meaning for the reverse lights, and all the topper mounted accessories. I will have a quick disconnect plug for when I remove the topper. It has about 12-15 wires in the connector which should be plenty.
Now... What gauge power wire should I run back there? will 8 gauge be sufficient for, lets say, up to 8 auxiliary lights (probably overkill) as well as interior lights, I have two 36" fluorescents I want to mount inside the topper. Also may possibly have some sort of strobes that would run off of the same power. so that would be 8 aux. lights, two flourescent lights, maybe a few strobes, and then maybe some extra for future accessories.
I will be using relays for all the switches, but I'd like to run one power wire back there for everything. so would 8 gauge be enough? should I go with 4 just to be safe? it's not like I would have all that stuff on at once, so i'm thinking 8.
I also need suggestions for a fuse box. would the junkyard be a good place, just get some old OEM box from pretty much anything? or should I look for an aftermarket box?
Looking at these two fuse blocks, the second one would be nice but I don't really want to spend $50 on one. The first is more realistic. Still looking into getting one out of something from the junkyard though for cheaper.
I use my ranger for camping and sleep in the back, A good floor is good on the back, I have a bedrug which make the bed floor flat, I ran a 10G wire to the bed and installed a 12 outlet.
Good wheeling and a restful night is camping.
Well m having mixed feelings on this topper. Can't decide what to do about paint. I'd love it to be color matched but that's really too much, same thing with line x.
Thought I might just do some kind of flat bor semi gloss black, maybe a aerosol bedliner deal, so it'd be black.
Or thoug about getting a couple aerosol cans of color matched paint from automotivetouchup.com ther $20 a can, then maybe a clear coat, so it wouldn't look great, bt would match better.
I also though this topper looks so bad and doesn't go with the truck that great, so I might just get a different topper. What should I do?
It wouldn't need to be anything fancy, just so it's the same shade. I don't really know anything about different kins of paint but whatevers cheap would be fine.
I'm looking at getting a different topper that matches the truck lines better though (if you know of any) so I was kind of holding back on doing anything to serious with this one. Still, if you want to see what he could do it for that would be great. I could even do some of the prep before I brought it around, possibly take some of the windows out if that would make things easier.
He said he'd take $200 for it, and it's in lex. I'm trying to get some more details and pics from him before I can agree to spend that. May go take a look and test fit it on the truck if he'll let me. If it's nice then I will probably get it.
Also, as Josh already knows, I was trying to figure out what I was going to do about my toolbox. I entertained the idea of shortening it myself to fit between the bedrails, which would probably look like crap, or getting a below the rails box. I think instread I will just take it out when I want to use the topper, and have one of those cheap plastic containers/lock boxes inside protected by the topper.