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Check out my new off road lights!!!!

So I finally got the lights and custom installed them myself! These are the harbor freight ones and the video explains the rest! Let me know if you have any questions!!!



Cheap Custom Off-Road Lights [AMAZING] - YouTube
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Looks good. Nice work!
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Personally I would make the light patterns touch. I don't like how there is a gap between them. Other then that it looks good.
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nice! those puppies are bright
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nice set up! I'm thinking about buying a pair of the same lights to put behind the grille.
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Personally I would make the light patterns touch. I don't like how there is a gap between them. Other then that it looks good.
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also get some HID headlights, then they wont look so bright
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Thanks a lot guys! The lights are so great I wish I could drive with them on the road!

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Personally I would make the light patterns touch. I don't like how there is a gap between them. Other then that it looks good.
I would make them touch but then the area lit would be decreased too much... It seems worse in the video (due to the camera's light sensitivity) but in real life the gap isnt as bad... I might adjust them but for not it is the way I like it! Too bad the outside lights werent flood lights, then it would be perfect!
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Those are a great price, but I never liked the look of them.
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That freaking nice dude.
I've been searching for a Mazda that made their own custom light bar and have had no luck. What did you use for light tabs to hold the bar up??
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That freaking nice dude.
I've been searching for a Mazda that made their own custom light bar and have had no luck. What did you use for light tabs to hold the bar up??
I used 2 flat pieces of metal bent in an "L" shape and they mount to the frame right behind the bumper... Then, as you saw, a 1/4 in square 3ft long bar of aluminum...
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Nice lights!
I've been thinking about getting some of 'em if I ever mount my expo roof racks... 4 mounted on the rear & 4 mounted on the front rack.

Like the simple light bar too. Mounted similar to my hella 500ff's only I don't have the bar, just the L brackets mounted to the bumper.

My only criticism is the wiring... I'd run a relay to each pair that's fused within 12" of the battery for safety.
I never run high current wires through the firewall unless it's absolutely necessary & I don't trust any switch to handle that much load even if they're rated for more.
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I agree with Bugg on the wiring...

I've melted PLENTY of switches that were rated for more than the lighting system... I've even spent $30 for one switch thinking that it would solve my melting switch problems, but it still malfunctioned.

Relays are the way to go... I just need to learn how to wire them up. I've got the Hello 500 inside my grill CONSTANTLY on, but because the kit came with a relay, I haven't had a problem with my switch at all.
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Nice lights!
I've been thinking about getting some of 'em if I ever mount my expo roof racks... 4 mounted on the rear & 4 mounted on the front rack.

Like the simple light bar too. Mounted similar to my hella 500ff's only I don't have the bar, just the L brackets mounted to the bumper.

My only criticism is the wiring... I'd run a relay to each pair that's fused within 12" of the battery for safety.
I never run high current wires through the firewall unless it's absolutely necessary & I don't trust any switch to handle that much load even if they're rated for more.
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I agree with Bugg on the wiring...

I've melted PLENTY of switches that were rated for more than the lighting system... I've even spent $30 for one switch thinking that it would solve my melting switch problems, but it still malfunctioned.

Relays are the way to go... I just need to learn how to wire them up. I've got the Hello 500 inside my grill CONSTANTLY on, but because the kit came with a relay, I haven't had a problem with my switch at all.
Yea, I was going to go with the relays but they want $15 each and it would require a lot more wires than came with the kit. I am going to run them like this for now and if the fuses or switches go, then I will run a relay! Thanks!
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spend 15$ on relays.....or a burnt up truck.

Thats a simple decision for me. Always run a relay dude. come on

With "beefy" switches..they wont burn out, the wires will go first. What if that fuse doesnt break? What if it melts and continues the current through the melted body? 400W is relay worthy lol
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spend 15$ on relays.....or a burnt up truck.

Thats a simple decision for me. Always run a relay dude. come on

With "beefy" switches..they wont burn out, the wires will go first. What if that fuse doesnt break? What if it melts and continues the current through the melted body? 400W is relay worthy lol
Yea, you guys are right, Im going to get relays!
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Go to Pepboys or AutoZone... I've seen relay kits for around $20-ish that come with the relay AND all the wiring.
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Go to Pepboys or AutoZone... I've seen relay kits for around $20-ish that come with the relay AND all the wiring.
That is where I went and they wanted $18 for one relay... no wires, no kit... And I will need two relays...

It's not good to cheap out, but what is the difference between a relay and a switch that is built to run current through it? The wires are getting the same amount of resistance, same gauge, etc...
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It's not good to cheap out, but what is the difference between a relay and a switch that is built to run current through it? The wires are getting the same amount of resistance, same gauge, etc...
Relays, especially when used in this aspect, control voltage spikes and help to "tame" current. They are far more effective to flip on power than a switch and they act as a sort of "second fuse" because they will blow out before anything lights on fire.

Imagine, for instance, all lights are on, fuse melts and continues current, your switches are doing just fine because they are built to run all the lights but not your wires are getting extremely hot, one ignites and youve got a fire inside your dash = Game over (foam, other wires, plastics, dust, all things that light easily)

Correct me if I am wrong but after reading light threads on here for mucho timeo and doing my own light projects, this is what Ive come up with.
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$18 for relays?
That's nuts!! I can probably get you a couple relays in the $10 range +sh & I'll even throw in the crimp connectors
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What a guy buggman is!!!
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Great setup!
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hey what harbor freight lights are those been looking for a pair for the truck?
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Doesnt all the off road light comes with a wiring harness?

The Piaa light that i have comes with the relay within the wiring harness
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What is the wattage of the lights ?

Are these Off Road Lights or the HD Utility Lights ?

Nice set up in general, Bar and lights look good, the light output appears a little low to me.
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What is the wattage of the lights ?

Are these Off Road Lights or the HD Utility Lights ?

Nice set up in general, Bar and lights look good, the light output appears a little low to me.


those are 4X100W basic halogens, thats why they seem low in output. and the camera also has much to do with it
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