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I'll be putting everything in here that I've done, how I did it, and what I still plan to do. At the very end I will provide links to everything I've added that I can so if you want it, you can have it as well. This thread will be loaded with pictures. If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask here in the thread or you can PM me and I'll gladly answer them as best I can. If anyone has any picture hosting ideas, let me know. Otherwise I'll just post them here. Some of this will be copied and pasted from other threads into this one. What doesn't have a link, will have a link just give me time to add them to the list.

Here's my pictures. http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/Len1304/story

So I have been approached by several people about how many lights I have, which brands and kinds of lights, how they are wired, how they are controlled, and why I chose each light so I'll give you a run down on what I've done and how it's been done. First, I'll give you a list of each light I have on my TH, then I'll explain why I picked each light.

All my lights are from Rigid Industries

1 40" E2 Combo light (was 40" SR combo) replaced today
4 D2 Diffused
2 D2 Hyperspot
2 DOT/SAE legal fog lights
2 D Series Flood lights
1 10" SR Driving pattern
1 20" E Series Combo (pending)

So, the 40" light is a long distance light only used for off-road use or during extreme weather and area lighting. I had the 40" SR (Single Row) light but it was an original from about 4 years ago and while great for off-roading it had far too much light bleed and lit up the windshield like crazy making it for too difficult to see. My useable light went from 1100 meters to almost 2000 meters.

I have one D2 diffused light on each side and two on the rear for scene lighting only. They have no other purpose.

The two D2 hyper spot lights on the hood are my supplemental high beams. Yes, I'm aware they aren't road legal which is why I use them only with amber lenses and in extremely bad weather. Since installing my fog lights I don't use my high beams.

I replaced my factory fog lights and housings with Rigid's DOT/SAE legal led fog lights using the JK fog light mounts. They provide so much light I no longer use my high beams and yes, they are aimed properly.

The two D series flood lights are installed on my powerchair lift and only used when hauling the powerchair. I want to clarify I personally don't use a powerchair, it belonged to my late wife. I donated it to a local kid that required a powerchair and I haul it for her from time to time. I am however disabled with damage to my back and hips from the military.

My 10" SR driving pattern light will be installed on the top of the bar for my RRO winch mount if RRO can find a way to fit my TH with the mount. This light will supplement my high beams, it too will have an amber cover. This light is wired but not hooked up.

My 20" E Series Combo light is currently pending and may not be done at all. If I can make it and the control box for my winch fit together then this light will do between the bar on the winch mount. It will have an amber lense and be used as extreme weather light as low to the ground as it can get to provide long range light to light up the road.

Now onto the wiring. I have the Gobi rack I got as part of the group buy. Officially the E series 40" light doesn't fit according to Gobi, but I managed it just fine without ANY complications. All the wire is ran to the drivers side rear corner of the TH by the leg and then a hole was drilled through the roof to run the wires along the headliner then behind the dash where it was all hooked up to a custom made relay pack. Each light was given it's own switch except the two hood lights and the two rear lights which are each wired to two switches. The relays are individually wired for each light to a Wired HDH control box, which provides 8 button switches to control my lights. I have my first button to turn on all the lights together, it's really just an emergency function so I don't have to turn on each of the other switches. I can just roll up to a situation and turn everything on at once. Now the following switches turn on each light. Each circuit was wired with diodes to prevent each circuit from back feeding all the other lights. The diodes were wired into the switch circuit rather than the power circuit as the power circuit runs far too much power through it and causes them to heat up enough to melt the solder attached to them. I also have my winch solenoid controlled from this switch panel for my rear winch. Yes, I will be running dual winches front and rear. The rear however will only be brought with me during storm chasing to be used as an anchor, currently it's being used as my primary winch. It's an OLD Warn M8000i.

I should point out that Wired HDH is out of business and if you can find the control box you are completely on your own for tech support or anything for that matter. I would personally recommend an SPOD with a touch screen interface as you can set individual circuits to strobe which I desired but didn't do since I already had the Wired HDH box. The way I have it setup it looks factory.

If you decide to run a 40" E series light or E2 light be warned, you MUST wire that one light bar directly to the battery. Do not combine it with any other circuit. It pulls far too much power and causes the light to not work properly if the engine is off. All said and done with all the lights on the entire system pulls about 55 amps and the TH handles it light a champ.

Wish List:

Ladder mounted jerry can holder
Dually D2 Amber Wide Beam lights
Spod touch screen with expansion board for more switches
Warn Jumper Cable Kit

Inventory List:

40" light
http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-lighting/14231

20" light
http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-lighting/120312

10" SR light
http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-lighting/910612

D2 hyperspot
http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-lighting/50471

D2 diffused 4 of these
http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-lighting/50251

D flood
http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-lighting/20211

LED Fog lights
http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-lighting/50481

Fog lights mounted using this kit
http://www.rigidindustries.com/mounting-options/40138

AirLift remote compressor kit
Craftsman Tool Kit
ARB Winch Recovery Bag
Bubba Rope
Bubba Gator Ropes x2
Smittybilt Winch Recovery Bag
Heavy Duty Air Compressor
Speedtech Amber LED Strobes x4
Wired HDH Controller
RRO Brushguard
RRO Winch Mount
RRO Step-Rail Sliders
Warn Harse Fairlead
Warn License Plate Kit
Warn M8000-S Winch (Front)
Warn M8000-I Winch (Rear) w/Smittybilt Synthetic Rope
Warn Multimount Receiver System
Hi-Lift Jack 48"
Flat Short Shovel
Fisker Axe
Gobi Stealth Rack
Gobi Ladder
Gobi Sparetire Mount
Myfirstcherokee A-Pillar Mounts
Rigid 1.5" Bar Mounts
Rigid 1" Bar Mounts x2
Cobra 29 LTD Classic CB
Wilson HD Antenna Mount
HD CB Antenna Quick Disconnect x2
Hustler Super HD CB Antenna Spring
Firestic II 2' Antenna (extreme low clearance around town)
Firestic II 3' Antenna (short range around town, flying flag)
Firestic II 5' Antenna (long range storm chasing)
CompuStar Dash CD-3200 Dash Cam with GPS Antenna
Wrangler DuraTrac 245/70r17 Tires x5
5 Gallon Old School Jerry Can
Jumper Cables
Reflective Vest x2
Reflective Gloves
First Aid Kit
Personal 9MM Firearm
Suspension Airbags
4' RGB LED trail whip with remote
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Photobucket is free, and very easy to use.
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Photobucket is free, and very easy to use.
Photobucket is one of the biggest, and easiest to use.

Dropbox is another free-to-use. A lot of my pics are just hosted through Tapatalk. I'm not sure what kind of space limitations it has, but when I upload from my phone, the url's are always Tapatalk.

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I considered TapaTalk myself but as I was uploading them it gave me an error saying I could only upload 25 when I was trying to upload almost 100 photos after I had spent almost an hour trying to post them. I didn't want to link an album cause I figured most people wouldn't click the link and I personally haven't been a fan of photo bucket when I've tried to view photos but I'll give it a shot and see what the limitations are from that.
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Photobucket is what I use for pictures, it's a bit finicky but it usually works well, and gives you easy links to attach to forums.

That's a heck of a list, always been a fan of your build!
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Upped from 1100m to 2000m of useable light? I could never understand how light 2km away is considered useable! Would love to see that in person (have tried lighting photos amd they never do them justice)

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Upped from 1100m to 2000m of useable light? I could never understand how light 2km away is considered useable! Would love to see that in person (have tried lighting photos amd they never do them justice)

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My old man owns 40 acres (imperial) and this light can be left on at the head of his pasture while he goes and retrieves the live stock. Thats just one use.
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Alright so I got my new test bumper from RRO so when I recover from surgery and when the weather clears up I'll put it on. In addition I may have snagged myself a sponsorship through a company I've had a lot of work done. Basically right now I let them wrap the jeep and they make the additions I want. Then I just have to put the miles on it.


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Doing a little urban off roading today I under estimated the height of a median curb between parking lots and hit pretty hard.




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Wow that was a rathet significant misjudgement! Even lifted you wouldn't have cleared that

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