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Rigid Industries D2 led lights install

I will start by thanking everyone on the forum who gave me the idea and helped with the install; This is my write up for installing Rigid Industries D2 Fog Lights hope it helps!



This is everything that was provided with the kit and I used the Jeep Wrangler Fog light mounting kit because the same fog lights are used in our Cherokees and they mount was great; I ended up not needing anything from the wiring harness other than the connecters to attach to the factory wiring



I ended up removing the front wheels to work on this project to make it easier; I know some people choose to turn the wheel all the way left for the Driver side and all the way right for the passenger but if you have a jack and an impact wrench its worth 2 min of your time IMO; To begin use a screwdriver and press in to remove the top plastic piece to slide the cover out of the way



After that remove the 3 6mm screws holding each light in place and press down on the top of the orange clip to unplug the light and remove it; Now insert the new lights and first check the alignment of the mounting kit so that it is flush with the front because these things are very difficult to adjust once they are bolted on unless you have very skinny hands. After you make any necessary adjustments slide them back in and reinstall the 3 original screws.
Then cut off the factory connector and replace it with the Rigid Ind connector. I just used a simple kremp connector to attach the wires and then I wrapped them in electrical tape before closing everything back up



Next step back and enjoy! These lights are great and I am definitely installing HID's to match the fogs as soon as I can. They difference is incredible



If anyone has any suggestions or sees any steps or suggestions I missed be sure to let me know!
I hope this helps someone else out or convinces them to get a pair!

This was the listing I got them from:
http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-lighting?f[0]=field_product_family%3A5&f[1]=field_product_family%3A51&f[2]=field_optics%3A103
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There is a member who has done the install but I can't remember who...his posts are in one of the "headlights aren't bright enough" or "HID conversion" threads.

I will try and find the posts and edit this one. He did not post a long write up, but could probably help...

It was @Trailhawkin, here is a link to the last page of posts with his info:

Headlight/Fog Light LED Upgrade???

Edit to add: Thanks for posting the write up and the pics...this is on my to-do list!
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Very interested in this mod!

I just made an 8 hour night time drive to and then 8 hour night time drive back from home for Christmas. It was terrifying the entire time how little I could see!!! Here in Newfoundland we have moose EVERYWHERE and there would have been no way I would have seen one on the side of the road with or without highbeams. I ordered a 22" LED Lightbar the moment I got home to place under the bumper for "highbeams"...but this would be a nice addition for "low beams"!

My question is, how bad are these to an oncoming driver?
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.... My question is, how bad are these to an oncoming driver?
Newfoundland/Canada may have laws governing vehicle lights left on with oncoming traffic. Worth checking that out before investing.

Someone on this forum with a TH had his headlights realigned and said that helped.

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Very interested in this mod!

I just made an 8 hour night time drive to and then 8 hour night time drive back from home for Christmas. It was terrifying the entire time how little I could see!!! Here in Newfoundland we have moose EVERYWHERE and there would have been no way I would have seen one on the side of the road with or without highbeams. I ordered a 22" LED Lightbar the moment I got home to place under the bumper for "highbeams"...but this would be a nice addition for "low beams"!

My question is, how bad are these to an oncoming driver?
There is a DOT regulation only allowing 4 forward facing headlights to be on at one time on public roads.

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I will start by thanking everyone on the forum who gave me the idea and helped with the install; This is my write up for installing Rigid Industries D2 Fog Lights hope it helps!



This is everything that was provided with the kit and I used the Jeep Wrangler Fog light mounting kit because the same fog lights are used in our Cherokees and they mount was great; I ended up not needing anything from the wiring harness other than the connecters to attach to the factory wiring



I ended up removing the front wheels to work on this project to make it easier; I know some people choose to turn the wheel all the way left for the Driver side and all the way right for the passenger but if you have a jack and an impact wrench its worth 2 min of your time IMO; To begin use a screwdriver and press in to remove the top plastic piece to slide the cover out of the way



After that remove the 3 6mm screws holding each light in place and press down on the top of the orange clip to unplug the light and remove it; Now insert the new lights and first check the alignment of the mounting kit so that it is flush with the front because these things are very difficult to adjust once they are bolted on unless you have very skinny hands. After you make any necessary adjustments slide them back in and reinstall the 3 original screws.
Then cut off the factory connector and replace it with the Rigid Ind connector. I just used a simple kremp connector to attach the wires and then I wrapped them in electrical tape before closing everything back up



Next step back and enjoy! These lights are great and I am definitely installing HID's to match the fogs as soon as I can. They difference is incredible



If anyone has any suggestions or sees any steps or suggestions I missed be sure to let me know!
I hope this helps someone else out or convinces them to get a pair!

This was the listing I got them from:
http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-l...t_family%3A5&f[1]=field_product_family%3A51&f[2]=field_optics%3A103

Got a question for you. One which wrangler kit did you get? The 2005-2014 kit? Also, is the kit plug and play or do you have to splice the factory fog light harness? Also which d series lights did you use? I have D series floods and then d2 diffused but I'm considering using d2 driving with d2 hyper spot on the hood when the mounting kit comes out.


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Very interested in this mod!

I just made an 8 hour night time drive to and then 8 hour night time drive back from home for Christmas. It was terrifying the entire time how little I could see!!! Here in Newfoundland we have moose EVERYWHERE and there would have been no way I would have seen one on the side of the road with or without highbeams. I ordered a 22" LED Lightbar the moment I got home to place under the bumper for "highbeams"...but this would be a nice addition for "low beams"!

My question is, how bad are these to an oncoming driver?
They are flood lights and If you look at the bottom picture from my first post they spread light out very far so they would absolutely be a little blinding to oncoming traffic; its pretty hard to look at the front of the jeep with the lights on

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Got a question for you. One which wrangler kit did you get? The 2005-2014 kit? Also, is the kit plug and play or do you have to splice the factory fog light harness? Also which d series lights did you use? I have D series floods and then d2 diffused but I'm considering using d2 driving with d2 hyper spot on the hood when the mounting kit comes out.


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yeah I used the 2014 wrangler mounting kit. The only wiring you have to do if you want to use the original fog light button is cut off the factory adapter and cut off the plug you need from the supplied wiring harness; The lights are the d2 driving lights

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yeah I used the 2014 wrangler mounting kit. The only wiring you have to do if you want to use the original fog light button is cut off the factory adapter and cut off the plug you need from the supplied wiring harness; The lights are the d2 driving lights

I'm wondering if you couldn't cut the plug off the fog lights then butt end connect the plug from the kit for the lights and make your own adaptor instead of hardwiring the lights into the factory harness? Do the old fog lights have a plug you can cut off or does the factory fog lights have a built in plug that can't be removed. I'm just trying to avoid cutting the factory system if I don't have to incase I ever trade up.


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You can get harness ends as well, that's what I would do instead of cutting up the factory harness.

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