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Has anyone installed lighting behind grille?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by digdug, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. Sep 15, 2016 at 8:57 AM
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    digdug

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    I'm looking for lighting ideas that might fit behind the grille. Anyone?

    Thanks in advance!
    ~dig
     
  2. Sep 15, 2016 at 9:55 AM
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    I did the Ford Rapter leds, supper ez modimage.jpg
     
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  3. Sep 15, 2016 at 9:59 AM
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    Do you have a write up on the Raptor LEDs? Curious what you used, how you mounted and wired them.
     
  4. Sep 15, 2016 at 10:19 AM
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    I like this I been thinking of doing the same where did you get these lights from? @tacouser
     
  5. Sep 15, 2016 at 10:19 AM
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    I put two 8" and one 11" Led light bar in the three slots in the lower valence. I just checked my phone and I only have pics of the install process, not of the final product but would be happy to take a picture later today if you'd like to see it. I really miss my 32" light bar that I had in my Tacoma lower valence..... with that thing it was always daytime when I was driving.
     
  6. Sep 15, 2016 at 11:03 AM
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    Yes! That would be great. Thanks so much!

    Love the screen name btw, lol
     
  7. Sep 15, 2016 at 11:04 AM
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    That looks great! Unfortunately I don't think those have the same effect on the 2nd Gens. It looks much better on the 3rds in my humble opinion.

    Thanks!
     
  8. Sep 15, 2016 at 11:59 AM
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    I did not do a write up. I copied someone eles's idea off of here. They had already did a write up.
    I'm sure someone will be able to help you find it
     
  9. Sep 15, 2016 at 12:01 PM
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    I also added these if you dont want the in grill look.image.jpgimage.jpg
     
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    40" single row behind the lower valence:
    [​IMG]
     
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    Nice, that is where I'd want to put it as well.
     
  13. Sep 15, 2016 at 1:13 PM
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    You have write or pics I like to do as well
     
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    How else do you expect to put lights behind it? Just say sim sim salabim and voila...magically goes through space occupied but the bumper cover and installs itself?
     
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    Ok easy now.. simple ?.. No need for all that...thanks for pics
     
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    Here are mine.
     
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    That's a good look, Dave!
     
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    Oh. I'm terribly sorry. My apologies.
    Let me rephrase. Yes. Yes you have to remove the bumper cover to install a light bar behind the bumper cover.
     
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    For the Raptor amber lights, by looking at the photos, it looks like it doesn't connect to the hood bulge at all, right? I'm asking so that I can do the lights now, and when I change over to the TRD Pro grill, it shouldn't change anything with those lights. Huh? Thanks for the input.
     
  24. Sep 16, 2016 at 7:54 AM
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    No, the lights I used (bolt lights) came from Superbright and bolt into the holes already in the underside of the hood. You have three perfectly spaced holes already available.
    IMG_2941.jpg

    SuperBright Bolt LED's.jpg
    IMG_2945.jpg
     
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    Awesome, Thanks.. Dont mean to copy, but think I want to do this one pretty soon. Cool cheap mods are always nice! ha
     
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    Yes, it is a pretty easy mod. You may want to search the forum, if you haven't already, as to how the wiring for the lights are ran inside the hood and to which circuit they are attached. There is a really good write-up (not mine) available.
     
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    Holy Highjacked thread Batman!!
     
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    Yeah, I saw that one and how to use the add a fuse thinga ma jig. Ha.. Seems pretty straight forward and those lights from Superbright are very affordable.
     
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    Yes! That would be perfect. Can you tell me where you got the lights??
     
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    I got them on amazon:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L0R5ZQQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K8K104W/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I did get some condensation in one of them, so I took them all apart and re-sealed the ends with some silicone. I then tightened the bolts along the front, and after a few days the lenses cracked. I will order more, and re-seal the ends and leave the fronts bolts alone. Dammit, I just gave an example of living up to my name!

    To mount them, I cut some pieces of angle iron to length, painted them, attached lights, and slid them into position. From above, I marked where the mounting holes were. Removed bumper, drilled some holes, attached angle iron. Bumper went back on, lights slid in, attached lights to brackets. Wired them up to a relay so that they are on with high beams.


     
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