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The S.S. TRDFerguson: Captain’s Log

Discussion in '2.5 Gen Builds (2014-2021)' started by TRDFerguson, Mar 25, 2021.

  1. Dec 7, 2021 at 6:47 PM
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    TRDFerguson

    TRDFerguson [OP] Turd Ferguson, it’s a funny name.

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    Prepped my ditch light harness. The default setup from Diode Dynamics uses a 3 way rocker so that you can control the backlight, and so they do not include a relay in the harness. I’m using an aftermarket switch that can’t handle that much current, so I added a relay in and removed the leads for the backlighting since I don’t want to use that (for now). Hoping to get the two wiring harnesses installed tomorrow (the light bar harness was good to go out of the box) and maybe get the lights installed later this week.
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  2. Dec 7, 2021 at 6:58 PM
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    Nice! Which brackets you go with?
     
  3. Dec 7, 2021 at 7:05 PM
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    TRDFerguson [OP] Turd Ferguson, it’s a funny name.

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    I grabbed some Cali Raised LED brackets since that’s what @memario1214 carries. I’m not a huge fan of CR as a company, but their metal fab stuff is at least good quality. Plus it was easier for me to give all my money to Colton since he had a badass Black Friday sale.
     
  4. Dec 8, 2021 at 7:12 PM
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    TRDFerguson [OP] Turd Ferguson, it’s a funny name.

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    Wiring harnesses, switches and ditch light brackets were installed today. I’m waiting on a bus bar to hook everything up to power, and then I’ll try to get the lights installed in the next couple of days…
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    I test fit one of the SSC1 Pro pods to see how it looked. I’m digging it!
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  5. Dec 9, 2021 at 3:46 AM
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    those (and your install) look great. I just finished installing a few LEDs on my new UTV so i could figure it out for my truck. that one has a keyed power busbar from the factory though so I am going to learn from your install. Im also swapping the headlights for TRD pro LEDs soon and the extra light you get from these things is incredible
     
  6. Dec 9, 2021 at 8:50 AM
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    TRDFerguson [OP] Turd Ferguson, it’s a funny name.

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    This is the bus bar/fuse block I just ordered - I should be able to simplify the wiring a bit more by removing the harnesses' inline fuses and such, and then having a better connection for ground too.
    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GBV2MHN/

    The OEM LEDs are awesome though. You'll love that upgrade.
     
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  7. Dec 11, 2021 at 3:55 AM
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    sorry for the dumb question - im new to the electronics stuff. Is there no advantage to going with a switchpro or trigger unit ? maybe because you are doing your own wiring instead of having them put it together for you ? I am going to do some lights lights and eventually onboard air and a winch. Shorter term an upgraded stereo w amps and a sub or 2
     
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  8. Dec 11, 2021 at 9:30 AM
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    Yes there is an advantage to the switchpro with it you don't have to run all the wiring into the cab to all of the switches for your different lights and other devices.
     
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  9. Dec 11, 2021 at 10:23 AM
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    TRDFerguson [OP] Turd Ferguson, it’s a funny name.

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    ^^^ This. I just have a shit load of blanks because I have an SR5, and I didn’t feel like spending $600+ on the SP or compromise on a cheaper controller. If I keep adding lights I’m sure I’ll convert to an SP setup though.
     
  10. Dec 12, 2021 at 8:27 PM
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    TRDFerguson [OP] Turd Ferguson, it’s a funny name.

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    Started assembling a 4 way inflator to go with my Viair 400p, with the idea that it’d be a cheaper version of this Morrflate kit I saw online:
    https://morrflate.com/shop/morrflate-multi-tire-air-kits/morrflate-quad-4-tire-air-kit/

    After pricing everything out, I wasn’t really sure I was actually saving any money, but then I found out the Morrflate requires an additional adapter and the larger kit for our trucks, so I’m probably around $75-100 ahead.

    So far I have the inflator adapter and manifold assembled:
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    The inflator adapter uses the insulated quick connect end from a Viair hose kit, and the rest is sourced from Amazon and/or my garage. Once I get this done, I’ll put together a DIY thread with parts list. Thanks to @BiggHertz and @AT x AT for brainstorming with me on this.
     
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  11. Dec 12, 2021 at 9:52 PM
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    Going to upgrade the viair to a powertank? Remember, time is money :D
     
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  12. Dec 13, 2021 at 6:26 AM
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    TRDFerguson [OP] Turd Ferguson, it’s a funny name.

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    Lol, I’d love a powertank but that’s not in the budget for a while. The Viair actually does a really good job of inflating quickly, though. I’ll do a test run once everything is together to see how long it takes.
     
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  13. Dec 13, 2021 at 6:13 PM
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    TRDFerguson [OP] Turd Ferguson, it’s a funny name.

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    Finished up the inflator kit - just need to pressure test it and then wrap the T in some silicone tape to keep the clamps from snagging or picking up dirt.
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  14. Dec 13, 2021 at 8:44 PM
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    Well done OP
     
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  15. Dec 14, 2021 at 6:47 PM
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    TRDFerguson [OP] Turd Ferguson, it’s a funny name.

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    Pressure tested the 4 way inflator and it’s good to go, so I wrapped the t fittings with silicone tape. That stuff is pretty nice, kind of like shrink wrap without needing to hit it with heat.
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    Also got the bus bar mounted and finished the wiring for the ditch lights and bumper bar. I need to add a piece of loom on the power wires going to the relays, but it’s basically done. Now just need to install the lights…
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    Switches tested good!
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  16. Dec 18, 2021 at 7:44 AM
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    TRDFerguson [OP] Turd Ferguson, it’s a funny name.

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    The chucks I picked up don’t work with how short the exposed valve stems are with my aftermarket wheels. I’m going to try these out and see if they’ll engage full, and if not I’ll either modify the valve stem collars or buy shorter ones.

    AstroAI 4 Pack Air Chuck, Heavy Duty Closed Flow Lock On Tire Chuck with Clip for Inflator Gauge Compressor Accessories https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07D13V72Q?_encoding=UTF8
     
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  17. Dec 18, 2021 at 7:46 AM
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    TRDFerguson [OP] Turd Ferguson, it’s a funny name.

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    Lights are installed and working great. I don’t have any nighttime output pics yet, but will try to grab some tonight.
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    BlueRibbon4x4 Let’s color match it

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    Kudos on getting a drill in there for those relays!!
     
  19. Dec 18, 2021 at 9:35 AM
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    TRDFerguson [OP] Turd Ferguson, it’s a funny name.

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    I did end up moving them forward so I could remove the inline fuses without having to extend the wires. I’m leaning more and more towards swapping in a controller, but not sure I can justify $600+ for the SP9100. But damn those things are cool.
     
  20. Dec 18, 2021 at 9:50 AM
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    @Explorer just put in a Trigger6 and it’s pretty slick.
     
  21. Dec 18, 2021 at 9:52 AM
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    TRDFerguson [OP] Turd Ferguson, it’s a funny name.

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    I was just looking at that. Seems like a good kit and $340 is a little easier to stomach. Just not sure where I’d mount the rocker switches.
     
  22. Dec 18, 2021 at 10:08 AM
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    Do you need the 6 or would the 4 do? 80 bucks less..

    also, is that the original batt?


    edit: also, the voswitch is hard to beat at $200. Don’t need the app capability (at least I don’t think I would)
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    TRDFerguson [OP] Turd Ferguson, it’s a funny name.

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    @BiggHertz was showing off his SwitchPro and it’s pretty badass with the app integration and the dimming functions you can do. It looks like the Trigger 6 has the same capabilities, but I don’t think the VoSwitch can do the dimming part.
     
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    Yup, believe it’s just on/off/momentary. No dim, flash or strobe
     
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    Just do it…
     
  26. Dec 18, 2021 at 3:06 PM
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    i was thinking about an auxbeam controller - what would be the benefit of spending the extra money for a SP or trigger other than the app?
     
  27. Dec 18, 2021 at 3:12 PM
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    alb1k Chickens to paralyze in the back of the Ridgeline

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    It's good
    Customization and architecture
     
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    TRDFerguson [OP] Turd Ferguson, it’s a funny name.

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    Like @alb1k said, customization and the architecture/layout are the main things. I know with the SP you can pick different strobe patterns per channel and adjust brightness from 100/50/10%. I went off roading last night and can tell you that I appreciated when @BiggHertz turned his chase lights down to 10% haha.
     
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    TRDFerguson [OP] Turd Ferguson, it’s a funny name.

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    Finally got to try out the new lights yesterday. The bar is awesome. Still trying to figure out if the SSC1 Pros will work good enough as ditch lights. They seem bright enough at low speed, which was the main purpose, but it would be nice to have a little more wide light for higher speeds. Overall very happy with this setup!
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  30. Dec 19, 2021 at 8:03 AM
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    without question, investing in a stout PDM “Power Distribution Module” is critical in my opinion. The consolidation of infrastructure is a big selling point, but the capabilities of having more than a binary 12v on/off makes it invaluable. Being able to utilize PWM to control power to your outputs (light dimming in most cases) makes a world of difference for you and your trail mates. Selectable, flashing and strobing modes per circuit, master switching, low voltage disconnect, memory, power on state, delayed turn off, programmable triggers etc.

    I run the SP9100 because it really has a good feature set/cost at 600 USD. But there are other great PDMs out there that make the Switch-Pros a great value.

    Motec PDM
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    Etc.

    my advice buy a Switch-Pros unit and never look back. Also, in my personal opinion the use of terminal steps as an intermediary between any PDM with a removable lead and the load is massively unwarranted. A splice with a crimp and heat shrink or other form of weather resistant connection (ampseal,molex Mx, weatherpack, Deutsch connector etc) is far superior to an exposed terminal/barrier strip. End rant…

    -JS
     

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