first thing most people do (myself included) was to mount
some KC style lights on the front of their 4x4. These work
great for lighting up the area in front of you vehicle but
have some drawbacks. Mainly they are useless unless you are
the trip leader, if your behind someone you will completely
blind them. Second they light up nearly a mile in front of
your vehicle, great for hi speed desert racing, but when your
rockcrawling you may take an hour or more to cover that area
and what you really need to see is the areas under and around
your tires. The solution is a rock light. Basically a low
powered light that you aim towards the ground illuminating
the area a rockcrawler & trail runners needs to see the
I found the perfect lights
at Wal-Mart. I say perfect because they were small and cheap
($14.99). They come with a switch and all the wiring needed.
If you want to place them far apart (fender to fender) you
may need some wire to go between them.
The first set went out back
to be used as backup lights. I was able to tuck them real
close to the frame cross member so the should be pretty
safe from pointy rocks.
The second set was mounted
to the nerf bar mount, just in front of the rear spring
hanger. I angled these so their focal point illuminates
the area beside the front tires. When turned on they also
light up the entire undercarriage.
Iadded the last set after
I noticed a dark spot right in front of the front tires.
These are located just behind the headlights. So if your
keeping track I used 3 relays and 3 switches. Be sure and
mark the relays so you know which set of lights each ones
what it looks like in the dark. The backup lights are on
but I leave them off on the trail until needed. These lights
also make it real easy to do trail repairs in the dark since
everything but the interior is lit up. Also your spotter
will actually be able to spot for you in the dark! If you
ever tried spotting someone thru a tough spot with just
a flashlight you know what I am talking about.
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