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vonirkinshtine 02-14-2011 02:14 PM

basic lighting package installed in 2005 SLT
 
Hey guys, I just figured I would share the lighting setup I put in my truck just last month.

What I was going for with my setup was basic visibility. In NC POVs aren't "emergency vehicles" so I just wanted to make sure I could "ask for right-of-way" when traveling to a scene, and have a decent amount of rear coverage when parked. For the sides? Meh, it wasn't a priority for me. If I ever get a chunk of change that the wife will let me blow on more lights I might stick some heads on the fenders...but that would be down the road a bit.

Anywho, without further yapping...

The workspace:
http://inlinethumb27.webshots.com/18...500x500Q85.jpg

3ft section of aluminum angle for the rear bracket (painted flat black):
http://inlinethumb12.webshots.com/43...500x500Q85.jpg

"That looks like a good place for a switch..."
http://inlinethumb48.webshots.com/36...500x500Q85.jpg

Each 12V outlet in the Ram is protected by a 20A fuse. The one at the bottom is hot-at-all-times. Since there's no interior fuse block in the Ram I figured this would be a great place to pull power from (since I calculated I only needed 4.5A total for my lights). Here's the wires to the outlet; it took me a while to get the pigtail undone (actually...another member from the department had to help me with this).
http://inlinethumb28.webshots.com/45...500x500Q85.jpg

I snipped off the outlet connector and added a second hot and ground lead off the factory wires. Secured with a butt splice and electrical tape (please don't flame, it's what I had available...I know it's not the "best" way to do it).
http://inlinethumb04.webshots.com/16...500x500Q85.jpg

Re-connected the factory outlet pigtail for functionality...
http://inlinethumb29.webshots.com/44...500x500Q85.jpg

Hole drilled for 25A rated switch (I forgot to fuse between the outlet and the switch, so I went with a switch that could handle everything the circuit could throw at it).
http://inlinethumb14.webshots.com/44...500x500Q85.jpg

Switch installed...
http://inlinethumb60.webshots.com/39...500x500Q85.jpg
http://inlinethumb32.webshots.com/47...500x500Q85.jpg

I did install a mini-blade fuse holder on the switched side of the rocker. Since the circuit is good for 20A altogether I thought it would be wise to make sure if something went wrong that I didn't send 20A to the LEDs (fused at 5A).
http://inlinethumb62.webshots.com/15...500x500Q85.jpg

The switched hot lead coming up the a-pillar...
http://inlinethumb61.webshots.com/79...500x500Q85.jpg

There were already holes in the roof support, so I just borrowed a couple to attach my bracket.
http://inlinethumb63.webshots.com/40...500x500Q85.jpg
http://inlinethumb59.webshots.com/44...500x500Q85.jpg

Secured lights with the help of a close friend of mine...VELCRO!
http://inlinethumb61.webshots.com/53...500x500Q85.jpg

Mess of wires in the A-pillar. I may actually move the common ground for the lights elsewhere because those 3 wires, plus the 3 hot wires for the lights makes it a tight squeeze when putting the A-pillar cover back on.
http://inlinethumb13.webshots.com/37...500x500Q85.jpg

And a day-time video of the finished product:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yN6kJRx-PDI

City Slicker 02-14-2011 02:24 PM

Nice work, I like that setup. Thanks for the pics/video :rep:

SslagleZ28 02-14-2011 04:39 PM

looks good.... now you need a siren :)

Cody Daniels 02-16-2011 08:23 PM

Sweet. Look at mine.

USCG71 02-19-2011 09:03 PM

Looks like a good setup, Thanks for the pics and video

moparmanicac 02-27-2011 02:15 PM

Nice set up. Sadly I only have my single dash light in my truck. Look light you guys have the same laws as NJ as far as PV first responses go

olorinpc 07-07-2011 12:27 PM

Nice setup, just have a single dash LED light here. (We run blue for fire POV here in ND.)

Eventually I would like to have a more permanent setup, but works for now.

Tlauden 07-07-2011 05:49 PM

very nice work, love the setup. Simple and effective!!!!

millon9 07-11-2011 06:49 AM

Very very nice wiring job, nice and hidden and not a DIY-hot-mess like i've seen in other vehicles. Looks professional!

vonirkinshtine 07-12-2011 12:53 PM

Thanks for the compliments guys!

I must add though, that now that it's summer and it's HOT, the Velcro securing the lights on the rear bar gave out. I had to rig up a bracket between the lights and the bar.

I will not use Velcro ever again, lol.


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