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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-03-2017, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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Started putting lights on

I started making a custom light bar as the stock lights do pretty close to nothing when driving at night. Here is where i am right now. No wiring is done yet because i am still waiting for the switches in the mail. I just hooked them up to see how they look lit. I still have more lights to put on the back, and maybe aiming out to the sides a bit. I got 8 lights from amazon for $44.00 with free delivery. I wasn't expecting much but they are bright. I will update as the project continues.
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-04-2017, 04:23 AM
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Looks GREAT! Thone factory halogens just don't do much, do they?

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Nice. The LEDs make an enormous difference on the trail.

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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-05-2017, 06:55 AM
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I don't know how I used to ride without lol

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Is there an LED replacement for the stock halogens?
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-01-2017, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
 
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So i haven't been able to work on the Teryx for a while, but i spent a few days over my brothers garage, and this is what we got done for the light bar.


We cut and welded a switch enclosure that is slightly angled toward the driver.
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Welded a box tube to keep the diamond plate rigid.
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Notched the box to fit in the plate and over the box tube.
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Painted it satin black (Going to repaint flat black).
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rearranged the switches and fit the switch plate to box.
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We also (off camera) mounted the lights back onto the light bar and wired them as 2 high beam and 2 low beam. We ran a wire to the "acc fuse" block and ran a fuse inline this way it all turns on and off with the key. We rubber mounted the whole light bar to the roll cage. Next thing will be to mount and wire the rear, side, and interior lights along with the horn. I will post when i get more done.
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I want more lights, but want something that can go in the woods. The advantage of these over ATVs is you can bust through stuff with roll bar.
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-08-2017, 07:02 AM
 
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Ian why did you go with multiple lights vs a light bar other than option to turn on what you wanted when you wanted it. Is it due to the light bar being too much light or was it more cost effective with the smaller bright lights? I'm asking as it was an option I'm looking at on my rig as it is a 2014 with just 2 lights on the front and they aren't very bright when out in the evening. haven't driven after dark much but noticed it doesn't clear as much as I would have expected.

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Ian why did you go with multiple lights vs a light bar other than option to turn on what you wanted when you wanted it. Is it due to the light bar being too much light or was it more cost effective with the smaller bright lights? I'm asking as it was an option I'm looking at on my rig as it is a 2014 with just 2 lights on the front and they aren't very bright when out in the evening. haven't driven after dark much but noticed it doesn't clear as much as I would have expected.

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Hi steve,
First off this was a cheaper option. I am all for saving money and having a reason to work in the garage. It cost me $44 on amazon for 8 lights, and $40 for the switch panel. This will cover the 4 on the light bar which 2 are high beam, and 2 are low beam. I wanted the option to light up everything (high beams & low beams) or just in front of the machine (low beams). That leaves me 2 for back lights, and 2 as side lights (which i will just angle out, but i am not sure of placement yet). I looked at the big full light bar but it was about $100 and it would only do 1 thing. Granted i am sure they are better and brighter, but the ones i got should be plenty to cover my needs. I also am using this light bar to hold the switch panel on the rear side. The switch panel has the voltage meter and charging ports if needed. Lastly i am using this project as a learning process as i learn to weld. I was fortunate enough to get some steel diamond plate for free. It happens to be the perfect size (after a little trimming). This whole endeavor Started as a lets put a few lights on because the stock ones suck, but now has turned into hours and hours of work, but i think it will be cool when I'm done. At this point if i had to guess i am at least 20 hours in.
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Ian thanks for the response and your approach makes sense. I've had mine out only a little after dark but t is in the shop getting an O2 sensor fixed as it sat longer than it should before I bought it. I was looking at the big light bars but I think I may follow your lead and get a few smaller lights to set up for specific purposes.

Thanks may PM you if you are ok with it and I don't fry myself in the process.
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Ian thanks for the response and your approach makes sense. I've had mine out only a little after dark but t is in the shop getting an O2 sensor fixed as it sat longer than it should before I bought it. I was looking at the big light bars but I think I may follow your lead and get a few smaller lights to set up for specific purposes.

Thanks may PM you if you are ok with it and I don't fry myself in the process.
No worries. I have to be honest i still haven't ridden with the lights, and won't get a chance until memorial day weekend, but initial tests in the yard seemed promising. As far as PM-ing me feel free. I would be happy to answer any questions you may need help with however texting is faster and easier for me. I typically only check the forum when i am at work or catch an e-mail saying there is a response etc. Good luck and let me know what you plan on doing.
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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
 
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more progress

Finally finished for now. Painted the whole unit back to flat black, got it mounted and figured out the nightmare wiring job. One of the lights was shorting out so it needed to be replaced which ate up a few 10a fuses and about 4 hours. I guess thats what i get for buying 8 LED fog lights for $40. I hooked the whole switch box system up to the fuse which turns on and off when the key turns so the whole unit is dead unless the key is on. This is necessary because the voltage meter, USB and the small lights on the bottom of the switches would be on all the time otherwise.

So far i have a horn hooked up with a momentary switch into the box (aooga). The horn is mounted to the frame under the center of the hood. The lights are split so i can use the center two, and outer two separately (high and low beam). I will be putting rear lights and possibly side lights as well as small interior lights. when i have spare garage time.

My biggest mistake during this project was using heavy gage wire. I used 12 ga strand because its what i could find, and i thought better to be too big than too small. This made snaking the wires in the 1 inch box tube hard when i started to get to 8 wires through a 1 inch square hole. For now it works, but i may go back and change the wires out for 16 ga with the two wires attached to each other.

Since last year i have also added the mirrors, the winch and custom controller stand, new bushing in the rear seal. Oil has been changed and coolant checked. She is ready for the trails up north and will be making some new and hopefully muddy videos come memorial day weekend. I kinda hope i need to use the winch some day.
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