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Auxiliary Lighting

I am in the process of considering some auxiliary lighting for my Commander. Since I drive in rural areas quite a bit as well as head up North in the winter quite often, I think they would be a helpful addition. I am considering both an extra set of fog lights and an extra set of driving lights. I have my eyes on the PIAA 540 series lights.

Does anyone have any input on the wiring process for either one set or how they should be properly wired if there are two sets as far as connecting to the battery? Also, any advice or experiences you have had with different auxiliary lighting would be helpful too.

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Well some wiring tips I can give you is solder and heat shrink your connections. Chose a ground under the hood best to tag along with the other ones under there. Hooking to your battery is fine just don't forget to turn them off. Some people have been tapping into the power box under the hood picking an empty fuse location. But as long as you put an in line fuse you should be ok.


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I guess that's my problem. I have never done much automotive wiring and I don't want to f anything up. I am comfortable doing it, but just don't know what to do which is a problem. I guess there should be some instructions included that has suggested wiring locations........

Does anyone have any info on wiring into the fuse box and how that may work? Or any threads on this. I will make a detailed DIY once I know what I'm doing................
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Like Sal said, solder and heat shrink all connections. If you have to add more wire for length use the proper gauge wire. Use an in-line fuse for every light or pairs of lights. I have KC lights and they came with all instructions, switches, and in-line fuses. Follow the directions.
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I would run a switch for each set and definitely use a relay.

You can get these fuse taps at any autoparts store and they work really well:

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Here is what I installed on my bumper: http://shop.oreillyauto.com/ProductD...egoryCode=3151

They lay down pretty much 3,000 feet of daylight in front of you.
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I better expand on this a bit.

Here's a schematic of my system, with the foglights following the lightswitch, and the bumper HID's following the dimmer switch. (They come on with brights)



The bumper HID's:


What they do for the night:
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Looks like you could set the grass on fire with those.....nice for seeing offroad.

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Good stuff........

Yeah, those lay down some nice light. I found another set of PIAA's that I am considering. I know I am going to piss away some extra money that I don't really need to, but these have a blue glow even when they are off that should look pretty cool. I have ordered the 4xGuard matrix and grill hoop and it says there are 4 auxiliary lighting mounting locations. I think I am going to throw a pair of fogs on and a pair of driving lights on there. That way if someone cuts me off I can singe the hair on the back of their little necks.

I'm not intimidated by the wiring, I just don't know anything about tapping into the fuse box, relays, what the proper way of powering them at the battery, appropriate grounding, etc. I'm no dummy though, so hopefully the instructions will have some useful info (most instructions never do have in depth info). If anyone knows of a resource on general automotive wiring that I could read over, please share it with me.

Thanks guys, this forum has been great for me. It's given me stepping stones to customize my truck and do things I wouldn't have considered in the past.

P.S. - My mechanical engineer brother is currently designing a rear spare tire carrier that mounts into any 2" receiver. It then swings open to allow access to the tailgate area. It will have two positions, centered and an offset towards the passenger side of the XK that allows the backup camera to still see the majority of the viewing area. Also, it will have a pass through with a 2" receiver so I can still tow and a stabilizer to keep things stable. I will keep the forum. This idea will work with any truck that has a 2" receiver but is tailored to the Commander. Spread the word, after I field test it 4x4ing in CO in Sept, I will start to sell it.

Thanks again for all of your help!
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