You saw it in the magazines, and you thought, "Sweet! This guy has a light bolted to the frame of his rig so he can see the terrain under his vehicle at night! I have to do that!" ... Well, I'll admit, thats how it happened with me. Its a really easy and inexpensive modification you can perform on your vehicle to make night-wheelin' a much more pleasurable experience. It doesn't matter if you are stock, or if you are a big-dog rock-tractor driving gear-head. You'll be surprised to find a frame-mounted source of illumination quite an asset on the trail. When I pick lines on a trail, I initially look over the hood in front of my rig and say to myself, "Alright, I'm going to put the driver-side on those rocks over there, and then I'm going to get my passenger side on these rocks... straddling the gap..." and so on, and then a quick glance at the ground below me usually tells me if I'm on track with my original line or not. As you well know, its pretty hard to stick to a line when you or your spotter can't see the ground under your vehicle! This is where the simple "rock-light" comes in handy.
Okay, here's my disclaimer. I'm not an electrician, but a humble four-wheeler passing along some helpful "how-tos" the best way I know how. I learned the ins-and-outs of setting up vehicle lighting by wiring many sets of Hella's... by no means the easiest aftermarket off-road lights to install, but an invaluable learning experience for the non-electrician. I used this new-found knowledge to my advantage with the whole "rock light" concept. If you are an experienced automotive electrician, and see something in the following pages that is incorrect, or a fire-hazard, please feel free to let me know so we can make the proper amendments to my rig and the following write-up. :)
So you survived the disclaimer and would like to install a rock-light of your own. Not a problem... the following pages show and describe how I installed a rock-light under my 1999 Jeep TJ. The installation procedure is not specific to any particular kind of vehicle. The only thing that is vehicle specific is the rock-light mounting location, and that is entirely up to you. Lets begin with the things you need!
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