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Radioflyer

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Post Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:25 pm

Installed a new grille guard on the tahoe that's a little more heavy duty. In addition, the design allows for a cool auxillary lighting setup. Instead of traditional "light tabs" it has a flat/angled crossmember which i could use to mount lights to the top AND bottom. (pictured)

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The plan is to have two 6" KC daylighters with 55w HID bulbs on top and on the bottom two Catz MSP foglights on the bottom.

Does this look like too much, or do you think it will work?
Moss

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Post Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:53 pm

I say go for it.
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Post Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:55 pm

Meh
daven75

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Post Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:00 pm

off road lights yes, off road lights AND fogs, EH. umm, you COULD get a mesh grill, and hide the off road lights behind there then do the fogs where u have them in the pic, that might not be bad?

examples-
http://media.photobucket.com/image/off%20road%2...%2520truck%2520pics/S5000156.jpg

http://inlinethumb53.webshots.com/41396/2034669920081882286S600x600Q85.jpg

just a quick google
Ryu

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Post Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:43 pm

Looks good.

I say mount them to the grille in that area if you can. It would look sweet. Don't go behind the grille.
Tat2Dragons

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Post Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:49 pm

It should look nice,but your fog lights would perform much better if they were placed lower and spaced wider apart. Maybe modify your lower air dam,or get one that accepts fog lights.

Such as this one.
bad venge

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Post Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:51 am

I'm with Tat ...
Thats where the foglights need to be
Radioflyer

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Post Mon Jun 28, 2010 6:04 am

daven75 wrote:
off road lights yes, off road lights AND fogs, EH. umm, you COULD get a mesh grill, and hide the off road lights behind there then do the fogs where u have them in the pic, that might not be bad?

examples-
http://media.photobucket.com/image/off%20road%2...%2520truck%2520pics/S5000156.jpg

http://inlinethumb53.webshots.com/41396/2034669920081882286S600x600Q85.jpg

just a quick google


A cool idea, but with the aftermarket trans cooler, there's not enough clearance even for slim lights.

The pattern on the fogs are really awesome. 90 degree width with a sharp cutoff. Even in that position, they would have a significant effect on visibility. Granted I could cut holes in the bumper for the fogs, but i'm trying to avoid that.
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Post Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:28 am

Radioflyer wrote:
daven75 wrote:
off road lights yes, off road lights AND fogs, EH. umm, you COULD get a mesh grill, and hide the off road lights behind there then do the fogs where u have them in the pic, that might not be bad?

examples-
http://media.photobucket.com/image/off%20road%2...%2520truck%2520pics/S5000156.jpg

http://inlinethumb53.webshots.com/41396/2034669920081882286S600x600Q85.jpg

just a quick google


A cool idea, but with the aftermarket trans cooler, there's not enough clearance even for slim lights.

The pattern on the fogs are really awesome. 90 degree width with a sharp cutoff. Even in that position, they would have a significant effect on visibility. Granted I could cut holes in the bumper for the fogs, but i'm trying to avoid that.


haha, didnt know about the trans cooler, lol.
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Post Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:02 am

[quote="daven75haha, didnt know about the trans cooler, lol.[/quote]

me neither. +1 for free stuff biglaugh.gif Probably explains why the coolant never gets above 170....even in hot houston traffic.
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Post Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:30 am

Radioflyer wrote:
[quote="daven75haha, didnt know about the trans cooler, lol.


me neither. +1 for free stuff biglaugh.gif Probably explains why the coolant never gets above 170....even in hot houston traffic.[/quote]

haha hey oh! lol.
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Post Sun Jul 04, 2010 5:03 pm

I"ll be mounting the fogs on the bottom crossmember to get them lower to the ground and for better clearance. This should significantly help with effective output as well. Pics to come this week once the wiring components arrive.
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Post Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:51 am

Finally got all the pieces I needed for the auxiliary light installation. I also was able to get the headlights properly focused for a nice cutoff. I wasn’t able to get the focal point as precise as the E55 projectors in my other car, but this is the best I can do with the aftermarket projector. I used a relay setup to allow the lows to remain on with the high beams for some of the darker roads up in Magnolia.

Equipment pictured:

- DEPO projector headlights/reflector high beam w/55w HID PNP 5K kit in projectors & HIR 55w bulb in high beams.

- LED bulb replacement (1w in marker lights, 3w in signal/parking lights)

- KC style off road lights w/35w HID Pnp 5K kit

- Catz MSP Gold iridium Foglights w/ 100w halogen bulb.


Off:
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Parking lights:
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Low beams:
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Low + High:
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Fogs:
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Off road lights:
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Switches: two LED round rocker style.
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Output pics tonight!!
Radioflyer

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Post Fri Jul 09, 2010 8:48 pm

Night Shots:

Beam pattern: ~25 ft. (Canon SD990)

Low beam:
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Low + high:
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Foglights:
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Off road lights:
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Head-On shots:

Fogs only:
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Fogs and Lows:
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Lows and off road lights:
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Long-distance shots: ~150 ft to fence (odd shadow is caused by neighbor%u2019s house light on me)

Low beams
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Low beams and off road lights:
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PwrRngr

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Post Sat Jul 10, 2010 6:13 am

It doesn't look like your offroad lights give you any extra visibility over your high beams.

Other than that, they look pretty good on there.
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Post Sat Jul 10, 2010 11:00 am

Hey Radioflyer, I was wondering where you found your projector headlights. My brother got his from ebay and they don't perform nearly as well as yours, even with the DDM Tuning 55 watt HID kit. wondering if you had a link for yours so he can upgrade. Thanks a lot.
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Post Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:57 pm

PwrRngr wrote:
It doesn't look like your offroad lights give you any extra visibility over your high beams.



The highs have a tall/wide pattern which shows up great on the aiming wall. The Off road lights are more of a spot beam pattern for longer range.

Blazin'88Buick: I did a lot of "tweaking" to the headlights to get that pattern. This included grinding down the bulb mounting surface to focus the pattern and bending the cutoff shield to sharpen the cutoff. Took about 4-5 hours of trial and error to get that pattern. A similar pattern can be had from just about any clear-lensed projector headlight with enough work.
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Post Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:07 pm

Looks good. icon_cool.gif How about some shots on a dark ass road? icon_smile.gif
Radioflyer

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Post Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:30 am

Tat2Dragons wrote:
Looks good. icon_cool.gif How about some shots on a dark ass road? icon_smile.gif


might be able to do that later in the week.
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Post Tue Jul 13, 2010 3:36 pm

^^Cool
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Post Tue Jul 13, 2010 4:17 pm

Radioflyer wrote:
Tat2Dragons wrote:
Looks good. icon_cool.gif How about some shots on a dark ass road? icon_smile.gif


might be able to do that later in the week.


x2 i'd love to see that, one with some tree's on the side too. lol
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