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#1 TAHOE OFFLINE  

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Posted December 26, 2015 - 07:00 PM

Been wanting to do this for a while, the cheap harbor freight off road 55W off road lights sucked about 6-10 amps while on. Coupled with my winch plow mount in the winter, it was overloading my regulator and burning them up, hopefully this helps.
I bought a set of 9 bulb LED spot light on ebay for about $24 shipped. The housing had an "eyebrow" on the top which I ended up cutting off with grinder. I also had to groove 2 spots as housing was a tad larger than my mounting pad. Once fitted, I made up a couple hillbilly hold down tabs and screwed them tight. I would like to redo them, if anyone has any better ideas let me know.
I hooked up the wiring and bam, there you go. The factory nose mounts must angle the original bulbs down as the beams seem to be angled to the ground, but I am overall happy with them. I'm not going through the woods at 50 mph so I think the will be fine. They only draw about 2-3 amps.
First dark pic is at about 10 feet, other dark pic is about 22-25 feet.
CAN MODERATOR ROTATE 2,3 and last 2 PICS? Stupid phone!

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Edited by MH81, December 27, 2015 - 08:20 AM.

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Posted December 26, 2015 - 07:17 PM

Nice extra light. When I saw the title, I thought you meant a chev suburban. My cousin use to have lifted chev suburban's to go into the woods, to get to the fishing hole. It was was his home away from home.

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Posted December 26, 2015 - 07:22 PM

Added Sears to the title.
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Posted December 26, 2015 - 09:03 PM

I did the same on my Roper, I went with the $40.00 Wal-Mart fog lights. I would like a little more light output, but I can drive around the dark, and have power left over for other accessories. I bought a LED spot light for my wife. At 6V (4 D batteries) that thing is awesome! I was thinking of buying 2 od those and wire them in series, would probably need a good regulator for them. Being a "Spot" light it might not work the way I want.

Yours look good!

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Posted December 27, 2015 - 03:13 AM

Looks good tahoe, I put the little run halogen ones in my gt18, my dad had a bunch at his house for a shuttle car for the coal mines, we're the same diameter as the factory ones, I will have to put a pic up, good job
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Posted December 27, 2015 - 08:24 AM

Tahoe, do you have a second pic without the flash?
I want to do this as well for my roper. It needs a lot of light, but the grill may not be the best place

Thinking about making light brackets for the auto levelers arms or something.

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Posted December 27, 2015 - 10:34 AM

Been wanting to do this for a while, the cheap harbor freight off road 55W off road lights sucked about 6-10 amps while on. Coupled with my winch plow mount in the winter, it was overloading my regulator and burning them up, hopefully this helps.

 

how would the load burn up your regulator?  I could see it burning up the generator portion of a starter generator...



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Posted December 27, 2015 - 07:08 PM

Tahoe, do you have a second pic without the flash?
I want to do this as well for my roper. It needs a lot of light, but the grill may not be the best place

Thinking about making light brackets for the auto levelers arms or something.

Alan, which one do you want? Lights on in the dark no flash or something else? 

 

how would the load burn up your regulator?  I could see it burning up the generator portion of a starter generator...

 The tractors ignition is a battery coil so it draws a very slight amount. The old HF lights I had pulled average of 8 amps. My winch pulls 10-15 amps on initial start. I have a 20 amp charge system. When plowing snow at night with lights on and constant starting of winch up/down, the regulator was being maxed out and overheating, eventually burning out. 


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Posted December 27, 2015 - 07:41 PM

Alan, which one do you want? Lights on in the dark no flash or something else?

The last pic, the one where you're a distance3 back from the wall.
Just wondering what the pattern is from a distance and the flash definitely changed the ambient light.
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Posted December 28, 2015 - 08:45 PM

Alan, 11', 26', 36' , no flash.

Of course you get the sideways cell phone pics. Ggrrrr

 

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Posted December 29, 2015 - 02:29 AM

Wow, those do light it up.
Thanks Marty.
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