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LED Light Rod Installation: Easier than Saving Money on Car Insurance!


Introduction

Awesome! Your new light rods just showed up and you can't wait to install them. LED light rod installation is fairly simple and straight-forward but there are a couple of tricks I would like to share. I am not an expert; I have installed two light rods on two different Jeeps. Both of them I installed differently for different reasons. Putting your light rods on may be easier than saving money on car insurance, even if it does take you longer than 15 minutes!


My first suggestion is to go out to your UTV, ATV, or Jeep and stare at it. Most rig owners I know are excellent at this part--staring at their rig in the garage or shop. Have a beer and think about where you want your light rod. Most people want them on the back half of their rig, so start there. Which side? How high? What can the light hit on your rig? What about trees and other obstructions that could hit your light rod? Is there power close to it? How are you going to get power to it? Warning: this thinking and staring portion can take a couple of beers to work, but know that all of your hard work won't be in vain when you start the actual installation. A little pre-planning goes a long ways.


Location, Location, Location

As you are considering where to mount your light rod or rods, keep in mind they are on a spring. They are on a spring so they can hit branches and other obstructions and move without breaking. Think about if they are going to spring back against spare tires, the body, or roll cages. Think about if the location is going to obstruct its movement.


Originally, I mounted a light rod in the center of my spare tire carrier, between the soft top and spare tire. Through trial and error, I learned this spot had two drawbacks: one, it didn't allow the spring to bend over the tire when it hit branches. Two, once I wired it, I didn't think about opening my spare tire carrier. The first time I opened it, I ripped the wires out. If I had thought about it a little more, I would have picked a better spot first.


Remember that these light rods are on a spring and will move some. Make sure you plan for enough slack in the wire to move without causing you problems.



Currently, I have both Jeeps' light rods mounted off the driver rear quarter panel. This spot works well for me for several reasons.


Mounting Options



First, you need one of these quick-disconnect mounts from Whip It. These products are slick and make it a breeze to disconnect the light rod when pulling your rig into the garage or trailer. The light rods have an electrical quick disconnect, too, so in 10 seconds you can have your light rod pulled and out of the way.