Review & Install Video
The Carr XP3 180-Degree Light Mount is for those of you that have a 2018 and up and JL that are looking for a very unique light bracket that's going to give you a lot of flexibility with what you're lighting up. I see this bracket as a really nice option for those of you that are doing some overlanding, maybe some camping with your Jeep, or just getting yourself into some nighttime recovery situations where you need to be able to aim your light very, very easily.
This is going to be a nice easy one out of three wrenches for installation. It's just going to bolt up to some factory holes in the body of your Jeep. Everything is included that you needed for the install and we're gonna show you how to get it installed in just a second. Now right off the bat, the most important thing I want to note is that this does not come with the lights. So we're showing you light on this bracket just to give you the total picture exactly how it's gonna look when it is bolted up to your Jeep but this is not going to include the light, it's only going to include the bracket itself.
And again, what's unique about this bracket is that you can pull this little spring loaded plunger down here and rotate the light so it can be facing forward or any number of options out to 90 degrees from the Jeep and even behind the Jeep, so you have a lot of different choices. And that's why I say it's great for recoveries. If you're recovering a vehicle that's hovering in this direction you can just spin the light over that way, if you're camping, you need to light up your campsite, just spin the light that way, overland style wheeling you want to light up those gutters, when you're driving on a dark background, a lot of different choices, a lot of different options and flexibility that's afforded to you by this bracket.
I do like the way that the bracket is built overall, I think it's pretty solid, it's pretty well put together, it is a pretty good idea. I like the fact that they give you some plastic bushings to make it a little bit easier for the light itself to turn in, and as long as you keep this a plunger mechanism lubricated and some Loctite on there so it doesn't spin itself out due to vibration this will last you quite some time. It will continue to work for you and continue to pivot which is exactly what you want it to be able to do.
So this bracket, because it is a little bit unique on the market and because it does have more moving pieces than your traditional bracket, this is going to be more expensive than your other options on the market as well. This is gonna come in at right around that $180 mark, which is a lot of money for a pair of brackets that don't include the lights.
But if you're looking for something that has this functionality, you're not going to find it from a lot of other brands out there so you're kind of forced to pay a little bit of a premium for it. So like we said, easy to install here one out of three wrenches, let me show you how to do it. For this installation, we needed a T40 Torx socket as well as the 13-millimeter socket. We also used a three-eighths extension and we drove those sockets with a combination of our three-eighths electric impact and a three-eighths socket driver.
So this is going to be a very simple one out of three wrenches for the installation, it's really more of an assembly than it is an install for the most part. And we're gonna be doing all of that assembly right here at the table then we'll jump over to the Jeep for the last part, which is the actual installation. So you have a couple of parts here, a couple of pieces of hardware but this is really straight forward. It is really important to note, as I said before, that your light is not going to be included in the kit, you're going to be using whatever light you choose and the bracket that comes with the light that you choose. So, again, just keep that in mind.
So the first thing we're going to do for the installation here is to attach this plunger piece here to the pivoting bracket. So this is really just going to thread in here and the instructions recommend that you can use a little bit of Loctite in here if you choose to as well, that's just gonna make sure this isn't going to move as you're actually operating the pivots.
So as you're pulling down on this plunger to pivot this, over time that can loosen up a little bit, so a little bit of Loctite there wouldn't be a bad thing. So the next thing is going to be getting this piece bolted onto the bracket itself. And we're just working with the driver's side here, but the passenger side is going to be the same.
So this piece here is going to get bolted directly on to here. And as you can see, as you would pull that pin, you're going to be able to rotate it to these other holes here. And the pivot point is going to be one of two different bolts that are included in the kit here, and they both have a flat spot on them so they index into that small piece that we just assembled there.
And the reason that they give you two is because you are using your own light mounting bracket, so depending on which bracket you have, you're going to use one of these two. So we're gonna be using the carriage bolt here with our installation because our bracket has a square hole in it, so the carriage bolt sits really nicely in that. If you didn't have that, you'd be able to use this regular bolt, but again, either one is going to work just fine for us.
So we're going to take our bolt and we'll set it through our light mount there, so that is going to be indexing there that's gonna hold that perfectly fine. We're going to then install a metal washer, then a Delrin washer, which is one of those hard plastic washers that come into your kit. From there we'll be able to put all of that right through our bracket here.
On the bottom side we're going to have another one of those plastic Delrin washers, another metal washer, and finally our locking nuts. Now because we're using the carriage bolt, of course, we're not gonna have to hold the top side of the bolt in order to tighten that nut down. If you are using the other bolt, you would have to put a wrench on that top side there.
So this is a locking nut, we're gonna make this tight but not too tight because again, this is going to affect how well or how easily your whole setup is going to pivot. So we want it to be snug but not too, too tight. And the Delrin is going to help with that a little bit because it is a little slippery. So we'll see, yeah, it should probably be good for us there.
And then we can test things out. So if we pull our pin here and we pivot, just loosen that up a little bit. Now we can test things out. So if we pull our plunger pin here with the ring, you can see that it very easily pivots over to one of the other settings and locks in. And then we can pull it and pivot it all the way in the other direction and it locks in there as well. So everything seems to be in good working order.
The last step is going to be getting this whole thing attached onto the Jeep. And in order to do that, we just have to remove a couple of factory bolts and we're going to bolt the bracket up onto the side of the Jeep using a longer hardware that's included in the kit. Now we'll get the bracket and light attached onto the side of the Jeep. And in order to do that, we just have to remove these two Torx bolts and we'll replace them with longer ones that come in the kit.
Now we're gonna get our bracket bolted onto the Jeep, so this is the new longer hardware that we have. We're gonna put a small plastic washer over top of that piece of hardware. We're gonna set that bolt through our bracket. On the back side of the bracket, we have this larger spacer that keeps the metal of the bracket from contacting the body of the Jeep. And then we can get that threaded right into our factory hole.
We'll just catch a couple of threads there, leaving it nice and loose because, of course, we have the other bolt to install as well. So we'll get our washer over the bolt head, send that through the bracket. And then we'll drop our larger spacer in between the bracket and the body before we get everything started. Now that both of the bolts are started by hand, we can go back and tighten them down.
So if you are looking for a unique light mount that gives you a ton of flexibility with where your lighting is aimed, I would recommend this choice from Carr and you can find it right here at extremeterrain.com.