(approx) 1 Hour
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
Ryan: The Raxiom 50-inch Super Slim LED Light Bar in the combo spot and spread beam pattern is for anyone with a 1987 all the way through the most current model year Wrangler that are looking for a very slim LED light bar that's still going to boost a ton of light. This is going to be a two out of three wrenches for the installation because it does come with a two wire pigtail on it. So you're gonna have to do some wiring to get this hooked up but we're gonna talk about it and show you how to do that in just a second. So, there's really only one spot to put a 50-inch LED light bar on your Jeep. That's gonna be above the windshield and most likely, for that location, you're going to buy a bolt-on bracket that works for your generation Wrangler. And if that's the case, you're gonna have a couple of different choices as far as light bars go. There are going to be some that are a double row. They're gonna be a little bit thicker or taller. There are also going to be some curved ones. They're going to be some that are different colors. There are really just gonna be all different types of choices. In my personal opinion because I'm not a huge fan of a 50-inch LED light bar above the windshield, this is going to be one of the best options out there. This is a super slim light bar. Now, Raxiom makes one. There are some from other brands. I just really like this design. It's one row of LEDs. So, it is gonna produce a little bit less light than one of those double row light bars but each one of the LEDs in this light bar is a 5 watt LED. So each of those lights is producing a ton of light, especially for its size. This is going to be, as it says in the title, a combo beam. So the center section is going to be a spot beam throwing light really far out in front of you on the trail. On the ends here, you're going to have more of a spread beam lighting up those gutters as you're driving. So, really effective at lighting up not only the distance but also the area a little bit closer to your Jeep. This is going to be a nice high quality light bar. It has an aluminum housing, polycarbonate lens. Each one of the individual LEDs has a small projector over top of it. So, that is what's going to give you your beam pattern for these lights and it is going to be IP68 rated as well. So, it's not going to get any moisture inside the light, any, sort of, dust. Anything that can negatively affect those diodes is going to have to stay on the outside of the light. You're gonna get a light that's gonna last a good long time. So, really bright, nice color temperature, well-built light but maybe most importantly, at least in my opinion, is the slim design and the really packaging that you get this light in. So, for all of those features that I just talked about, you're gonna get a light at right around that $200 price tag which I think is very, very fair. Now, when it comes to lighting, you're going to be able to find packages on online auction sites where you're going to have not only a 50-inch light bar but a bunch of cubes, a bunch of brackets, wiring harnesses and everything for $99 and then you're gonna be able to find one 50-inch light bar that's over $1000. So, they really do vary a lot in price and in quality. I think Raxiom does a really nice job of balancing price and quality. So, for right around $200 for this light bar, you're gonna get a light that is worth right around $200. Again, just my opinion but I think this is a pretty good buy. So, like I said, two out of three wrenches because the wiring involved in getting this thing hooked up. Let's show you how to do it.Speaker 1: Tools required for this installation: a 10-millimeter wrench, a 3/8 drive socket wrench, extension and we used a ZROADZ mounting bracket so we needed a Torx T40, four-mil and a five-millimeter socket and then we used some wire strippers and crimpers and optional is that impact. So what we're actually going to do first is set up our wiring and I actually have our cowl panel removed here. So I'm going to use this little foam and just set my spade connectors right here and then I'll set the rest of my wiring harness. Now, unfortunately, this LED light does not come with its own wiring harness so I'm using one I had left over from another project. So this one has a built-in relay fuse and switch. So I'm just gonna tuck all that stuff into here for now. Close my hood back up. So before we begin putting our bracket and cowl back together, we're gonna actually hook up our light. So our spade connector is just red to red and black to black and you can see where my wire is right here, going all the way up to my new LED light. That's gonna go down this pillar right here and I have a piece of tape up there holding it in place so it doesn't fall. Now let's put our cowl back into place here. Slides in just like that. And now ZROADZ has a bunch of different spacers that you have to install to get this bracket in. So we're gonna drop those into place and we're actually going to bring in our physical bracket now and we're gonna be mindful of that wire, where that's going to run because you want that bracket to, kinda, hide it. So it"s gonna sit just like that. I'm gonna get some hardware started. So this ZROADZ bracket is actually for a 52-inch light bar. So, on both sides, I have an inch spacer right here followed by a washer. So the washer is gonna go on the outside of this bracket and that spacer on the inside and I have 10-millimeter hardware and I'm going to tighten up with my 10 now. I'm just gonna tighten up this side and then get to the other side, tighten that one up. All right. So now we can start talking about wiring. Again, this kit does not come with a wiring harness but I'm using a harness that has a fuse and a relay as well as a switch. So what we're gonna do first is ground out this. There's a series of grounds right here on the inner fender. Let's go ahead and loosen one of these up. Let's go ahead and ground it out first. Then we can take our positive side here. Connect it to one of the accessories over here. I'm gonna use this 10-millimeter one. Cover that back up. Tuck our fuse relay and extra wire, and then our last step is to, of course, run our switch into the cab. Now there's a lot of different ways you can do it. However, for demonstration purposes, we're just gonna leave this in our engine bay. There's a lot of different spots on the firewall that you can access the cab and run this switch. We're gonna test it out, make sure everything is working. It looks like it is. So we're good to go. That's gonna wrap up my install of the Raxiom 50-inch Super Slim Single Row LED Light Bar for your Jeep. And for all things Wrangler, keep it here at extremeterrain.com.
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