Review & Install Video
Ryan: The ZRoadz 52-inch LED Light Bar with Two 3-inch LED Light Cubes and Roof Level Mounting Brackets are for those of you that have a 2018 and up JL that are looking for a way to mount not only that 52-inch light bar above the windshield but also a couple of cubes on the A-pillar and want a kit that's going to include everything from brackets to lights to wiring harnesses. This is going to be a pretty easy two out of three wrenches for the installation. As I mentioned, the wiring harnesses are included making this very, very easy to get installed but there still is a little bit of wiring as far as pulling wires, connecting to the battery, and setting up your switches. So, we are gonna go two out of three wrenches, but we'll show you how to get this installed in just a second.
So, if you're looking to add auxiliary lighting to your Jeep, this is really going to be a kit that includes a little bit of everything. Of course, there are additional places that you can mount lights on the hood itself down on the bumper, but a 50-inch light bar, in this case, 52-inch that goes above the windshield is a very popular spot as is the lower A-pillar area. So, again, this is going to really include everything you need. The lights you're gonna get here in this kit are going to be a combo spot and spread pattern which is pretty common for a 52-inch LED light bar like this. These smaller lights, these are going to be a spread pattern or a little bit of a wider pattern. All of the lights are going to be die cast aluminum housings, polycarbonate lenses, you're going to get a nice bright light out of all these putting out a lot of lumens and it's all going to be right around that 6,000K color temperature that you would expect to see out of an LED auxiliary light. So, if you have other auxiliary lights on your Jeep, this is going to match, you're not gonna end up with something that's super blue and something else that's super yellow or purple or weird colors. They're all gonna be that really bright crisp white almost bordering on a little bit blue. That does give you a lot of really good visibility at night.
So, you're going to have your three lights here. The brackets themselves are designed to be a bolt-on bracket for your JL so no drilling, no major modifications at all. All the hardware that's necessary is included in this kit. And you're also going to get some adhesive backing for these brackets so they're not going to chafe the factory paint on your Jeep which is really nice as well. So, these are gonna bolt on very easily and of course, they have not only the brackets at the bottom here for the A-pillar, for your smaller cubes, but also the bracket up top here for your larger lights.
And I've already mentioned a couple times that these do come with wiring harnesses. That's a really nice feature that not everything is going to include, not every light is going to include. And these are going to have not only your switch here, but they're also going to have a relay which is gonna be able to handle all of the amperage that these lights are going to pull and a fuse as well. So, really everything that you need here you just need to pick up power at your battery and run all of the wiring. So, pull all of the wiring where it needs to go including into the cab to get your switch set up. And as you can see, you have two wiring harnesses here. One is designed to run both of these lights at the same time, the other designed to run this separately so you can independently switch your two sets of lights. So, overall, really well put together kit, really does come with everything and is going to make adding auxiliary lights to your Jeep very, very easy.
Because you are going to pay a little bit of a premium for the convenience of having this stuff all kitted together and you're also gonna be paying for the quality that you're going to get here. This is going to be a little bit of a pricey kit coming in right around $815. You could most likely piece something together that's going to include these components and be a little bit less expensive. When it comes to lighting, you usually get what you pay for when it comes to the quality of that light. So, yes, you could probably get something for significantly less expensive but you may end up having problems with individually LEDs burning out with condensation behind the lens. All of those types of problems. You may not get all of the pieces that are included in this kit like the wiring harnesses as well. So, overall, I do think this is gonna be a pretty good deal for you even though it is going to be expensive because of everything that it includes. Put another way, there are some brands out there that will sell a 50-inch LED light bar just by itself. None of this other stuff for more than this whole kit runs you. So, that gives you an idea of where this falls on the spectrum. But overall, pretty easy to get this thing installed, again two out of three wrenches just because of the wires we have to pull. But let's show you how to do it.
Man: Tools required for this installation: The supplied Allen keys, a 3/8 drive with an extension, a four and a five-millimeter Allen key socket are optional, a T40 socket, a 13 and a 10-millimeter wrench. Optional is an impact.
So, the first step in getting your ZRoadz brackets into place is actually to install these rubber gaskets or isolators and that's gonna help these from shaking and making any dents into your panels. Now, they are cut exactly to length and they fit really nicely in these spots. So, it's not gonna be hard to find which goes where. So, let's go ahead and get one of these installed. So, I'm going to peel one section off at a time. This big section first and I'm going to line it up with my bracket here with my bolt holes, press down for a little bit. You can see my bolt holes right there. And I'm going to peel this back and get the rest off. And this should fall just right into place. All right. Now, repeat that on the other side.
So, now you have these four little rubber bumpers and what they do is they're for the inside of this pillar right here. And we're gonna space them out just like this. Two on that piece of the angle and two on this side. So, let's go ahead get these mounted up. These don't have to be perfect because you're not gonna see them. All right. So, go ahead and repeat that on the other bracket. Now, we're gonna add these little accents to our brackets and we have this small hardware right here. It's an Allen key bolt with a 10-millimeter nut on the backside. Let's get a couple of these started. Now, we're just gonna tighten these up with the Allen key and 10-millimeter wrench on the backside. All right, now repeat those steps on the other side.
Hey, guys. Next up we're gonna put our brackets onto our light pods and then put them onto our Jeep before installing our brackets. I'll show you a little trick. But these are kind of a pain in the butt, we're gonna slide them into place here. So, what I like to do is get my bolt through my bracket just to where my nut needs to be captured. I'll drop my nut down and then tilt it a little bit, angle it. Sorry, you're not gonna be able to see this. But I'm gonna angle it while twisting my bolt. All right. So, there it is right there. And what I'm gonna do is just tilt it a little bit more till it falls onto my bolt. Just like that. So, I'm gonna get the other one in as well.
So, now we're finally getting ready to work on our Jeep. What we have is a T40 socket on the end of my impact, we're gonna take off these four bolts securing this little side panel to our cowl. Now, these top ones are gonna be a lot longer than the ones in the bottom. Then this piece will just slide out of the way.
Now, we're gonna get some of our wiring in place. We're not going to wire it up directly to our battery yet or plug anything in, we're just gonna get our wires into the spots they need to be. So, let's get our harness just over top of our engine right now. Then you have a big Y and a split. These are for your pod lights. So, one is gonna go over there to our driver side. We're gonna be utilizing the firewall to attach this to. So, here's that split right there. So, we're gonna go underneath the foam with our female end here, in that way when we run our pod light, we can just hook it up right underneath that plastic cowl piece. Then do that on both sides. All right. Now, we have one more harness for our big light bar over top of our windshield and that's gonna go to the passenger side as well. So, that's going to be the big connector. And again, we're gonna put our harness in our engine bay, have our wire right here available for that light bar.
So, next up, we're actually going to start mounting stuff to our Jeep. First, we're gonna stage our light, then we have our wires for. Now, the pods are gonna go right here. I'm just gonna leave it right there and run my wire down and connect it while I can. Gonna go until you hear the click.
Next, we're going to put back our cowl cover. That just slides into there just like that and our wire will go nice and behind it. Make sure your bolt holes are all lined up. Next, we're going to bring up our actual bracket. And there's a couple of things we have to do simultaneously while holding this and that is actually bring in these spacers. So, the long ones are going to go in the hole, then we're going to bring in these other spacers. That's going to make it a little more than flush for when we bring this mount into place. So, let me get my bottom ones into place with some bolts in as well. So, I'm actually going to put the bolts in the bottom with my spacers. I'm going to try to start those. Just a couple of threads in the front, it threads back here. Then we're gonna get our longest hardware, these long four-millimeter bolts, put them through. Make a couple of threads on there. So, what we're gonna do is tighten up our bolts. I've got a four-millimeter Allen key on the end of my socket. Now, I switched up to a five-millimeter Allen key socket and tighten up these bottom bolts.
Now, we're gonna get our light pod installed onto our light bracket here. These are 30-millimeter nuts and bolts. We're gonna put a lock washer on underneath with our 13-millimeter nut. I'm gonna hand tighten until that nut seats in those little grooves and I can use that as my anchor point. Now, let's go ahead and tighten this up. All right. So, Meredith is going to hook up that side over there and then in a minute she's gonna come over here, grab this end so I can run the wire down. All right. Sweet. So, that's gonna come down right here. Let's go ahead and make that connection. Just gonna put that wire back a little bit more. And we can cover that back up with our cowl. All right. We'll figure out where that's going to be in a second when we get our light bracket in place. Let's get our spacers all put in. And our bottom bracket here, slip our spacer.
All right. So, let's go ahead and tighten up a couple of our bolts, our bracket here. And Meredith did leave but we were able to get our bolt into our light there. So, let's go ahead and tighten our stuff up. And you're gonna need a four and a five-millimeter Allen key for this. Now, we're gonna tighten up our light bar one side at a time. It is best to do this when you have a garage door in front and you can turn it on. You wanna be about 25 feet away from it as well.
All right. Now, we're going to wire up our lights. We do have two separate wiring harnesses. Now, I did run my wire across my engine bay. I used a bunch of zip ties and kept it out of the way of anything hot and anything moving. So, what we're gonna do now is disconnect the power to our battery. Find a couple grounds which are hidden right here on our inner fender here or our frame support. So, what we're gonna do is back one of those off, put our grounds to that, and then put our positive wires right to our battery because there is an inline fuse and relay to protect those. So, let's disconnect power by removing our negative side of our battery here. Again, 10-millimeter socket or wrench. Twist it off and put that to the side. Now, our battery and our vehicle is safe to work on. So, again, let's take that 10-millimeter, find that ground, break it free. All right. Then we'll grab our two negative sides of our harness here. Just bring those in. Gonna clock them down and away though. Put our nut back on, and tighten away. All right. That's a good ground right there.
Next up, we have our two hot wires. We're gonna go right to our battery on those. We've got a couple of accessory posts right here, I'm gonna use that 10-mill that's looking at me right now right here. So, let's break that free. And now we're gonna bring the positive ends over connecting to our battery and put that 10-millimeter nut back on. Then we can tuck those wires right next to our relays that are next to our battery. And all we have left to worry about is our switches. Let's just get our switches out of here. Tuck the rest of those wires and we'll tidy that up in just a little while. Let's go ahead and reconnect our negative side of our battery. Tighten it back up with that 10-mill. All right. Now, there's a lot of different ways that you can run your switch, there's a couple of different places to the firewall. But for informational purposes, we're just going to leave our switch right here in our engine compartment.
That's gonna wrap up my install of the ZRoadz 52-inch LED Light Bar with those 3-inch LED Cubes. For all things Wrangler, keep it here at extremeterrain.com.