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Old 01-13-2013, 09:55 AM   #1
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Hard top Jeep lights

Looking for ideas. Where/how would you mount magnetic lights on a Jeep with a hard top. Don't want to get into the wiring on the Jeep and stand a chance of damaging computer on thi$ thing. Got rid of the 08 and now have a '13 Wrangler Sahara.
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Very good question, I am getting ready to buy a new Jeep (0% financing deal) and was wondering what to do about lighting.
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There are a few that install new bulbs/holders in the existing light housings on Wranglers.

HERE is one example.

EDIT: If your heart is set on using magnetic lights you can do what I did to get my XM antenna to stick to the roof of my truck camper. Use Gorilla Tape to secure a large fender washer to the top, then stick the lights to it. Or for a more permanent solution use epoxy to secure a piece of metal to the roof.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:23 PM   #4
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Your 13' model does not have room on the tub to affix the lights?

On my 06' TJ Rubi with hard top I place the lights on the metal tub - drivers side just below the fuel filler, other side similar place. Wire between the lights runs over and behind the spare tire. To get into the rear just move the drivers side light onto the metal tailgate by the latch and swing open the tailgate.

On my to-do list is to add 2nd bulbs the the taillights as described previously. The mag lights work fine and I have used them for several years, so low priority on my to-do list...
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I installed diodes on my 13 and the lights work perfectly. Easy install.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:34 PM   #6
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Putting extra bulbs and sockets in your existing tail lights is a good way to go.
Run wire from the lights either inside ( somewhat more time consuming ) or underneath
( somewhat easier ) to the front . Buying the kit that was mentioned makes it simple..
And does not affect the original jeep wiring at all
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I glued big washers on the hard top..( can't see them) to attach lights.
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I did have a 07 Rubicon and used the Cool Tech wiring with no problems. You could make something that you attach to the Jeep using the Jeeps trailer hitch and mount the lights on that.
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Had an '08 Rubicon now have '12 COD both with separate LED bulbs mounted in factory housing, best way to go IMHO. Easy to do and doesn't mess with factory wiring/elec.
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Very good question, I am getting ready to buy a new Jeep (0% financing deal) and was wondering what to do about lighting.
I have a 2012. The towmaster wiring kit with isolation diodes works just fine
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I use one of these on my Geo Tracker. Although designed for a car trunk it fits between the back window lower crossbar and the top of the tailgate.

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i went to autozone bought sockets and wire spent about 20 bux on my 2nd jeep done this way drilling was slow and easy i think it was a 15/16ths drill
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I have a 2013 wrangler and plan to buy the Mopar wiring harness (PN 82211156AB). It's a little pricey @ $178 but it won't void my warranty since its a Chrysler product. Nice thing is that it plugs into the jeep's harness and doesn't require me to cut holes, run wires or glue stuff to my jeep.

I'll be doing my upgrades once I pull my MH out of storage in the spring.
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Looking for ideas. Where/how would you mount magnetic lights on a Jeep with a hard top. Don't want to get into the wiring on the Jeep and stand a chance of damaging computer on thi$ thing. Got rid of the 08 and now have a '13 Wrangler Sahara.
Your fears of problems I feel are unwarranted. Jeep uses a CAN bus for lighting and any of the plug n play harness either from Cool Tech or MOPAR are the easiest way to add toad wiring.
I went with Cool Tech. Some like the MOPAR. Diodes not needed in any case.
Good luck..maybe glue washers to your top as others have done.
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