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Old 03-18-2013, 09:18 PM   #1
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Magnetic tow lights

I hate the thought of drilling holes in the firewall of my new Subaru to run wiring back to the tail lights. Can't find an existing clear path through the firewall to run the wires. I have a set of the LED magnetic tow lights I bought at Harbor Freight a while back. I've never used them as I traded my last toad in on this one before I got a chance to try them.
Anybody have any experience with these? Will they stay on? The magnets seems a little weak to me.
Either that or I need to tap in to the existing system, which is even scarier than drilling holes in my new car.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:25 PM   #2
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I tow a Camry on a dolly and I use a set of magnetic lights that I put on the rear, and never noticed any movement of the lights.
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I tried them ONCE. In about 30 miles the wires had abraded the paint. Took them off and have never used them again.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:23 PM   #4
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I have used mag lights on multiple Jeeps for several years and many thousands of miles -- with no issues whatsoever. That said, I have heard of some folks encountering issues with paint damage from the wires moving about.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:54 PM   #5
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They have wireless magnetic led tow lights. I haven't tried them yet. But I bet they will work great.
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That said, I have heard of some folks encountering issues with paint damage from the wires moving about.
I probably could have solved the problem by rerouting the wiring but it was a leased car and I didn't want anymore damage!
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:37 AM   #7
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I have used the magnetic HF lights for about 10k miles with only one occurrence of the lights falling over. I routed the wiring thru an existing grommet in the firewall of my 2010 CRV.
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Ah yes harbor freight tools! I bought same lights, glued washers on my jeeps roof, still needed to use duct tape to hold them in place...works, no holes needed!
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:16 AM   #9
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Magnetic Lights

Using these on our leased vehicle, I applied the no-slip or grip-it (waffle like rubber material) with gorilla glue to the bottom. Magnets still strong enough to hold.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:58 AM   #10
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We used magnetic lights when towing our Buick. In 25,000 miles we didn't have any problems. Ours had a plastic disk to put on the trunk lid between the magnet and the painted surface to eliminate damage. In our case the door handles were exposed. We used velcro strips to secure the wires to the handles to avoid paint damage.
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We use roadmaster mag lights towed aprox 2500 miles last season,no issues magnets are very strong come with plastic protective discs no paint damage.Also comes with convenient storage box when not being used.
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Old 03-19-2013, 10:14 AM   #12
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I have never had a problem. Harbor Freight magnetic lights.......$9.95.

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Old 03-19-2013, 10:18 AM   #13
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Most of the wiring for tow lights run underneath down the frame...now your emergency break away switch wire...for my braking system (brake buddy) gets run through the firewall...There was a rubber stuffing tube that the main wiring harness went through that I used...
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Had them fall off our PWC trailer but it may be due to the fact that it bounces way more than a car and the trailer itself might be galvanized or something making it hard for the magnets to stick. Now I tie them to trailers. They work great for boat trailers since unlike the ones mounted on the trailer they never get dunked in the water and get stored indoors when not in use so they always work. We just bought a new small boat trailer that had to be assembled and never bothered to install the lights figuring the magnetics would be the way to go.

On a brand new car I would be concerned about what happens to the paint though.
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