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installing hide-a-strobe in f150 marker & tail lights

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by mike9497, Dec 23, 2002.

  1. mike9497

    mike9497 Senior Member
    Messages: 466

    wondering if anyone has done this before on really any kind of ford pickup.friend of mine wants to put them in his 2001 f150 and i feel there is not enough room to mount them.he already has the beacon he just wants other cars to notice him better because cars have hit him in lots in the past.i`ve done it to my 350 and my la 8000 but those are much larger

    WHITE=GREEN Senior Member
    Messages: 161

    cant really offer any advice on the f-150 but i would be curious to know how you did your f-350. ive been looking at the hideaway kits for my 97 f-350. what brand did you go with? was it a fairly easy install? i saw aw direct has a few 4 head kits for around $300-$350. any help would be appreciated. thanks and merry x-mas.
  3. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,222

    Talk to snow he might know the guy on ebay that sells the whelen hidaways for $249
  4. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    I think the guy on ebay is "awesome strobe buy". I had hideaways done in my 2500HD chevy and they came out great. I didnt do them myself though, so i cant say how well they would fit in a f150.
  5. fastjohnny

    fastjohnny Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    hideaway install

    Would also be interested in further hideaway install info. I have been thinking about using the upper side marker lens on my GMC, as only the lower one uses a bulb. I would think I should be able to fit one in easily.

    Anyone done this?

    Any sources?
  6. golfmanres

    golfmanres Senior Member
    Messages: 150

    AHH finally i can help someone. Well i just did about three months of research and found this

    well i went with tomar brand www.tomar.com . I actually got them off of ebay from seller's ebay store http://www.stores.ebay.com/strobesforless/plistings/list/all/dept0/index.html?js=0 The seller is actually strobesforless. He has the best deals. He is also so nice. Shipping was above and beyond. Only one thing make sure you know how long of cables you need it comes with four 15' cables but for an extended cab chevy it is not long enough so i will have to order a longer cable. this will just set me back from finishing the job. I went with tomar because they are the only company that has a 10yr warrenty on the power supply. Also buy the kit with water proof connectors. This is a must. The rest of the kits dont offer it. I got the kit with the power supply. four lights, and shipping to my house for 279.99 this is the best deal i could find. The rest locally were about 399-599 whelen, federal signal, code 3. The other companies that i just mentioned are all 2 year warrentys. If you need any more info please post or email me. Also these mount into a 1" hole drilled into your tail lights and turn signals. I have lots of info if you like.. good luck and i hope i have helped you. :waving:
  7. fastjohnny

    fastjohnny Senior Member
    Messages: 653


    Did you have strobes installed in both the front and the rear lens?
  8. golfmanres

    golfmanres Senior Member
    Messages: 150

    sure did. i did the install my self what an easy process... you can do it in about and hour start to finish..

    Oh by the way i have a 1998 chevy k2500 ext cab short bed 350 engine 4x4... what a nice addition.

    As you might know when you have the hazards on and step on break the hazards turn off. well the strobes fixed my problem. oh not being seen even with the 100watts of rotating lights on top now i can be seen just like a cop is seen. ask away an question...
  9. fastjohnny

    fastjohnny Senior Member
    Messages: 653



    Is this the kit you got?
  10. mike9497

    mike9497 Senior Member
    Messages: 466

  11. golfmanres

    golfmanres Senior Member
    Messages: 150

    here is the kit that i got even thought this kit is ended you can still email the guy and he has access to more of them he doesnt have them listed at this time but you can ask him to get you one or maybe he does have them and didnt list them yet.
    that is the kit but it doenst have water proof connectors. the kit you want has a model number or 786-1228wp power supply the WP is for water proof.

    my kit

    tomar web site on power supply

    this is by far the best kit
  12. golfmanres

    golfmanres Senior Member
    Messages: 150

    mike what are you looking for?
  13. golfmanres

    golfmanres Senior Member
    Messages: 150

    well i can say mike is that you are the one that has installed them before in your 350 so you can only be the judge if they will fit into the rear of the 150. all you need is room for a 1" hole to put the strobe and a location to put the power supply under the hood. and as far as your thread... you have it all wrong you might have started the thread but everyone builds on it. it isnt just geared towards you but it is geared towards hideaways.. so if i can be of further help please get back with me/us. but on the other hand yes they will fit. i have seen them in the cop cars/trucks here in my area that is what made me buy them and install them.
  14. fastjohnny

    fastjohnny Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    Sorry Mike

    Got carried away on my interests.

    I've got a 2000 in the shop with the front end off, I'll take a look for room
  15. golfmanres

    golfmanres Senior Member
    Messages: 150

    i will post pictures tomorrow for everyone to see how easy it really was.. i will take pictures of the location of the hideaways and the location of the power supply i dont have the power supply wired yet with power because i am still waiting on one cable from tomar. but it is all mounted and the strobes are in.
  16. Jerre Heyer

    Jerre Heyer Senior Member
    Messages: 948


    Your right the new Ford F150 is a tight fit. I just got done with one last week. The front lights are kinda tricky. Did the install from the rear with the hideastrobe that uses the screws to hold it in. Have to add a little rtv to seal beacuse of the lense curve. Used Deutcsh (s.p.) connectors so had to squeeze a little. Check the lights before you pull the connector rods that hold them in. They can be a mother to put back in but be paitent.

    You might want to investigate pulling the grill and doing a side install. It creates a little different pattern because of the angle it hits the parabolic mirror surface of the light.

    This works really good on the New cheves and the Ford super dutys.

    As for the rear install. Yes make sure to get long enough cables and use the Deutcsh conns for atleats the rear. The salt and dirt take the toll on the amp conns.

    I like to put them in with the back up lights and use amber strobes front and rear. You can trim the sheet metal back a little and bottom or top mount them with care and avoid the back up light.

    Check with your state laws before you put them in the red tail lights. PA it's illegal.

    You also might want to investigate putting them in with your cargo lights. Center high mount catches lots of attention.

    Getting ready to do a 6 head install next week and a 2 head add on for a guy.

    Then the big one 12 heads on a F350 super duty.

    Good luck mike.

    P.S. the sources for strobes listed are great!! Jerre
  17. golfmanres

    golfmanres Senior Member
    Messages: 150

  18. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping Senior Member
    Messages: 823

    I have all four lights done. the front two turn signals, and the rear turn signals, all done in amber.
  19. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    I too have the hideaway strobes.We use Nova.Most of them are 6 head units.Two front signals,two rear,and two strobes on roof.

    A few tips for installing strobes.

    Mount the box inside if you can.Less corrosion problems,as most of the box connectors are not water\corrosion proof.

    The box should be mounted to clean sheet metal for a good ground.Otherwise you may get feedback through certain radios and the box may overheat.

    Get the biggest output box.Most are available in different wattages which is split between all the bulbs.More total output equals more output per bulb.

    Use waterproof connectors at the bulb ends.The regular amp connectors will get water in them and short out,and the box will trip until the water dries out.

    Use good shielded wire.A lot of the installers around here use cheap telephone wire,which will break easily over time.

    Get the corresponding control switch,prefferably with the rotary control.Some of the more elaborate boxes need 7-8 switches to control all the heads,power,and patterns (if you want to use them all).The rotary switch models only have one or two switches,and a rotary knob to control all the functions,and just plug right in to the box,no wiring involved,just connect the bulbs,and power and your good to go.Much easier to find a spot to mount the smaller control as well.

    Make sure you have control over the front strobes separatly.Plowing for long periods with the strobes bouncing of the backside of the plow can be VERY annoying after awhile.Make sure you can at least shut the front strobes off independantly of the others.You can also put a set in the plow lamp markers if you want,and run a quick disconnect on the plow harness.

    Add a blast switch.I usually wire in a switch in an easy to reach location,which will flash just the front strobes at full power,to get someone out of your way !! Use with caution though !
  20. ultimate lawns

    ultimate lawns Member
    Messages: 92

    Well, Clear comes out the best at night! They are the brightest!
    Then amber and so on. I have them inmy ford f-250 and my dodge 2500! Installed them myself! Really, I depend how briht you want it and how much you want to spend. I know where you
    can get a hide-away strobe set for the cheapest! I know where you can get a 6 outlet 90 watt power supply and 4 clear strobes
    (color extra money) and 4 cables for 209.00 by whelen! www.sirennet.com
    In my ford, I have a whelen, I have a 4 outlet 90 watt power supply! 2 amber in the front and 2 clear in the rear! They are bright. I dont wanna re-typ everything, See wyldman's post!

    Ultimate lawns and more,