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Lightbar on 03 2500hd

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by dj89, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. dj89

    dj89 Senior Member
    from wny
    Messages: 112

    Im looking at ordering a whelen lightbar most likely a Whelen 55in justice if i can find a fully loaded one for the right price. I want to install swicths in my over head. What all will i need to complete this and make it look good. It would be nice to have them match the truck. also need to find the best place to buy wire and a plate to match.......
     
  2. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    I used a piece of black plexiglass and mounted 7 switches straight across. it mounts to the face of the empty overhead console. I will post pics when i get home, theyre on the other computer. I ran 2 20 amp main lines up to it then split them according to what switch would draw what power. I picked up the toggle switches from radio shack, they turn blue when switched on. It looks really clean and doesnt stand out. pics will follow soon....
     
  3. Kodiakguy

    Kodiakguy Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    You could run 4 small switches to 4 relays (im assuming that you will want one for each alley light, one for the takedowns, and one for all the warning lights in the bar), im thinking you could even save the storage in your overhead counsil.

    Could you take a pic and post it? I could get a better idea of what it looks like and maybe give you some ideas.

    Most auto parts stores sell wire on 15 or so foot reels. For a 30 amp load, you will want a piece of 10 guage. Dont forget the inline fuse holder.

    Here's a pic of mine, I used the factory switched relay as a master. The others run my lightbar, corner strobes (selectable front and rear or rear) and reverse light over-ride. I drilled and installed the switches directly in the consol. Each switch has a built in indicator light. I hope this helps.

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    Last edited: Sep 24, 2009
  4. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    Here is a pic of the panel i made, i have since taken it out and made a new one to handle a 7th switch, but it looks exactly the same as this. (the switches are just a bit closer now). It is clear plexiglass painted black.

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  5. fireboy6413

    fireboy6413 Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    where are you in ny
     
  6. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    I forgot to mention also that the lightbar is mounted on the back rack, so the wiring harness is run into the cab through the 3rd brake light. This allows there to be a shorter run for the wires versus going down under the carpet and back up the A pillar.
     
  7. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    I'm in East Northport, which is in western Sufffolk county on Long Island.
     
  8. fireboy6413

    fireboy6413 Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    jci trans why would you run the cable through the brake light, I run them down the back rack along the chassis and through the floor
     
  9. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    I did it that way because the switch panel is up high, so its a shorter run for the wires. They run above the headliner then right into the panel, maybe a 6 foot run instead of probably 15 or so feet going down to the frame then all the way back up. I built the bar myself so i made my own harness. Its only 4 or so wires so they fit through the 3rd brake light gasket. The rest of the switches are for hideaways and LED's. I used a 5 way trailer plug into the bar so it could unbolt it if i need to use the back rack. Ill try to find a pic of it.
     
  10. fireboy6413

    fireboy6413 Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    Oh ok, i cant see you being able to do that with the standard cable, but it makes sense.
     
  11. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,137

    Looks good.
    No pictures of the truck with the lights on it.
     
  12. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    Not the greatest pic but the best i can find for now....

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  13. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    Best one i got, ill take a few better ones tomorrow, ill try to get a vid of the lights too.

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  14. fireboy6413

    fireboy6413 Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    wow im surprised, it fist through so nicely, nice job
     
  15. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    Thanks :salute:
     
  16. Lux Lawn

    Lux Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,137

    Nice job on the wiring.
     
  17. fireboy6413

    fireboy6413 Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    Here is my setup

    here's what I got, ok why cant i get the pic up
     
  18. fireboy6413

    fireboy6413 Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    here we go I think sorry I know my truck is dirty,

    My set up.jpg
     
  19. JCI Trans

    JCI Trans Senior Member
    Messages: 313

    I have the same scanner, its attached to the bottom of a CB , bracketed to the lower section of the dash.
     
  20. fireboy6413

    fireboy6413 Senior Member
    Messages: 396

    I know i have to get a cb LOL