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Whelen Vertex Install Pictures Day 2

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by Joe Snow, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. Joe Snow

    Joe Snow Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    Got the lightheads installed in the rears this afternoon. Went faster than the fronts as there's less to take apart to get to the taillights on these Rams than the fronts. As I read in this forum, I also mounted mine in the reverse lights, tailgate side.
    Although there was only one layer to drill and mount to, I did have issues. The surface where they mount, needs to be leveled and widened so the flanges will fit and fit flat. I stripped the plastic with those little screws on each side. Trying to keep little pieces of drilled plastic out of the assembly was a PIA again. I drilled with the shop vac next to the drill and used every precaution. Wound up using the air hose / vac trick through the various bulb openings.
    I moved up to a larger screw (pan head) and also sealed the whole assembly with silicone once installed. On the fronts, I sealed very tight with duct tape. I also had trouble getting the 2-sided tape to stick as I wanted to attach the modules to the lights themselves as there's plenty of room. I re-cleaned the back of the light with brake-cleaner and used heavy duty 3M 2-sided tape. Pretty secure now!
    I've got 3 pictures...
    1st picture is the drilled hole for the lighthead
    2nd picture is the area around the hole leveled and widened to accomodate the mounting flange.
    3rd picture is installed.

    Hopefully I can get these all wired yet today/tonight and I'll see what I can do about a video. Here's the pictures..... :waving:

    Vertex7.jpg

    vertex6.jpg

    vertex8.jpg
     
  2. dmontgomery

    dmontgomery PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,238

    I have the same truck as you.........I am thinking about adding Vertex's in the rear....I am interested in the video...... did you put in amber or clear????
     
  3. Joe Snow

    Joe Snow Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    Clears all around. The lights are all installed, I need to do the wiring and such. That will be tomorrow. In the meantime, search "Whelen Vertex" at youtube and you'll get some videos there.
    Regarding color, I did clear.
     
  4. Dodge Plow Pwr

    Dodge Plow Pwr Senior Member
    Messages: 568

    I did mine last winter front and back and even made a braket and put them in the turn signal's on the plow itself. Looks great. Now this year I bought a new plow and now have the night hawks, I will be mounting self contained units under the headlight mounts. How about the PITA doing those fronts with the dual plastic areas? Crazy and scarry to be doing that as if you mess up they are expensive to replace.
    Oh and check DOT redgs as far as colors. The local police stopped me and said, finally someone who followed the law with these. Amber in the front and the rear should either be in the red area or amber only in the reverse light areas. He said now he don't have to write me a ticket.<a href="http://plugin.smileycentral.com/http%253A%252F%252Fwww.smileycentral.com%252F%253Fpartner%253DZSzeb008%255FZCxdm860YYUS%2526i%253D4%252F4%255F12%255F13%2526feat%253Dprof/page.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/4/4_12_13.gif" alt="SmileyCentral.com" border="0"><img border="0" src="http://plugin.smileycentral.com/http%253A%252F%252Fimgfarm%252Ecom%252Fimages%252Fnocache%252Ftr%252Ffw%252Fsmiley%252Fsocial%252Egif%253Fi%253D4%252F4_12_13/image.gif"></a>
     
  5. Joe Snow

    Joe Snow Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    Got the wiring done and buttoned up. Sure wish they had longer wire options so you don't have to do splicing for the rears. Pretty straightforward all in all. When you first turn them on, they all flash the same pattern at the same time. I removed two lights from the group and advanced the pattern and then reconnected. Now they alternate which is cool. I'm really quite impressed at how bright these puppies are!
    I have to wait until tomorrow for some video as my battery is on the charger.
     
  6. Joe Snow

    Joe Snow Senior Member
    Messages: 120


    I didn't do my color research until today. When I originally ordered these, I ordered Amber, but changed the order midstream to clear. DOT says clears are a no-no. They're reserved for school buses. I plan on an amber lightbar up top, maybe that will be enough to overlook the strobes. Besides, they'll only be on when I'm plowing, mostly residentials. If I get slapped, I'll get some amber cellophane and cover the lightheads. I don't think LED's burn hot where heat will be an issue...
    :waving:
     
  7. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    hey joe...do they get warm?
     
  8. Joe Snow

    Joe Snow Senior Member
    Messages: 120

    Didn't really have them on long enough to check, but my experience with LED's would suggest not. Don't know about these high performance ones though. They sure are BRIGHT
     
  9. Dissociative

    Dissociative 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,066

    the bigger ones by nova have a heat sink built on them..i guess it must get a lil hot..