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02-23-2010 11:49 PM
Alaskapsdvan Ok, I have taken some Photos of the work on the rear lighting..


Here are some of the photos, I will be working on getting the rest uploaded to the members Gally....

Feel free to speak out on the placement of the lights.
08-28-2009 10:21 PM
SvrdRam
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nice pics, that thing is slick, bet it gets alot of looks; you running bags or hydraulics?



at least nobody could steal it....they'd have to drag it on the frame rails, haha

Its bagged, custom front upper A-arms and the rears been back halved with a triangulated 4 link. Bed floor was raise 14 inches to clear the new rails and fuel cell. Plus all the lil **** everyone else does
08-28-2009 10:15 PM
SvrdRam
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SvrdRam, Those are some STOUT brackets.

Good looking install, using the hitch tube was something I was thinking about, but installed mine a little bit forward on the vertical hitch supports just below the frame.
Thanks, wanted something that would hold up. Sorry everything was dirty in those pics but it rained earlier . Also if you notice the brown in the seam its black RTV. I stitch welded the inside seam, my powder coater (Bill) told me he's not sure how well he was able to coat the seam so I figured I'd add some extra security agaisnt rust.
08-28-2009 09:11 PM
klhansen SvrdRam, Those are some STOUT brackets.

Good looking install, using the hitch tube was something I was thinking about, but installed mine a little bit forward on the vertical hitch supports just below the frame.
08-28-2009 07:08 PM
acade nice pics, that thing is slick, bet it gets alot of looks; you running bags or hydraulics?

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she'd layin' frame!
at least nobody could steal it....they'd have to drag it on the frame rails, haha
08-27-2009 01:46 PM
SvrdRam
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Originally Posted by acade View Post
nice dodge in garage svrd, that bad boy is riding low!
Thanks..lol... But she is doing more then ridin low...she'd layin' frame!

Here are some more pics of the Ram for you Acade, hope you enjoy ;-)
08-27-2009 08:10 AM
acade nice dodge in garage svrd, that bad boy is riding low!
08-27-2009 08:09 AM
acade nice write up vandude, I eventually plan on do the auxiliary lights too
08-26-2009 09:06 PM
SvrdRam Yea. I do alot of snowmobiling, riding quads and taking my truck out on the dunes. Wanted something beefy enough to last and protect the lights as best I could. The tubing is 1/8 wall and the plate is 3/16 cold-roll, sure to hold up to anything i run over or hit!
08-26-2009 09:01 PM
Alaskapsdvan Looks good, and might last around Snow Banks...

Now that it is getting darker sooner , it is about time for me to take some photos of the back of the van with lights off and with the lights on.

Going to be fun adjusting the lights in the back....
08-26-2009 08:19 PM
SvrdRam Hey guys, I just got done with my backup light install as well, Thought i'd share them with you. Let me know what you guys think!




06-28-2009 10:08 AM
Strokin' 6.0 JimTJr, thanks for the info. I actually got it fixed a long time ago, but still good info to know. The problem I have now is that the controller decided to no longer work....no surprise, given that I've had it in every single one of my trucks for the past ten years...time for a new one. I know it's not the truck, because I've checked all of the fuses twice and the lights on both of my trailers work, but when I engage the brake pedal, no trailer brakes whatsoever, even though the light on the controller lights up. I've fiddled with the gain, but it's dead.

Anyone have any good suggestions on a new brake controller?

I know I'm opening up a can of worms with that question, but right now I'm leaning towards the TruControl Gold Electric Trailer Controller by Hensley.
06-26-2009 03:30 AM
Alaskapsdvan Wired and they work....

Now I need to finish up the paper work, drawings, of the general layout of the wires and where the relay is at..

Take some photos of the four lights in the day as to where the lights are at, and you all get to find 2 of them.

And if I am going to take some photos of them ON and able to see what kind of light they put out I am either going to have to get up at 2am to do this or wait for a month or so......... like right now as I am writing this the sun is JUST going down..... just have to love alaska in the summer and the day light or in the winter and the dark and the chance to us the extra lights that one can put on the rig.
06-25-2009 08:10 AM
JimTJr
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Originally Posted by Strokin' 6.0 View Post
Thanks for that info. I'm going to check mine, when it gets out of the shop. My brake controller works, but the reverse lights light up on both the horse trailer and the Airstream, when I plug in to the seven-way....has me totally baffled.

If I'm missing the 30A, I wonder if that would make the difference....
The plug is either shorted to another "Hot" pin, or it's wired wrong.... the only possible causes for them being on ALL the time if that's what you mean.. shouldn't be a difficult fix at all! I went to tow a trailer with a sail boat when I was running my hauling business. As soon as I hooked to it, it blew a fuse on my truck. I immediately took out my cheap Volt/ohm meter, and checked, found THREE wires shorted to ground on the trailer.....

Not a "Diss" to you in any way, but a 12v circut in an auto is EXTREMELY simple. Some people make them way more complicated than needed.

Always think of electricity as plumbing, and the Voltage flows like water. Through valves, switches, ect.. from + to -. Diodes are one way valves, transistors are switches, relays are also switches that need another signal, 12v to throw them on or off. ect....

A test light, and volt/ohm meter are huge helps in trouble shooting something.

Westvan, first it does tell you where they are in the fuse box! Look at the picture in the owners manual! Or on the inside/outside of the box lid maybe.
Also, if someone hits their "BACKUP lights or Spots" While I am behind them, they will regret it.. Many of uss get "Flashed" even when we do NOT have our brights on, if we are towing heavy, or just have clean, clear lights. (That is WHY FORD redesigned the new SD with those ugly ass headlights,, to lower them) Any one who thinks they have to do that is crazy,, just readjust your mirrors if the light bothers you temporarily.....
Wiring them on a switch is not a bad idea though, so you can have extra light to hook a trailer, or do something on the trailer while it's hooked up.
Just use common sense WHEN you turn them on....
06-25-2009 01:48 AM
Alaskapsdvan Getting closer to getting them all done, have the lights in place, and most of the wires run. Have the relay in the back close to the rear battery and the lights. I am going to use the on/off switch that came with the driving lights and wire one lead to the front and then run the other back to the relay , with no real power on that wire I feel that I can use the 18 ga wire.
I am looking forward to getting them up and running and getting some photos for the forum.
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