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Trying to install aftermarket driving lights.
Made a bracket that is attached by the front tow hook bolt.
Used a barn door bracket for the light bracket.
Cut off one end of bracket.
Pictures attached. This is a work in progress so beneficial comments are encouraged.
The Hella 500FF lights are in front of the bumper which is not good.
Will put a trailer connector on the wires so I can remove the light housings when off road and in parking lots.
This is not the solution I want but it is what I have figured out so far.
Will hook up a remote switch to turn the lights on and off.
The lights should only activate when the high beams are on but I do not know how to do this.
There is 6 ohms of resistance between the bracket and the battery negative terminal so I should run the light ground wire directly to the battery.
 

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Went to the Quadratec Tent Sale in West Chester, PA 10/6/2018.
Drove a lot on Interstates and a few local roads while it was dark.
Turned on the parking lights and drove with only the Hella lights ON.
They work great. Light up both sides of the road and shine down the road far enough so
I do not over drive my headlights at legal speeds.
The only way I can turn them ON or OFF is to plug or unplug the trailer connectors.
Unfortunately I annoyed a few drivers which proves they are REALLY working great.
My plan is to only use the driving lights when there is no traffic.
The lights will behave better when I can get the remote FOB to turn them ON and OFF.
The flat bracket allows the lights to vibrate so I put an eraser between the light housing and
the bumper to steady it. It worked but I need a better solution.
Apparently Rally drivers have a solution for bracing the light housing.

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Lights properly installed and using Pilot 4 channel wireless remote.
Brace for the light housings is not needed.
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Can finally see the highway and the side of the road when driving at night.
After and before pictures attached.
Parked in my driveway and lights shine towards the edge of the woods 144 feet away.
The field is not mowed. This is my off road park.
Left low beam is an LED 9012 white 45W from a No Name manufacture.
Right low beam is a Putco Pure Halogen Mirror white 9012 60W 4000k bulb.
Driving lights are Hella 500FF with Philips Vision Plus 55W H3 bulb.
Fog lights are Diode Dynamics H16 XML2 Pure White LED 1400 lumens.
The low beams are present so when I have to turn the driving lights off I still have some lights ON.
Other than that the projector headlights are useless.
 

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Forgot to mention that they make brackets that attach behind the license plate mount or (the one that I prefer) the one that mounts to the bottom edge of your hood.
 

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Went to the Mohawk web site and they are developing brackets for the KL.
Like the one that mounts on the bottom edge of the hood.
Would be a good place to mount real fog lights that work in the fog.
I put LED bulbs in my fog lights and they are more like driving lights and useless in the fog.
Routing wires to the hood hinge should work ok.
 

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Lights properly installed and using Pilot 4 channel wireless remote.
Brace for the light housings is not needed.
QED
Thanks for posting this thread. Two questions:

1) What do you mean by "Brace for the light housings is not needed(?)"
2) Do you have any pictures showing the Front of the Jeep with the lights installed?
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I put an eraser between the light housing and the bumper to steady the light housing, in actual driving it was not needed to steady the light beam.
Picture attached.
My only concern is that the lights are in front of the bumper so they could be easily damaged.
 

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Got it. Thanks for the pic. Thinking of a set of auxiliary lights for ours... I mean, my wife's ?... and I think they'd have to be a little more subtle than that.
 

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The Mowhawk brackets should be good for your application. Let me know what lights you get and how well they work.
 

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Correct control of driving lights

Wiring diagram for driving lights.
The driving lights should only illuminate when the high beams are on.
So in my wiring diagram take the wire going into F101 and connect it to the
shutter rod control wire entering the headlight housing at the green connector. (The green/white striped wire).
Refer to this Thread: https://jeepcherokeeclub.com/2895412-post15.html
This will allow the Hella relay to energize only when high beams have been illuminated.
 

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The driving lights should only illuminate when the high beams are on.
So in my wiring diagram take the wire going into F101 and connect it to the
shutter rod control wire entering the headlight housing at the green connector. (The green/white striped wire).
Refer to this Thread: https://jeepcherokeeclub.com/2895412-post15.html
This will allow the Hella relay to energize only when high beams have been illuminated.
Ummm, that thread link takes me to pictures of TH's, not a relay in sight.

Crash486 - Jeep Cherokee Limited diesel
 

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Refer to this Thread to see the green connector on the back of the headlight housing:
https://jeepcherokeeclub.com/2895412-post15.html

Refer to this Thread for my schematic:
https://jeepcherokeeclub.com/2888386-post4.html

Thanks for noticing my omission.
About the wire : would it be the white with green stripe I'm pointing to in the pic from that thread (below) ? This is the post in question (picture at bottom of post) :
https://jeepcherokeeclub.com/65-ele...aced-right-front-headlight-2.html#post2895412
 

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Discussion Starter · #17 · (Edited)
That is the wire I am referring to.
If you could remove some of that black sheathing you should be able to splice into the wire.
As far as I can tell the wire is not fused. It probably originates back at the BCM.
Thanks for posting this picture, it is a lot clearer than my other post.

Just looked at my schematic again. Terminal 85 of the Hella relay should go straight to ground.
And the Pilot Control Unit is not needed at all.
The current drawn by the Hella relay should not be too much.
I don't plan on doing this change because I can't get to the back of the light housing.
Might be able to get my Jeep dealer to connect a wire.
They hate it when I ask them to do un FCA modifications, but
usually they are willing to take my money and do it anyway.
 

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Got it. Thanks for the pic. Thinking of a set of auxiliary lights for ours... I mean, my wife's ?... and I think they'd have to be a little more subtle than that.
Trying to figure out how this new website works and finally found this post.
The white with black lettering Hella light covers are a little to "showy".
I got a second set of covers and had them painted flat black.
Now the lights are barely noticeable
It is really easy to remove the bracket with the light still attached from the tow hook mount.
Have a 2 pole trailer connector for the wiring.
I try to avoid driving at night, so installing the lights only when I need them works.
Can't use them, or even need them close to home because there is too much traffic.

Did you ever install some auxiliary lights?
 
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