Rigid SR-Q pro in the factory tow hook block off plates

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    blackbetty14 Senior Member

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    just got the stuff in today! Looks like I’ve got some work to do :)

    Ordered new mopar block off plates off eBay. These are real mopar, made in the USA with clips and hardware. Going to either mod these or mod the ones on the truck... not sure. Got them in and they look great, thick sturdy plastic.

    Also finally got the new rigid SR-Q pro lights in that were on backorder for a smidge. These are the newest updated versions which have the upgraded chips for 102% more light than the previous model. Basically they went from like 1500lumens to 3200 lumens per light (4 LEDs @32w). I tested them out and man they are stupid bright (spot pattern). Also verified the wattage and amps and they are about 2.7amps per light and 5.7 amps or something for the pair. These are rated at 2.29 amps each and I was using a lithium ion motorcycle battery to test so I’m sure the amperage would drop once at a normal 14.4v charge.

    A note with the Rigid stuff, it’s very nice. Heavy, quality, brightness etc all what you would expect. I was told the harness lacks and that’s true. Nice thick wire but lacks a relay, uses the D2 connectors which I like and a simple single poll light up switch. I’m going to have to figure out the wiring with this and probably add a relay that I can trigger via the high beams. Not sure if I’m going to run a switch into the cab yet honestly. Other than that I’m happy, the harness isn’t junk but it would have been nice with a relay to trigger but these things only pull 5 amps with a fuse so i see why they did it.

    Attached are pics comparing to a similar style spot eBay cheap 8w dual LED pod. This little guy is actually pretty bright and impressed for the $10 price tag. Optics look like copies of the rigid. Of course the comparison isn’t the best but it was either that or a 20” led bar or 42” led bar. Photos don’t do it justice but the order is.

    1.) unboxed all u get
    2.)rigid 1 light output, trees are easily 100ft away
    3.)ebay 2 led spot same area
    4.) ambient light shot (about 11pm here and moon was bright)
    5.) comparing the rigid and ebay optics.


    I will update the thread as I move along.

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    So started the install today. Not too bad but some curve balls thrown in there of course lol.

    Removed the covers from the truck, decided to mod the originals and keep the new ones as replacements. Simple 4 bolts and wiggle the thing out from behind the bumper.

    Made a template for the LED housing and measured out the dead center of the tow hook cover, traced, drilled and cut it out. I realized before removal of the biggest issue is going to be the angle of the cover. The flush surface to mount to is at a decent angle facing downward in the bumper. This means installing any light as a flush mount will point the beam into the ground. This was one of the curveballs. A few designs later I came up with something that will have to do. Rigid sells angled adapters but they push it far out and only come in 15* angle.

    My final design was a rigid foam (left over from my Tonno cover install) in a nice black foam. It’s rated for outdoor use so I don’t think it will be a problem. I cut the foam to the outline of the led and made it go along the bottom only, angled by the mounting bolt hole. This would push the light upwards and level it out. I then put the supplied rubber gasket on after to seal it up mostly. I’m not to worried about sealing it as these lights are IP68 rated and I believe it! My first side (pass) was the first to be modded and work out all the bugs. I drilled the cover for the supplied SS hardware from rigid and went to install. The LED prevents you from being able to get the cover back in as it has to slip through brackets (very tight). I decided to remove the LED, reinstalled the cover into the bumper and then mounted the led to the cover after everything was installed. Using bolts wasn’t the funnest as there isn’t a lot of room to get your hand in there to put the nut on. I was able to get it on tho but wasn’t able to use a lockwasher due to the thickness and how short the bolt was. I decided to ditch the lock washer and put some blue loctite on the bolt for install. On the driver side I learned from the pass side and drilled smaller holes for mounting and used some SS Phillips screws for a quick easy install from the comfort of outside the truck. I would say this way is less secure but I can always drill the hole out larger and put the bolts in. The foam is about 1/4” thick and pretty much levels out the lights I hope. I won’t be able to test till dark on the angle.

    The lights are final mounted and I’m going to work on wiring. Haven’t found a happy place for a switch and even thought about wireless activation. I might ditch the rigid harness and use a cheap relay controlled led bar harness I have and just have the high beams activate it for the time being until I figure out a good spot for a switch. I just hate doing things twice!

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    Got the wiring all done. Decided for the moment to just wire them up so the high beams activate the rigids. I decided to use the universal light bar harness which already had a detusch connector on it that fit the rigid, so i spliced in and soldered another connector and wired it up, it allows the high beams to activate the relay (low power draw on the high beams) and it works during flashing and high beam constant on.

    After it got dark I tested the lights and found that even with them angled up it wasn’t enough. Most of the beam was on the ground far out. So I yanked them out again and added another layer of foam to push them up further. Seems like this Has helped the beam out. I also decided to fix my seized retrofitted fog light which for some reason the adjustment bolt froze and I ended up having to put a new bolt in it.

    I can’t get any good output shots tonight against a clear wall or a less obstructed area. I will post them when I get the chance.

    First pic is of the backside clearance of the lights in the tow hook area.

    Second pic is the original output shot, lights were angled up with just one layer of foam, you can see the spot beam trail in front of the truck on the ground. They are not angled up high enough.

    Third pic of headlights with no LEDs on.

    4th pic is with LEDs on.

    5th pic you compare to the 2nd pic and it shows the beam trail is gone in front of the truck on the ground. (2nd layer of foam applied)

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    Output shots. My truck is on a decline and I won’t be driving it tonight to get better shots. Maybe after work tmrw if it’s dark out. You can clearly see the 2 spot beam trails here lol. They are bright as fukkkkk. These are def going to add a bunch of distance :).

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    Got some more shots but it was wet out and some fog. The lights are pointed outward slightly but they are pretty bright.

    Pics:
    1.) front shot
    2.) just the rigids on, fence and greenery is over 100ft away, I just laid 2 shirts over the headlights to block them.
    3.) fogs abs headlights on only.

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    Looks like awsome ridgid lights!
     
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    Nice! Can't go wrong with a quality light. Congrats. Looking forward to seeing more photos. Might have to grab myself a pair of those :D


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    Yep, thinkin the same thing...my puny mictuning 40 watt floods are needing to grow up...lol
     
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    Mine are grown...

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    What type grill sbarron? Iv been thinkin along those lines but have chrome slats...need honeycomb inserts
     
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    Yup... I have honeycomb.
     

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