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MaxxTow Off-Road Light Bar Installation

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How to Install the Maxxtow Off Road Led Light Bar

Speaker 1: Today, we're going to be taking a look at showing you how to install the MaxxTow Off-Road Light Bar, part number MT80631. This is what our light looks like when it's installed. These lights can be used in many different applications. Most of the time, you're going to see them on a Jeep, off-road Jeep, or maybe your RV's nowadays. As you can see here, we have it mounted to the front of a boat. This is really going to help you at night to navigate the waters and see anything that's in front of you.

This MaxxTow Off-Road LED Light Bar is going to provide you with 24 LED lights that produce 5280 raw lumens of light, in combination of flood beam and spot beam, with a 30,000 hour lifespan. What's nice and so versatile about these lights, we're using it in a marine application here, I actually wired it to the switch on the dash. Let me show you how that works.It's going to have a durable weather-resistant aluminum housing and mounting brackets, with a polycarbonate lens that's going to protect against dust and moisture. The light itself is going to be 11-1/2" long. Each LED light is three watts, giving you a total of 72 watts per light bar.

As far as the installation, it's pretty straightforward. It's going to come with all the mounting hardware. It's going to come with the wiring harness that has a relay and the switch included.As far as the application that we have here today, our customer chose to have a plug mounted on the boat so he could remove the light. He actually provided the plug. If you chose to have the light where you could remove it, but you didn't have a plug, you can find a two wire loop on our website using part number 9651P, and all it is is it has a plug on both ends.

You can cut the end of one wire off, attach it to the plug here, and the other end you'd attach to your wiring and run it back to your switch that's going to give you the power. One thing to keep in mind, if you choose to go that way, the plug that stays on the boat, you need to make sure that that's covered when the light is not plugged into it.Now that we've gone over some of the features on this light, let me show you how I installed it on this boat. First thing we need to do to start our installation, you need to determine where you're going to mount your light. Our customer wants his light mounted on the front of his boat. The next thing we need to do is, our customer wants us to wire his light to the light switch on his dash, next to his steering wheel.

Your kit's going to come with a relay kit that's going to look like this. It has a push-button switch. We're actually going to be removing this switch, and using the wires to plug into his dash. Now, the relay. Even though the light that is on the dash is already fused to the battery, or in between the battery, we're going to go ahead and use the relay kit, because this is going to allow you to run a smaller switch, smaller gauge wire to that switch, without burning it up, or without electrocuting yourself when you're turning it off and on.Now, we need to determine where we're going to mount this. Even though our light switch has power going to the battery, our relay for our light also has power and ground that operates the light. We're going to go ahead and use that, hook that up to the battery. We're going to mount our relay right about here. We're going to make sure when we mount it, we mount it upright like this, make sure it's not turned or upside down. So what we're going to do, because we have three batteries here, and just need to make sure we're in reach of one of them with our power and our ground wire, we're going to drill a hole right in this area. You just want to make sure, because I'm going to, instead of putting a self-tightening screw or something in there, I'm actually going to put a nut and bolt on it, so I want to make sure I can get a wrench on it. About there.I'm going to drill a 9/64" hole right here where my mark is. Then, I have a hex bolt with a lock nut. 7/16" wrench and socket. Put that. Tighten down, just like that. We have our power and ground. Then, we can route the rest of our wires just like this. Next thing we need the to do is we need to route our wire up to our dash. I'm actually going to utilize this wire loom here that already has wire in it. I'm going to cut my zip ties off, run my wire through it, and I'll just replace the zip ties. We need to keep in mind that our motor turns, and this part moves. Go ahead and tuck this in. Let's see what we got here. Take this, go right through here.Then, my switch that I'm going to be removing, it's going to give me plenty to go to my light switch on my dash. Then, my wire that I'm going to be connecting to the wire that's going through the front, I'm going to route it right underneath my dash like this. Then I can make my connection up here. First, I'm going to clean this up. I'm going to go ahead and get my wire zip tied up to this point. From here, this would hook to our light. Obviously, the light being on the front of the boat, this is not going to reach, so we're going to have to extend it. What I'm going to be using to extend it is I'm going to be using the four wire duplex 14 gauge wire. If you don't have any, you can find some on our website. We're only actually going to be using two of these wires, which the red and the black in there are going to match the wires we have on our plug now.The other two wires, if we want to hook something else up later, we're going to have those two wires that are already going to be ran for us, so that gives us an advantage there for later on. What I'm going to do is I'm going to run this wire through this channel all the way up underneath here. That's going to go up to a plug that we're going to be mounting up there. This wire's actually going to run up underneath up to here. I'm just going to leave it lay like this, so I know I have enough when I get to that point. Next thing we're going to do is we're going to make our connection to my wire that I have run to the front. Cut it off here. Go ahead and split this.What I'm going to do with these is I'm actually going to seal them off with a heat shrink butt connector. We're going to strip back these two. Put on a heat shrink butt connector on those. Now, the butt connectors don't come in your kit, but I suggest using them, because they're going to be out open in the elements. This is going to protect your wire connections from corroding. Then we'll cut these plugs off here. We'll just go red-to-red and black-to-black. Then we'll take our heat source, shrink them up. Take the small piece of tape, going to go right over the end there. That'll keep anything from getting in this other end here. I'll take all this and tape it together. We can zip tie that.Next, we're going to put our leg onto our light. It's going to fit just like that. We're going to use a nylon head bolt that comes in your kit, a lock washer, and then a flat washer. Put it inside the leg like this. We'll tighten it down. You don't have to make them real tight, just want it tight enough where the legs aren't going to move on you. Net, we need to figure out where we're going to mount it. Our navigation light, you need to be able to see it from the sides and from the front of the boat. Driving at night in a boat, you have to have a red and green light, so we can't go up here where he originally wanted it mounted, because it's just too low. We're actually going to go about like that.Then, we need to determine where we're going to put our plug. Now, if you flip it over to the other side, our wire's going to be on the bottom. We can put our plug over here, but all our wiring's run on this side. Matter of personal preference whether you want to run that wire all the way across. I'm going to do it right here, that way when we add on our plug that our customer purchased, the plug that he found, it's a waterproof plug, you can just mount it right there. When he takes it out, he'll have the top of this plug sitting flush on the boat deck. How I got the center is you have seven small Allen head screws that go across the bottom of the light. I'm going to use the center one, and center it on the navigation light on the boat. Now, we're going to mark the holes on our feet so we can drill holes.This is the hardware that comes in your kit for each one of the feet. Our customer wants to be able to remove the light, so what we're going to use, this little thing here is basically like a rivet with threads. What we're going to do is we're going to drill a hole and we're going to sink that down in, and we're going to use a tool to shrink it so it bites up against the underneath and the top side of our deck. Then, this will screw in on the top, and then when he wants to take it out, he can pull the bolt out. This'll stay on the deck of the boat, he can remove his light. I'm going to start with a pilot hole. Once you get the hole to the correct size, you're just going to put your sleeve down inside. This'll be our hardware. You can see our sleeve's not moving. It's not coming out. Now, we're going to repeat that same thing for the other hole.Because our customer wants to be able to remove it, the bolts that fit those sleeves are not made for the light, or for this foot. The bolts that come with it would fit down in there, and you would just tighten the nut on the bottom, you wouldn't have to worry about getting a wrench on it. Since he wants to be able to remove it, this head has to sit above this, or else you can't get a wrench on it. So what we're going to do is we're going to put a flat washer on it, and then we're going to take the nut from the bolt that comes in the kit, and we're going to slide it on like that. Then, when we thread it down into the sleeve, gives us enough room to get a wrench on it.Next, I'm going to mount my plug. I think I'm going to mount it right here, that way the other red that connects into there is right close to the light. That'll be a good spot for it. Just going to use the cap here, make sure if I put the cover on there, it's going to fit. That's going to work good. Right about there. That'll give me my center. Now, I'm going to remove my light and then drill my hole. I'm going to take this side and go ahead and put this bolt in to make sure I don't get anything stuck inside there on the threads. Start with the pilot hole. Now, I'm going to take an 1-1/8" hole saw bit to make my hole. Now, even though it's aluminum, I'm going to go ahead and take a black paint marker. I'm just going to cover up that open metal there. You can spray paint it if you want to.Next, we need to get our wire up through this hole. Before we do that, we need to make sure we put on this ring so that when we put our plug in, this will sandwich the two on the deck of our boat. We're going to go ahead and just slide that on down on the hole. I'm going to take some air line tube, feed it through to here. Now I'll just take my wire, throw a little bit of tape on it to hold it on there, and pull it up through the hole. Just like that. Now, one thing I did that we need to do is we need to make sure, because this is a compartment, putting life jackets and stuff, we need to make sure that our wire is not pulled up tight, so we can store stuff in there. I'm going to lay it in the rib that runs along the floor, and take a marker. I'm going to mark where I'm going to cut it. That way, I can pull it up, cut my wire here when I put my plug on, I'll push this down in there like that, and then I'll have plenty of extra wire under there. I can tuck it up against the wall, or in the rib, or wherever, so it's out of the way.Now I'm going to go ahead and cut my wire. Now, for my wires that are going to be up here, the green and white wire, I'm not going to be using, because we capped them off at the other end. I'm just going to cut them right here. They're going to be underneath the deck, they're not going to get wet, so I'll go ahead and run some tape around that. We'll go ahead and strip back our wires. Now, we're going to put our negative into terminal one, and our positive wire into terminal two. On the back of our plug, it's marked. The wire's connected, we'll go ahead and grab our plug down in our hole, and then we'll reach under there and put the ring on the bottom of our plug.Now that we have our plug in, we're going to reinstall our light. The legs on there are going to come with little rubber feet. Take this bolt and just push it through. Then we're going to line up the hole and we'll thread it right down into the sleeve. As far as the other end of the plug that you mounted to the light, you just want to make sure that you connect your ground and your power wire into the same ports that you have into the plug itself, so that they match. Negative was in one, positive was in number two. I've gone ahead and hooked my power and ground up to the back before I cut my switch off, gone ahead and hooked my power and ground up to the battery.What I want to do is make sure that everything I have ran from here on out makes the light work. That way, when I cut this wire and I hook it to the switch I have on the dash, we know if there's an issue it's somewhere in the dash. You can see we have power going to our switch that comes with our kit. When I turn it on, it goes to green. Now, we've determined, through testing, that our blue wire is going to be the power going to our switch, so that's the wire we're going to be using to go to our light switch on our dash. Our black and our white wire are going to be the ground and the power for the LED lights on this switch, which we're not going to be using. We'll go ahead and cut all these. With all of them done, I'm just taping off my black and white wire that I'm not going to be using.I strip back my wire, and I have a spade connector. I'm going to go ahead, because this wire's so thin, and double it over, and make sure we get a good connection on it. Go ahead and connect it to my switch. Now, before I screw my dash back in, I'm going to go ahead and hook my negative and ground back up. Now, we turn our light switch on, and it's working correctly. That'll do it for the look at and and installation on the MaxxTow Off-Road Light Bar, part number MT80631.

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