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Old 09-27-2010, 10:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I use my Suzuki mostly for hunting and I'm therefore either going out in the dark or coming home in the dark. I'd like to have some more light than the stock headlights. What would be the best way to do this?

Front bumper mounted?

Overhead?

Door frame?

Increase stock headlights?

Any experience here appreciated.
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I like to have some high mounted lights because they enable you to see into the dips and holes that are normally in shadow with the stock headlights. My Vit lights are roof mounted and set back a little to prevent glare off the bonnet, they work well. On my SJ413K I have spot mounts on the roll bar but they are really too far back to be effective.
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Front bumper mounted?

Overhead?

Door frame?

Increase stock headlights?

Any experience here appreciated.
All of the above.
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Don't forget a good set of LED's (waterproof) or cheap utility lights for underneath.
They make it easy for the spotter if you get into some rough stuff at night, or gives you some daytime to fix problems that suck the life out of the night time...
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they have HID kits for offroad use.. they're kinda spendy, but an HID in a reflector housing will basically turn everything around you into daylight. I have halogen lamps mounted on the front window frame. That way they're high enough to see over lower obstacles, close enough for me to manually adjust while driving (driver side anyway) and they don't get in the way when I want to strap stuff to my top. Other things to consider are if you go though a lot of brush or run up against the occasional rock, you don't want a light sticking out where it can be torn off or smashed.

That ground LED lighting sounds like a great Idea Bill, I guesse they aren't just for ground scraping pimptastic rides anymore.
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I'm liking the idea of high lights to shine on dips and such. I'm going over pretty familiar territory most of the time, but I need to watch out for cattle, deer, antelope on the road.

Can you recommend a particular light bar?

Now, what about electricity? From using the Search function, it looks like I'll need to upgrade my alternator in order to run additional lights. Yeah?
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Suzuki had a facory lightbar (aftermarket option) that mounted to the upper portions of the targa side panels.

But you may not have to go with a whole bar... Take a look at these brackets. You may be able to build your own. They mount directly to the windshield just above the glass using the stock screws that are already there for the windshield fold-down kit.





Here is a review article I wrote awhile back about two different styles of brackets.
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And here is another option from ZOR (Zuks Off Road)...


I like it because it has a stronger base and it can cover alot of area that usually gets rusted out.



It also has some mirror mounts built in so you can remove the doors without losing the mirrors.

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But you may not have to go with a whole bar... Take a look at these brackets.
I like the lower bracket lights and I was going to order their ABS panels anyway, so maybe I'll just combine the order. As much as I like the high lights, your comment about the metal flexing tells me they might not work as well for me as my driving is pretty bumpy. I think I'd also like to be able to adjust the lights easily, too.

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in reply to your question about the alternator. It depends on what lights you run. Xenon HID's have a lower amp draw than the stock lighting. Halogen has a higher power draw. If you have other things that are sucking power then you may want a different alternator.
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