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just got these lights for my birthday and wanting to hook them up to a switch that is on the dash next to the 4 wheel drive button. what all will i need and is there any wiring options you can help a newbie out with. i plan on going out wensday night and actually seeing if the cord is even long enough. i am wanting to put them on the back facing towards the bed high about were the doors and back windows meet. thanks in advance for any help

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The best way is to wire it through a relay. You’ll need to run down to the auto parts store and pick up a few things. Get one of these universal bosch style relays;
Dorman Conduct-Tite! 84601 - Relay | O'Reilly Auto Parts

While you’re there, you’ll also need a couple of inline fuses. One to protect the relay and lights, and one to protect the on/off dash switch. Pick whichever fuse holder style you like, and just match the rated amps of the lights for the fuse, and then match the rated amps of the switch for that fuse.

You’ll of course need some wire. I defaulted to 12 gauge for the red positive wire for most of my accessories, and 16 gauge for the black negative wire. It’s probably overkill for what you’re wiring, but I like overkill :witless:

You’ll need a dash switch. There are tons of different kinds of on/off switches you can use. I personally would order one of these to match your current factory rocker switches;
OTRATTW :: Switch w/Rocker :: Contura X :: Lighting

You’ll need all the appropriate wiring components (crimp connectors and terminals, heat shrink tubing, electrical tape, wire loom)

Here’s a wiring diagram I pulled off the net to use as a guide. It’s a good idea to test everything first before you wire it all up in your Ranger. If you’ve never wired anything using a relay, it can be a little intimidating. I know, I was just there not too long ago :peaceful: It’s really pretty simple though.

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Although you can run your lights through a relay as AK-B outlines, in this particular case, it is not necessary. The purpose of a relay is to protect the switch from having to handle too many amps (and possibly preventing a fire!). Most switches (nearly all from OTRATTW) can handle 15 or 20 amps, depending on the switch. In your case, each light draws 2.25 amps for a total of 4.5 amps total - well within the limits of nearly any switch. Skipping the relay will simplify the wiring considerably. For future reference, when you decide an which big light bar you want (and you know you will!!!), AK-B's schematic is the way to go!!
 

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I got the same lights on mine their really nice. And have them wire threw the switch like forde stated that's the easy way I've had no problems
 

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I used a Marine illuminated rocker switch. Ran everything exactly as shown on AK-Bandit's diagram except with no relay and I used 16ga. wire for everything...Great illustration.. Will work perfectly....


The best way is to wire it through a relay. You’ll need to run down to the auto parts store and pick up a few things. Get one of these universal bosch style relays;
Dorman Conduct-Tite! 84601 - Relay | O'Reilly Auto Parts

While you’re there, you’ll also need a couple of inline fuses. One to protect the relay and lights, and one to protect the on/off dash switch. Pick whichever fuse holder style you like, and just match the rated amps of the lights for the fuse, and then match the rated amps of the switch for that fuse.

You’ll of course need some wire. I defaulted to 12 gauge for the red positive wire for most of my accessories, and 16 gauge for the black negative wire. It’s probably overkill for what you’re wiring, but I like overkill :witless:

You’ll need a dash switch. There are tons of different kinds of on/off switches you can use. I personally would order one of these to match your current factory rocker switches;
OTRATTW :: Switch w/Rocker :: Contura X :: Lighting

You’ll need all the appropriate wiring components (crimp connectors and terminals, heat shrink tubing, electrical tape, wire loom)

Here’s a wiring diagram I pulled off the net to use as a guide. It’s a good idea to test everything first before you wire it all up in your Ranger. If you’ve never wired anything using a relay, it can be a little intimidating. I know, I was just there not too long ago :peaceful: It’s really pretty simple though.

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i am wanting to put them on the back facing towards the bed high about were the doors and back windows meet.
You will want them higher than bed height - think closer to the top of the roll bar but below the roof line (for protection). There are a couple of brackets on the rear of the roll bar with holes in them already - it makes a good mounting point.
 

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The good thing about a rely is the switched power source, meaning the lights won't turn on with the ignition switch off. This is good just in case you leave the switch on and it kills the battery. Remember, kids like to play with switches and if its during the day time, you may not notice. You could also wire them to come on when you place the unit in reverse with a relay.
 
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