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Wagon is looking pretty good man. I like the aux lights. That's a fitting and no doubt memorable pic of the church. A little glimpse of solace in this time of mourning...and hopefully healing. Good luck to you guys. I've thought of your post often as we have small kids and it's reminded me of how lucky I am. 

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Added a roof bar to the basket for upcoming off road/long road trips.

Included quick disconnects so I can easily unplug and remove either the light or whole basket from the harness without much hassle.
I'm not so sure how I feel about it being up so high, so might adjust its position.

 

Also put a new rear wiper arm on, looks like the PO had rigged the original one to "work" at some point. 

 

 

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4 hours ago, RobT5M said:

Added a roof bar to the basket for upcoming off road/long road trips...

Did you consider removing the MAXXHAUL air deflector and putting the light bar in its place? That way your profile would be lower. The deflector's not going to do much with the light bar mounted right above it anyway. 

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19 hours ago, tighe said:

Did you consider removing the MAXXHAUL air deflector and putting the light bar in its place? That way your profile would be lower. The deflector's not going to do much with the light bar mounted right above it anyway. 

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Definitely one of the idea's im playing with.  
I wanted to just get it mounted and wired up, this weekend ill be playing with different locations, either at the deflector, maybe just under/infront of it, or resting directly above it.  

 

For now, its at least wired up, got the quick connects situated for easy removal of either the light itself or the basket and light (which everything will be coming off once lights are set up how I want since there is no need for the basket during the summer lol we're not going to be camping anytime soon), need to get a move on running the switch where I want, for that I need to drop the dome light and the sunroof motor cover to see how much room I have to play with right there.

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i like it - now you can blind all the rear squat florida trucks! - im starting to think you need the euro polive livery vinyl on this bad boy ;)

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On 6/29/2021 at 9:08 AM, gmsgltr said:

i like it - now you can blind all the rear squat florida trucks! - im starting to think you need the euro polive livery vinyl on this bad boy ;)

I mean I am totally throwing one on the rear too now just to blind people...... I mean.... use it as a camping light for set up in the dark if needed. 

Realistically though, im pretty surprised by just how bright this one was, got it on prime day for $30 so did not expect much of anything to come out of it.   Combined with those HID spot lights in the front and yeahhhhhh, I dont think im going to have any issues driving on some mountain roads or dark back roads again.

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7 hours ago, Zappo said:

I did that, although I don't have the map lights.  Did you do the rear seat lights as well?

Not yet, that's either tonight s or tomorrow nights quick mod.
I was surprised how bright these were lol, unlocked the car this morning like usual at 5am, went to open the door and was like dam thats bright as hell.

It's been a struggle lately with the 4th coming up, first 4th without my dad and we were planning on having a little one so mentally im exhausted, so im trying to push through by doing small projects on the wagon.

Ordered a bunch of misc wiring stuff and other little things that will be here tomorrow, need to drill out the sunroof motor cap to fit a voltage gauge and 3 switches.

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Couple updates.

Reran the front wiring for easy of access and to set up the quick connects so im not splicing everytime I want to run it through a car wash or even hand wash easier.

Cut the wires off, then used an end mill to remove the wiring on the inside of the plugs I want to use as covers for when lights are not installed. 

Also made "covers" this morning for the roof light wiring, need to loom that wire to protect it from the sun, which ill do this weekend once I figure out where the loom went in the garage...... lol

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Also since I wont be needing it for awhile (Who camps in the middle of the summer in Florida... Oh yeah me, but not this year).
Did a wind noise reduction mod and installed hangers in the garage for the roof basket lol.

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Thanks to the amazing @gilber33 I can now see things that are not otherwise known.

 

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I can also do things I wanted to add for a quarter of the price.

Volvo wants $200 for the fog light turn on, + $150 for the auto lock feature.
Vdash is only $45 ea.      Need to get Vida working but was having issues with it so using VDash for now.
Will likely pick up a battery tender, stick it in the garage and crack the CEM at some point next month.

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Till then, shenanigans.

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23 hours ago, apeacock said:

I didn't know Vdash was thing. that's neat. 

I didn't know it was a thing either until a local told me about it. 
Then found out you can Crack the CEM using it, which will definitely be happening next month.

5 hours ago, gilber33 said:

Glad someone could use it instead of it sitting on a shelf. :tup:

Not sure how many times I can tell you thanks but I definitely appreciate it.
It will definitely be getting a good bit of use, especially with all those non CEL throwing codes that came up.

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