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Old 12-19-2005, 01:23 PM
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Alright, in my other thread and in PM's people have asked about how I installed the lights behind the grille. So, I uploaded some pics that will give you a better idea of what I did.

You will need a billet grille (or something similar that requires you to cut the stock shell) to be able to have enough room to bolt the brackets for the lights to the header panel.

Obviously, first step is to remove the grille.....4 screws at the top and 4 clips at the bottom hold it to the header panel.

I made the brackets out of 1/8" thick 3" wide steel plate that I cut to the proper length to bolt to the header panel and not hit the AC. Then I sprayed them with rubberized undercoating:


Then I bolted the brackets to the header panel and secured the light brackets to them:


Then installed the lights (Hella 500s are what I used) to the mounting brackets:


After that it's just doing all the wiring and reinstalling the grille.

Here's the finished product after the grille is back on:



Any other questions let me know.
Hope this helps out anybody wondering how I did the install and wanting to do something similar
 

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Old 12-19-2005, 01:55 PM
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I'm sure you considered several different ones... but which lights did you ultimately pick and why?
 
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Old 12-19-2005, 02:03 PM
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Thanks for the pics DC
 
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Old 12-19-2005, 02:28 PM
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The lights are Hella 500s. The center two are driving lamps, the outer two are clear fogs. I chose them due to their relatively low cost (approx. $75 a pair..complete with wiring harness, relay and lighted rocker switch) and good quality. The driving lamps are nice for their bright, narrow beam pattern that throws the light forward a good distance. The fogs provide a nice wide beam pattern closer to the truck.
I had installed a pair of the Hella 500 driving lamps like this on a SD a month or so before I did mine.....I liked how they turned out so much I decided to do it to my truck.

Now, if I really wanted some serious light I would have gotten some HIDs

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Not a problem, glad to be of some help
 
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Old 12-20-2005, 12:11 AM
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Hi,

Very good info for future lighting needs... Thanks

I also like the lights in the bumper. Never seen anything like that, can you give a little more info please?

Thanks!
 
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Old 12-20-2005, 12:19 AM
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Hi,

Very good info for future lighting needs... Thanks

I also like the lights in the bumper. Never seen anything like that, can you give a little more info please?

Thanks!
I'll upload some pics of the bumper build and make a new post either tonight or tomorrow
 
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Old 07-24-2006, 05:50 PM
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I didn't see the post on the lights in the bumper. Those look super cool. What grille do you have, I'm looking for something like it. Does it obscure the Hella's light output much?
 
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Great pics man! i have that on my "LIST" of not to expensive mods, hahaha! LOOKS AWSOME!
 
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Is that same bumper that sells on ebay for $80.00 or so? A fiberglass one? Been contemplating that but want chrome.
 
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Old 07-24-2006, 08:56 PM
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Nice work !!!
 
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Great work! I added a link to your writeup in the Superduty Tech Folder, found here (stickied at the top of the forum):
https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/s...94#post3727094
 
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thise look great, what grill do you have? its not stock is it?
 
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Originally Posted by hang10
Is that same bumper that sells on ebay for $80.00 or so? A fiberglass one? Been contemplating that but want chrome.
No it is not. DCSpecial took a SD XL bumper and modded it.
 
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i feel strange bringing back an old thread but DC what kind of grille is that and did it come in black or did you have to paint or pc it?
 
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Nice work - and good job!
 

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