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Date Registered: 02-2004
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Hi Guys,

The roof lights project has now been completed.

The auto electrician has done a perfect job today when he re-wired the lights and fitted the weather strip back on the roof racks.

No more bulky plugs to be seen coming from the lights either.

They look perfect now I think.



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Nice, tidy install. Looks sharp emoticon

Now, you just need to cut a hole in the roof, right below the lights, to install the Pana Sun Screen emoticon

That way, when the wife "hit's the roof" she'll get some fresh air, which will help her calm down emoticon

Cheers mate.

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hehehe Roger, that's a good one. Don't worry about the wife, am sure she has hit her head a few times and the exy is still unscared. emoticon

I think it's Jalal's head you need to be more concerned about as I think a chome frying pan over his head is the next chrome addition he will be getting.

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hehehe, Roger, through-out the modifications and additions that I've been implementing to my exy, the hardest part was "confession time" when I front my wife-up, so I kept working hard on my approach stories before giving my wife the shock after each mod, the latest of which is I park the car in the driveway (before she sees it) and walk inside the house with a huge smile on my face and ask the wife "Honey, is there anything you would like me to help you with around the house or with the kids?" emoticon

As soon as I say that, she goes out to see what I have added to the exy, if the mod is BIG, the list of things to do goes bigger too LOL

Hitting the roof is the last thing she'll do, as she gets too busy asking me about the mods "where and when did you get this? and that one, was it there before??... and so on"

The "twins" have not been noticed yet! I'm really surprised. It's a secret my 7 year old and I share now. hehehehe

Noel: I thought I asked for your help and encouragement to "give-up" the chrome habit, but I see you're not being too helpful now by giving me MORE ideas LOL


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New roof mount spotties. [Pics included]


Posted by hiimkam - Moved from another thread
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Just finished installing my roof mount spotties on my exy.
they look fantastic emoticon

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$78 from supercheap and a carton of grog for a mate who made the bar...
cheap as chips.

It started one day when I saw a pootrol with roof mounts...
I was in the car with my mate who is a vehicle body builder, he offered to make a bar @ his work and I took him up on the offer.

It takes very similar shape to our stock roof racks. Just made of 4mm steel bar and painted matte black.

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The spotties i picked up from super cheap, 110W hallogens and before you question their quality, a light is a light, their really isn't much to go wrong. Besides the bar had ample strength to support and bumps and what not in offroad situations.

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As for the wiring, I set up a relay and switch combo, with the signal switch attached to the highbeam active wire. I also mounted a switch in the cabin that disables the lights, even with the highbeams on, it simply opens the circuit at the signal wire, so the relay receives no signal.

Then I poked the wires through a grommet in the firewall (still a mother of a job to do) and run them under the passenger side kickplate, up the column, then cut a small hole in the roof upholstery under the panel that has the seatbelt anchor point on it.

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From their the wires come up through the roof racks under the rails to the outside of the car. To allow the bar to be detachable, I picked up some terminal points from smith [the swear filter picks up mr. smith's first name so im sure you all know the electrical store/Australian icon im talking aboutemoticon] and installed them onto the wires.

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Then this is the finished product

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Along with the sunroof and a spud gun, its the perfect combination for late night bunny hunting emoticon

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Now: '03 Ti-L, man, 4 x sca 110W roofmount spotties, audiobahn amp, 12' pioneer sub, K&N filter, navman s45. SOON: dunlop grandtreks, black rims, nudge bar, custom exhaust, dump pipe.
Then: Corolla 4AGZE @136.5hp@wheels


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Nicely done Cam, but the wiring could have been concealed a bit more to give it that neat and professional look.

You seem to be fascinated with exposed wiring LOL emoticon

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Yeh that was for photographical purposes, usually its tied up under the roof bar out of sight, i detached them to hang down and get a clear pic to show the terminal plugs...

as for the exposed wiring quip, i took pictures and stuff pre completion, my corolla was the same, then i go back a finish/tidy up things later.
but i love it how you always pick the flaw/s in everyone's work, especially less experienced x-trailers such as myself emoticon

thanks for the feedback

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Cam,

How are the wires run from the engine bay to the roof and did you use relays for these spotties?

I pick the flaws because once it is out there to be shared and shown to everyone, it'd better be right to avoid mistakes from happening again and this applies to me as well if someone picks a slight error or suggests a better way of doing it. Isn't this what our forum is about?? sharing experience and knowledge?

As you can see I've done this mod years ago, so am only sharing with you based on first hand knowledge.

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How are the wires run from the engine bay to the roof



talked about that bout half way through.
through the firewall with the airflow sensor and others, to just behind the glove box (the grommet you suggested for the amp wires before), under the kick plate on the passenger side, up the column, through the roof upholstery, then under the roof rails youl find theres a hole where screws for the racks bolt into the chassis/car, i drilled that hole out a bit bigger (using a small - 4mm - drill bit so the screws still attach on securely)

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and did you use relays for these spotties?



yes. i bought a wiring kit that catered for 2 spotties, bought an extra relay that doubled the amp rating of the existing kit under advice from a relative (auto electrician) - i cant remember the rating before you ask... and used that to power all 4.

on that topic, i can imagine because im powering all 4 with wiring that caters for only 2, i can potentially get more bightness out of them with alternative wiring cant i?
altough i think their bright enough atm, considering they are bighter than my headlights on highbeam when standing front on...
but im guessing theres room for improvement yeh?

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Excellent Cam, you have actually run the wires much better than I did when I tucked them in behind the rubber weather strip of the front windscreen. Well done!

Removing the roof lining is not an easy task.

I used 2 relays as far as I can remember to power-up all 4 spotties and they were divided to feed 2 spotties each, so yes, in your case, this can be improved for better light output and to spread the load evenly across all 4 lights.

Happy Hunting emoticon

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