I added a 10 meter / 11 meter radio to my truck. I have been a huge fan of the HR2510 sense I was a teen in the late 80's when I had one. I found one for a good price in great shape on ebay and had to have it. However, there is no simple way to install it so I cut and welded myself some custom mounts to install the radio and antenna. I did my best to make it as clean of an install as I could. The radio is powered by my 2nd battery. Antenna match is spot on and so far the radio works great. I might even get my ham license again. But we will see on that. I should add that up in the backwoods of Maine (where I live) there is often no cell service. This is the best way to keep in touch with people when you are offroad. Most times it is the only way.
1st picture is with my normal back up lights as seen through the camera. I should say I have LED bulbs in the factory lights and I have 2 extra backup lights built into my headache rack but they are not super bright. 2nd picture is with the normal backup lights and my new Aux lights on. 3rd picture is with everything on right up against my garage. The camera just adjusts to the higher light level.
I finished installing my rear and side aux lights for Camping and Plowing. The side lights are 3,700lm and each has its own switch to control it. Facing rear I have a 16,000lm light on the headache rack and 2 4,800lm lights in the bumper. The rear light can be used in one of 2 ways. 1st is with a switch in the overhead. The 2nd is when the cargo lights are turned on these rear aux lights will come on. So if the cargo lights are left on these lights will go on and off with the backup lights. I installed a waterproof switch under the left bed rail that turns off the aux lights so I can use the stock cargo lights without being blinded. Regardless of how the aux lights are switched they are powered by the 2nd battery I installed so I have no fear of killing the truck's battery by using them with the truck off. I went out of my way to install the switches in such a way that they look somewhat factory. Or at the very least don't look too tacky. I now have more light facing backward than forward as you can see in the pictures. I would like to add an LED light bar inside the grill but this being a 2017 I can't find one that will fit. Tho when I did all the wiring for this system I did install a switch and wiring for a forward light bar should I find a way. This is a complete stand along electrical system that only ties into the trucks system in 2 places. One is by way of a battery crossover with isolator and the other is a signal line from the cargo lights. My hope is that the dealer will not give me a hard time if I have a warranty issue in the future.
Thank you very much. Funny I see a few other guys around town that you can tell really take care of their trucks and I wonder if they are on this forum. Us Mainahs need to stick together HAHA. The controller just runs the bar light. It has 28 different patterns. It can also turn off the front or back part of the bar as needed. I am a big fan of the Magnum rack also. Man, they are not cheap tho. Did you know they are made in Waterville? I made my own mounts for the light because I was not sure how I wanted it to sit. I need to make a small change to them so the light does not have that slight tilt up in the front. I went back and forth for 6 months on putting a plow on mine also. In the end, I was sick of snow blowing and just did it. This last storm reminded me why I did it and I am glad I did. I started a thread about adding a plow to a 1500 when I was trying to decide if I wanted too or not. There are some good posts from members that could be of help to you. They were to me.
Added a beacon to my truck. I decided if I was going to do it I was going to do it right. I hid the controller so I don't have to look at it when I am not using it. I also mounted the light in such a way that I can unhook it and pop it off the truck in a few minutes when spring comes. Funny thing is I just did an 800-mile road trip and this light cost me about 1.5 MPG!
Great info. Thank you for sharing I use MS Paint to resize mine. I drop them 50% and it works fine. Oh and congrats on your plow. We are getting 20" here tomorrow. I will post how it goes.
Oh, I forgot to post. Today it was 65 deg here (Crazy warm for us this time of year, people were in shorts today). I had the plow on. I took it to the DIY carwash to wash the salt off it. I drove around with it on before because I had a few places I needed to go. The truck water temp never went above 210 deg. Just an FYI.
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