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Finally mostly finished with the Lucrum mount and winch install. The whole process was way easier than I thought it would be. Taking the bumper cover off was an adventure and I broke both of the corner blocks in the process so that was an extra 50 bucks and a day waiting for replacements but no big deal.

One challange I did face was I wanted to keep my Defiant light bar. At first glance I thought it would be no problem, the brackets mount to the same studs as the OEM bumper and since the Lucrum mount replaces the bumper on these same studs I figured I was OK. Unfortunately, for the Lucrum to line up correctly, the brackets needed to be in front of the flanges on the mount rather than behind like they were on the bumper. No worries, I took it up to Paul Fox at Defiant in Orange and he modified the brackets to fit perfectly, 30 bucks and I was in business.

My biggest concern was how easy/difficult it was going to be to trim the plastic bumper where it meets the mount. I was sure I would screw that up. I was happy to find that it cut easily with a utility knife and came out very clean.

The winch installation was super quick and easy, probobly less than an hours work. Only issue was where to mount the control box. Space is tight inside the mount itself partly because of the light bar so that was out. The cables are short so that was a limitation as well. I am OK with what i ended up with but will explore options down the road. Will need to buy longer cables to get it where I really want it.

Anyway, here are some pics along with some of my new N-fab light bar and lights




 

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Looks good sir. I like the light bar, with the corners covered. I haver a lot of problems at night seeing things in that area. Some one was thinking when they made that bar.
 

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Thats Nice man! Giving me ideas for the future! Its even more of an idea since I know that it will work with my defiant bar!
 

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Rick....A few Questions....

Are the Front LOWER lights wired?

How do you want to do the TOPS....2 outside angled ones on a switch and the 3 centers on a switch....
 

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FJVP said:
Rick....A few Questions....

Are the Front LOWER lights wired?

How do you want to do the TOPS....2 outside angled ones on a switch and the 3 centers on a switch....
I heard he wanted a switch for every single rooftop light. :eek:
 

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Tim,

The fronts were wired, but not anymore. It was pretty much a hack job that needed to be updated.

You got it right, one switch for the top center three, one switch for the top outer two and one switch for the front two.

Hmmmm, a switch for every light, can a man have too many switches in his rig?...

JK
 

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Tim,

Hijacking my own thread here.

Did you go with an auxilliary fuse box along with your dual battery setup?

I am thinking of going that route considering the three different runs to lights plus the winch.

What do you think?
 

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Fjamming said:
Looks great Rick. Really like the roof light setup too. :)
Thanks Tony, and thanks for the tip on the good deal for the lights at costco.
 

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Tim,

Hijacking my own thread here.

Did you go with an auxilliary fuse box along with your dual battery setup?

I am thinking of going that route considering the three different runs to lights plus the winch.

What do you think?
Although the FJ has the ability to handle some additional electrical, I wanted the extra piece of mind.

I ran a 7 circut boss (painless) that I got from Larry at Dirty Parts. It has 4 key side hot and 3 constant hots. I have my winch hooked up directly to the aux battery. I ran my CB and all roof top lights plus my fogs to the key side hot through the circut boss. I still have 3 constant hots available for future use.

The only thing still connected to the stock battery is the 520 driving lights which was the first thing I had before the dual battery set up. I just left those there instead of the painful task of re wiring it because it has a inline fuse and its close proximity to the stock battery eliminates additional wiring back to the circut boss.

I highly recommend a circut boss for piece of mind not to mention no overloads.

Short answer....Yes I would get one.
 

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I agree with Tim. Along with the winch, wired an extra 6 sided fuse block to the dual battery kit I purchased from Dirty Parts - all constant hot. 4 12V adapters, 1 for the CB, 1 for the Waeco portable fridge, with 2 spares left over. The rooftop lights are wired to the remaining slots on the fuse block. The main reasoning was I did not want to mess with the OEM wiring too much. Didn't want to give Toyota any additional reason to deny warranty coverage should any electrical related issues arise. My PIAA 580s on the bumper are wired to the main battery, with the relay being powered by an add-a-fuse. Plan on changing this out sometime in the future.
 
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