Nick Roberts Global Rally Team sponsored by GTR Lighting

nick roberts rally team

Nick Roberts, driver of car #202 – a 2013 Subaru STi Super Production rally car, has been a member of the GTR Lighting sponsorship family since 2012 – the first year Nick entered rally! Nick Roberts Global Rally Team travels the United States competing in the Rally America Championship. He competes against the clock on closed-off sections of real roads that are usually unpaved and unforgiving. (ie. Gravel logging roads, mountain passes, well groomed forest roads) Events can last several days and cover hundreds of miles through rain, snow, day or night. This extreme test of skill, speed and endurance is what makes rally racing the world’s premiere and most exciting motor sport, one that is quickly growing in North America.

nick roberts rally team

Check out this amazing video to get a feel for who Nick Roberts is and what rally events are.

 

Jeep Wrangler JW Speaker 8700 Evo 2 and 6145 Install, Fog Lights and Headlights

We recently came across this product install of the 7″ Round JW Speaker 8700 Evo 2’s and 6145 Fog Lights in a Jeep Wrangler. Keep reading to see how this Wrangler owner did the project.

Re-posted from the Jeep Forum. Write-up and pictures by user Andyjr on www.jeepforum.com.

I ordered my lights from Headlight Revolution and I ordered them as their kit. The kit comes with the anti-flicker harness for the 8700 Evo’2 and the 6145’s come with 2 adapter harnesses. When I call Headlight Revolution I had a couple questions and Anthony was very willing to help me with anything I asked him. When I ordered the lights I was told that the lights were on back-order and should be in the first week of January. Anthony held true to his words and my 6145’s were shipped from his location and the Evo 2’s were drop shipped from JW Speaker. Both arrived at my house on the same day, I was happy about that.

JW Speaker LED Lights for jeep

Since I was pulling the stock lights out I wanted to do a couple things before installing my new lights. First I painted my headlight trim rings black so they wouldn’t stand out on the new black headlight. Next came putting on the horizontal alignment screws that Jeep felt we didn’t need. The alignments screws part # 550781144aa were pretty easy to install and well worth the $5.00.

jeep head light trim rings jeep headlight bracket

The install was very simple and everything was “Plug & Play”. The headlights hooked right up to the anti-flicker harness and then I zip-tied the harness behind the headlight housing. Painting the trim ring looks good against the black headlight compared to the chrome. The only problem I had with the headlight install was dropping one of the little screws and being unable to find it.

JW Speaker LED headlights in jeep 2

The fogs were also a “Plug & Play” install. Ordering the lights from Headlight Revolution made it simple, they installed a plug on the 6145’s before sending them to me. No cutting or splicing the wires and their adapter harnesses make it a clean install.

jeep led fog light harness adaptor
jeep with jw speaker LED headlights and fog lights jw speaker 8700 evo 2 installed in jeep

 

All of these products and the other Jeep Wrangler specific install parts are available from Headlight Revolution here.

2002 – 2006 Dodge Ram 9007 LED Headlight Kit Install Writeup – DIY How To

For a long time it was known that the only way to do a plug and play lighting upgrade on the 2002 – 2006 Dodge Ram was to either use higher power halogen bulbs, or an HID conversion kit with a bunch of extra parts like resistors, a relay harness and capacitors. Because of this every time I heard about someone working on one I would get scared and not even want to help with it – it is an AWFUL install! Now with the invention of LED conversion kit bulbs and CANBUS modules for them, we decided to give this difficult vehicle a shot to see if we could install LED conversion kit bulbs easier in a 2003 Dodge Ram with 9007 headlight bulbs. Doing this install (once wired properly) proved to be a truly plug and play experience with no flickering and no “LAMP OUT” warning on the dash!

Using a GTR Lighting LED Conversion Kit and the matching CANBUS module we were able to get LED headlights installed pretty easily!

Using a GTR Lighting LED Conversion Kit and the matching CANBUS module we were able to get LED headlights installed pretty easily!

This particular truck was dated September of 2003 and used 9007 bulbs.

The first step was to get the new LED bulbs to actually fit inside the housing! Because the base of the bulb that holds the fan and heat sink is so much larger than the original bulb we had to use a bench grinder and shave about .25 inches off of the gray plastic retaining ring to allow everything to seat correctly. This took a few minutes and just took a little off at a time, tested it and kept doing that until it all fit together nicely.

The LED bulb comes apart. There's the bulb adapter that comes off and is secured to the housing by the gray plastic retaining ring, and the entire bulb assembly. We had to modify the plastic retainer before the new LED bulb would fit in place like the original.

The LED bulb comes apart. There’s the bulb adapter that comes off and is secured to the housing by the gray plastic retaining ring, and the entire bulb assembly. We had to modify the plastic retainer before the new LED bulb would fit in place like the original.

The 9007 LED Headlight Conversion kit bulbs are much larger on the back side than the original 9007 halogen bulbs.

The 9007 LED Headlight Conversion kit bulbs are much larger on the back side than the original 9007 halogen bulbs.

After getting the bulbs to seat properly in the housing we took the GTR Lighting CANBUS module for 9007 out of the packaging and hooked it up straight away and the capacitor inside the module popped! The module actually exploded!! I’m not kidding – a little pop, some wet stuff came out and the little thing stunk to high heaven and smoked for a second. This wasn’t all too surprising though since when you hook a capacitor up backwards it will explode. That’s exactly what happened – the capacitor inside was wired wrong for this truck and exploded. So, after that excitement we took a new set of 9007 CANBUS modules and re-wired them so that everything looked like this:

 

This is how the bulb was installed: The CANBUS module is between the bulb and the vehicle harness.

This is how the bulb was installed: The CANBUS module is between the bulb and the vehicle harness.

This is the connector going from the 9007 LED Headlight into the 9007 CANBUS module. We had to change these wires around to make them work.

This is the connector going from the 9007 LED Headlight into the 9007 CANBUS module. These wires were correct from GTR Lighting.

This is the connector back side of the 9007 LED CANBUS module input. We had to change these wires around to make them work.

This is the connector back side of the 9007 LED CANBUS module input. We had to change these wires around to make them work.

This is the connector back side of the 9007 LED CANBUS module output that plugs into the factory wiring. We had to change these wires around to make them work.

This is the connector back side of the 9007 LED CANBUS module output that plugs into the factory wiring. We had to change these wires around to make them work.

Just for reference sake, here's what the back side of the original factory connector looked like.

Just for reference sake, here’s what the back side of the original factory connector looked like.

 

So, all in all we got it to work after thinking about it and how to re-wire the CANBUS modules, and they’re definitely brighter than the stock headlights. Because they are LED they should be more reliable also.

Here you can see the new GTR Lighting LED bulb in the headlight housing.

Here you can see the new GTR Lighting LED bulb in the headlight housing.

Here's a final install shot showing the new 9007 LED Headlights from GTR Lighting in high beam mode.

Here’s a final install shot showing the new 9007 LED Headlights from GTR Lighting in high beam mode.