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Has anyone installed driving lights? Like the ones found on the Rallye. Wondered if there were any problems?

For those of you with a Rallye does there appear to be any special mounting plate inside the bumper that you can tell?

Thanks in advance,
Lew
 

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Good question...........but I would like to know if the Liberty roof lights could be installed on the Compass for the real offroad look ????
 

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I chose Hella 500 FF lights because of their size and the fact that they closely resemble the Compass headlights. I was going to use Piaa but I was struck by how closely the Hella FF looks like the factory lamps. That and they are about half the price of Piaa.



Mounting driving lights on the Compass presents several problems.

1) There is about an inch gap between the plastic overlay and the metal bracing of the bumper itself. This space is filled with foam.

2) The bolts that came with the lights itself are way too short to reach through the metal supports.

I drilled through the plastic and the top metal bracing and inserted a grade 5 bolt. The bolt is 4" long and barely fits between the two sections of horizontal bracing. I hollowed out some of the foam and inserted a number of washers to support the plastic. The bolt was inserted into bracket, through the plastic, the spacer, then the bracing and finally.....


I am sure someone can improve on my version.
 

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It sounds complicated...............I wonder how the Rally version is done ??

CL, Is it stable with your install ?
 

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Seems to be stable; I have not yet run the wiring I am waiting to see. The bolt for the original bracket has a square head to help keep the bracket from turning. I may spot weld the bracket to the bolt. Of course that means taking the whole thing apart again. If I had not used the washers under the plastic I would have had nothing to tighten against as I am sure I would have just deformed the plastic and foam.

If I had to do it over again I would have moved both lights toward the center by about 2". Being so far outward it was almost impossible to tighten the horizontal bolt that holds the light to the bracket. Learn from my mistake.

Upon reflection it would be much easier to assemble everything above the bumper then run the bolt through the bumper, the washers and then tighten it up. DUH...... Spot weld here I come.
 

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Spot welded the bracket to the 4" bolt. Did away with the washers and finally found a a inch long spacer to fill the void between plastic and steel frame.

Tightened everything up and I am finally happy with the stability. It will take a full head on collision to dislodge these lights.
 

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My compass has the rallye body kit but it sucks that I have to have them covered here in California. For aesthetic purposes it works though.
 

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Great picture there CL............they really do look sweet ...........did a hell of a good job !!!

Do they too change color ????? (LOL)
 

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CL, did you have to pull the bumper off to do this or do you just pull off the black plastic guard on the bottom of the bumper? I bought some lights to put on mine
 

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Did not remove a thing. However on the raylle edition and perhaps the North ed. there would be something to remove. Probably would have made it easier if I had but I have never been known to take the easy path.
 

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I actually read an article on http://site.justforjeeps.com/guide/82210706AE.pdf about it, aparantly there is a kit made for mounting the lights. All you need to do is drill a hole in the bumper, install a nutsert and spacer then screw the lights on. Not sure if I like this aproach, would be nice to not see anything when the lights are installed, but I do like the nutsert idea.
 

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My dealership offered to sell me one of these; they wanted about $50 for it. Would also had to buy or rent the rivnut tool.

This is the way they are mounted from the factory and is actually a clean look.

I do not understand the purpose of the 3/16" inch hole as I do not see anything attaching through it. There may be some type of flange on the bracket that is not illustrated. If that is the case and the hole is drilled a little off to the right or left that means that light would be permanently out of alignment.

Also note that you would have a 1.5" hole through the foam and resting directly on the metal bumper beam. Sounds like a well to hold water and road salts to me.
 

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That's what I was thinking, not sure what that's going to do to the foam and the metal. I do have access to the rivnut tool and an assortment of rivnuts at work. I'll have to do some thinking but I don't think there's any way to get around making a hole in the bumper.
 

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I found some nylon bushings at work that can potentially be used as spacers. They have a flat top larger than the bushing itself, so it's possible to use some automotive adhesive to seal the top and prevent as much water and salt to penetrate to the bumper. Maybe I can do a quick mockup and see if that's possible
 

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Ok, so here's what I'm thinking now. I sanded the top of the bushings completely flat. I'm going to prime, paint and clear the tops of them black. Drill a 1" hole in the bumper, prime the bare metal, and install a rivnut. Seal the spacer to the top of the bumper and bolt on the lights using an O-ring to keep water out of the bolt hole. I have a thing against rust. If it works it should be pretty water tight.
 

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no problem. I don't have the right size rivnut or hole saw at work so I'll have to go buy them yet.
 
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