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post #1 of 28 Old 03-31-2012, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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I've had my eye on some LED lighting for years now, even before I got my JK. It's no secret that I've spent gobs of $ on building this thing up, but I haven't spent anything on lighting so far. I've spent negligible amounts on what I'd call "cosmetic" mods. Most all of my mods have been something that's functional.

Anyway, I've been trying to sell my TeraFlex 3" lift that I took off to do my long arm and coilover upgrades and when curbsjeep offered me a 10" Specter and cash for my TF arms, I jumped on it.

I pulled the + & - wires out of the relay plug and I'll run them right into the sPOD. I don't have it hard wired yet, but I went out after dark to test it out and see just how bright these things really are and I have to say I'm definitely impressed.

I just might have to get a 50" later...


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Lets see some pics of it mounted.

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All in due time. I might get it up tonight. Otherwise, it'll probably be tomorrow.

I pulled the +/- wires out of the relay plug and I'm going to run it right into the sPOD so all I gotta do is drill a hole or two on the bumper and mount it, then run two wires to the sPOD and it'll be good.


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Get some cool night shots. Dude as high as you're cruising now I'd hate to be in front of you when you throw the switch!

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Heres one of a 50" and three 4" hidx

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Yeah, we can really make something out in that pic other than a BRIGHT LIGHT, Brian.

Anyway, I got my light hooked up, but now when the light is on, I can't pick up any radio stations. Hmmm....

What the heck could that mean?

I switch the light on... nothing but static on all stations.

I switch the light off... normal. Hmmm...

I should hook something up to the AUX input to see if that's affected, too, huh...

Night pics to follow as soon as, well, as soon as it's night.


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Nope. AUX input is not affected.


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Sounds like a bad ground.

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Sounds like a bad ground.
Really? I'm running it through the sPOD, but I'll check that the ground is down all the way.


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Anyway, now for the pics.

Low beams


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Rigid 10" Specter light bar


Rigid 10" Specter from head on


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Hey Brian
Call rigid about the interference with the radio they have a fix for that but you will have to send the light in for repair.
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Tim, what's the fix? The light is mine now.


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The circut board is a early model they have fixed the problem, and have a lifetime warranty I know they will take care of you!
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They sent me a return label. I'll be sending it in tomorrow for repair. Thanks, Tim.


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Dropped it off yesterday. Now the wait to see when I'll get it back. Rigid says it's about a week turnaround so I'll guess about 3 weeks since it's going ground both ways.


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Rigid Industries: Great Support!

Just a quick note to say that Rigid Industries has a well deserved reputation for being customer friendly.

My new 50" SR died a short while after installation and they got a new one out overnight (to Rebel). Actually, this has as much to do with Rebel Off Road's great service, too! Rebel got it to me by FedEx.

Anyhow, I've only had the one issue, but I think it's like anything with solid-state components -- once you are past the initial period that reveals manufacturing defects, you can expect a very long service period. Based on apparent build quality and what is on "paper" with Rigid, this will be especially true.

For anyone wondering about the 50", it is absolutely amazing. I'm only running the Single Row variety, but it's listed at 16K lumens! My D2s, Duallys, and 10" bar nicely fill the near-field void before the 50" does its magic starting about 50' out. I chose the "hybrid". It's obvious that the center elements are spot beams, the sides are a 20 deg flood.

For comparison, I recently saw a Chinese knockoff. You get what you pay for!
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Yeah, I've got my eye on that 50", but it'll be a while before I can justify that. I don't do enough night wheeling to need it.

I will probably add a set of Duallys on the edges of my front bumper to compliment the 10".

Are the D2's really worth the extra money over the "regular" duallys?


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Yeah, I've got my eye on that 50", but it'll be a while before I can justify that. I don't do enough night wheeling to need it.

I will probably add a set of Duallys on the edges of my front bumper to compliment the 10".

Are the D2's really worth the extra money over the "regular" duallys?
Yes.

I started off with a pair of Dually pods to replace my factory fog light function. If you have them as a spot driving beam, that works. But as a flood pattern, the glare is too much to use for ordinary driving. If you aim them down a few degrees, that may work too. For now, I just treat them like high-beams.

I added the 10" E-Series bar (dual row) for additional low/flood lighting and that was an appreciable gain. But adding the D2s was a major change as a spot driving beam! I really would not want to give up any of my lights at this point. It's nice to finally have enough lights at speed.
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All in due time. I might get it up tonight. Otherwise, it'll probably be tomorrow.
Cyalis or viagra? I'm sure your woman is thrilled by this news. Now get offline and show her you care.

OR you could get your ass into that garage and wire em up. They're EEEEEEEEEASY to install. I should know.



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Yeah, we can really make something out in that pic other than a BRIGHT LIGHT, Brian.

Anyway, I got my light hooked up, but now when the light is on, I can't pick up any radio stations. Hmmm....What the heck could that mean?

I switch the light on... nothing but static on all stations.

I switch the light off... normal. Hmmm...

I should hook something up to the AUX input to see if that's affected, too, huh...

Night pics to follow as soon as, well, as soon as it's night.

The duallys WILL interfere with your reception because of the RF interference they create. From what I've heard the only way to even mitigate this is to use completely shielded wires, but I don't think that will completely resolve the issue.

AFIK, this will never go away completely.



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The duallys WILL interfere with your reception because of the RF interference they create. From what I've heard the only way to even mitigate this is to use completely shielded wires, but I don't think that will completely resolve the issue.

AFIK, this will never go away completely.
Is this a problem associated with a particular batch or generation? I have had my Dually pods direct wired, wired into the factory harness, and now with my sPod -- I don't have any form of interference.

For reference this is a 2012 JKUR with the 730N head.


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Is this a problem associated with a particular batch or generation? I have had my Dually pods direct wired, wired into the factory harness, and now with my sPod -- I don't have any form of interference.

For reference this is a 2012 JKUR with the 730N head.
Huh. Might be time to call rigid. I just assumed it was normal. Plus, Im' usually rocking the iPod in my Jeep, so no need for a radio while I'm using the lights.



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Does it interfere with just radio or satellite radio too?


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Does it interfere with just radio or satellite radio too?


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I'll test again, but NAV and Sirius/XM works great. I use AM on rare occasion, but does anybody really use regular FM for music anymore?!

On a serious note, AM would be more sensitive to broad spectrum noise. So I'll look/listen for that.

But, we're talking about off-road use, so it's not a big hardship. But if I had interference issues, it would bother me!


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