Go Back   FORD RAPTOR FORUM - Ford SVT Raptor Forums - Ford Raptor > Ford Raptor Forum Supporting Vendors > White Star Industries
Become a Supporting Member         Become a Supporting Vendor

Register to remove these ads.


White Star Industries

New WSI Bumper & Whelen Amber Micro Pioneers


This is a discussion on New WSI Bumper & Whelen Amber Micro Pioneers within the White Star Industries forums, part of the Ford Raptor Forum Supporting Vendors category!
I had a problem. My truck would only fit in the garage if I parked it diagonally which basically turned ...


User Tag List

Like Tree11Likes

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-01-2013, 10:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
Vash's Avatar
Full Access Member

 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: OK, USA
Posts: 842
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)

(Thread Starter)
Thumbs up New WSI Bumper & Whelen Amber Micro Pioneers
I had a problem. My truck would only fit in the garage if I parked it diagonally which basically turned my two-car garage into a one-truck garage. This was not ideal as we sometimes get bad hail and other nasty weather in OK.

I contacted Jimmy at WSI because I saw the rear bumper that he did for Whtrapta and the design definitely had the potential to be lower profile while still looking aggressive and being more durable than the stock bumper. As a bonus, the bumper also tucks up higher to create a better departure angle for offroading.

Another thing I've always hated was that the Ford's premier offroad truck doesn't have fog lights. Jimmy helped me fix this by installing his lower bumper bracket along with two Whelen Amber Micro Pioneers connected to upfitter switch #4.

Jimmy was great to work with. I helped a bit with the install and wiring, but mainly because I met him on a Saturday and his usual shop assistance was unavailable. Granted, doing installations like this is something that I enjoy so it was no big deal and Jimmy definitely did most of the work. Heck, his wife even showed up for a parts run and provided beer for my wife and I. Although, I don't know if the beer comes standard for all shop visitors. lol. I owe him for that one.

Anyway, the short review based on the brief time that the bumper and lights have been installed is this. My truck now fits in the garage. It barely fits, but we knew it would be close. Also, the amber Whelens work great. Got to test them out on the boring two-lane roads back from KS to OK. Drove through some pretty thick dust from wheat etc. being harvested at night right near the highway. The amber Whelens cut right through the fog. Also, visually they match up perfectly with the color of the marker lights and the light output complements the headlights well.

My next plan is the get a bed rack to hold my tire that's been relocated to the bed so the bumper and receiver could be tucked in as close as possible. I also initially wanted some auxiliary backup lighting, but the lights I want arent yet available. Currently looking at getting some Whelen Amber Nano Pioneers. These will serve as backup lighting and offroad rearward facing fog/dust lights.

Last, but not least. Pics.



























__________________
28 FEB 2011 - Raptor Ordered
10 MAY 2011 - Produced - Awaiting Shipment
20 MAY 2011 - Picked up from dealer and driven home!
Boomer Sooner!!!

Last edited by Vash; 07-03-2013 at 10:40 AM.
Vash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2013, 12:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
Txfight00's Avatar
Full Access Member

 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Scottsdale,AZ
Age: 39
Posts: 453
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)

Default
Pics not working
Txfight00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2013, 09:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
Vash's Avatar
Full Access Member

 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: OK, USA
Posts: 842
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)

(Thread Starter)
Default
Sorry about the pics. Must need to fix the permissions. I'll do that today when I get back home.

EDIT...Fixed the pic links and changed the permissions to public. Should be working now. Hope that works.


__________________
28 FEB 2011 - Raptor Ordered
10 MAY 2011 - Produced - Awaiting Shipment
20 MAY 2011 - Picked up from dealer and driven home!
Boomer Sooner!!!

Last edited by Vash; 07-02-2013 at 11:16 AM.
Vash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2013, 11:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
 
Vash's Avatar
Full Access Member

 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: OK, USA
Posts: 842
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)

(Thread Starter)
Default
I'll try to find a good time and place to take output shots of the new Whelens when I get a chance.


__________________
28 FEB 2011 - Raptor Ordered
10 MAY 2011 - Produced - Awaiting Shipment
20 MAY 2011 - Picked up from dealer and driven home!
Boomer Sooner!!!
Vash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2013, 11:34 AM   #5 (permalink)
 
Txfight00's Avatar
Full Access Member

 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Scottsdale,AZ
Age: 39
Posts: 453
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)

Default
yup they work now.

Lookin good! I'm torn between mounting 4 whelens in the stock front bumper (2 amber 2 white) with 2 in the rear bumper vs Jimmy's light rack with a light bar and rear vertex lights
Decisions, decisions...
firematt422 likes this.
Txfight00 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2013, 12:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
Vash's Avatar
Full Access Member

 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: OK, USA
Posts: 842
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)

(Thread Starter)
Default
A lot of it just depends on what look you're going for. I kind of like a sleek and lower profile look and I'm limited by my garage as far as the length and height of my truck. I'm probably going to add a couple white Whelens with spot lenses to the lower grill. I'm also hoping Whelen releases 40" light bar or similar to go behind the upper grill.

I will say that Jimmy's lightbar is sweet in person. I'm really sold on the Whelens thus far. I really like that you can swap the lenses to change what type of beam you have.
Txfight00 likes this.


__________________
28 FEB 2011 - Raptor Ordered
10 MAY 2011 - Produced - Awaiting Shipment
20 MAY 2011 - Picked up from dealer and driven home!
Boomer Sooner!!!

Last edited by Vash; 07-02-2013 at 12:28 PM.
Vash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2013, 12:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
firematt422's Avatar
Full Access Member

 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Kansas City
Age: 31
Posts: 502
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)

Default
Originally Posted by Txfight00 View Post
yup they work now.

Lookin good! I'm torn between mounting 4 whelens in the stock front bumper (2 amber 2 white) with 2 in the rear bumper vs Jimmy's light rack with a light bar and rear vertex lights
Decisions, decisions...
There is a trade off to each. What you'll really want is a combination.

The light rack a.) looks badass, and b.) has a lot of mounting options for lights and gear. However, the light out the front will be for distance, overhead and out the sides. The roof will cut off ground light close up.

The bumper lights put a lot of light on the ground with a low profile and simple install, but can be obscured by low branches, tall grass and hills.

If it were me (and, at one time it was) I would go with the light rack with two Whelen Slimlines out the back, and two Whelen Micropioneers in the front bumper or on the hood and a light bar across the rack over the roof.

Fact is, for the price of six Whelens and brackets, you could basically have 4 Whelens (micros and slims are the same price I believe) and the light rack.

To keep in budget, you could have the light rack fabbed with brackets for all the lights, buy them as you can afford them, and just bolt them on.

Food for thought.


__________________
www.brownindustries.com
firematt422 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2013, 01:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
Vash's Avatar
Full Access Member

 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: OK, USA
Posts: 842
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)

(Thread Starter)
Default
Ford mounts similar size and shape fog lights in a similar location in the Super Duty bumpers. After seeing how clean the install is for the Whelens in the lower grill opening it amazes me that Ford didn't include something similar as an OEM option.

Also, it may be obvious but Jimmy cut my bed and dovetailed the rear. I'm probably in the minority as far as people who do an aftermarket rear bumper before and maybe instead of an aftermarket front bumper. I was really impressed at how the bumper, dovetailing the rear, and cutting off the low hanging exhaust totally changed the look of the truck. Looks way more aggressive and purpose built now. Really looking forward to working with Jimmy on more projects...as my wallet permits. Haha.

It's really nice to have a good fabricator in the immediate area so I can drive up for installs etc. instead of having something shipped from AZ or SoCal and just hoping it looks and fits like I expected.


__________________
28 FEB 2011 - Raptor Ordered
10 MAY 2011 - Produced - Awaiting Shipment
20 MAY 2011 - Picked up from dealer and driven home!
Boomer Sooner!!!
Vash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2013, 01:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
 
Kanakry's Avatar
FRF Addict

 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Great Lakes Region
Posts: 3,220
Mentioned: 107 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)

Default
It is great working with WSI. You can tell him what you are thinking about within reason and he will make it happen.

Great People and Great Products!!! Customer Service is Top Notch!
Labraptor likes this.


__________________
www.RunRaptorRun.com
Kanakry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-2013, 03:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
 
Vash's Avatar
Full Access Member

 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: OK, USA
Posts: 842
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)

(Thread Starter)
Default
Also, special thanks to Kanakry (oops. I meant Yukon Joe) for letting Jimmy use him as his "phone a friend" to verify which lenses to go with for uthe Micro Pioneers. I totally agree that the horizontal flood is a good compromise between flood and spot. Worked well in dust.

Although, I do think Kanakry did provide some input on wiring the upfitter switches. Ended up going with brown wire to purple wire to hook up the new Whelens to upfitter switch #4.


__________________
28 FEB 2011 - Raptor Ordered
10 MAY 2011 - Produced - Awaiting Shipment
20 MAY 2011 - Picked up from dealer and driven home!
Boomer Sooner!!!

Last edited by Vash; 07-03-2013 at 10:54 AM.
Vash is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Tags
amber, bumper, led, whelen micro pioneers, wsi

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
WSI Whelen LEDs in stock bumper WSI JR Ford Raptor Lighting Modifications Forum [GEN 1] 73 04-22-2014 03:29 PM
WSI/ Whelen Amber LEDs!! WSI White Star Industries 9 11-12-2013 10:49 AM
Fs Whelen micro pioneers and bumper mount Huck Garage Sale 8 06-06-2013 04:31 PM
****Aimpoint Micro T-1 FOR SALE**** TuckerTravis Garage Sale 0 05-26-2013 09:59 AM
Are Micro-Pickups the Next Big Thing? SVTOffroad News Bot Ford Articles, News and Media Reviews 2 04-12-2010 12:27 PM



GM Truck Forum
Chevy Tahoe Forum
Dodge Ram Forum
Chevy Cobalt Forum
Chevy Tahoe Forum
FJ Cruiser Forum
Ford Truck Forum
88-98 GM Truck Forum
73-87 Gm Truck Forum
Ford Expedition Forum
Chevy Equinox Forum
Chevy Cruze Forum
Jeep Liberty Forum
Jeep Forum
Dodge Ram SRT10 Forum
Chrysler 200 Forum
Scion xD Forum
Scion xB Forum
Dodge Challenger Forum
SRT Forum
Nissan Titan Forum
Buick Enclave Forum
Land Rover Forum
Scion FR-S Forum
TRD Forum
Central US Mopars
Southeast Mopars
Cadillac CTS Forum
Oklahoma Dodge Ram Club
Softball Forum