GEN 2 My First Truck, 2017 Ford Raptor Supercrew

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  1. image98

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    LED lights

    Thanks. The Rigid midnight series lights look great. My next posts may help you out.

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    I installed a 40” curved light bar and six 3” pod lights on the front of my truck. The plan is to keep the stock bumper for now. Altogether, the install took about a day and I mixed a number of products from vendors. I love the aesthetic and functionality of this configuration.

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    My anticipated wiring breakdown.

    AUX1 - Green(solid)/Blue(stripe) - EMPTY
    AUX2 - Gray/Yellow - 15A - 15A - FRONT 40” LED light bar with relay (20-25 amp) 10 AWG
    AUX3 - Violet/Orange - 10A - 3” front quad flood spots (6.66 amps) 14 AWG
    AUX4 - Brown/Blue - 10A - 6” wide pair reverse (7 amps) 14 AWG
    AUX5 - Gray/Orange - 5A - 3” reverse pair spots (3.33 amps) 14 AWG
    AUX6 - Yellow/Violet - 5A - 3” front pair spots (3.33 amps) 14 AWG

    I did some research comparing different light bars and 3” LED light pods. It seems like a lot of the equipment on the market are identical products, but with different branding. I looked at cheaper lights on Ebay and then there’s RIGID. I decided to get my lights through Zroadz and use the majority of their mounts. I realize that there are a lot of great products out there.

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    The Zroadz bracket places the 3” light pods in front of the bumper openings. I wanted to mount my lights behind the openings and went with the Raptor Diode Dynamics Fog Bucket Bracket Kit (DD-DD6003). The two center pods are wired to auxiliary #6. The four outer pods I directed for a super wide spread and are wired together to auxiliary #3.

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    Custom made a couple of Y cables to wire up the four pods to one switch.

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    This cable runs up from under the radiator to the upfitter connectors adjacent to the battery.

    Each Zroad lighting kit comes with a generic relay wiring kit, which ultimately, I modified chopping out the relay, fuse, and switch. Obviously the Raptor already has fused upfitter switches and as long as you stay under the power requirements, a relay switch isn’t required. So I had my crimpers, wire strippers, heat shrink tubing, heat gun, butt connectors, and wire connector kit to assemble my own wiring.

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    Installing the 40” light bar mounts required the removal of the grill and radiator shutters. The light bar is wired to auxiliary #2, but involves a relay with its own 30amp fuse since the draw exceeds the upfitter switches maximum 15 amps. The wiring for this circuit also required jumping from 14 AWG to 10 AWG wiring. It may be possible to simply bump the stock fuse to 20 amps, but I didn’t want to take the risk.

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    The relay switch for the light bar (240 watts) is mounted to the left. The wiring on the right isn’t finished, but you can see that the relay has a hot (with its own 30 amp fuse) which is wired directly to the battery. I sleeved and protected with taylor convoluted tubing. I eventually wrapped all connectors in heat shrink tubing.

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    Each upfitter switch light targets a different area around the truck. Eventually I plan to install some lighting under the rear bumper, but that will be for another post. Thanks for reading!

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    I like this for 2 reasons: Easy to change what the Upfitter switches control and at the same time it eliminates grounding the lights separately.

    Deutsch-to-Deutsch connectors makes this possible.
     
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    How much of the front facing camera display does your LED light bar block?

    Thanks for posting your mod pics and info - good info to have!

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    Awesome write up and detail! So you went with the Raptor Diode Dynamics Fog Bucket Bracket Kit and the Zroads cubes, what else did you need to complete the kit?
     
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    Front camera

    The lower 1/3 of the front camera is blocked. This is also reflected in the 360 view. All sensors and adaptive cruise control work fine.

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    The ZRoadz kits came with generic wiring kits that could be used on any truck. I was hoping their kit would have been specific to Raptor since our trucks are pretty much prewired with the upfitter switches. I altered every harness by shortening or lengthening and eliminating the relay switch. In the end, I pretty much provided my own wiring and connectors supplies. The brackets and lights came with their own mounting hardware. As far as I understand, their mounting hardware will work with any 40" curved light bar.
     
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    Regarding the lightbar installation, I assume you located the lightbar (marked its location) before you took the grille off to drill the holes, right?
     
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    Light Bar Brackets

    The Light bar mounts onto two ZRoadz brackets that rest above the bumper. Each bracket mounts to the backside of the bumper using two factory U-bolt positions located under the grill (which is why the grill must be removed). The ZRoadz kit includes elongated bolts that replace the shorter factory bolts. No cutting or drilling required and the bumper does not need to be removed.

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    Thanks. Until you said, "no cutting or drilling required" I didn't know that. This is the kind of info and pics Raptor owners want to get.

    Link to brackets on ZRoadz website: http://zroadz.com/index.php/product/top-of-front-bumper-brackets_raptor-2017/

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    I did similar, same logic, easier to change the outfitter config if I wanted, but I used MUYI who makes a single connector and ran the ground separate. less connections, less fail points.

    https://www.amazon.com/MUYI-Waterpr...rd_wg=FpCkM&psc=1&refRID=SFKZGG6DS0J1F4FBVJ1Q
     
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    Excellent! Single connectors for the positive wires - nice. How did you do the grounds? I've been wondering if there's a nice, weatherproof ground bus solution out there.
     

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