tractor supply "Traveller" LED install
my LTR came to me without a headlight. I plan to trail ride it and maybe attempt a local xc race or 2 so I wanted working lights and liked the look of 2 separate beams better than the single. decided to try the traveler LED pods that tractor supply sells, my father has had a set mounted as back-up plow lights on his truck for about a year, and they held up to the cold of upstate NY well. here is how I did it for inquiring minds...
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I bought 2 of the "traveler LED pods ($25 each) and the traveler "wiring splitter" ($15), a pack of quick splice connectors and some heat shrink.
Pic 3 & 4:
trying to keep things simple, I wanted to use my stock light switch and avoid running more wire on the machine. I cut the stock headlight plug wires, the black and white being the ground, the yellow being the HIGH beam, and the white wire being LOW beam. Spliced the high and low wires together and connected to the red wire on the pigtail plug that came with the light, spliced the ground wire to the black pig tail wire.
Pic 5: plugged the pigtail into the single end of the "wiring splitter"
Pic 6 & 7:
the lights come with a mount and I decided I would try to mount them using the upper shock bolts. the metal mounting tab is pretty sturdy but pre drilled hole was just a bit too small.
Pic 8 & 9:
used a 13/32 drill bit to enlarge the mounting hole so the shock bolt fits through it.
Pic 10 & 11:
Mounted them up. I used blue Loctite and tightened the nut and bolt back down. it wouldn't hurt to get some longer bolts for a little bit of added safety, which im going to do soon. i'll take a measurement and update here what longer bolts I went with so you can get them before you start this.
Also, at this point I wanted to mont the light parallel/flat witht he ground, after I finished and tested the lights out I found that the lights in this position are pointing a bit higher than I'd like, so save yourself a step and angle the mounting bracket "top" slightly to the inside, the light can then be pushed in causing the beam to shine down on the ground more and fix the issue.
take the "wiring splitter" and figure out how you want to run out the excess wire, I sent it under and around the bracket that holds the rectifier and other electronics. you will still have extra but I zip tied it up with the rest of the wires/cables.
Pic 12 & 13:
Plug in the lights to the wiring splitter. I was pretty happy with the way these plugs are designed. they are a tight fit and have a double rubber gasket around the the end of the male end, which is ~1.5" long. this design should keep any and all moisture/mud/dirt out of the connections, but I used di-electric grease on everything anyways just to be safe. the plugs click into each other to make sure they don't come apart.
I like the look and they seem pretty sturdy. time will tell how they handle the abuse and jumps, but i'll come back and give a review after a few months to fill ya in and let you know if im still happy.
Looks great and nice write up
Keep us posted
Hopefully the glare off the bumper isn't too bad ..
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Awesome job. Did u trim and remount the original headlight trim up tighter?
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