How to Put Up a Windshield Light Mount Bracket
Certain vehicles are better than others when it comes to parts replacement. For example, a certain model of Jeep is considered as easy to assemble and disassemble as a box of Legos. Its windshield, roof, and doors are all designed for easy removal and replacement. With that said, when it comes to putting up a windshield light mount bracket, you need to keep this easy assembly scheme in mind.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
What You'll Need
- Windshield light kit including wiring
- Windshield light mount bracket
- Torx screwdriver kit
- Rotary cutting tool
- Socket wrench set
Step 1: Find the lower windshield hinge first and foremost. It's found in the area where the body of the vehicle meets the windshield, specifically the upper hinge bracket. Open up your hood and use your open-face wrench in order to disconnect your negative battery terminal altogether.
Step 2: Remove the stock Torx screws of your windshield shield with the right Torx screwdriver option. Align the light brackets of the windshield onto its respective hinge bracket and replace the Torx screws. Some off-road light kits come with hinge Torx screws included. If thusly equipped, install those instead.
Step 3: After the mount bracket has been installed, place your windshield light or windshield light rail unto the mount and use a socket wrench in order to install the retaining bolts. Connect the wiring kit to the lights and then run these wired connections down to your engine compartment.
Step 4: You should run the wires down into your vehicle's cabin (which most likely is a jeep) through the side door of the driver's side of your vehicle in case your windshield light is of the light rail variety that's above the windshield. This will ensure optimum performance for your windshield light type.
Step 5: Make use of the wiring kit and its instructions in order to run the power source of the lights directly into your battery's positive terminal. If the wire is run through your jeep's or truck's cabin instead, then place it through the grommet lying near your gas pedal.
Step 6: Get your socket wrench in order to loosen and remove a bolt on the frame of your jeep and install the ground wire of your windshield light from there. After you're done with that, reinstall the same bolt on the frame.
Step 7: Run your wiring kit's instrument end into the cabin and right through the vehicle's firewall through the route nearest the grommet. It's actually the grommet that will feed into the cabin near your gas pedal.
Step 8: Zip ties are quite useful in routing the wire up and under the steering column that's on the other side of your steering wheel. On the instrument panel's vacant space just left of your steering wheel, you can slice up a small hole with a rotary cutting tool.
Step 9: Turn on your car and check if your windshield light mounting and rewiring was a success. Essentially, your windshield light mount bracket should be placed at a place that allows all of the above wiring procedures to happen without a hitch.
When buying a windshield light mount bracket, the best ones are those that can perfectly fit into hinges and spaces already available in your vehicle. Otherwise, you'll be doing more cutting, slicing, and drilling to customize your ride to your mount bracket instead of the other way around.