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Old 11-25-2007, 06:22 PM
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New mod: underhood light

I've been toying around with the idea of installing an underhood light for some time now, and I finally did it.

Got the Mopar light part # 56021441, wiring harness part # 56051176AB, both added up to about $50 plus a couple of hood liner clips/push pins. Bulb # is 561.

I extended the harness so it would reach to the positive power point to the front/passenger side of car.

I did not remove the liner as some others have done, I found no need to do so. The ONLY problem I had was actually getting the light to pop-in into the hole in the hood, as the liner was adding some extra material between the light and the hood metal and wasn't allowing it to filly clip in. I had to undo the back of the light and push in the push-pin, then clip the light into it's back.

It looks OEM and works awesome ... very bright. I'm gonna check to see if there's a Silverstar bulb available for it, but even if not, it's very bright.

Now what everybody wants, the pics:

The harness, modified with extended wiring, a 20A fuse holder at the end of the positive wire, removed the wire loom and taped it all up:


The finished product:




The following 2 pics show the wiring harness coming down alongside the washer hose, zip-tied to it, and at the bottom of the pics, the positive wire does a U-turn cuz I made the harness too long by about a foot.





Let me know what you guys and gals think.





Edit 10-18-2008, 2 pics of the light bulb area itself :



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Old 11-25-2007, 06:27 PM
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Hey Buddy, nice job! That does look pretty bright!

I used to have a '92 Chevy Tahoe 4x4 that had a great "work light" under the hood. It had a 6' wind-up cord and a magnet on the back to stick it up wherever... I'm gonna chase down one of those and mount it in my Charger... it's on the "to-do" list...
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:29 PM
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I like it. Great idea!! i might go buy it, but i think i might swap out that yellow bulb with a more white light. But great job
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:36 PM
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Looks great, and shame on DCX for not doing this for us dontcha know
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:42 PM
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Hey Buddy, nice job! That does look pretty bright! ....
Thanks Ron !


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I like it. Great idea!! i might go buy it, but i think i might swap out that yellow bulb with a more white light. But great job
It's actually not that yellow in real life ... as you can see in the pic, it wasn't quite dark yet, so the surroundings made it look yellower than it really is ... I'm very happy with it's brightness.

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Looks great, and shame on DCX for not doing this for us dontcha know
Yes, definitely shame on them for cutting features, but at least they made the car ... it's a great starting point for us to mod
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Good work. I never even thought about doing that mod, but now I just might.
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Good job! I like it.
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:52 PM
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Oh, by the way, the light has a built-in switch which tells it when to turn on or off ... it's really a no-brainer to have this installed ...
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Nice job...

Well done, Gabe. I've been thinking about doing this mod for a long time.

I actually found a light that was from one of my Dad's old cars ('47 Plymouth? '54 Ford? '58 Olds?) in with his tools not long after his death. My plan was to put it in my car, but somewhere between the formation of that idea and the purchase of the necessary bulb, the fixture itself vanished somewhere in my workshop...

Let me ask this: what prevented you from shortening the wire?
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Well done, Gabe. I've been thinking about doing this mod for a long time.

I actually found a light that was from one of my Dad's old cars ('47 Plymouth? '54 Ford? '58 Olds?) in with his tools not long after his death. My plan was to put it in my car, but somewhere between the formation of that idea and the purchase of the necessary bulb, the fixture itself vanished somewhere in my workshop...

Let me ask this: what prevented you from shortening the wire?
The wiring harness is only long enough to reach down to about the base of the hood (almost), so I had to cut off the terminal it comes with and lengthened it ..... I did it the right way, soldering the connections, then using heat-shrink tubing and then electrical tape .... overkill maybe, but I don't want problems, I wanted to only do it once.


I do have to say, I got this idea from a guy who did it on LX forums ... he did it slightly differently, but I got the part numbers out of his thread and his thread came in very helpful in me doing this mod.

Here's his thread if anybody's interested:
http://www.lxforums.com/board/showthread.php?t=42858
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