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I wanted some overhead map lights and I had done some research and
I bought a couple of things to try, of which most would not fit correctly,
etc, etc, but here is what I ended up doing .....

Bought an overhead light on e-bay out of a GMC suburban



Probed with a needle to find the front roof crossmember (wanted to stay
just forward of it and use it to mount a bracket onto)



looked from the rear to make sure everything was centered



laid out the side boundries



took a last look see before the "point of no return"



took a deep breath (after measuring about 20 more times) and cut the hole



made a mounting bracket



drilled some holes in the roof cross member



mounted the bracket



tapped into the existing overhead light (all jointes were soldered!)



fished the line to the front



spotted the light mounting holes in the bracket



mounted the light



finished up the tap



hooked the battery back up and gave it a test!




The map lights work on their own individual switches and the center
light works with the doors.

If anyone wants to try this, let me know. I actually took about 2-3
times more pictures then I actually posted, took a number of measurements,
etc. just in case someone else wants to try this and would like a little help.
 

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sharp! very professsional!
 
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It looks good and matches the head liner well
 

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thanks for the compliments guys.

took a while to do everything, but I am pleased with the results.
I always enjoy the detailed projects on this forum and I figured I
probably was not the only one that might want some overhead lights.

pictures were a little deceiving. the outside trim on the light is
actually a tan color. I went to the hardware this morning and
picked up a can of Krylon fusion in a light gray color which should
be close enough and will paint the outside trim today.

1 added bonus .... I had the day off and I actually was getting paid
to do this. man, it doesn't get any better than that!
 

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That is fantastic. One of the huge drawbacks to the interior is the lighting situation. Looks like you find a good solution. Lets say that some of us aren't as mechanically inclined to build the bracket portion -- what are some alternatives that could be used in lieu of self fabrication?

Thanks,
 

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Very nice, I'll put this on the list.


 

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Nice job!

I been thinking about doing the same thing except with a flush mount dome light unit out of an Expedition.
 

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That is fantastic. One of the huge drawbacks to the interior is the lighting situation. Looks like you find a good solution. Lets say that some of us aren't as mechanically inclined to build the bracket portion -- what are some alternatives that could be used in lieu of self fabrication?

Thanks,
If you are serious, I could make one for you or send you the bracket
I started with and some dimensions.

I start off with a "pre-made" bracket.



then I take a couple of measurements



then I cut and shape as required



Here are a couple of e-bayers with the lights
(I bought 2 of them from one guy and my total bill including shipping was
$17.50 as I remember) and I know there were some "van converters"
that have posted some also.

eBay Motors: 04-CHEVY SUBURBAN OVERHEAD INTERIOR LIGHT-TAN (item 230055390211 end time Nov-28-06 14:37:50 PST)

eBay Motors: GM FACTORY OEM DUAL OVERHEAD DOME LIGHT LT. TAN (item 170053529887 end time Nov-30-06 06:54:13 PST)
 

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Wow ! That came out excellent, very clean looking. Another option is to install an overhead DVD player. Thats what I did for mine and it comes with 2 map lighrs that were 3x brighter than the stock overhead, But if your looking for something custom and clean this rocks...
 

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If you are serious, I could make one for you or send you the bracket
I started with and some dimensions.

I start off with a "pre-made" part (actually it is an aluminum bus bar for a
112.5 kVA dry type transformer of which I have thousands).



then I take a couple of measurements



then I cut and shape as required



Here are a couple of e-bayers with the lights
(I bought 2 of them from one guy and my total bill including shipping was
$17.50 as I remember) and I know there were some "van converters"
that have posted some also.

eBay Motors: 04-CHEVY SUBURBAN OVERHEAD INTERIOR LIGHT-TAN (item 230055390211 end time Nov-28-06 14:37:50 PST)

eBay Motors: GM FACTORY OEM DUAL OVERHEAD DOME LIGHT LT. TAN (item 170053529887 end time Nov-30-06 06:54:13 PST)



I really like what you did with the lighting situation. So what were the considerations in selecting a light? Were their electrical considerations, weight, amps, etc? Is the wiring a piece of cake or what? I am not good with mechanical things but would be willing to try something to improve the lumenicense in the FJ. (Its one of the things that really drives me nuts about the interior).

How much improvement does your fix have over the existing light?

Thanks
 

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I traded my suburban in for the Fj, should have snagged the lights first, [email protected]! Hey, Swiss, you get my vote for the best mod of the month award!!! Great, simple and sorely needed!!! Wonderful, thanks for your help and PM sent.
 

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Wow boys and girls,

I thought there might be some interest in this, but I am getting lots of
hits (PM's) on this one ... makes it worthwhile to help out some buds.

1st of all .... the offer of free brackets is good to anyone who would
like to do this mod .... as long as I don't get too overwhelmed.
FYI, The reason I have access to all the raw parts as that I had designed
a new style of part and these all became obsolete throw aways. Cool for us!
I did a wire harness post back in May? and fabbed a custom bracket
using 1 of these for that also.

Anyways, I'll go into a few more details on this project. hopefully it will
help you do your project. feel free to quit reading if you get bored and fall
asleep. This will probably be wordy.

1) light selection
I tried a couple of foreign makes of combo map lights/sunglass holders
I had purchased on e-bay (Toyota and Honda). What I found was that
you have about 1 3/4 " total height availaible for an "insert" or "recessed"
type console. Most of the "combo" types need a little more room. So I
ground down some of the features and pretty soon they could fit, but
the biggest problem was the shape of the console. The FJ headliner
is concave shape and it seemed most of the "combos" I looked at were
either convex or flat. Probably not all bad, but I am a picky bastard (oops
can you say that here?) and if it was not going to look correct, it wasn't
going in my Cruiser. anyways, try to find something you like that has a
slight concave shape and make sure it is not more than about 1 3/4" in
recessed depth (look out for the opening arc also). So, due to the above, I
gave up on doing the combo because I was getting tired of buying "throw
aways". The next issue I found was some of the foreign makes must have
some strange circuitry, I could not get them to function correctly on
normal "independant" 12 volts. I chose to go the american route due to
basic electrical simplicity. I had a question on the weight of a fixture ....
basically any weight would be fine. On my mount, the weight is supported by
the 2 bracket mounting screws and it is very solid, however, the cross
member is thin gauge sheet metal and there is some flex. Now if you find a
heavier fixture or even a different shape of a fixture, an option would be to
make a bracket to attach to the crossmember (as I did) but on the oposite
end, use some industrial strength epoxy and glue the bracket to the roof
and you will have all the support you need. Choose a fixture with the type
of lights you want. I wanted 3 features: another "door" light, I wanted
map lights, and the lights needed to swivel. The ol GM fixture fit all my
criteria, I'm sure you guys will find others.



Going to let the dog out, be right back with step #2 "bracket design 101".
Oops, my wife wants to watch a movie, may be gone a little longer...
 

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Nice job! Have another mod.
 
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