KC HiLites Cyclones Install

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I finally got my Cyclones installed. Just an fyi, I am a complete novice at electrical and lighting (or really anything hands on automotive work)

First the end result

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The kit I got was the Amber kit

https://www.kchilites.com/cyclone-led-6-light-universal-rock-light-kit.html

Now, most folks will likely say that they are overpriced, but to me the quality is apparent.

The kit itself is complete with the exception of the bolts used to mount on the vehicle, but you would reuse existing bolts anyways. The kit comes with:

- Cyclones
- Mounting brackets and bolts
- 6 harnesses for the lights (this is the one that i wasn't a big fan of. Couldn't they string them together somehow???)
- 1 harness with the fuse block, switch wires, etc. (this was nice, each light has its own fuse)
- Zip ties and split loom
- Grounding block (didn't use this)

I skipped a few pictures because they were very basic steps (even for me..). Also, don't mind the dirt/ mud..needs a much needed detail.

Note: I wouldn't call this the cleanest install, primarily because of the number of wires. There might be other rock lights with better wiring layout, but for me the way these are designed and the way they mount was important. Through the center hole and using existing body bolts vs having to find spots to drill holes, etc.

Step 1: Modify the harness attached to the fuse block
- I used my Trigger Six Shooter to control this, so the only think I needed was the RED wire connected to the fuse block
- Modified the other end of the RED wire to use the six shooter connecter


Step 2: Mount fuse block and connect to Trigger
This was the hardest part for me since I was looking for space on the passenger side, but finally gave up and mounted on the driver side as in picture. This worked out well because there is also plenty of space here to drop the wires. Note: Careful mounting the fuse block here since there are wires running inside the channel. I used smaller screws than what were provided in the kit.

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Step 3: Run the hot (red) wire from the driver side to the passenger side and connect the fuse block to the Trigger

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Step 4: Mount the cyclones and run harnesses

- Mounted the front 2 below the front bumper. The 2 harnesses were dropped behind the diver side headlight. The passenger side was routed across behind the bumper. These were the easy ones.
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The 4 harnesses for the middle and the rear cyclones was dropped in the open cavity on the drivers side and routed through the frame.

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Two harnesses were then routed to the passenger side using one of the cross members (?)

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- Middle cyclones bolted to one of the step bolts on both sides. The harness was run through the body frame and then through the body as below to get it close to the light itself

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I just found 2 spots on the rear of the jeep and mounted the two rear cyclones. I ran the harnesses for the rear cyclones through the frame far as I could and then over the frame rail and zip tied to existing cables (literally anything i could find). Note: The only harness that was shorter than required was the passenger side rear one, but i think this was primarily because of how I routed the cables. The good part was that I was able to use the extra length of wires from the drivers side middle light to extend this one.

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Awesome write up! Thanks for this.
 

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I'm liking this, but that is a lot of wires. I wonder if you could lose those ground wires to the lights and just ground to the mounting bolt and lose the fuse box and go straight to your Trigger. You could probably only have one hot wire going down each side of the Jeep. The advantage is less wires, the disadvantage is you short one, you lose them all. Just a thought, when/if I ever get around to installing them, I'm not sure what way I would do it. Thanks for the write up.
 
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I'm liking this, but that is a lot of wires. I wonder if you could lose those ground wires to the lights and just ground to the mounting bolt and lose the fuse box and go straight to your Trigger. You could probably only have one hot wire going down each side of the Jeep. The advantage is less wires, the disadvantage is you short one, you lose them all. Just a thought, when/if I ever get around to installing them, I'm not sure what way I would do it. Thanks for the write up.
agree 100%..way too many wires, but a rookie like me can’t really take a chance :). So I went with the instructions and decided not to get creative.
 

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agree 100%..way too many wires, but a rookie like me can’t really take a chance :). So I went with the instructions and decided not to get creative.
Your way might be better than mine. I don't have enough experience in even needing rock lights to know how often they are getting shorted out by landing on a rock. With your set-up they are basically wired independently.
 

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I have the white cyclone kit sitting on my bench waiting to go in. Maybe this weekend I will tackle it. Yours look awesome.
I agree about the quality, you can see that these lights are built well.
I would be reluctant to run any wires through a crossmember that can be dropped though, as I would not want to have to cut the wires to drop it or deal with unhooking wiring and having to rerun the wires when I am done servicing whatever.
 

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how often are you dropping your crossmember? just add a quick release then.
 
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I have the white cyclone kit sitting on my bench waiting to go in. Maybe this weekend I will tackle it. Yours look awesome.
I agree about the quality, you can see that these lights are built well.
I would be reluctant to run any wires through a crossmember that can be dropped though, as I would not want to have to cut the wires to drop it or deal with unhooking wiring and having to rerun the wires when I am done servicing whatever.
Not really sure what you mean by dropping a crossmember.. Why would I?? I guess it's my rookieness (?) showing??
 

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Does anybody know if it’s possible to hook up this kit to the Mopar switches and also hook it up for entry lighting? I’m disabled and use a portable step to gain entry. Entry lighting would be awesome.
 

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Does anybody know if it’s possible to hook up this kit to the Mopar switches and also hook it up for entry lighting? I’m disabled and use a portable step to gain entry. Entry lighting would be awesome.
@WTFSoCal has his Cyclones hooked up to come on when he locks and unlocks his doors with the key fob. Great for camping , click your key fob and see what is around your Jeep at a distance. He might be able to help out. I I think he used a diode under his dash somewhere and tied in.

As far as using the Mopar Switch, you can also do that to turn on the lights. Just need to make sure you tie in to the right amperage .
 

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@WTFSoCal has his Cyclones hooked up to come on when he locks and unlocks his doors with the key fob. Great for camping , click your key fob and see what is around your Jeep at a distance. He might be able to help out. I I think he used a diode under his dash somewhere and tied in.

As far as using the Mopar Switch, you can also do that to turn on the lights. Just need to make sure you tie in to the right amperage .

That’s great. Thank you, that is exactly how I want them to work.
 

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