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My "Pilot-Ray" Self Steering Spot Light Build

Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by Focker, Mar 29, 2017.

  1. Apr 4, 2017
    johneyboy03

    johneyboy03 The green beast

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    Ok....now i hate you i will start thinking doing it on mine.


    Great job result is awesome :)
     
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  2. Apr 4, 2017
    Howard Eisenhauer

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  3. Apr 4, 2017
    Focker

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    :lol:
     
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  4. Apr 4, 2017
    Focker

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    After a successful test run I pulled it all apart and decided to put the finishing touches on it.

    I threaded the rod ends vs keeping the shaft collars.
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    I rounded the square edges of the bars and brackets, sanded and painted everything. I installed the nuts, nylocs and a bit of grease.
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    Using heim joints would take this to the next level...Must refrain. :susp:
     
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  5. Apr 4, 2017
    garage gnome

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    I like this idea. I don't think it will work with my PTO winch unfortunately... :(
     
  6. Apr 5, 2017
    Desert Runner

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    I agree I have the same issue, plus I have an intermediate. I am looking at using a cable type arrangement to bring the movement to the lights ..... I'll post up when I get started.

    Jay
     
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  7. Apr 5, 2017
    durangotang

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    That video has had be eyeballing my spare windshield frame for along time... the little swamp cooler he made would be so nice in the summer time.
     
  8. Apr 15, 2017
    fesser

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    Very cool Focker. Would love to see you do it with doubles.
     
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  9. Apr 15, 2017
    Focker

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    Thanks.

    I'm surprised at how well one works...I think an upgrade to LED would be amazing.
     
  10. Apr 20, 2017
    GraySkies

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    That's very cool. Like the center headlight of a Tucker 48.
     
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  11. Apr 21, 2017
    Howard Eisenhauer

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  12. Apr 21, 2017
    PeteL

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    What I'd like to see is a light that works to show things before I turn! Howard's design is a good step in that direction.

    Anyone here familiar with 'Sneak-lights?" Mounted under the vehicle and shining down, they gently light up the immediate terrain, without attracting attention from any distance.

    The blackout lamp on my military is cool that way, too.
     
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  13. Apr 21, 2017
    Howard Eisenhauer

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    Well that tears it- now they know what to look for !!! :shock:


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  14. Aug 29, 2017
    Hellion

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    Hey Focker, any chance of you offering up your Pilot-Ray lights as a kit?
    You still using yours with wild success?

    Even plans would be welcome.

    Cheap go kart heim joints seem to be in order for that finishing touch--and you could add some excessive toe-in with them to the bracket so the lamp has more of a "clairvoyant" view into the turn....
     
  15. Aug 29, 2017
    Focker

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    I think it's too custom to each Jeep, plus it's pretty easy to make if you follow along with my pictures vs specific plans.

    It works great and people dig it.

    I had a handful of heim joints when I was thinking of taking it to the next level, but I refrained.
     
  16. Oct 9, 2018
    Hellion

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    Focker,

    Time to revisit the thread. In your original post, photo #3, you speak of a "future bracket". Where was this mounted?

    Also, the main actuator arm (which was a perforated strip of metal in the prototype); where was this mounted and/or where is the pivot point?

    Gotta love the idea though--it's asymmetrical, ugly (aesthetically), but functional :lol:. Sure beats drilling a hole in the windshield frame and adding a swiveling "cop car spotlight".

    P.S. I didn't know there was extra documentation on the CJ-3B and its steering light:
    Steering Headlight on CJ3B.info
     
  17. Oct 9, 2018
    Focker

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    Photo #4 is the final product of #photo #3. It's mounted to the drag link. There was a clamp on the drag link. I used and existing bolt on the clamp.
    In an existing hole in the Jeep's front cross member.
     
  18. Oct 9, 2018
    heavychevy

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    I really dig this idea. The light moving like it does ratchets the cool factor another notch
     
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