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Old 01-15-2011, 12:00 AM
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Default Offroad lights

adding a rear roll bar/light bar. going with 4 6inch 130watt lights on it. Should i replace the battery or will a stock be able to handle that much. i allready have 2 50watts on it now.?
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:21 AM
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As long as they're all wired properly, your battery probably won't be an issue... unless you have all the lights on at the same time with the truck NOT running.

When the truck is running, your alternator takes over providing power to the accessories.
If you plan on running ALL those lights at the same time, it would be a good idea to upgrade the alternator & do the BIG 3 wiring upgrade too.
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:21 AM
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I always upgrade my batts to redtops just to be on the safe side, someone was saying they got a walmart brand that was really nice.
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:32 AM
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As long as they're all wired properly, your battery probably won't be an issue... unless you have all the lights on at the same time with the truck NOT running.

When the truck is running, your alternator takes over providing power to the accessories.
If you plan on running ALL those lights at the same time, it would be a good idea to upgrade the alternator & do the BIG 3 wiring upgrade too.
BIG 3 wiring upgrade?
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:35 AM
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I always upgrade my batts to redtops just to be on the safe side, someone was saying they got a walmart brand that was really nice.
That was probably me

I think the optima's are made by Johnson mfg, who also make the MAXX batteries for wal mart & several other chain stores. I just couldn't justify spending that much on an optima, I could buy 2 or 3 MAXX batteries for the same price with a longer warranty.
My first MAXX battery lasted until the last couple days of the 9 year warranty. The previous one I had only lasted 3 years, and it would still start the truck but it struggled, but I got it pro-rated & only had to spend a fraction for another brand new one with a 3/9yr warranty.

The first thing I put on any vehicle is a new, bigger battery.
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Old 01-15-2011, 03:53 PM
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ok i thought it would be fine. Im going to use 10gauge wiring for them and relay and all. I will check into a new alternator. Im not quite sure what u mean by the "Big 3" though?
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Old 01-15-2011, 04:41 PM
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A quick search for BIG 3 will yield several posts. Basically it's upgrading the ground & power wires from the alternator to battery & battery to frame/body once you upgrade the alternator/battery for maximum performance.

10ga would be overkill even by my standards for fog lights I think the OEM fog lights only have 18ga - 16ga wiring.
I think 14ga would be plenty unless you have some extremely long runs to make.
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Old 01-15-2011, 09:40 PM
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haha yea im def going over kill. gona make sure they have no failure lol. go big or go home. ok thanks for giving what the big 3 are. idk if i will need all that. Im broke thats a lot to take in if i can get by. thanks for the help
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:28 PM
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I have my factory battery with 130,000 miles and I run 4 130w KC Daylighters and a
500w amp with no problem as long as the truck is running
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:31 PM
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thats what i figured. what kind of relay do you have on yours?
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:39 PM
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I just used the ones that come with the KC Daylighter package
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:40 PM
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oh ok. yea i just got some cheaper ones off ebay. didnt come with a thing go figure. think i can get on off the internet cheap.
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