Upper Crust Expedition’s LED Light Bar Install
My friend Ryan just purchased a 2002 Toyota Tacoma 4×4. The truck came with a bull bar and a couple PIAA lights. Ryan needed some more light. After a few measurements, Ryan ordered 2 LED Light Bars from Upper Crust Expeditions. About a week later the bars came in, now the fun part. Ryan also got 2 Upper Crust’s wiring harnesses, which are Plug-and-Play, which made install super easy.
First we had to uninstall the PIAA lights, AKA, rip them out. We weren’t using the PIAA wiring so we took everything out, but you can certainly reuse already installed wiring. Also, make sure you unhook the battery before cutting wires.
So, with the truck void of any aftermarket lights or wires we set to work. With the Upper Crust wiring harness it makes the install super simple. Bolt the relay near the battery, thread the switch through the firewall and into the cab, and thread the DT connector to wherever you want the light. The Upper Crust wiring harness is 19’ feet long, or 8 feet each way from the battery connectors. Ryan has two lights, so he ordered two Upper Crust wiring harnesses but we wired both lights to one switch.
The switch was installed through the dash on the left side of the steering wheel. Ryan did not want the lights hooked up to the headlights, but you could easily do so. All we did was drill a hole in the dash and popped the switch in. Also, make sure there is room behind the dash before you drill.
We were able to utilize the existing light mount tabs for the lower light. We used the supplied mounting hardware, which come with every Upper Crust LED Light Bar. The upper light was a little more difficult. We needed to park the truck on a flat surface and measure 50 times to make sure the light was mounted straight. We had to buy 2.25” bolts to reach all the way through the bull bar. We drilled the holes and everything matched up.
And when it comes to installing things on an Off-Road type vehicle, we LocTited all the light’s mounting bolts and nuts.
We waited till dark before taking the truck out to adjust the light beams height. Ryan turned on the light bars and he laughed. Ryan was blown away by the amount of light these modest bars through down the road. I find this reaction very common, when people go from headlights, which give off 1,500-2,000 lumens to a bar(s), which throw 20,000-60,000 lumens; it is such a big difference. LED’s also have a different light color; they are more blue then a normal headlight. I find the blue light seems to pierce the dark better; it allows you to see through the trees and bushes.
Adding Upper Crust’s LED Light bar(s) to your rig is not only cost effective, but they are the new trending style and extremely functional.