How-To Install Hide-a-Way Strobes

[ 0 ] January 21, 2007 |

Most of us from time to time have stared at that unmarked police cruiser and thought “I could use a set of those”. Then you get to thinking this might be a big project. I am here to tell you its not. It is one of the easiest mods you can do to get that added the attention you need at a show. The reason I am installing this set is for one of my co-workers who is with one of the volunteer fire departments in Delaware.

Now for the only bad news you will hear in this article… check your local laws about having these. Most states that I know of can not control what you mount on your vehicle but these fall into a different category of mods.

Lets get to the install. The hardest part to this mod is finding a spot to mount the power supply and get the large strobe wires to it. The power supply being installed is the Whelen CSP 660. It is a six head 60 watt supply. This supply is the one most kits are shipped with. You can find kits on various websites, including Galls and eBay.

We chose to mount our electronics under the drivers seat of our 2006 F-250 Super Duty. Once we removed the seat we marked where it had to go and trimmed the carpet to fit. In this photo you see the strobe wires and that is because I took this photo later in the install.

Next, figure out where you are going to hide you strobes. We chose the turn signals and of course the tail lights. All you need here is the strength to say “yes I am going to drill into my $500 dollar set of head lights” and just go for it. For this part you need a one inch drill bit. When you select the spot you are to mount the lights remember the strobe head is not to go any higher then the stock bulb. On the new 2005/2006 model head lights you need to remove a larger section of the backing in order to make the light sit flush in the one inch hole. As seen in this picture, this bulb is in-line with the turn signal and you can’t mount it any where else. If you were to mount it in the head light remember what I told you a few moments ago.

Now here you can see us drilling the tail lights. Here is a helpful tip for you. While drilling the one inch hole, have your buddy hold a vacuum hose to the stock light opening. As you drill it will catch most of the shavings and will help with clean up.

With the hole drilled you can now install the strobe. We are using a set of push-in or grommet style strobe heads. There is also a set where you have to drill two little holes and use the supplied screws to fasten the strobe lights to the assembly.

Now comes the fun part, running all the power cables to the heads. It is generally easier to run this in reverse. Go from your strobe light back to the power supply. With four total wires up front it can make for a large bundle of wires. Just take your time and you will have the clean install you are looking for. Once things are are laid out don’t forget to zip tie your wires up to prevent them from getting worn out and causing problems down the road.

Once you have your wires run you can plug them into your supply. The only thing left is to run the power from the switches to the supply. Just follow the directions on the supply. With the supply you can control which heads are turned on. With one switch, heads 1 and 2 are turned on and with the second switch heads 3, 4, 5 and 6 are turned on. Since this truck had the upfitter switches, we decided to put them to use. The complicated part was getting to the right wires. They are hidden behind the main fuse panel under the steering wheel. The four 10mm screws need to be removed and you can then access the wires for each switch.

That’s it! How creative your install turns out is up to you. I have seen these lights in almost every location a light can be mounted. Just take your time and your efforts will be well rewarded.

Here is a wiring diagram for you.

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