To chicken light, or not

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Gumper, Jan 18, 2020.

Opinions on the extra truck lights

  1. Keep what’s left of the glorious lights

    9 vote(s)
    10.1%
  2. Take all of it off, go bare minimum

    24 vote(s)
    27.0%
  3. Add more like it’s Christmas

    56 vote(s)
    62.9%
  1. Happily Retired

    Happily Retired Road Train Member

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    I like that shrink tube stuff. Makes tape obsolete.
     
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  3. kylefitzy

    kylefitzy Road Train Member

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    Yep! I use uninsulated butt connectors and glue lined heat shrink. It’s even better then the expensive all in one connectors because you can get a better crimp and not worry about piercing the heatshrink, defeating the whole purpose.
     
  4. mustang190

    mustang190 Road Train Member

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    Maybe not. But when you blow past that slow ### Swift all the poor guy see’s is a streak of lights, they paid for themselves!:D
     
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  5. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

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    I posted a picture of the wiring I hacked out of my cab's dash a while ago. Suprised the truck never burnt to the ground. Good thing its a 40 year old truck and it can be rewired completely in a matter of a few days.
     
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  6. JPenn

    JPenn Road Train Member

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    If I were wiring up chicken lights (and I will, once I get something to hang them on), they're going to be run off their own dedicated fuse panel, completely independent of any other wiring circuits. Switched accordingly as well, so OEM switches = OEM lighting, and chicken switch = SUNSHINE BABY! Sometimes incognito at night is useful...

    So, to answer OP's question... light 'er up!
     
  7. kylefitzy

    kylefitzy Road Train Member

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    That was my plan to, even went as far as buying the fuse panel and planing out how everything would be wired. Then the new truck showed up with 4 spare switches and 10 unused circuits on the factory fuse panel. Makes it pretty easy to hook things up and look factory.
     
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  8. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    If you were pulling a refer, and it's a 900, then I'd have to say you need to rival the mother ship from Close Encounters.
     
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  9. Gumper

    Gumper Road Train Member

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    I prefer stealth mode with my open deck
     
  10. spyder7723

    spyder7723 Road Train Member

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    Many years ago you could get a ticket for a chicken light out, I sure got my fair share of them in Tennessee and Virginia. But that was changed a long time ago.
     
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  11. MrEd

    MrEd Road Train Member

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    I've always been told that too. And have had a number of arguments here on TTR about it. I just try to keep them all working and go from there. Makes more sense than worrying about what DOT officer will or won't write it up. It also makes more sense to fix it than to argue about it.
     
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