Running lights can add a new level of good looks to your truck, but they can be expensive to have installed professionally. The good news is that most of the time you can install these lights on your own and save a lot of money. With a little work and some basic tools, you can add to the beauty and value of your truck easily.
Running lights are not hard to wire up and there are kits on the market now that can get you started. Most of the time these kits only provide for a basic lighting rig, but the skills that you learn while installing a kit can easily be transferred to installed non-kit lights allowing you to expand your lighting rig as much as you want and as your budget allows.
Most of the time the kit will include almost everything that you need to install do it yourself running lights. There are a few things that you will need to have on your, however. You will need a power drill with a 1/4 inch and a 1/8-inch drill bit for one. You will also need some pliers both wire style and regular. In addition, you will need to have a pair of gloves, a pair of goggles and a floor jack and jack stands if you are going to be installing lights under the bumper or along the running boards of the truck. It’s just easier to lift the truck up than to try to work flat on your back underneath on the ground.
Most of the kits come with an instructional booklet or even a DVD. It is highly advised that you look at these items before starting. Furthermore, make sure that you have the time to do the job right. It’s advisable to have at least four hours to work on the project so that you can get it all done in one go. You should ask for help from a person who has another vehicle in case you need to go for parts or tools that you find you need but don’t have. You should not under any circumstances try to drive your vehicle once you have started until the project is done.
Do it yourself running lights are a great way to add to your trucks looks, increase its value and elevate its level of safety. They are easy to install, economical and most of all they are fun to have and to put on, especially when you do the project with a friend.