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Old 06-10-2007, 09:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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SSR Under Hood Retractable Cord Light Installation

On most of my vehicles, I’ve made several lighting upgrades, since the manufacturers in recent years have deleted many of those that were previously installed as standard factory equipment such as footwell courtesy lights and under hood lights. I just completed an under hood lighting upgrade on my SSR for less than $10- here’s how.

Many Chevy and GM full size pickups and SUVs in the 1990s had a retractable cord reel light mounted to the passenger side inner fender in the engine compartment. These lights are still available at junkyards and I recently bought one, along with its complete wiring harness and inline fuse, for $5.00. I mounted it in the SSR engine compartment to the left side of the airbox, where it fits very well, and routed the harness around the washer fluid bottle, connecting the ground terminal to an inner fender mounting bolt, and the power lead to the leftmost positive terminal of the under hood electrical center. I used the lower one of the two existing airbox mounting screw holes for the lower mounting point of the light, and drilled one 9/32 inch diameter hole, templated from the light, through an external support of the airbox. This upper hole will be very tight to a corner of the airbox, so I opted to use a socket head capscrew (which has a smaller head than a conventional hex bolt) and self-locking nut for this fastener. You will also need to replace the Torx head screw removed from the lower airbox mount with a longer one to capture the speed fastener on the airbox. It is not necessary to use the third mounting hole on the light.

This light has a magnetic base and can be extended to reach all the way to the right rear fender of your SSR. I’ve also found it useful when I needed a quick look for items in the interior at night. One word of note: these lights are not moisture-proof and I’ve had to disassemble a couple of the used ones I’ve bought to clean or repair corroded internal terminals…an easy task but be aware that you might have some minor cleanup to do on a used light. New lights may still be available from GM but when I last checked about three years ago, I think they cost about $45 without the harness. The total cost of my modification- the light, wiring harness, a new light bulb, two capscrews and a self-locking nut- was less than $10. See the photos of the final installation.

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Old 06-10-2007, 10:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great upgrade!

Our Suburban and Tahoe has lights mounted to the underside of the hoods which were activated when the hoods are opened.

Thanks for the tip and photos!
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Great idea, Snomuncher!

I had those lights on a number of GM vehicles and they sure came in handy.

You should consider designing an after-market kit and with a little marketing . . . who knows, YOU COULD BE "RICH AND FAMOUS"!

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How does the light turn off and on? Is there a switch.


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The picture shows one on the side of the unit.
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Gm Has It In Stock.

G.M has this light new 15990293 list =$47.66 CLUB PRICE IS $31.46
IT HAS THE HARNESS WITH IT. PM ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE ONE.
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G.M has this light new 15990293 list =$47.66 CLUB PRICE IS $31.46
IT HAS THE HARNESS WITH IT. PM ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE ONE.
This is a good deal. Is the price still the same UMPIRE?
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This is a good deal. Is the price still the same UMPIRE?
You might want to address that question to BYERS or RSSRTOY since Umpire13 is no longer a part of the GM parts chain to my knowledge.
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