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Hi all, Merry Christmas! Running an end of year special on my remaining stock. Specifically, I have a couple Sport driving pattern SS3 pods (in white and yellow) as well as a Pro level fog light kit in white. Please contact me if interested!
 

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I got the first prototype from the 3D printer yesterday. Made a couple errors measuring the stock halogen, but it was close enough to be able to do some test fitting. The beam seems pretty level, however, the pod itself is physically, lower, and more offset towards the center of the car than I'd like. I have an updated bracket getting printed again with higher infill to make it a little stronger, adjust for my errors, etc.
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One thing I hadn't realized ahead of time is the front surface of the off road light housings aren't perfectly parallel to the front of the Xterra, so the pod will likely not be able to be positioned flush to the front surface of the housing if I want the beam pointing perfectly forward. I'm also a little concerned with heat generation in a flush mounted configuration.

The new design has a yaw in the pod mounting locations in order to help align the beam spread. Currently it seems it is pointing to much to the driver side. I haven't decided how much beam overlap I want to set up. These pods are a 8x18 pattern. This is what I am hoping to take a look at with the next bracket, in addition to attempting to center the pod better in the stock housing.

Once that is all sorted out I think I will make one additional bracket design that flush mounts the pods to the housing, however this will prevent the use of the covers if I wanted them for some reason, in addition to possibly making ventilation worse.
Hi All!

I am came across 4" LED roof light in stock housing post recently and decided to try something similar
(How-to: Rough Country 4" LED Roof Lights in Stock Housing).

I decided I want something in the stock locations that would have a tighter beam pattern, more reach and less hood glare.

Figured I would share my progress so far. I decided to go with the Diode Dynamics SS3 Pro SAE Driving pods (Stage Series 3" SAE/DOT White Pro Round LED Pod (pair)). The SS3 Pro is quite bright, I am super happy with the output. Below are a couple images where I wired up one of the pods to compare the output compared to the stock high beams, the cheap 30" Chinese LED light bar on my brush guard and the stock off road halogens.


Top very bright spot is the SS3 the amber light below is the stock high beams. There is also one of the stock off road halogen still wired up and that is the amber light band above the high beams on the right side of the image. Please note the SS3 is not aligned in these images and is literally resting on the air dam.

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This image also has the spot/flood combo 30" Chinese light bar that is on the brush guard. I reduced the exposure to help make it easier to see the difference between the light bar and the new pod. Really no comparison. So I imagine after I finish installing the SS3's in the stock off road location the Chinese bar is getting pulled and replaced with some other Diode Dynamics pods or bars not sure which ones yet.

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After I got all the parts off the Xterra, I decided the best course of action was to design a bracket to allow the reuse of the stock halogen lighting housing (black part). So I sketched up something on the Alibre CAD software and am having a friend 3D print a prototype this weekend.
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If that fits then I am probably going to have the real part made from ABS or something similar. One thing I am still trying to decide on is how I where I want the front face of the new pods to be. Flush mounted (covers would no longer be usable) or recess like the stock halogens. I like the look of the flush mounted pods but also like the idea of being able to cover them when not in use. The current prototype will be the recessed version.

Any case, I'll post more images etc. once I get the first one mounted and then after I get the final parts from the 3D printers.
Hey there, I'm Tug. I heard from someone on Xterra page that you can make more and you are willing to sell? I'm so excited about my Xterra even though I get shit on all the time because it's "not a real off roader" in other people's eyes. If you could I'd love to buy these brackets and install them. Look up your directions if you supplied them. I really love diode ss3 and will be installing them for my fog lights.
 

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@oddball86 any chance you're still selling the brackets? Would love to swap out my stock boob lights for some DDs. Let me know please!! This would be a life saver
I bought a set of brackets and never used them. You want? Still in the unopened box from Oddball. Message me…


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Hi Everyone! Recently got back from another road trip! We were mainly in Utah with a little bit of time in Arizona and Colorado, too many beautiful places to see! Brackets are still holding up great. I have 2 sets of brackets left, after that I'm planning on waiting until there is sufficient demand before I make more. Once I get the rest of the pictures on the computer I post some more of the cool places we visited!

Tire Cloud Wheel Sky Car


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