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I wanted adjustable lighting (point in any direction) on my 1025r and didn't want to pay the dealer the 200 bucks or whatever absurd thing they were asking for aux lights, so I bout some 27w LED flood lights on amazon for less than 20 bucks (very bright!) and a pair of magnet mounts from Tractor Supply for 10 bucks each and a pair of two pronged trailer plugs for interfacing with the factory wiring:

Lights:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EAEM6XK

Magnet mounts:
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/traveller-magnet-mount-hardware

Plugs:
https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/hopkins-towing-solutions-2-pole-flat-extension?cm_vc=-10005

I also picked up some of those corrugated wire organizers/covers which ended up serving only to help snake the wires through the ROPS, which was very, very easy.

Anyway, here is the vid, hope this helps some people who were wondering how to interface with the factory wiring harness. Please ignore the trailer full of trash that is going to the dump as soon as it stops raining. :)



A note on the factory light plugs...they are black purple wires than end in what look like plastic tube/cap things. Those tube things come apart (don't be shy, they take a bit of force, but don't rip the wire either...use a pair of pliers to hold the base while you work to remove the cap). You can of course clip them off and crimp or solder on something else, but those TSC plugs work nicely with them, as the video shows.
 

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One important thing...if you're snaking the wires through the ROPS, first reach into the bottom opening and pull out the mess of wires and wire covers that the factory crammed in there. Otherwise there isn't room for your wiring to come out. You can cram them back in there when you're done.
 

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Another thing...the magnets come with rubber covers so they don't scratch your paint. The rubber of course takes some power away from the magnet. So if you are the sort of person who likes to zoom down bouncy ground and one of your magnets comes off, then remove the rubber...it will be much stronger.
 

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I like this idea. Have you had pretty good luck so far with the lights staying in place while having that rubber boot on the magnets? Tough to compare what rough conditions are between how we each use our machines, but just an overall opinion in the couple months since you posted this. -Thx.
 

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I like this idea. Have you had pretty good luck so far with the lights staying in place while having that rubber boot on the magnets? Tough to compare what rough conditions are between how we each use our machines, but just an overall opinion in the couple months since you posted this. -Thx.
They don't fall off on their own unless you hit a really big bump, but if you go mowing, the branches will knock them off every time(unless you don't have those!). Putting them on the inside of the ROPS doesn't help much as the branches get them there too. I used to move them to the horizontal bar that connects the ROPS every time I mowed, but I got tired of that so I removed the magnets and zip tied them in pace (two big black zip ties...looks nice and holds).

I now use the magnet mounts to hold the pins for the folding ROPS, which is easier than sticking them in a different hole and using cotter pins.
 
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Got any night shots or videos?
Think I'm about to order lights now. And grab the rest at tractor supply tomorrow.

You have the floods right? Or the spots? I'm sure the floods are a lot better.
Maybe I'll order one spot to go with the teomfloods :)
 

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Got any night shots or videos?
Think I'm about to order lights now. And grab the rest at tractor supply tomorrow.

You have the floods right? Or the spots? I'm sure the floods are a lot better.
Maybe I'll order one spot to go with the teomfloods :)
No night shots, sorry, and the dealer has the tractor so I can't take any for now.

Yes, they are floods. The headlights make good spotlights, I wanted more fill.
 

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No night shots, sorry, and the dealer has the tractor so I can't take any for now.

Yes, they are floods. The headlights make good spotlights, I wanted more fill.

Cool. Ordering soon. Been wanting lights. So far this seems the simplest and easiest. Not to mention moving them around.
The little bit of searching I've done so far doesn't seem as versatile as this idea. Good job little buddy :bigthumb:

Do you know how many pounds the magnet is? I'm seeing lots of 40-120 pounds. I may step it up a bit.

Also. You can try taking off the rubber so it's stronger and then add electrical tape or something to help with scratches
 

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If I were you I'd skip the magnet and just get big black zip ties. Use two on the bracket, and put tape on the backside so it won't rub the paint off the ROPS. You can still move them around, it's just not as easy. The zip ties let you tilt it up and down. Not a lot, but enough.

I pointed one forward and one backwards.
 

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If I were you I'd skip the magnet and just get big black zip ties. Use two on the bracket, and put tape on the backside so it won't rub the paint off the ROPS. You can still move them around, it's just not as easy. The zip ties let you tilt it up and down. Not a lot, but enough.

I pointed one forward and one backwards.
Think I found the perfect one minus a rubber boot. Still looking but this seemed the best price, size, and strength.
Same size as the Rops and should be plenty strong. I'm sure you can replace the eyehook with your own bolt if the one supplied with the lights don't fit.
CMS Magnetics 173 Pound Holding Power Neodymium Cup Magnet with Eyebolt https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GZDNVQ0/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_tai_vjAqzb26QBBQP

Just realized my lights are way higher than yours for some reason. So looks like I'll be mounting lower or on the inside

Looks like you got me installing lights on my tractor and my zero turn this weekend! And I can't even get my tractor out during the day much less night lol
 

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Oh those look cool! Let me know how they work out. They look too small, but if the magnet is super strong, it might work.
 

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Yeah Mike, those damn tree branches are a problem. Mr. Chainsaw needs to take another trip around the yard soon. Thanks for the updates. I see myself doing something very similar soon. Magnets for the ROPS pins is subtle...but genius!


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Everything coming in the mail on Saturday! Can't wait
 

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I didn't order the 173lb magnet because there was only one in stock. So I grabbed the 112lb one out of curiosity.
I think it's pretty dang strong. See for yourself.

i have to reorder lights because I somehow accidentally ordered beams and not fogs. They work great if I was working in trees or 100yards away :banghead:



https://youtu.be/V6W2g1hBsAM

https://youtu.be/VZTuqQopdWw
 

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How strong is strong? Like...how hard is it to pull them off?
 

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How strong is strong? Like...how hard is it to pull them off?
Did you watch the videos?
It picked up an empty propane tank with no problem.
I almost can't pull it off the Rops if I didn't have the bolt attached. It's on there! I'm sure a limb can still knock it off but it's strong enough to probably catch itself back. Get the 173lb ones and I'm sure you set.
I also bought 2 1/2 bolts because I was trying something. Make sure to get shorter ones and it will make them even stronger since the light won't be so far away.

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https://youtu.be/G-F-apVMcTE
https://youtu.be/yGBqxsCBlRY
 

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Did you watch the videos?
Sorry I missed the videos first time around. Yeah, wow that's pretty strong. You have a lot of leverage on it because of how long it is. If it were flush it would be a beast.
 

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The 112lb magnets with the 1 1/2 bolts are strong as hell. Almost feel like I'll break the light trying to remove it.

The first picture is stock vs led.
Led I replaced the stock headlights, stock fender fogs, and added one fog to the left rop. I'm waiting to get wire to re route wires better and add the fog to the right rops.

I almost feel like the led fender lights were a downgrade from stock but atleast got rid of the ugly yellow color lol.
I believe I forgot to adjust the fog light in the right middle led picture. I should have adjusted it left a little.
 

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What did you use to replace the headlights?
 

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