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Dynojet's New Gyro Vision Trail Tracking Led Light Pods

Posted in How To: Electrical on July 18, 2017
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Photographers: Simon Richards

Way back when, Tucker made a car with 3 headlights. That wasn’t the genius part though. That happened because the center headlight swiveled to follow the steering wheel. You turned the wheel left or right, and the light followed accordingly to light the direction the car was actually going. Genius, right?

With their new Gyro Vision Multi Axis Trail Tracking Off-Road Lights, Dynojet Research has taken that idea a few steps further. First, they use LED’s rather than Tuckers incandescent, then they follow steering wheel input by automatically swiveling the lights 30-degrees from center not only side to side, but they track 30-degrees up and down as well! They’re self-leveling so no matter what the angle of the hill you’re heading up, the lights will follow the terrain and not shine straight up. The same on descents, as the lights will track up to show you what’s ahead.

We say they lights swivel, but that’s not entirely accurate. As with many aftermarket lights these are a pod style unit, but the difference with the Gyro Vision is that only the three internal LED lights actually swivel, not the entire pod.

The Dynojet Gyro Vision system.

For now, Dynojet (yes, of dynamometer fame) produces kits for the Polaris RZR, the Ford Raptor and the Jeep JK. While the light pods are identical for each kit, there are slight differences between how the units operate. The RZR has a control panel module that can operate the lights in automatic mode or they can be manually operated via a small joystick. The Raptor and JK however are totally automatic and operate by plugging into the vehicles computer. That’s right, a plug goes into the OBDII socket, and the computer tells the lights when to swivel. They don’t use the control panel either, which makes them even easier to install.

Installation for each kit is easy too. Simply mount the lights, run one lead from the lights to the OBDII, connect the lights and then run that lead to the power source. With a Raptor, there are factory accessory switches ready for items such as lights that are simple to plug into so the install is very clean.

The RZR is slightly different as it uses a steering pot to detect when the wheel is turned. That system is easy to install as well as there’s literally only about 5 connections to be made and Polaris was nice enough to put an electrical power block up front and behind the dash.

With only three LED’s per pod, the Gyro Vision lighting system is not going to replace a 40-inch LED light bar, but we think that these lights would make a good addition to a total lighting program. Mounted on A-pillars or down low in the valence (as they are with the Raptor) they would give a wider range of light than exists now. If more light output is desired, additional pods can be connected to the Gyro Visions network (up to 5 on the RZR, and unlimited on the Raptor).

Connecting the Gyro Vision is very simple, and the detailed instruction manual is easy to read. This schematic is part of the instructions, and it shows exactly how to wire the lights to the controller.
The front panel is removed from the RZR.
After the dash has been pulled, the center glove box is removed and the mount for the control box is bolted to the bottom edge. It’s then reinstalled.
The control box is attached to the mount.
Called a “steering pot,” this device detects that the steering wheel shaft is being turned. It in turn sends a signal to the control box to rotate the lights.
The harness from the control panel to the light pod is connected.
The lead wire is run up through the body work.
There is one connector that needs to be mounted to the wire leads, but it’s easy as there is a diagram with the instructions.
With the mounts installed onto the cage, the light pods are mounted up.
The lead from the control box is attached to the pod, and the lead is run from the one pod to the other. It doesn’t matter which pod you connect to the control panel.
As the second light pod only has one lead running to it, a termination cap is installed into the second connection. This is to keep water and debris out of the unit.
Polaris provides this handy electrical block on the inner wall beneath the front cover. It provides both power and a place to run the ground lead.
With the electrical leads made, the front cover is put back on and the install is done.
The Dynojet Gyro Vision control panel allows for the lights to be operated automatically or via the joystick.
With 30-degrees of side to side and up and down movement, the Gyro Vision LED light pods can put light were you’re going as well as where you need it.
Mounted in the front valence, the Raptor kit is clean and functional.
Installing the Gyro Vision onto a Raptor is even easier as the lights are automatically controlled via the OBDII port.
Plug and play is the word with the Raptor kit.
Sturdy mounts connect the Gyro Vision light pods solidly to the frame.
Ford includes a bank of switches to make adding aftermarket items such as lights to the Raptor simple.

Sources

Dynojet Research
N. Las Vegas, NV 89081
800-992-4993
www.dynojet.com

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