It’s been a few months since our Dirt Sports Nissan NV2500 saw some love. If you’ve been following along with our build, you should be up to date on the current stage of our trusty steed. If not, let us bring you up to speed. When we first took possession of our NV2500, it was as plain as plain could be. It looked like your typical white delivery van; however, it gave us the perfect blank canvas to design and build anything that was possible. Being that we are Dirt Sports + Off-Road, we needed a vehicle that could take care of us on—and off—the road. So the brainstorming process began, renderings were made, and we started the build process.
Since then, our van’s simple white paintjob was wrapped with some bold graphics by B3KREATIV. Once that project was completed, the NV2500 outfitted with suspension components from Icon, as well as some wheels and tires by General and Method Race Wheels. At this stage, our van was ready to hit the dirt in style. However, as the sun started to fall behind the horizon, we were pretty much left scrambling in the dark because the stock lighting wasn’t sufficient enough for the pitch black desert landscapes. It created some problems driving, as well as some problems when loading and unloading all of our equipment. So we called Damon Flippo at Rigid Industries to help light the way.
With his help, we put together a plan that would not only illuminate our path down the dusty desert roads, but also create some light in and around our vehicle when we had to set up, tear down, load, and unload in the dark. It was a true army of LED lights, and we were in some dire need of help when it came time to install everything. Therefore, we called the professionals at Rebel Off-Road in Laguna Hills, California, to help with the install, and they had us back on the road in no time!
Located just miles away from some of Southern California’s prime surf spots, Rebel Off-Road caters to complete vehicle customization. From fabrication to install, Rebel has you covered, and fortunately for us, they are quite skilled when it comes to installing and wiring LED lights.
As we started to put together this build, we knew we were going to need some lights. However, we weren’t sure what or how many lights were going to be needed. We called Damon Flippo at Rigid Industries and explained to him what we were looking for, and he took care of the rest. The result is what you see here: a lightbar, backup lights, interior lights, underglow, utility lights, and much, much more.
Backing up at night can be tricky. Backing up at night in the desert with a van that has low visibility can be damn near impossible. To keep us from running over anything and everything when throwing the DSNV in reverse are these two small LED lights located underneath the rear bumper. Once in reverse, the small LEDs are called into action, and the once barely visible ground becomes illuminated, making it a breeze to backup.
Stock lights are better than no lights when off-roading through the desert, however, they aren’t the best option. To help keep the trail in front of us visible at night, Rigid provided us with their E2 30-inch combo lightbar, and two foglights. No cutting of the factory bumper was necessary, as everything bolted on with ease.
The four LEDs mounted up inside the cab of our van may look small, but pack quite the punch. When turned on, the Rigid A-Series high-power LEDs will make it easy to find anything in the dark.
Austin Foley spent some time creating these wiring harnesses for the DSNV.
As you can see, though, the time spent creating the wiring harnesses made for a clean and professional install. Up top, six Rigid flood lights were mounted to the sides and rear of the DSNV to provide us some light when he had to work outside in the dark.
Underneath, four A-Series blue LEDs were mounted to create some cool underglow effects.
As you could imagine, with over 19 lights involved with the install, wiring can become quite hectic. Because of the complexity of this project, we decided to use the sPOD by Precision Designs. Not only did this save us from hours of work and headaches, it organized everything in a tight little box.
The rocker switches from the sPOD were then installed underneath the steering wheel of our DSNV.
This picture was taken at 11 at night, but you would have never guessed by how bright it was outside with all of the lights turned on. Rigid Industries supplied more than enough lights to help us out in the dark, and we can’t thank them enough. Also, thanks to Austin Foley at Rebel Off-Road for helping us out with his biggest light install yet!
No longer will we have to use our iPhone flashlight to find anything in the rear of our van. Now we can locate anything and everything!