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Unread 06-11-2013, 01:38 PM   #1
wrscpc07
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Mount light bar on hood or windshield?

Im trying to make a tough decision right now and I figured I would ask for some opinions. I need to make one before I start cutting my bar.

Long story short, I bought a 2X2 fence post and am either wanting to put it above the windshield like another member did, or under my hi lift on my hood where some other members have put theirs.

Above the windshield I would have to drill holes. On the hood I would just use the hinge holes where my hi lift is mounted. I would also have to find L shaped brackets that fit perfectly without interfering with the soft top because that space above the windshield is very small. I'd also have to wire the lights down the windshield as appose to on the hood they would go right in where the hood lifts and then the firewall is right there making it very easy to get them inside the cab to the switch. Under the hi lift would be low profile. I would also only use 4 lights on the hood as opposed to 6.

I elaborated more in my build (in my signature)

Pics of other members light bars and a rough look of what it would be under my hi lift:
Also some more pics of just the bar resting underneath the hi lift

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Unread 06-11-2013, 07:24 PM   #2
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The lights will be more effective over the windshield but they'll work well on the hood. Since hood mount is easier, try it there first. If you don't like it, change to over the windshield. Besides, jeeps are never finished, they're always a work in progress, right?
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Unread 06-11-2013, 07:32 PM   #3
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The lights will be more effective over the windshield but they'll work well on the hood. Since hood mount is easier, try it there first. If you don't like it, change to over the windshield. Besides, jeeps are never finished, they're always a work in progress, right?
Haha I agree. But you're right, if I decide to move it to the windshield I can always do that.
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Unread 06-11-2013, 10:31 PM   #4
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Just remember, depending on what the light pattern is your going to get a lot of glare off the hood if they are mounted right on it. Might want to rig them up to a set of jumper cables and see how much glare you get at night before you mount them.
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Unread 06-12-2013, 05:31 AM   #5
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Just remember, depending on what the light pattern is your going to get a lot of glare off the hood if they are mounted right on it. Might want to rig them up to a set of jumper cables and see how much glare you get at night before you mount them.
Each light will only stick out a tiny bit from the bar and I plan to paint the bottom of the light. Ive heard by doing this it helps. Plus I wonder if having the hi lift on top of it will shield some of the glare that I can see
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Unread 06-12-2013, 11:57 PM   #6
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Each light will only stick out a tiny bit from the bar and I plan to paint the bottom of the light. Ive heard by doing this it helps. Plus I wonder if having the hi lift on top of it will shield some of the glare that I can see
I have dual beam floods on the windshield of mine just above the hood, they are 110w each and the glare on my white hood is not bad but the glare off my 2m and stereo antenna makes me want to paint them black.
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