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post #91 of 1980 Old 01-11-2011, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Smallz... you've raised an interesting concern. I guess I'll just have to wait and see. P.S. any chance when you get a moment you'd give me a measurement of the distance between the center of those 2 bump stops? I don't have access to do it for a while. I'd be truly grateful.

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post #92 of 1980 Old 01-11-2011, 08:24 PM
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Ill get you the measurement tomorrow. I'm at college and have to wait for someone at home to give me the measurement. Another thing you may want to do is use a rubber spacer or black silicon on the bottom of the mounts. If you don't it may scratch the crap out of your paint, can lead to rust, blah blah, blah you know
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post #93 of 1980 Old 01-11-2011, 08:28 PM
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Shouldn't interfere with the hood being up, since it's only 2" tall. I think one of these on a front bumper would be awesome!
I was thinking of cutting the legs off of mine and mounting it up front, I just might have to next time I go home...
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post #94 of 1980 Old 01-11-2011, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Ill get you the measurement tomorrow. I'm at college and have to wait for someone at home to give me the measurement. Another thing you may want to do is use a rubber spacer or black silicon on the bottom of the mounts. If you don't it may scratch the crap out of your paint, can lead to rust, blah blah, blah you know
Then don't sweat it man, I can have someone back in Boston get it off my TJ for me, I didn't know you didn't have yours with ya
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I was thinking of cutting the legs off of mine and mounting it up front, I just might have to next time I go home...
Only problem I see is where would you fit it? We've both got winches and tubular bumps built in, so unless it was a 2-3 unit wide thing that could mount between the light mount brackets on the hoop, I don't know where I would put it up front.
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I was going to try and mount mine upside down under my existing lights. I think I can just squeeze mine in. Can you picture it? I have a welder and plenty of scrap metal hanging around my garage. I can make something work. O and I will get the measurement. Its not a big deal. besides then it will be accurate!
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I think I can picture what you mean. Maybe it's just the photo's perception but I think your bar is too wide. Maybe I'm totally wrong though.. I think in a worst case scenario, you could cut the bar down to 2-3 lights, and mount it under the hoop... kind of like this (PLEASE excuse the lack of this being photoshop.. just woke up at 3:30 and did this in microsoft word...? anyway it gets the point across)




p.s. you need to weld yourself a D-Ring attachment, so your winch isn't connected to your suspension, assuming that's what's going on here.


Edit: I looked at the first picture you posted and I think it might be hooked to the frame holes, so disregard !
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So I found a post on here where someone had made their own hood light bar, but had figured a mount that extended it forwards of the windshield fluid dispensers. I think this idea is good, and just need some steel to bend to do it. Shouldn't be that hard, I wouldn't think. 1" piece of steel, filed smooth and painted black. Also would be more sturdy than the simple L brackets I was planning on.

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[quote\]p.s. you need to weld yourself a D-Ring attachment, so your winch isn't connected to your suspension, assuming that's what's going on here.

Edit: I looked at the first picture you posted and I think it might be hooked to the frame holes, so disregard ![/quote]

There is a hook mounted on the frame with grade 8 hardware, its good to go. The picture you played with on word is exactly what I was thinking. I might need to cut it down we will see. I think I will probably box mine like you did. I have another idea...more to follow. The measurement from the center of one mounting hole to the next was 26.25in if you were still considering mounting it there. I like the idea of the brackets that mount it forward to clear the sprayers, that's probably the best bet.
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Alright so I was thinking about ditching the bar or maybe a combination. My idea would be to deep mount them into the bumper on the flat sections.

rectangular fog lights

round fog lights
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^ Bar and 2 circular. I don't particularly like the look of rectangular lights (fogs, driving, etc) on Tjs because I think it screws with the look of the headlights. Lightbars excluded. If you did the small bar under the tube (you could use pipe fasteners/clamps and then tie into those from the bar you have) you could then drill out those holes for small circular lights in the bumper itself (kind of like what mine look like, see pic below) Check out this link for smaller circular lights that can be fitted with 100w H3 lamps ... they're 3 1/2" 55 watts, 2 for $12.99

This is from before I installed the lamps, but still gives the idea:

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post #103 of 1980 Old 01-13-2011, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Well the work continues on the light bar. I finished cutting the 4th hole, and then used the grinder bit to dremmel down the edges and smooth her out. Lights fit in and out like buttah across all 4 now. I then took some spray paint and touched up the edges of the pipe so that there's no exposed aluminum. Although it won't rust, my OCD kicks in on things like that. I also painted the end cap (2nd one is still on its way). The end cap is seated on some aluminum foil, and the stock is hanging from a clothes hanger and paper clip. Both are hanging by the wood stove to dry.

Next comes wiring, and figuring out the extension bracket. I know these things don't weigh that much so there shouldn't be a lot of problems. I'll probably just end up bending steel like I did for the windshield lights, then drilling through to the bottom of the stock bar. Or I could finish the bracket with a 90 degree angle vertically at the stock bar and that way there will be no exposed bolts from the front or bottom...! We'll see.



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Wow I didn't know how cheap those things are. How do they work considering the price?

Just curious, how do you plan on mounting the lights inside of the light bar?
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Great, search "Northern Tool" lights on the forum and read up. I know there's one guy that uses them (the circular ones) on a bar for his plowing and stuff. You can upgrade the bulbs to more powerful ones, too.

As far as mounting them, I'm going to use adhesive caulking/sealant around the lights. I figure that seals them from the elements, and holds them in place without excessive drilling and bolting. Also, because they're so cheap, if one breaks I can just take an exacto knife to it and cut the light out, then replace. They make Black caulking, so I'll use that to match the stock pipe.

Also, here's a post from a guy who made a windshield skybar out of these lights with the same idea, just to show brightness and stuff:

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got all the lights wired and firing, so heres the pics:




and here's some out in the dark, doesn't do them justice tho:
2 lights

4 lights

all 6


like i said, they are a ton brighter in person.
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