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Unread 01-30-2014, 07:56 PM   #1
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Anyone do a RRO front bar w/o winch mount

So I kinda just want the RRO front brush bar, but have no plans of putting in a winch. Any of you guys with one think its doable without the mount? Like if I get a piece of aluminum to put behind the bumper as a backplate so the bolts don't pull through.

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Unread 01-30-2014, 08:13 PM   #2
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What would be point be then if not to mount to the frame via the mount?
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I think it's a reasonable question. I like their smaller light bars but can't really see having to put their huge piece of fabbed steel in there for a light bar with 2 lights. Seems like over kill. But then I also don't know how flimsy the bumper is or what it would take to keep a small light bar stable enough for 2 lights.
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The bumper is plastic Aka flimsy. It wouldn't take much force to break off any of their accessories if only mounted to the plastic. I say this from having installing two of these mounts thus being familiar with the entire setup.

Then again what do I know. I didn't design the mount.
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Yeah exactly. I'm also not sure of how heavy it is, it may start pulling away from the bumper due to its weight. I was just lookin to see if anyone with one could speak to the weight and probability of it.
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Thanks Jackal.
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Maybe like two small rigid lights but over time I could see them working loose or just not holding up that well. And you know if you call and ask them they won't say yea sure go for it. Lol
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I totally get your question. An entire bumper mount for two little light mounts seems overkill. Perhaps it is. Personally I am just not a fan of mounting metal to plastic on vehicles at least to the outside.


Somewhat of a pickle here.


But...maybe a fat piece of metal behind would be worth a shot. If it doesn't work you have the holes for the mount. Just start with the light mounts. Just have to get the spacing perfect the first time.
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Yeah, of course they are going to say I MUST use their $270 mount that costs prob another $100 to ship, just cause I like the way it makes the front of the jeep look.
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Since you've been behind the bumper cover several times, do you think there would be another way to reinforce a light bar that wouldn't require the winch mount? I'm no metal fabricator, but I know people.... Seriously, think there would be a way to make a study but not to heavy duty brace as the RRO winch mount?

No question, light mounts can really mess up things just from brushing the lights into brush and what not, there is often a lot of leverage just from the lights and the mount. I think reinforcement is needed for sure, just not a friggin winch mount that you could use to haul out another vehicle.
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Yeah, of course they are going to say I MUST use their $270 mount that costs prob another $100 to ship, just cause I like the way it makes the front of the jeep look.
the mount and combo bumper was only $32 for shipping. Pretty cheap actually.
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Wow, crazy. I was just judging but what it was when I priced out the roof rails.
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Since you've been behind the bumper cover several times, do you think there would be another way to reinforce a light bar that wouldn't require the winch mount? I'm no metal fabricator, but I know people.... Seriously, think there would be a way to make a study but not to heavy duty brace as the RRO winch mount?

No question, light mounts can really mess up things just from brushing the lights into brush and what not, there is often a lot of leverage just from the lights and the mount. I think reinforcement is needed for sure, just not a friggin winch mount that you could use to haul out another vehicle.
Possibly. But I think it would need support from the frame. Not just a good piece of metal running the width of the bumper behind the lights or whatever will be there. The ml inch mount bolts to the frame and all the accessories mount to the mount via the holes in the mount going through the bumper. That is where the support comes from. And that can be a lot of work. But if you have the resources and time...doesn't hurt to try.
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Wow, crazy. I was just judging but what it was when I priced out the roof rails.
100 for shipping for the roof rails? Seems off.
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Yup, like $82 or something to get them to NC. If I want the rack, it's almost $200. The reason I haven't pulled the trigger yet. But I'm getting off topic.

I get what you're saying, I would rather do it right, then jimmy rig it and end up replacing a front bumper.
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