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Unread 10-04-2013, 06:19 AM   #1
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aux light mounting

I've been looking for a way to mount some roof lights to a roof rack. WHY are mist brackets $20+ each? It's rediculous for a piece of metal..

The best idea ive seen was "straight cb antenna mounts" saw that on a forum post. But I can't find them anywhere.

Can anyone supply some links or ideas?

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Unread 10-04-2013, 08:13 AM   #2
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"WHY are mist brackets $20+ each?" Because they know most people do not have the equipment to make them, and someone will pay it.

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Unread 10-04-2013, 09:05 AM   #3
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Damnn auto correct. Anyways.. that's rediculous id have to spend over $100 just for brackets..

I guess ill try to fab something from sheet.metal or somthing when I get back to work -_-
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Unread 10-04-2013, 09:08 AM   #4
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Damnn auto correct. Anyways.. that's rediculous id have to spend over $100 just for brackets.. I guess ill try to fab something from sheet.metal or somthing when I get back to work -_-
I fully agree. You might want to kill two birds with one stone and get a roof rack.

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Unread 10-04-2013, 09:29 AM   #5
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I am getting a roof rack, but none of the ones I'm looking at have light brackets, except the surco.. but that thing is damn expensive too. Then the brackets are $50 a pair and I need 6 total.
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Unread 10-04-2013, 09:44 AM   #6
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I am getting a roof rack, but none of the ones I'm looking at have light brackets, except the surco.. but that thing is damn expensive too. Then the brackets are $50 a pair and I need 6 total.
You should be able to find some angled pieces of metal to screw onto the roof rack, drill some screw holes into it and mount some lights. Hardware stores should have them. This is coming from someone who doesn't have any mounted lights, so take it with a grain of salt, but that's how I see it.

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Unread 10-04-2013, 12:57 PM   #7
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I have seen pictures and might do it myself as a temporary fix until I get my roof rack, but I've seen people use the factory roof rack cross rails and drilling their holes down through that to mount your lights to.
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Unread 10-04-2013, 01:46 PM   #8
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I have seen pictures and might do it myself as a temporary fix until I get my roof rack, but I've seen people use the factory roof rack cross rails and drilling their holes down through that to mount your lights to.
I would think that would weaken the cross-bar. I'd clamp it on, just like the roof-rack. No damage, no weakening.

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Unread 10-04-2013, 01:54 PM   #9
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I have seen pictures and might do it myself as a temporary fix until I get my roof rack, but I've seen people use the factory roof rack cross rails and drilling their holes down through that to mount your lights to.
I was thinking, I might use 1/8 inch break metal and bend enough pieces for 6 lights

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I would think that would weaken the cross-bar. I'd clamp it on, just like the roof-rack. No damage, no weakening.

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I thought about this before 2 I was gonna run to the local pic-a-part Nd grab a backup cross bar
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Unread 10-04-2013, 07:55 PM   #10
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Those cross bars actually provide integrity? Did not know that. Luckily Im goin to the JY tomorrow and hopefully grabbing two more anyways. Thinking about mounting my spare up there to two of them until I get my roof rack. Then going to mount lights all the way around it.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 08:32 AM   #11
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Right now this pair is on sale for $30 shipped... I use them and have no complaints..

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Unread 10-06-2013, 11:58 AM   #12
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Right now this pair is on sale for $30 shipped... I use them and have no complaints.. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
They are round and the cross-bars are oblong, do they stay tight?

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Unread 10-06-2013, 03:30 PM   #13
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They are round and the cross-bars are oblong, do they stay tight?

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Sorry I guess I missed the part for the stock crossbars... I'm not sure on the oblong, but they've been perfectly tight on my Rola rack for a cple yrs...
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Unread 10-06-2013, 03:47 PM   #14
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These lights have hardware to bolt to whatever plate or bracket you choose right? I plan on just drilling holes through the bar itself and mounting them. The bar has plenty of strength. They aren't made of plastic.
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Unread 10-21-2013, 11:18 PM   #15
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Ended up using my factory bar and felt like getting a little creative. Thanks for all the advice. ended up spending about $20. had some fiberglass from doing body work left over.

Very happy with the results
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