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Unread 05-04-2012, 01:51 PM   #1
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Home Made Hood Light Bar!

I've been looking around the web for a cool hood mount light bar, everything I saw that was cool was really pricey and most didn't even come with the lights. So I just decided to just make my own!

So I went to my local lowes store and bought a soils steel bar:
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This one to be exact:


Then I went and got some truck bed liner paint and painted the bar.




I bought 3 pair of fog lights from Auto Zone I was going to do KC lights but decided I'm not going to be using this everyday so there was no point in spending twice as much money. The lights I bought were $19.99 a pair.
After going to 3 different Auto Zones (aperentlry each store can only get one at a time lol ) but after 3 different towns 3 different Auto Zones, I got all 6 lights and mounted them up to the bar:


After I got them all straight and lined up how I wanted them I got a pair of 90 degree elbow brackets and test fitted everything:


So everything will line up and work perfectly so now I taped up the front of the lens and I am going to spray the whole thing with the bed liner:


First coat:


Second coat:


First coat top side:



Second coat top side:


Third coat top side:



Time to remove tape and let it dry:



Let it dry for 4 hours and bolted it on:








And a night shot!



And this is where I put the switch:


I wired it up at night so I didn't have my camera out taking any picture but my wiring setup was just like this (minus the second switch) so you can just go off that:
http://www.toughstuffproducts.com/In..._kit_inst.html

Total I spent:
Steal bar $8
3 pair of Fog Lights $60
Various bolts and brackets $10
Can of Bed liner Paint: $8

Total around $86
Tough stuff light bar with light kit $220 plus shipping and tax

I'm happy with the outcome!!!

Thanks for looking! Let me know what you think!

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Unread 05-04-2012, 07:41 PM   #2
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Looks great!
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Unread 05-04-2012, 07:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info looks great. I'll be song this tomorrow
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Unread 05-05-2012, 05:42 AM   #4
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Great job on this.
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Great job. Nicest homebrew cheapskate bar I'be ever seen! I may do this now.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 12:26 PM   #6
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Yeah it really wasn't hard at all. The longest part was waiting to the paint to dry and going around and finding all the lights lol. I'm really happy with it. I'll post some pictures of how much it lights up a dark road later this week.
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This is a great idea and saves $$. Might be copying you for mine as well.
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Unread 05-10-2012, 06:40 PM   #8
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Lights off

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Lights on

It does give you more light ahead but also a lot of reflection... Only negative side I've seen so far.
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It looks good!
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Unread 05-12-2012, 09:56 PM   #10
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Took some new night shots tonight!

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Night shot

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All lights on

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Just headlights and factory Fog lights

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High beams + light bar

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My view with lights off


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My view with lights on


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Sitting pretty!
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Nice, thanks for this. I like homemade stuff.
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Unread 05-15-2012, 08:05 PM   #12
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Awesome. Nice job! May I know why you prefer to have lights on the hood than a roof light bar?
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Unread 05-16-2012, 10:08 AM   #13
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Awesome. Nice job! May I know why you prefer to have lights on the hood than a roof light bar?
Because I don't have the means to build one over the windshield and It still gives me the same amount of light.... A little more light on the hood than I'd like, but it's do able!
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Did you use a relay or just wire everything straight? I am definitely going to do this and just want to make sure on the wiring. It all makes sense I just wanted to calrify about whether or not you used a relay. Also, how stable is it when driving? Do you get any bounce from it or does it stay nice and still? It looks great, great job and thanks for the write up!
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Unread 08-08-2012, 05:21 PM   #15
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Did you use a relay or just wire everything straight? I am definitely going to do this and just want to make sure on the wiring. It all makes sense I just wanted to calrify about whether or not you used a relay. Also, how stable is it when driving? Do you get any bounce from it or does it stay nice and still? It looks great, great job and thanks for the write up!
Yes I used a relay, basically you will end up with 6 lines (+) feeds the ground will just ground with the mounting bracket on the lights which is grounded to the bar which is grounded to the vehicle... So instead of having 6 lines run down the bar I ran 2 lights together so made 3 lines and then just before the bracket ended I went from 3 down to 1...


Like this:
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And as far as it vibrating... it does a little, but not too noticeable... If you did a better l bracket it may not vibrate but that's like the only thing I could find at the time. So it worked.
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