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Unread 03-01-2013, 10:41 AM   #1
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Jeep CJ7 light bar

Does anyone know where I can get a front light bar for my CJ7 ? I am hoping to get a windshield bracket mounted one.

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Unread 03-01-2013, 10:45 AM   #2
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Quadrate.com or 4WD.com
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Unread 03-01-2013, 10:45 AM   #3
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Unread 03-01-2013, 11:04 AM   #4
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I refused to pay the crazy prices that a lot of the mfg's charge. So I decided
to make my own. I found someone else's "tutorial" on here for the one that they made. If I
run across it again, I'll put a link up so they get credit for the basic design.



Using their idea as the basis, I simply tweaked it a little using a relay to handle the power
and to keep the power off of the switch.



I'm sure with a little searching you can find the thread I'm talking about.




I have 330 Watts of light at a total cost of $110 - and that could be less is you have the ability to buy stuff locally.
I bought all of mine online so that increased the total due to shipping.
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Unread 03-01-2013, 12:10 PM   #5
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Did you realize that all that glare off the hood negates a large portion of your light output?
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Unread 03-01-2013, 02:29 PM   #6
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Did you realize that all that glare off the hood negates a large portion of your light output?
I'm sure I lose some, but since it's Flat Desert Sand paint, I have very little glare coming off to bother me if I'm driving. We live in a mountain canyon on a two lane "highway" with switchbacks, etc. The main use these lights get is night driving in the canyon since we have thousands of Mule Deer up here. It illuminates quite a bit wider than my headlights which is what I was going for.
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Unread 04-11-2013, 11:46 AM   #7
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Has anyone built their own windshield mounted light bar? They are getting quite high in prices to order them and since I live in canada, shipping is unbelievable
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Unread 04-11-2013, 02:51 PM   #8
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Wayne,
Looks good. Is the bar positioned so it's weight is on the cowl or the hood? God bless.
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Tfiedler, I have an old school windshield mount bracket NOS that I'd let go for around $50, if you're interested.





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Tfiedler, I have an old school windshield mount bracket NOS that I'd let go for around $50, if you're interested.
That would be great Turbogus, where abouts do you live?
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Unread 04-12-2013, 07:16 AM   #11
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Albany, Oregon I could ship it, if you're interested.
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Albany, Oregon I could ship it, if you're interested.
Yes I am interested, first could you tell me a couple other things? I was wondering how it mounts.. The windshield somewhere? And it will a CJ7 ?
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Unread 04-12-2013, 10:34 AM   #13
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When I got 'Black Betty' (1978 CJ5 Renegade) a few years back I noticed where a P.O. had at one time mounted one of these to the upper windshield frame. So I purchased this light bar and since it came sans wiring, wired it up modified the bar slightly so wiring will go through the bar tubing (kind of like running wiring through the handlebars of a motorcycle). About the time I got it wired up and ready to mount my best friend gave me KC's that mounted to my SRC bumper. Needing the wiring I stripped it and used it on the new lights. No marks or damage to the bar just four strategically and discretely drilled under the light tabs for the wiring.

If I emember correctly the difference between the CJ5 and the CJ7 is the length of the body, rather than the width of the windshield. Others may chime in on this to give us a diefinitive answer.
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Unread 04-12-2013, 01:12 PM   #14
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That sounds good, I do believe your right with CJ7's being longer than the CJ5, is the bar fairly strong? I am definitely interested in buying it. Is there anything else I should know?
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Unread 04-12-2013, 01:43 PM   #15
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My 2 cents, windshield mounted light bars are a pain. Depending on how they mount they can cause rust issues down the line and/or rattle loose. And the glare off the hood makes the gained light output much less effective.
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