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Unread 07-26-2012, 01:07 AM   #1
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Where to mount off-road lights?

I want to mount some KC 100w daylighters on my 2010 JKU Sahara that will be used for offroading and night driving, but I don't know how. I was going to mount them on the front stock bumper but then people on the forums said that there is risk of blocking airflow. Is this a real danger? I didn't really like the look of any of the light bars for the bumper either, and I also heard about problems with the brackets on quadratec being flimsy and not strong enough to hold the weight.

So then I started looking at windshield mounts but I am now worried about the glare and obstruction it will create while in use.

What people are saying on the forums does not inspire confidence in either option. This is my first mod so I want it done right and to look good. What should I do?

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Unread 07-26-2012, 01:35 AM   #2
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Good question. Stock bumper doesn't have many provisions for mounting such animals!

As far as blocking the radiator/overheating - personally, I have seen/heard people running large objects in front of their radiator - particularly the Warn Powerplant winch, large lights and transmission coolers and I haven't heard about anybody having any issues. However, warmer climates may vary!

Windshield mounts are a good option - there are several options out there that toss the lights out to the side of the window - and this would probably be the easiest install considering you are running a stock bumper.

As for the stock bumper, I don't know how you would hard-mount the lights to the bumper without some sort of light bar. Perhaps fabricate some sort of reinforcing plates bolted from the top-to-the bottom, sandwiching the plastic bumpertop and a hole for the lights? Dunno. These types of lights are much easier to set up on an aftermarket bumper....

Perhaps cruising Quadratec or other parts sites for light mounts.
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Unread 07-26-2012, 01:39 AM   #3
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Just checked out quadratec, go to their website and search for keyword: "light mount"

Lots of solutions for stock bumpers, they have a bracket mount that goes on the front bumper and just to the sides of the radiator for $70. Could be right up your alley!
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Unread 07-26-2012, 02:06 AM   #4
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Just checked out quadratec, go to their website and search for keyword: "light mount"

Lots of solutions for stock bumpers, they have a bracket mount that goes on the front bumper and just to the sides of the radiator for $70. Could be right up your alley!
Those were the brackets that I were talking about. There was one thread on the forums that said they weren't sturdy enough. I know most people that come to forums and review a product are mostly people with problems and you don't really hear about the people who are satisfied, but I just want to make sure it's a good product.
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Unread 07-26-2012, 03:03 AM   #5
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You could probably beef them up a bit if you were inclined to do so, or if you had a buddy who could do it.
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Unread 07-26-2012, 04:56 AM   #6
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I put my KC 130 on the windshield that seemed to be the best place for long range.




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Unread 07-26-2012, 12:00 PM   #7
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I went with the standard spots. Just came back from a 1000 mile trip and they were perfect the few times I needed them.
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Unread 07-26-2012, 12:27 PM   #8
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I did the windsheild mount. no issues so far.
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Unread 07-27-2012, 12:38 PM   #9
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I have the windshield mounts as well - no issues at night, and I'm less likely to have issues pushing through branches, etc on the trails.
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Don't worry about airflow. Worry about wiring it right.

Mine didn't block airflow...



Before I got the bumper I just drilled holes in the stock bumper and mounted the lights using some good washers.
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Unread 07-27-2012, 02:21 PM   #11
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I ran the q-tech brackets for awhile before I swapped bumpers and had no issues with them. They are more than solid enough for a set of lights.
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Unread 07-27-2012, 03:22 PM   #12
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Anybody know some good windshield brackets that don't interfere with the antenna? I've got the kc slims n I really don't feel like messing up the antenna :/
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