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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-03-2003, 09:29 PM
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Aux lights

Just wondering where you guys put ur off road lights (HELLA, PIA) lights? As in how did you mount them, where did u mount them? its gonna be awhile before i can get my grille gaurd and i need to go ahead and put the lights on my truck. I am going to be doing a lot of driving at night in wooded areas. Do YOU have to drill into the bumper to mount them? Any suggestions would really help, thanks.


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Re: Aux lights

There's alot of schools of thought on this one. Some like high mounts, others low. The major thing is what kind of illumination you want, legality, and the trails you run. Where I run, despite being in densely wooded areas, the ideal is to find the highest spot on the truck, and then go 6" higher, because it's not that often that you're gonna find a tree limb hanging THAT low. Other guys feel that the top side of the bumper is the best spot, because it won't interfere with your approach angle, and it won't snag on trees. HOWEVER, they will be vulnerable to low brush (there shouldn't be any, but some trails do overgrow over time, they should be maintained, and blazing new trail is never an option) and water crossings. Auxiliary lights throw alot of candlepower down the trail, and they create a MASSIVE amount of heat doing so. I made the mistake of washing winter road crud off a set of fog lights I had on my old truck, and ended up shattering a lense because I didn't let the lights cool enough. There's alos the bad mix between water & electricity to worry about too..
There are two holes in the underside of the bumper that can be used for mounting lights, but they're gonna be VERY vulnerable there. If I were you, I'd punch some holes in the top of the bumper for mounting your lights, or fab up a bracket you can bolt to the front of the bumper (baja bar/rally bar) through the stock bolt holes. choice is yours, options are limitless.
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Re: Aux lights

another option is some cb antenna mounts for the mirrors looks kinda odd and kinda cool at the same time ...... plus they [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] light your engine compartment with the doors and hood open
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Re: Aux lights

I've always mounted mine on top of the bumper. I rarely encounter brush on the trails I use that may hurt the lights.
I don't have any aux lights on my truck now, I just don't do much night ops.
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