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Old 02-23-2011, 09:10 PM
jrafnell jrafnell is offline
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Default Over Cab Light Bar Installation

Planning to install this soon, will post detailed instructions and pictures as soon as it is complete. I plan on doing it with a few pieces of stainless steel to avoid rust and four off road lights that i already owned. depending on the quality of your materials this project can cost about $20 with regular steel or up to $50 with the stainless steel. either way its cheaper than buying a light bar on the internet.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:37 AM
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let me know how this turns out. its exactly what i did. ive only got like 60 in mine at most including paint. i wana see you did yours
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:12 PM
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Default Re: Over Cab Light Bar Installation

well right now I'm in the process of buying all the materials. so far its cost me about $30. Basically I'm just painting all the parts black,mounting two brackets to my roof, sealing them so theres no leaks, and then attaching a steel strut to the brackets to hold my lights.

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let me know how this turns out. its exactly what i did. ive only got like 60 in mine at most including paint. i wana see you did yours
How hard is it to get the lights angled towards the ground from the top of the rollbar in your bed?
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:52 PM
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mine rotate up and down you can adjust them to how you want them Got them off ebay for 65 bucks for all 4 and there extreamly brite and reach allmost 500 yards. yea i bought my metal from a scrap yard for 40cents a pound. bout like 30 ft of way to much ive got a lot left over
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:05 PM
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Default Re: Over Cab Light Bar Installation

Materials:
1 Steel(or stainless steel) strut $25-$50
2 Brackets $5-$10
1 tube of Caulk/sealant $3
4 Expanding Screws $2
1 small box of Washers $5
2 Tapping Screws $2

First take your tapping screws and drill them into the two brackets to create the holes to hold the strut onto the brackets.







next, attach the strut to the two brackets using the two tapping screw and two washers.







at this point the light bar should look like this and should be assembled completely.



now it's time to attach the light bar to the cab of your Ranger. Pick the spot you want to mount it and use a sharpie or some other marker to mark the spot where you need to drill.



next take the light bar off and set it aside.



drill the holes into your roof and make sure not to go to deep or else you'll drill straight through the cab like i did haha



depending on how far back the holes are drilled you may have to go through more than one layer of sheet metal in your roof.

next use the expanding screws and a washer and hammer them through the brackets and into the roof. be careful not to damage the screws.





once all four of them are in hold the outside of the screw(what looks like a washer on the top of the screw) with a pair of pliers and turn the screw to the right to make it expand and stay in place. You may want to have a friend hold the thing in place with pliers while you tighten it.



now, depending on how your lights are going to be attached you may need to remove the strut to attach them ( i had to do this) but the brackets can stay attached to the roof of the cab.

Once the lights are attached drill on last hole to run the wires back into your cab.



After everything is set up and working the way you want it to use the sealant/caulk to seal the brackets and holes where the wires were run to prevent leaks when it rains. i would recommend using an outdoor caulk that dries quickly and is heat and cold resistant and is completely waterproof. make sure that the sealant is made to attach to metal also.

Hope you enjoy this mod, i know i did. finally found a great place to put my lights.

Heres what my lights look like at night.



Also, if you dont have any lights Wal Mart sells off road lights for around $20.

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Old 02-28-2011, 09:52 PM
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hey looks good. put up a pic of it in the day time lol. mine is a roll bar vs a light bar like yours. i was going to do sumn similer to what you did but opted on the roll bar instead. yea its def a cheaper way to make your truck look bad ass.
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:17 PM
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Default Re: Over Cab Light Bar Installation

Dood i am sorry but you fucked your truck.No disrespect intended and i usually dont say anything but what would possess you to do this? For around the same price you could have got a dick cepek gutter mount light bar or something similiar or you could have gone ghetto and used a gutter mount roof rack and run the wires properly rather than swiss cheese your roof using sheet metal screws and drywall anchors.
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:44 PM
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Awesome man! You should submit that in the "How To" section
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:53 PM
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Default Re: Over Cab Light Bar Installation

im so doing tbhat
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:11 AM
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Default Re: Over Cab Light Bar Installation

you got a picture with it on during the day so we can actually see it? and no disrespect or anything but im with bcghosttowns. seems strange to me that someone would drill into there own roof considering the many different alternatives out there. but hey to each there own. im all for DIY shit and stuff like this. its just the drilling that gets me. and again im not trying to be a dick or anything so please dont take it the wrong way, im just throwing my 2 pennies out there.
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:36 AM
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I'm with the other 2. NEVER would i drill into my roof. you may not see any leakage so far but it'll be soaked into your headliner soon.

May be comin off as a dick but this is stupid.
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Old 03-01-2011, 12:47 AM
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Default Re: Over Cab Light Bar Installation

I had to reread this post just to make sure i hadnt missunderstood or over reacted and once again i mean no disrespect but, Really? were you actually concerned about damaging the screws?





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Old 03-01-2011, 01:09 AM
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either way its cheaper than buying a light bar on the internet.
i'm curious to know how the hell drilling holes into your cab and ruining a perfectly good truck is cheaper than buying a light bar. i'm even from florida originally and think this is an abomination.
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Old 03-01-2011, 01:10 AM
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lol i seen that too and had to lol...
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:15 AM
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Default Re: Over Cab Light Bar Installation

Look, there isn't really any way to mount anything to my roof without drilling holes or putting screws into my roof. It isn't going to leak, I used the same sealant that's used on the windows in the house you live in so unless your windows start leaking my roof wont start leaking. And just to prove it right now it's raining in Orlando and there's no leaking. I know you guys aren't trying to criticize me or anything but I'm just telling you my aide of the story. And to anyone who thought it looked good and is planning on doing this thanks and if you have any questions feel free to post them.
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