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Old 03-01-2011, 08:05 PM
jrafnell jrafnell is offline
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Default How To: Install & Build Over Cab Light Bar

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 03-01-2011, 08:25 PM
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Default re: How To: Install & Build Over Cab Light Bar

Lol I didnt know walmart sells off road lights for $20.
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Old 03-01-2011, 08:37 PM
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Lol I didnt know walmart sells off road lights for $20.
ya, i think after tax here in florida there around $23. there pretty bright lights too. i mean not the quality of KC lights but there definitely worth $20.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:26 PM
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where in florida do you live??
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:21 PM
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where in florida do you live??
in casselberry, about 20 miles north of downtown orlando if you know that area.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:22 PM
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how about a pic in the day time? lights off
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:34 PM
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how about a pic in the day time? lights off
hahaha i was actually uploading the pictures as you asking for them. here they are for anyone else who wants to see them too.





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Old 03-02-2011, 09:38 PM
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If it were me, Id trim down the ends of the bar, and paint it to match the truck, but doesnt look bad otherwise
But i gotta get to wally world now, those were pretty bright lights, all 4 for $20?
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:28 PM
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Good write up man!
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:32 PM
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If it were me, Id trim down the ends of the bar, and paint it to match the truck, but doesnt look bad otherwise
But i gotta get to wally world now, those were pretty bright lights, all 4 for $20?
haha i wish it was $20 for all four lights. but no, it was $20 for each set of 2 so $40 in total. still not a bad price though and they arent bad quality for wal mart lights lol

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Good write up man!
Thanks, glad I'm getting approval on my first write up. I'm gonna try to do a write up for anything i do to my truck. hope the rest of them are as good as this one.
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:02 PM
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Default Re: How To: Install & Build Over Cab Light Bar

I just want to add, if any one is looking at this post and thinking that is a good idea on mounting a light bar. IT IS NOT
That has got to be the most HACk JOB I have ever seen
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:11 PM
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I just want to add, if any one is looking at this post and thinking that is a good idea on mounting a light bar. IT IS NOT
That has got to be the most HACk JOB I have ever seen
x2. I have already gotten into this and don't plan on doing it again.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:00 AM
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Default Re: How To: Install & Build Over Cab Light Bar

It's not too bad... needs to be trimmed on the sides, even with the cab. Instead of steel studs, use 1 or 2 inch square tubing and run all wires inside the tubing to conceal them and protect from corrosion (might want to look at autozone for fake stainless lines to add a finishing touch). Make sure everything is level (looks like the rack is leaning forward in the pic) and run your wiring that has to go through the roof under the mounting brackets for a cleaner look. Other than that not too bad, props for doing something yourself!

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Old 03-26-2011, 04:37 AM
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It's not too bad... needs to be trimmed on the sides, even with the cab. Instead of steel studs, use 1 or 2 inch square tubing and run all wires inside the tubing to conceal them and protect from corrosion (might want to look at autozone for fake stainless lines to add a finishing touch). Make sure everything is level (looks like the rack is leaning forward in the pic) and run your wiring that has to go through the roof under the mounting brackets for a cleaner look. Other than that not too bad, props for doing something yourself!

Rafal
How about not ONE ounce of silicone sealing the holes in the roof. Or a grommet where the wire goes thru. Or using sheetrock anchors in a metal roof.
FAIL
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Old 03-26-2011, 04:48 AM
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Oh my god.

No offense to the op, but this looks like something we'd have done on a beater for fun.

It's not aesthetically appealing, and it damages the roof.

I can only imagine the stress driving on the highway will place on those tiny screws, pulling hard on the less than sturdy sheet of metal they are attached to.

Sorry, but it's a bad, bad idea.
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