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Best valance size led bar?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by thumper72, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. Feb 18, 2016 at 11:02 AM
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    I would like a LED bar that has a wide flood beam and would like to install in valance but after reading so many post people install mostly 20" it seems and would like to have largest available but not fight to install it... Thought about pods also and wouldnt mind putting them in turn signal areas or on the A pillar..like those eurolife and tuff light and such don't have the money to go get over priced rigids even though they are very nice..

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  2. Feb 18, 2016 at 12:46 PM
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    [​IMG] this is what id like to do.. or something similar...
     
  3. Feb 18, 2016 at 2:28 PM
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    You might be able to install one on the crash bar beams. Like a 30". Stick your head in there and have a looksee. And anything 3d has a nice spread of light. If you can find a 30" 3d, most are 50". And the ones I see that are 30" 3d are overpriced, more than the 50's... Certainly not 4d or 5d if you're wanting flood though..



    Another type to consider is single rows with 10watt leds. Very nice spread of light.

    Evo prime clone 3d(i have these)
    http://pages.ebay.com/motors/link/?nav=item.view&id=222002100230&alt=web

    Xpr clone (have one coming. newest bar out there too)
    http://pages.ebay.com/motors/link/?nav=item.view&id=222008413321&alt=web
     
  4. Feb 18, 2016 at 5:27 PM
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    How long til you test out the new one?
     
  5. Feb 18, 2016 at 5:36 PM
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    Not sure. Coming from Hong Kong. Might be a while. Ha. The one I got is a 12" though, not the 33.. I just put that one up as it might be an option for you since you want a full size one. Might be too long actually. But that's the only size I see in close to it. There's also a 22.7".
     
  6. Feb 19, 2016 at 1:03 AM
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    Yeah you got a good eye man. All great stuff.

    But, not sure what you got goin on with those sizes.. Where's the 32" gonna go? Valence? Not sure a curved would be practical in there. Unless it's for the roof. Then it's a tad short. 42" is probly minimum for roof. And the 21" isn't gonna be a lot of light. Its fine for how much it costs, and is a good design. But if you plan to get a roof bar, the roof bar will overpower that 21" no prob rendering it useless. If you are gonna go for a 21", I'd get either a double row, or single row 10watt style, 'IF' you plan to add a roof bar down the road.. But yeah, that 32" is an awesome 3d bar. Again not sure where you're planning on putting that one.. But I think you can get away with a 30" straight bar to take up the whole valence slot. That's if you can mount it on the crash bars like most others do with 01-15's. Your bumper is a bit different so it may not work as easily. But I'm sure it can be done with a longer bar with some creativity.

    I WAS debating on swapping my 20 out for like a full size 30 in the valence. But I have other uses for the extra space on sides with my 20. So I ended up ordering an upgraded version of my single row 20" in 4d, 17k lumens, with 15 watt leds. This one:
    http://pages.ebay.com/motors/link/?nav=item.view&id=400951946253&alt=web

    Oh, and the pods seem nice. Remember those are 4d. And a very narrow pencil type spot beam.
     
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  8. Feb 19, 2016 at 6:57 AM
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    the eyourlife was suppose to be the 31" bar single row... I was thinking of the possibility of seeing how the curved worked on the bumper to spread light out a bit. but i really need to stop posting things at 1 am in the morning as i dont pay attention to what im doing lol....my main reason of bumper-valance is im afraid of the light emitting inside the cab and on my hood to be honest with you and well mounts are godly expensive it seems...
    That is one sweet looking bar you posted...
     
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  9. Feb 19, 2016 at 12:35 PM
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    Ok so yeah, that single row in 31" would be pretty good. 14k lumens. 5 watt leds. Nice price too. Again I think you could get away with a double row in the valence. But its cost more so Depends on your budget. I like the look of that picture of someone else's bar in there you posted.

    And what about the curved one again? Were you thinking of mounting that straight on the bumper, not in the valence?

    And yeah I agree. Mounts are pricey. I was lucky enough to fab my own. Barely. With some help. Glare is bad with lighter colored vehicles, especially white from what I hear. I've got black, and a 5% tint strip on windshield so that helps. Thinking of doing a blackout strip instead. But it really doesn't bother me too bad unless it's dirty. Just gotta make sure my windshield stays clean clean clean. Ha. Even the slightest dust is horrible. But a quick dry wiper swipe or two sometimes will clear it enough. Bugs are starting to come out so I'll be cleaning it every damned night soon.
     
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  10. Feb 19, 2016 at 9:30 PM
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    yeah was just thinking of mounting directly on the bumper for the curved one. easy to mount and drill holes and i can tack weld it so it cant be stolen also... lol i wonder what a curved large light bar looks like on the bumper lol and still looking for decent ditch lights that are floods.....
     
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    I know I want to get a military breather on the LED bar if possible looks to be very handy, your opinion? And love the lights I don't have a limit on money so to speak just don't like over priced stuff that's $500 that a $50 can do same thing without the name on it... Won't use it alot maybe once or twice a month just we have snow and alot of rain here in Utah and would like to get fog lights of some kind or covers to do so, does the ditch lights on the hood reflect alot of light like a top roof mounter bar?
     
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    i have 1 7/8 inches in height and 31 inches wide i can go and like 5 1/4 inches to the place to mount the led bar so i will more then likely have to make my own mount i guessing...
     
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    Mine is 32" curved

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    looks great and tyvm, how much height do you have in that part of the bumper? how is the light output for you down the road?
     
  16. Feb 21, 2016 at 12:50 PM
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    Not sure what you mean by height, the bar is ~3" tall. Here's the lo beam:
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    Light bar only:
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    Hi beam and light bar:
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    i mean the opening in the valance where the bar is located. from bottom of opening to the top of the opening? mine is 1 7/8" tall.
     
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFqSoe3aSco
    i have to admit im really thinking of going with these auxbeam lights as the 4 videos show they are pretty dang good at handling abuse and such... so should last me a lifetime probably.
     
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    I didn't measure but they're the same bumper, so it should work out.
     
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    oh! i didnt even notice that it was the same i thought it was the newer one due to all your mods with grill and lights and such lol...have you gotten ditch lights at all? if so what mounts did you get? thanks again
     
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