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Ditch/Hood Light Bracket - Ultimate Guide & Poll (Pictures)

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Tac0maSteve, Apr 18, 2017.

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What Ditch/Hood Light Bracket do you have?

  1. Relentless

    35 vote(s)
    9.9%
  2. CaliRaised

    126 vote(s)
    35.8%
  3. CBI

    66 vote(s)
    18.8%
  4. Rago

    76 vote(s)
    21.6%
  5. SOS Concepts

    24 vote(s)
    6.8%
  6. Tacoma Beast

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. SDHQ

    18 vote(s)
    5.1%
  8. T-Rex

    2 vote(s)
    0.6%
  9. Off Camber Fabrications

    5 vote(s)
    1.4%
  1. Apr 18, 2017 at 6:05 PM
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    Tac0maSteve

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    Ditch/Hood Light Bracket - Ultimate Guide
    Last Update - 1/5/18

    I've noticed every few weeks to a month someone asks for ditch/hood light bracket or mounting options, suggestions, or links to websites for purchases. So I decided to start compiling all the web links, stock photos, and some user photos along with what the manufacture posts for directions to install or necessary steps to correctly mount.

    Here you will be able to find the manufactures of these brackets, images, directions, and the mounting options for the 1st (1995-2004), 2nd (2005-15), and 3rd gen models (2016-present). Additionally and eventually you will be able to see the lighting differences Ditch Lights can make on your truck- Both Standard and Amber lighting differences.

    This thread will be divided into three sections as some companies have created different designs that are dependent on the gen you own. Please pay attention to the mount options and how the different brackets function as there are small differences between each maker. There is repetitive information on the original post to pair with each generation so that you will be able to skip to the generation you are looking for.

    *Please note: More manufactures exist for the 3rd Gen. Brackets than all others.*
    Ultimately the choice will come down to you and your individual preference on styling, functionality, price, etc. I will be as non-bias as I can be with descriptions.
    • If you end up using this thread to decide what ditch/hood light bracket please post and tell us which you ordered and why.
    • If you are just now stumbling on to this thread and have no idea what a Ditch/hood light bracket is please read the description below.
    "Ditch/Hood light brackets allow you to mount aftermarket light pods on the hood of your truck near your A-pillar. Many people use these to either mount light pods in a forward position illuminating the front of their trucks, others use them to mount light pods in a 'true' ditch light fashion - angled out to the side. These brackets/mounts vary in size, thickness, and mounting types. Some are bolt on and no cutting is required- others require some trimming."
    • If you have suggestions, companies, links, TW vendors, or things that I forgot to mention please let me know as I will come back regularly and edit the OP.
    MOUNTING OPTIONS FOR 1ST GENS.

    No matter what company you choose there are generally three different options for mounting the bracket 1) Hood Hinge Mount
    or 2) Engine Compartment / Cowl Mount or 3) A-Pillar / Door Mount

    There are positives/negatives to all mounting systems.

    Your mounting option will be dependent on your individual need, what generation truck you have, and sometimes dependent on other mods you have already done/plan on doing.

    The cool thing about the 1st Gen Mounting systems is that you can pair two different mounts to double your lighting near your side mirrors. The only way this works is that one of the systems must be the A-Pillar / Door Mount system and this is only confirmed using the SRQ brand mount - see below.

    1. Hood Hinge Mount:
    This system uses the two factory bolts, on each side, on the hinge of your hood. You do not have to remove hood during this process rather just work on one side at a time loosening the bolts and slipping the bracket into place. This install can be done in 15 minutes or less with one person and one socket wrench.

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    Positives: Simply installed, lifts w/ hood
    Negatives: lifts w/ hood, some brand of brackets will put light pod in "line-of-sight".
    Things to consider: Lifts with hood when opening, possible interference w/ snorkels (see individual manufacturer)
    2. Engine Compartment / Cowl Mount:
    This system uses three bolts on each side that are usually provided with the purchase of the product. You will need to remove the cowl (the plastic piece near the windshield) and the window wiper blades to install this type of mount. Some companies will require you to trim the cowl for a proper fitment.

    cowl mount.jpg
    Positives: Stays in place when hood is open/lifted, Usually is placed closer to A-Pillar and out of "line-of-sight".
    Negatives: Permanently trimming the cowl, Stays in place when hood is open/lifted
    Things to consider: Stays in place when hood is open/lifted, possible interference w/ snorkels (see individual manufacturer)​

    3. A-Pillar / Door Mount:
    This system uses two bolts or self tapping screws on each side of the bracket. You will need to drill holes into the A-pillar to mount this bracket or use the self-tapping screws to secure the bracket into place. This is very similar to how many roof light bars are mounted in doorjamb. Unfortunately there are no photos available for this specific ditch mount, but from the picture below you should be able to gather how this mounting system works.

    similar to A-pillar mount.jpg
    Positives: Stays in place when hood is open/lifted, The light pod is placed almost directly in front of the A-Pillar and out of "line-of-sight".
    Negatives: Permanently creating holes in the A-Pillar, stays in place when hood is open/lifted
    Things to consider: Stays in place when hood is open/lifted, Definite interference w/ snorkels (see individual manufacturer)

    1st Gen. Manufacturer Options

    @CBI Offroad Fab
    @ragofabrication
    SRQ Fabrications
    CBI 1st Gen Tacoma Ditch Light Brackets
    Powder Coated $59.99

    Engine Compartment / Cowl Mount
    Trimming may be required
    90º Bend on left/right
    CBI bracket3.jpg cbi bracket.jpg cbi bracket2.jpg


    Rago Fabrication 1st Gen Tacoma Ditch Light Brackets
    Just Brackets Powder Coated $64.95
    Brackets w/ Extensions $84.95

    Hood Hinge Mount
    No Trim
    90º Bend on back
    rago bracket.png rago bracket2.jpg rago bracket with extension.jpg
    SRQ Fabrication 1st Gen Ditch Light Brackets
    Primed Only $35.00

    A-Pillar Mount
    No Trim
    Drilling Required
    90º Bend Left/Right
    SRQ.jpg srq2.jpg srq3.jpg
    Shout out / Thanks to @HSmith_11 for his 1st gen. input and suggestions to this thread. :thumbsup:



    MOUNTING OPTIONS FOR 2ND & 3RD GENS.

    No matter what company you choose there are generally two different options for mounting the bracket 1) Hood Hinge Mount or 2) Engine Compartment / Cowl Mount.

    Some companies have both styles of mounting, but they are generation specific so make sure you're in the correct gen. placement within the thread itself.

    There are positives/negatives to both mounting systems.

    Your mounting option will be dependent on your individual need, what generation truck you have, and sometimes dependent on other mods you have already done/plan on doing.


    1. Hood Hinge Mount:
    This system uses the two factory bolts, on each side, on the hinge of your hood. You do not have to remove hood during this process rather just work on one side at a time loosening the bolts and slipping the bracket into place. This install can be done in 15 minutes or less with one person and one socket wrench.

    3.jpg

    Positives: Simply installed, lifts w/ hood
    Negatives: lifts w/ hood, some brackets will put light pod in "line-of-sight".
    Things to consider: Lifts with hood when opening, possible interference w/ snorkels (see individual manufacturer)​

    Hood Hinge Mount Installation Video

    2. Engine Compartment / Cowl Mount:
    This system uses three bolts on each side that are usually provided with the purchase of the product. You will need to remove the cowl (the plastic piece near the windshield) and the window wiper blades to install this type of mount. Some companies will require you to trim the cowl for a proper fitment.

    4.jpg

    Positives: Stays in place when hood is open/lifted, Usually is placed closer to A-Pillar and out of "line-of-sight".
    Negatives: Permanently trimming the cowl, Stays in place when hood is open/lifted
    Things to consider: Stays in place when hood is open/lifted, possible interference w/ snorkels (see individual manufacturer)​

    Engine Compartment / Cowl Mount Installation Video


    See the end of the OP for:
    PRINTABLE - CBI Installation Instructions for Engine Compartment / Cowl Mount
    1st Gen Installation Instructions (T4R3-Ditch-Light-Bracket)
    2nd Gen Installation Instructions (T2-DLB-Install)
    3rd Gen Installation Instructions (T3DLB-Install)


    2nd Gen. Manufacturer Options

    @RelentlessFab
    @CaliRaisedLed
    @CBI Offroad Fab
    @ragofabrication
    SOS Concepts - @EddyRRT
    @SDHQ OFFROAD
    TacomaBeast
    T-Rex Grilles
    Famous Fab @DWreck - No Longer For SALE
    Relentless Hood Hinge Ditch Light Brackets
    Bare $44.99
    Powder Coated $54.99


    Hood Hinge Mounted
    3/16" Steel
    90º Bend on Backside opposed to Right/Left (See T-Rex for comparison)
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    CaliRaised Ditch Light Brackets
    Powder Coated $54.99

    Engine Compartment / Cowl Mount
    Small hole for Light Pod Ziptie to bracket (See image 3)
    < 90º Bend on Backside
    [​IMG]
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    CBI 2nd Gen Tacoma Ditch Light Brackets
    Powder Coated $59.99

    Engine Compartment / Cowl Mount
    Hit & Miss with many members saying this bracket didn't need cowl trimming others report it was a must.
    < 90º Bend on Backside

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    Rago Fabrication 2005- 2015 TOYOTA TACOMA 2ND GEN DITCH LIGHT BRACKETS
    Powder Coated Standard $59.95
    Powder Coated Standard w/ Extension $79.90


    Engine Compartment / Cowl Mount
    Logo cutout - Can still see once light is mounted (see image 2)
    < 90º Bend on Backside
    [​IMG]

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    SOSConcepts Ditch Light Mounts / Antenna Mount (PAIR)
    Bare $60.00
    Powder Coated $80.00


    Hood Hinge Mounted
    Will also fit 03-09 T4R w/ Cowl Trimming
    90º Bend on Backside
    598FEBDA-BD65-41E9-A7BA-FB5E31BBF60E_zps_7a01a3b0726996666aaeb6251e823e39543076f0.jpg
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    TacomaBeast Ditch LED/Brackets (Pairs)
    Powder Coated $59.95

    Engine Compartment / Cowl Mount
    < 90º Bend on Backside
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    SDHQ OFF-ROAD Tacoma A-Pillar Light Mounts
    Powder Coated $109.95

    Hood Hinge Mounted
    Extreme Low Profile and nearest to A-Pillar
    Possible conflict w/ Snorkel Systems
    90º Bend is to the Right/Left instead of Backside (See Relentless for comparison)
    2nd Most Expensive Bracket
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    T-Rex Grilles Torch Series LED Light Bracket
    Powder Coated Bracket as Pair $112.99 - 4WheelParts Price
    Bracket & Light Combo - $287.12


    Hood Hinge Mounted
    Only requires loosening bolts for installation
    90º Bend is to the Right/Left instead of Backside (See Relentless for comparison)
    Most Expensive Bracket
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    Famous Fabrication - No Longer in production
    $0
    Hood Hinge Mounted
    90º Bend on Backside
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    Shout out / Thank @ChemDawg & @Burnett for their input and suggestions to this thread. :thumbsup:



    3rd Gen. Manufacturer Options

    @RelentlessFab
    @CaliRaisedLed
    @CBI Offroad Fab
    @ragofabrication
    SOS Concepts - @EddyRRT
    @SDHQ OFFROAD
    ZROADZ
    RCI
    Relentless Hood Hinge Ditch Light Brackets
    Driver/Passenger Side Individual - Bare - $24.99
    Driver/Passenger Side Individual - Powder Coated - $34.99
    Pair - Bare - $44.99
    Pair - Powder Coated - $54.99

    Hood Hinge Mounted
    < 90º Bend on Backside

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    CaliRaisedLED Ditch Light Brackets
    Pair Powder Coated - $54.99

    Hood Hinge Mounted
    Small hole for Light Pod Ziptie to bracket (See image 1)
    < 90º Bend on Backside -Angled

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]



    CBI 3rd Gen Tacoma Ditch Light Brackets
    Powder Coated - $59.99

    Hood Hinge Mounted
    < 90º Bend on Backside - Angled

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    Rago Fabrication 3rd GEN (2016-2017) Ditch Light Brackets
    Pair Powder Coated - $64.95
    Pair Powder Coated w/ Extensions - $84.95

    Hood Hinge Mounted
    90º Bend on Backside - Angled

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    SOSConcepts Ditch Light Mounts / Antenna Mount (PAIR)
    Bare $60.00
    Powder Coated $80.00


    Hood Hinge Mounted
    Will also fit 03-09 T4R w/ Cowl Trimming
    90º Bend on Backside
    598FEBDA-BD65-41E9-A7BA-FB5E31BBF60E_zps_7a01a3b0726996666aaeb6251e823e39543076f0.jpg
    upload_2017-4-18_18-2-56.jpg
    upload_2017-4-18_18-3-23.jpg



    SDHQ OFF-ROAD 2016+ Tacoma A-Pillar Light Mounts
    Pair Powder Coated - $109.95


    Hood Hinge Mounted
    No Trimming of Cowl Needed
    Low Profile
    < 90º Bend on Backside - Angled
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    ZROADZ Hood Hinges LED Light Pod Mounts
    Pair Powder Coated (20% Gloss Black) - $135.00


    Style of Mounting Unknown
    No Trimming of Cowl Advertised
    Only Production Bracket that is standard Glossed Powder Coat
    Tucks close to A-Pillar
    Possible Snorkel interference
    < 90º Bend on Left/Right
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    RCI OFFROAD 2016+ Tacoma Hood Light Mounts
    Pair Powder Coated - $49.00


    Hood Hinge Mount
    < 90º Bend on Left/Right
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    Last edited: Jan 5, 2018
  2. Apr 18, 2017 at 6:11 PM
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    ChemDawg

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    Great idea. Would have been nice to have this when I was shopping for them!
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  3. Apr 18, 2017 at 6:22 PM
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    Tac0maSteve

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    Thanks man. What company did you end up going with for yours? I will most likely be creating a poll for this. Check back later. @ChemDawg
     
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  4. Apr 18, 2017 at 7:04 PM
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    I got cbi. It was tough to tell who made hinge mounted or hood mounted.
    (Another reason this thread was a good idea)
    :transformer:
     
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  5. Apr 18, 2017 at 7:27 PM
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    Tac0maSteve

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    Yeah seriously. I'll be working through this thread to update the necessary things I said would be present. I will be sure to include whether it will be engine compartment mounted or hood hinge mounted.

    Thanks for the reminder about that part.
     
  6. Apr 18, 2017 at 7:32 PM
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    If you stumble across 1st gen install directions, that would be helpful. I believe there is some cutting involved and I've yet to install mine.
     
  7. Apr 18, 2017 at 7:34 PM
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    What brand are you looking to install?
     
  8. Apr 18, 2017 at 7:35 PM
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    CBI. I'm about to do some googling, I'll post it up if I find something.
    Here we go, this is for 1st gen Tacoma's and 3rd gen 4runners.
     

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  9. Apr 18, 2017 at 7:45 PM
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    Here's 2nd gen install for CBI brackets...
    And 3rd gen...
     

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  10. Apr 18, 2017 at 8:23 PM
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    Nice writeup
     
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    Edit: just noticed CBI. Indeed there is. Which brand did you go with? Only cutting I had to do was that plastic piece that gropes across where the wipers are.

    Go to Rago's website. They have step by step instructions for everything they sell. Assuming their design is somewhat the same it'll work for you.
     
  12. Apr 18, 2017 at 8:27 PM
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    This piece that you're referring to is called the cowl. The CBI sometimes requires cutting on the 2nd Gen as well.
     
  13. Apr 18, 2017 at 8:29 PM
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    Did a set on my buddies 2nd gen (Rago) and there was no cutting required, however mine I had to trim up quite a blitz and yes! Brain fart.
     
  14. Apr 18, 2017 at 8:30 PM
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    Does your bud have a high quality photo of the Rago I can steal for the thread?
     
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    Curious to see what the poll will look like after a few months
     
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    Same. If you know people that already run them. Tag them please. Let's get these poll numbers up. Shamelessly promoting the thread lol.
     
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    Which is better hood or body mount ones?
     
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    I guess i'd say it's a matter of opinion. Personally, I like the engine compartment mounted system because it does not move (and neither will the light) when you open and close the hood, but it is more labor intensive to install. Choose wisely though as some companies may require trimming. The Hood Hinge Mount is sooo easy to install though and can be done in less than 10 minutes if you know what you're doing. So if you want a fast install for the same functionality go hood hinged.

    I'll be posting user pictures and commentary as it comes in.
     
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