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Has anyone made their own light bars?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by JTacoma, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. Aug 25, 2011 at 8:28 PM
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    JTacoma

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    I want to add two Hella 700s or two KCs and I don't want to drill into the bumper. I think I can make my own light bar.

    I want to make something like the N-FAB or ellis light bars or just make two tabs or brackets big enough to hold a light and bolt it near the license plate on both sides where my aftermarket fogs are.

    Has anyone made their own light bar? Show me some pics so I can get an idea.
    Thanks for the help.

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  2. Aug 25, 2011 at 8:42 PM
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    TacoMX

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    It probably would be pretty simple to fab up a simple bar that bolts or welds up to your frame through the slots by the license plate. Some 2X2" steel would work well for the bar part.
     
  3. Aug 25, 2011 at 8:47 PM
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    malander

    malander That's some tight butthole

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    I believe Tw member snobord made some and sold them to other members. Idk if they would fit the very first generation of Tacomas but you could look to them for a little inspiration
     
  4. Aug 25, 2011 at 8:52 PM
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    MapleMoose

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    I actually like the purple color on the 95-96. Nice truck!

    It wouldnt be too hard to bolt a bar onto the steel bumper behind the plastic.
     
  5. Aug 26, 2011 at 5:57 PM
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    JTacoma

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    Nobody has any pics?

    Oh well, thanks for the input. I'll post a picture when I make a bar.
     
  6. Aug 26, 2011 at 6:01 PM
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    David K

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  7. Aug 26, 2011 at 6:11 PM
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    David K

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    Here was the finished bar on my '05 Tacoma:

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  8. Aug 26, 2011 at 6:20 PM
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    David K

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    After a trip into Baja, to Gonzaga Bay... BOTH Kragen HID lamps cracked! The black ABS plastic is no match for Baja's washboard graded roads!

    Josh repaired them both with fiberglass... but next Father's Day he gave me a pair of Hella 4000 METAL lamps (see post above).

    The most recent change as to make room for all 4 lamps... then I tried converting the Hellas to HID.
     
  9. Aug 26, 2011 at 9:23 PM
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    nice work!^^
     
  10. Aug 26, 2011 at 11:52 PM
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    Funny this thread should come up. I was already wondering about how to mount round lights on either side of the license plate.
     
  11. Aug 27, 2011 at 8:26 AM
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  12. Aug 27, 2011 at 2:06 PM
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    Thanks everyone for the help. I'll let you know how it turns out. I don't know if I want the brackets to go through the bumper or under.
     
  13. Aug 27, 2011 at 2:17 PM
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    i have some pics in my build if you want to look there.
     
  14. Aug 27, 2011 at 3:17 PM
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    01Tac0ma

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    Look at build!
    i made what i call a light bar that goes behind my grill out of aluminum angle iron and it has worked flawlessly for me so far, so ou could try something along those lines if you can find a light to fit behind your grill, check out the last page of my build for pics.
     
  15. Aug 30, 2011 at 2:01 PM
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    I got started making the light bar today after finding some left over metal in the shop. It is kind of like the one dmz1241 made. The brackets bolt into the existing holes where the fogs were. I still need to cut the brackets shorter so it is closer to the truck then weld them on. Then i'll weld caps on the ends to close it up and paint it. Here are some pics of what I have so far. It's simple but I think it will work.



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  16. Sep 2, 2011 at 12:46 PM
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    Dont have any pics on this computer..but look on my pics i think there a few you could get an idea from.
     
  17. Sep 2, 2011 at 12:51 PM
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    Plenty of people have pics but it's a matter of how applicable they are to what you're looking to do.

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  18. Sep 2, 2011 at 1:28 PM
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    ^^i think you need some roof lights too man
     
  19. Sep 2, 2011 at 1:31 PM
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    If/when I start running scheduled night races I'll have a bar across the top of the windshield in addition to what's on the front of the truck. :)
     
  20. Sep 2, 2011 at 1:36 PM
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    Sick dude lol im planing on 4 up top and maybe 3 up front plus fogs...i think ill be good with that...not trying to fry anyones eyes out ;) lol
     
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