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Light Bar Behind OR Stock Grill?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Nermac89, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. Feb 12, 2018 at 10:53 PM
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    Nermac89

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    Hey y'all! Any one put a light bar behind their stock OR grill? Just wondering how the light shines through these grills. And how easy the install is. Pics would be awesome!
     
  2. Feb 12, 2018 at 10:59 PM
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    Behind the grille or in the 30” space right below it that just happens to look like it was made specifically for a 30” light bar?
     
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  3. Feb 12, 2018 at 11:08 PM
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    Behind the main grill. I'm going to be installing an after market bumper so that under grill will be gone.
     
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  4. Feb 13, 2018 at 2:44 AM
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    Never seen one on stock but it should be just fine. Currently sdhq is only company im aware of that make mounts for 97$
     
  5. Feb 13, 2018 at 3:09 AM
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  7. Feb 13, 2018 at 5:14 AM
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    icon stage 2, icon rebound, wildpeak at3 285/70/17, rago fab light bar, Cali raised led fogs
    I have a single row 30” and it does pretty good overall, gives me good light at about 200-250 yards. Definitely enough to let me see what’s coming up. I don’t use it super often but when I do it is nice to have.

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    If it's behind the grill or the lower valance area how do you get to it to clean off the mud, dirt, road grime and such, would think it's a pia to clean behind there.
     
  10. Feb 13, 2018 at 7:51 AM
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    Na that parts easy can just reach hand down between it i never had a problem but OP is specifically asking about behind upper grille not the lower bumper mounts. He doesnt have that option like alot of people
     
  11. Feb 13, 2018 at 8:11 AM
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    32" fits there a little better imo :D
     
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  12. Feb 14, 2018 at 2:32 PM
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    I did this because i wanted a bit higher mount and a more stealth look.

     
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  13. Feb 14, 2018 at 9:11 PM
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    Whos mounts did u you use and is it useable light as in good output or just decoration
     
  14. Feb 14, 2018 at 9:27 PM
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    The brackets were custom made by the off road shop that did the install, they do this all the time. Those are Rigid lights and they cost a fucking fortune so I think not just for decoration. In fact, the higher the light is placed the better for visibility, the same reason so many of these light bars are placed on the roof or roof racks of the truck is because the beam is looking down at the road not up at the sky. Besides that since I live in the bay area and theft of lights is not uncommon, particularly when parked in public parking lots like my local gym at night, behind the grill is not the "eye candy" it is on the roof or below the grill especially since my grill is the stock chrome job.
     
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    I have the Rago Fabrication mounts and a single row 30 or 32” bar. It is definitely not a show bar, it works very well.
     
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    I used the SDHQ bracket with some not so expensive 32 inch Amazon bars. All and all it fit pretty good. I had to slot the SDHQ brackets to accommodate my lights, from my understanding they are designed for Baja designs and Rigid lights. I just couldn’t justify the price of those lights .
     
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    CaliRaised LED combo bar behind the grill.
    This is headlights vs LED bar.

     
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    Thats behind upper large grille or the small lower bumper grille?
     
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