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light bar project

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by toku58, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. Jul 5, 2009 at 1:51 AM
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    toku58

    toku58 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I wanted to fab up a light bar. So a guy over at CT was kind enough to cut some brackets for me on his water jet.

    The brackets weren't exactly what I wanted, so I still need to cut them to a different configuration.

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    Here are the brackets. I had a chance to modify them to what I wanted. went to HomeDepot to get a piece of 40" black pipe for the main bar.

    After:
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    Here's the bar, I got a 48" piece of black pipe from HomeDepot.

    Cut it to 40" and bent the ends.

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    I turned down bar ends on the lathe out of stainless steel:
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    This gives you an idea of how much space there is between the bumper and the bar. Should be enough for some 8" lights.
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    Update on my slow project I had a chance to put it all together today. I ordered the Hella 500 lights also from Ebay.


    But this is what I have so far:

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    This is how I made my brackets:
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    I cut it out of a big C-channel Aluminum stock, and I needed to mill some recesses to accommodate the flange on the bumper nuts.

    finished product:
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  2. Jul 5, 2009 at 1:58 AM
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    militaco

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    looks tight Toku.....love the look of your truck
     
  3. Jul 5, 2009 at 1:58 AM
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    Celtic

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    Wow that looks great! If you make a few more I am sure you could sell 'em. Nice and clean look.
     
  4. Jul 5, 2009 at 2:15 AM
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    white+Peal

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    If u started selling those i would defiantly considering buying one :D
     
  5. Jul 5, 2009 at 8:05 AM
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    Padilla1880

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    Looks really good! Nice work!
     
  6. Jul 5, 2009 at 8:10 AM
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    GoBlueFan

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    Very nice set up. Now get back out there and put some wire loom over them exposed wires to get that finished look. You did a lot of work to leave that unfinished. Great job!
     
  7. Jul 5, 2009 at 8:11 AM
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    MUDFISH

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    Holy crap... That's incredible... great work

    I want one now...
     
  8. Jul 5, 2009 at 11:04 AM
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    toku58

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    Thanks guys! It's my copy of the N-Fab light bar.:D
     
  9. Jul 5, 2009 at 11:10 AM
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    jla888

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    that is very clean. thats exactly like this vendor underdog performance (not sure if its the same underdog?) used to make for ford rangers and i always thought they were the best by a mile.
     
  10. Jul 5, 2009 at 11:18 AM
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    Fluffymonkey

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    Great work! Very clean :thumbsup:
     
  11. Jul 5, 2009 at 11:23 AM
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    X2 :goingcrazy:

    but it looks real nice, im not a fan of the light bars, but I would roll one of these (if I needed the lights)
    and yeah I bet if you made a few you could sell them real fast.
     
  12. Jul 5, 2009 at 11:29 AM
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    IrishPilot

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    Incredible the talents people have. Awesome work bud.
     
  13. Jul 5, 2009 at 12:12 PM
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    jla888

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    X2!!!
     
  14. Jul 5, 2009 at 12:37 PM
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    Looks real good, good job!

    X2
     
  15. Jul 5, 2009 at 12:38 PM
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    Absolutely sick... wish I could have seen your truck in person still while I was in HI...
     
  16. Jul 5, 2009 at 2:24 PM
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    jla888

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    check THIS stuff out toku. pretty similar to what you're doing, only hes using flat bar.
     
  17. Jul 5, 2009 at 3:58 PM
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    tacoholic

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    Gorgeous! If you started selling those, you could make hella bank! That is one of the cleanest bars on here for sure.
     
  18. Jul 5, 2009 at 4:04 PM
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    damn good work there man!
     
  19. Jul 6, 2009 at 7:26 AM
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    jla888

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    i'll go ahead and start the sign up list for these.

    1. jla888
     
  20. Jun 6, 2010 at 11:08 PM
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    Hunter.V.White

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    That's a nice looking light bar. Very clean fabrication. The mounting brackets look nice; got to love CNC machining/cutting.
     
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