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Mounting 30 inch LED lightbar in lower valence

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by BrannigansLaw, Oct 28, 2021.

  1. Oct 28, 2021 at 11:18 AM
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    BrannigansLaw

    BrannigansLaw [OP] Well-Known Member

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  2. Oct 28, 2021 at 12:29 PM
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    tacojim02

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    I would say it is very doable. But you would probably have to cut the valance out a little in the back and modify the brackets. Just saying.
     
  3. Oct 28, 2021 at 2:08 PM
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    SellyKlater

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    I mounted a 31" in there. Fit right in behind the valence. No cutting, just took the bumper off and put it back on. I made some L brackets out of some 1 inch scrap aluminum.
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  4. Oct 28, 2021 at 2:17 PM
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    Nice, that looks excellent.
    From how you describe it, pretty easy mount job?
     
  5. Oct 28, 2021 at 2:23 PM
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    Yea basically the frame is about 32 inches apart in the section. You might have to test fit how close to mount the light bar near the radiator. But that size Bar should fit right in between the frame.
     
  6. Oct 28, 2021 at 2:27 PM
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    ditto what @SellyKlater did above.
    installed an LED light bar last year.
    ordered this light bar and this harness. it was 32" in width. it barely fit behind the valence ... no cutting of the plastic required.
    i had to make my own brackets as well. it wasn't super difficult and am happy how it turned out.
    some pics of the install attached.

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  7. Oct 28, 2021 at 6:59 PM
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    GyvesHD

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    I had a dual row light bar tucked behind but I switched to a single row style. More light output. Don’t have pictures of the brackets I made but wasn’t hard at all

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  8. Oct 28, 2021 at 7:17 PM
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    If the brackets it comes with are too tall, cut them down and re drill the center hole. Or just make your own. The hardest part will be cleanly mounting the switch
     
  9. Oct 29, 2021 at 8:10 PM
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    Tacomasaurus Rex

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    Very nice I’ll have to do that! Kind of thought it’d be interesting to mount a light in side of these triangle shaped areas on grill. However it wouldn’t gain you much light…
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  10. Mar 23, 2024 at 11:07 AM
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    Krugermeier

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    I’m going to buy your same bar and harness. I want to ask, is there any reason I SHOULDN’T run the 378 watt option they have versus the 180 watt?

    also, when it comes to the harness, the on/off switch is a circular red one. Can I change the switch to rectangular so that it fits flush in the pre-existing dash switch mounts?

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073XMM3T5

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