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Potential Light Bar Group Buy/Build

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by PELLEY, Nov 29, 2011.

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Type of powder coat

  1. Black Wrinckle

    19.7%
  2. Black Satin

    49.2%
  3. Black Gloss

    8.2%
  4. Black Texture

    31.1%
  5. Other

    1.6%
  1. Nov 29, 2011 at 9:18 AM
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    PELLEY

    PELLEY [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Both group buys have been created!!!!

    Wrap Around GB:
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/gr...d-lightbar-group-buy-2nd-gen.html#post4158217

    Standard GB:
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/group-buys/192409-light-bar-group-buy-2nd-gen.html

    - This OP has been updated to show what I have built. Below is the discussion for what was made. I am still seeking feedback and answering questions. Please let me know what you got!

    Hello All,

    I am thinking about doing a group buy for light bars that I want to make. I want one for my truck, and thought I might be able to spread some of the savings to you guys if I make a bunch. While I am new to TW, I am not new to Toyotas, or to fabricating. Before I joined the Air Force I built off road race cars and trucks for 8 years.

    I am not trying to re-invent the wheel here. It will be similar to other light bars out there, but I am hoping to sell them to you guys for $120 plus shipping, which is much better than the $180 others want. They will be powder coated some form of black: satin, gloss, wrinkle, textured. I am shooting for mounts that accommodate 4 Hella 700's or comparable 7" lights, or smaller. I have my plans into a couple laser cutters and I am working out the final details for getting parts cut. It will be made of 1/4" plate, and 1.5" mild steel tubing. There will be no logo's, I know people don't really dig on that stuff.

    Basically I am looking to see what kind of interest people have in these. I am hoping to start out at a set of 10, but if I can get 20 or more, I can bring the price down, the $120 is for a set of 10. Please let me know if you want one, Once I get things moving I will start a group buy thread. Please let me know what you think, and any suggestions as far as powder coat, or any requests for style or changes... we can discuss. Thanks

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    Wrap Around Style!!! $260 + shipping

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  2. Nov 29, 2011 at 2:16 PM
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    tacoman355

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    looks real good man. nice work and welcome to tw :wave:
     
  3. Nov 29, 2011 at 2:17 PM
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    staticsquelch

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  4. Nov 29, 2011 at 2:18 PM
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    What would the price be i would like one if the price is right, 2010 tacoma sport ,shipped to 28345
    Thanks whopper
     
  5. Nov 29, 2011 at 2:18 PM
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    HuntnTruk

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    Id like something like this
     
  6. Nov 29, 2011 at 4:23 PM
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    mx355

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    Looks good and clean.
     
  7. Nov 29, 2011 at 4:42 PM
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    chaddawkins

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    i would like if it wrapped around the front, like this
    just a suggestion :D

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  8. Nov 29, 2011 at 5:26 PM
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    PELLEY

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    Thanks everyone for the compliments on the other light bar. The Tacoma one will be nicer, I am really taking my time to make it an extra nice part since I am making a bunch.

    Whopper - price should be $110 plus shipping. I can't get you a quote just yet as I don't know the exact dimensions, but I did a quick guestimation and FedEx says $33

    Chaddawkins - maybe I can make two versions, one like the picture you posted. If a few more people are interested I can do that one too. Plus that one is a little easier with no laser cutting required. I can always make you one separate if it works out that way... Let's see what people say.
     
  9. Nov 30, 2011 at 5:32 AM
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    I'm interested as well...
    How difficult would it be to make one that extends or protects more of the front like this:

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  10. Nov 30, 2011 at 5:38 AM
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    Interested. Can you upload pic to your gallery and then paste gallery URL to the thread. Mil domain is blocking pics in first thread.
     
  11. Nov 30, 2011 at 5:57 AM
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    fuzz master

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    id be interested looks good
     
  12. Nov 30, 2011 at 5:59 AM
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    I may be interested in wrap around version
     
  13. Nov 30, 2011 at 6:45 AM
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  14. Nov 30, 2011 at 8:56 AM
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    PELLEY

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    -cverneau - It would not be hard to make one in that style. I personally don't prefer it because the way aany light bar is bolted on retaining the stock bumper, they don't really provide much protection. Only a true replacement bumper will give you the added protection, the type of light bar you posted will bend if you hit anything other than something like a cone in the road or a shopping cart. That said, if people are looking for that style, I am down to make them. If a few other chime in I can make a batch of them as well. It would bolt on very similar to what I have designed already, would just be a slight varience. Maybe I'll offer a few different styles if people are split on what they want... lets keep talking, any others like?

    -Zac808 - Here are some attachements of the Ford bumper I posted. This will give you an idea of what I am making, but it will be a little different. I hope you can view them, please let me know if you can't see them still, I can email to your personal email or something.

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    -Fever - which wrap around version are you refering to? The one that cverneau posted, or like chaddawkins mentioned?

    -Steve J - I am glad Avid made you a custom bumper for your new 2012, and congrats on the 2012, I am jealous. But please, if you are not interested in what I am trying to make and sell to others for the best price I can, start a new thread to talk about what you purchased, or to plug another company. That was kind of a hyjack. No hard feelings though, we all get excited about stuff we just got, I know I do. Please let me know if you interested in anything I have in the mix!

    -Everyone else - Thanks for letting me know you guys are interested. It sounds like this will work so I am going to go ahead and place an order with the laser cutter so I can get 10 going, then if we get more people interested, I can plus up my order, or have them cut a different version. The company I am working with has a great price to help me keep costs low to you guys, but they are hard to talk with, so I am trying my hardest to get some parts so I can show you guys what the finished product will be. Lets keep talking ideas!!!
     
  15. Nov 30, 2011 at 10:14 AM
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  16. Nov 30, 2011 at 10:18 AM
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    I would be interested. I love the look of a nice front light bar. I'll keep following thread for updates.
     
  17. Nov 30, 2011 at 11:57 AM
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    PELLEY

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    Got the laser cut parts on order just now. I ordered enough for 10, but can easily get more going if the interest is generated. I should have my parts hopefully by this weekend, and get a sample made for you guys to see. Once I get my sample made and you guys like it, I will move this over to the group buy section for ordering.

    Of course we can keep this going for discussion on maybe making a different version as well! My goal here is to make nice parts at a good price, but I don't want to simply copy other stuff and make it cheaper, I would like these to be my own, but match what you guys want!!!
     
  18. Nov 30, 2011 at 12:13 PM
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  19. Nov 30, 2011 at 2:16 PM
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    Can't wait to see one on a Taco. Thats a good price.
     
  20. Dec 1, 2011 at 6:49 AM
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    PELLEY

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    Well I got a few requests for one similar to this as well. I have another project I a wrapping up on Saturday, but once I get done I think I am gunna make something similar to this for your guys as well. I don't want to simply copy this one, I will make my own version.

    So it looks like I will be offering two light bars now. The price for the wrap arround will not be the same as the other. I need to look at what it costs me to make, and the amount of work it takes to build, and then I will post something up.

    Hopefully if everything works out I will have pictures of both up by Sunday night or Monday!!! I know I will have the wrap around done because I can do everything in house. The traditional light bar might be next weekend if the laser cutter doesn't get my parts done this weekend... More to come, and keep the info coming!
     
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