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Removable Lightbar For Stock 2nd Gen Roof Rack

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tencrawler, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. Nov 17, 2010 at 3:25 PM
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    tencrawler

    tencrawler [OP] Beaver Believer

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    Has anyone seen/built/designed a removable light bar for the OEM roof rack.? I am thinking about something for when the cross bars are in the stow position. I figure you could utilize roof rack clamps made for our trucks, and then fab up a bar with light tabs, internal wiring, and a quick release connector that could be easily "hidden" when not in use. I'm envisioning something with four lights. I think it would be a relatively easy build, but I'm a college student and don't have the convenience of a shop. I might work on the idea a bit when I am home for the holidays. I am looking for input to make the design and build process as easy as possible.
     
  2. Nov 17, 2010 at 4:59 PM
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    sooner02r1

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    That sounds sick. I hope somebody has a solution. I think 5 lights would prob fit, maybe 6! :) 4 might be too spread out up there, I have 4 in front of my grille.
     
  3. Nov 17, 2010 at 10:24 PM
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    I think you are 5 or 6 lights. I'm going to do a little photoshopping and see what looks best. Ideas on size/style/brand of lights. If there is going to be 5-6 lights then lets keep cost in mind.
     
  4. Nov 17, 2010 at 10:33 PM
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    Forster46 Very nice how much?

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    I would just stick with some 6 inch lights and throw up like 5. I'm interested in this as well.
     
  5. Nov 17, 2010 at 10:37 PM
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    5 or 6 for sure would like to see the ps
     
  6. Nov 17, 2010 at 10:57 PM
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    I'm working on it. Putting together a possible parts list. The clamps from the Thule Ride-On Adapter or Yakima Mighty Mounts will provide the attachment points to the stock roof racks. I want to stay with a prefab solution for the clamps and will try to keep the rest of the design/fabrication to match.
     
  7. Nov 17, 2010 at 10:59 PM
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    island808 Me l've got brains.

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  9. Nov 18, 2010 at 7:29 AM
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    I agree. I don't have a factory rack (yet), how solid are the crossbars? HID lights tend to bounce a lot, even with a solid mount, it this gonna be solid enough to not bounce excessively without modification? I would say allowing for 8-9" lights would be awesome if possible (IF you are planning on making several to sell), I think anything smaller than a 7" light doesn't really belong on a roof.

    Now let's see somebody throw a 50" Rigid LED bar up there! That'll be for REAL haha. I'm possibly buying a 30" one in the near future, maybe I'll throw it on the roof instead of in the grille!
     
  10. Nov 18, 2010 at 10:34 AM
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    The stock bars are plenty strong, but I think that I might need to go with 4 mounting points. Obviously two clamps at the end of the main light bar, but then two additional clamps towards the reap with a triangular brace to add stability. I know that the lights will bounce and I want to make sure that the torsion on the clamps isn't too much. I will have some drawing up by tonight. Thanks for all the support.

    On a side note: What do you think for the main light bar round or square tubing?
     
  11. Nov 18, 2010 at 2:11 PM
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    Round with tabs
     
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