LED LIGHT BAR

Having lived out west for a few years you realise how important good lights are if you have to travel anywhere at night. Those little buggers tend to wait in the shadows and jump out when it’s too late to stop.

I decided I wanted a light bar mounted to the roof so I went and bought some LED brackets to fit my pioneer rack. Unfortunately through their design the brackets only allow you to fit a 32 inch (ish) light bar, which I did. I was not happy with it because it dit not go all the way to the edges of the rack. I decided to modify the bracket to allow me to install a 40 inch light bar. I took the original brackets, extended them and added supports.

Now im sure there is a reason why they only make brackets for a smaller light bars but to this day I have not seen any issues with either the rack or the brackets that I modified.

Light bar was purchased from 4wd Supacentre for about $80.00.  4WD Supacentre

Light bar brackets from roof rack city for about $75.00  Light Brackets | Rhino-Rack

I bought a light bar switch from On Boar Air, they are not cheap but they fit nice. I think it was around the $28.00 mark plus postage.  AOB Home page – Air On Board

The other good thing about this setup is that it sits lower then the platform so it does not get in the way of loading long things like kayaks etc.

For those wishing to tap into the high beam light I found an easy spot on the fuse box under the bonnet.

The end result –



 

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24 comments

  1. Hey mate, really like what you have done with the PJS and the website…great work! I’m looking at roof mounting a light bar on mine and was after some tips on how to run the cable through the firewall and then up through the roof rails onto the roof.
    Photos would be great if you have them as well. Info on these is still pretty limited on the forums so would really appreciate the help here.

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    1. Hey mate. The light bar wiring runs up the drivers side of the windshield and then into the roof rail coming out under the forward roof rack. The only wiring that goes through the firewall are the switching wire. This went through the grommet on the driverside right of the steering wheel. Hope this helps. If you need any thing else let me know. Cheers.

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  2. Hey mate, your light bar install looks awesome. Did you have to go to a metal fabricator to get the brackets modified? Also would you be able to show us some pictures of how you rang the cables from the tray to the windscreen gutter?

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      1. Thanks for that. Looks like you went the effort removing the factory rails to run the cable. Once under the rail, did you may use one of the roof rack mounting holes to poke the cable out to?
        I am hoping to do the same when mine using the Adventure Kings 40 Godfather lights. I have installed the same Rhino Rack Pioneer Tray that you have.

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      2. Correct. I removed the front rail end cap and drilled a hole in the next section so that I could run the wire in the rail and then bring it out at the roof rack. I just used some black sikaflex to hole the wire down on the side of the window which has worked fine.

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  3. I attempted the install last week but had trouble removing the rails. How did you remove the middle and front rails? I have removed the single hex head screw but the rails seem to still be secured somehow. Thanks again!

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    1. I only removed the front one. The rear of the front unclipped then you slide it forward. You will need to leaver it with a plastic tool. I used a plastic door trim removing tool. I actually did not remove the next one. Just drilled a hole in the centre piece to feed the cable through and then drilled where I wanted the cable to exit. I then fed the wire through with a coat hanger..

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  4. On an unrelated but related topic, how do you find the wind noise that the Pioneer tray? It’s the first time that I’ve had a roof tray on a car and the wind noise/turbulence is very pronounced in the cabin.

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      1. Hey mate. Nice job on the install…looks good. I have the Kings Plug n Play Smart Harness. To tap into the fuse box…am I correct in assuming this negates the need for the piggy back adapter and you just clamp the red n black wires straight into the fuse box? Is there a particular clamp required to go into the fuse box?
        Sorry for the basic questions mate…but I’m no auto leccy as you can tell…appreciate any help you can offer. Thanks.

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      2. You so not need the plug and as it will not fit the PS. By tapping the high beam wire in the fuse box, when lights are switched on it energises the relay powering up the spotlight / light bar. So if I recall your 12v will come from your battery with the single switching wire in your fuse box……

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  5. This forum has been so useful. I have just about completed the install of my driving lights, but now have a question re the switch. I can see the grommet on the firewall to bring my cable through, however how do I access this area in the cabin. How much of the trim and which parts do I remove to put the switch in. Do the blanks just pop out? Thanks in advance

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    1. You will need to remove the panel where the push to start button is. That will give you better access but you will still have to lie on your back to get access to the grommet. The blank should just push out from the inside. There may be a wire plugged into the back just pull that out and tape it up. If you order the switched linked in the blog it will just push right into the hole.

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      1. I just had a quick look at the push to start panel. There are the two screws at the bottom, how is the top fixed. Do I have to disconnect the fuel cap lever? Any further guidance appreciated. I have ordered that exact sw

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  6. Mate I’m not near my rig at the moment but from memory once you remove the 2 screws pull out at the bottom and pull down it will pop out. I think I also lowered the panel to the left to.

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    1. Panel came out just like you described thanks. Wires are through grommet, only question now is my switch has 4 wires. 2x red/ yellow, green, black. The wiring from light has 3 red white and black.. Any ideas which to which ?

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      1. From memory the switch will have earth, 2 switching wires and a light wire for night time when your head lights are on. You can just piggy back one of the other switches beside it for the lighting wire. Black will be earth and I suggest green might be your light. Nothing on the packaging ?

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  7. Hey Mate, really like the website and your rig. Well done. A quick one – tapping into the high beam via the fuse box. I have located the point you have used to switch on off using high beam. What end piece did you crimp onto the cable and where did you get it? Thanks.

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