Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Erie, PA & Leesburg, FL
Wondering if anyone has installed a light bar (externally) on top of the front bumper of a Trailhawk - without license plate bracket - and what method did you use?
I've ordered an Auxbeam 12" LED light bar with driving and off-road modes and looking at what it will take to install it. I think I will use the method that carguy11 used in a You Tube video with a 22" curved light, where he made up two stainless brackets that bolted on through the bumper behind the hood and ran forward to the bumper front edge (no outside bumper damage). The light bar allows for mounting to the attaching foot brackets either in the center of the light housing or the rear end if it. Because it needs to protrude forward and not rearward, the rear light mounting bracket is the likely only option.
I picked up some 1" x 1/8" aluminum strips to use as the brackets, which seems strong enough, especially with wrapping the rear of the brackets from the top to the bottom of the bumper (inside the hood) and using 5/16" hardware and adding a roll on the forward end of the bracket. I'm thinking about it being sturdy and limit vibration while driving.
Has anyone installed a light bar this way and if so, can you share anything that could help with the process?
2015 Trailhawk; 2.4L; Factory Tow package; 8.4A, 6 speaker - upgraded with Pioneer (dash) and Rockford Fosgate (doors) speakers; Remote CD; Rage Powersports roof bars; GoRhino black hitch step; Auxbeam 12" LED light bar.