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post #21 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-31-2016, 01:13 PM
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For Canada, just found this which looks like an decent price (import charges but low shipping costs) :
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Rigid-Industr...3D322061650108

Edit : never mind, the one listed on eBay has ended...
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Also, be careful to compare apples with apples : the Amazon one linked to is the 91131 just like this one on eBay, and they are different than the hybrid one from the *tdotperformance* link above which is a 91031 combo bar. The optics are different, don't know how they are technically different but they are. Watch out they sell amber ones too, and non combo (all narrow spot) so make sure you know which number you need before ordering.

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post #22 of 37 (permalink) Old 10-31-2016, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Just when I thought there was no other way to mount lights up front... here is this excellent and creative solution... nice work! and good write up, thanks for sharing. I'm really tempted to pursue this, but man, that "gap" on my 2105 TH looks really small.... like barely an inch. What is the gap measurement on yours? I do know those particular Rigids are low profile so could fit...

Also, what did you use for the flat brackets?

And... this is probably asking too much... but any chance you have a diagram of the install with dimensions/distances to holes/etc.? I'm sure I would have to do all my own measuring/re-measuring anyway...
Hey thanks!

The gap measurement on mine is 1&1/4". Look small but a single row bar will fit perfectly.

For brackets I just used some flat cabinet brackets I had laying around. They are just a couple bucks at your hardware store. Cheap but strong. I used cabinet L brackets on my truck.

The mounting location I mounted the light bar mounts to the bar and just centered it on the outside of the bumper between the grille slots under the jeep emblem. When I had it centered I marked off with masking tape where the mounts rested and ran the tape straight back to behind the bumper for drilling. Just pulled back on the plastic bumper to expose the metal underneath and drilled the holes.

Happy modding, don't forget to add your pics to the thread!
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My bumper/grille gap is 1&1/4"
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My bumper/grille gap is 1&1/4"
Thanks for sharing those tips and pics !

Yeah last time I looked at my Latitude, the gap was nowhere near that. TH and non TH have different front fascias, and on mine the plastic cover on top of the bumper has a lip that curls up behind the closed hood, so the gap is even smaller. I guess the gap is greater between cover and metal bumper somehow, so that reduces the top of plastic cover to hood gap.
A greater gap on non THs could be achieved by grinding down that lip for the width of the lightbar, but even that may not be enough. Removing a large chunk of the top plastic cover would do it, but...

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s there more affordable led bar which may compete with rigid brand and can be found off amazon.ca
Any recommendations? There are thousands of different brands. Thanks

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Hey guys just completed my hidden single row light bar install. After searching the forums I haven't found anyone with the hood/bumper gap set up..So here's my write up!


2015 Cherokee Trailhawk (without adaptive cruise control -->acc may interfere with light mounting)


Light bar - Rigid Industries SR2 10" Driving/Hyperspot Combo Pattern


After buying the Cherokee a year ago, I was quick to discover the poor light output it produced especially with high beams..It is annoying that jeep would go and develop these awesome looking projector headlights and then stick budget halogen bulbs in them!! But that's another thread lol


I realized I was going to have to run a set of driving lights, but mounting and location was going to be an issue. I run Rigid D2's Driving pattern and Rigid Dually Spots on my other vehicle a 2012 F150. Familiar with the output of the D2's and Dually's, I knew I wasn't going to be able to run them at their full potential behind the lower grille insert on the Cherokee, as I like to run my lights hidden. After many measurements I decided to settle on a Rigid SR2 bar that would rest under the hood but project its light cleanly through the hood/bumper gap. Mounting a bracket to the bumper hidden under the plastic covering seemed to be a head scratcher, until I pried back the top part of the plastic covering the bumper to expose the top/inner metal of the bumper. While pried back, there was just enough room to run a drill bit down through the metal resulting in 0 damage to the plastic. With these 2 holes drilled I could now bolt my flat brackets to the flat underside of the metal bumper, which my light bar would mount to. The bolts fit snugly just before the curved lip of the bumper but hidden under the plastic trim. Mocking up the light bar on the brackets, I was left with a gap of 3" from the rad to the backside of the bar with the front of the bar flush with the plastic bumper. This position was perfect as it cleared both the hood when closed and the hood release latch, which I was was worried about. To archive the proper height of the bar I just used the taller mount brackets that came with the bar and drilled holes in them to my desired height and set in place as it is mounted now.


I ran my wiring through the aux port within the wiring grommet to the left of the brake pedal. The complete install took approx 2 hours and was relatively simple. A single row 20" bar may fit but it would be closer to the rad due to the curve in the bumper for mounting as why I went with a 10"..but I could be wrong.


After aiming the bar at night, the light output is amazing, Rigid's optics really focuses the light where it needs to be. The hood and bumper do not block any light casting noticeable. Driving I can light up street signs 1.1km down the road, with the sides of the road still flooded with light. This bar at 45 watts, 4500 lumens certainly gives my D2/Dually Spot set up = 105 watts a run for their money. This bar just slightly lacks the wide spread compared to the D2s..but heck it's got the best of both worlds in a small package at 45 watts!!


This Rigid SR2 bar is the third product I have purchased from Rigid and I must say their products are worth every penny. My D2/Dually set up on my truck has been on for 4 years now and still bright as new with high usage. Highly recommend their products for the extra couple bucks!


Here's some pics of the install and light output. The pics of the bar are shown aimed high, as the pics were prior to aiming.


Enjoy!
LOL...****, beat me to it.....had this in mind a couple months ago....just didn't get around to it.

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I will try to install led bar in that gap. Can someone tell me how to remove the the thin/long plastic covering the metal bumper. I think there are clips underneat. I thought I should ask before break any clips. Once I remove, I will drill holes on the metal frame to secure led light bar. Thanks

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Do you think a 20" bar will fit?

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I do not think anybody tried that. You got to try and see.

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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?

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