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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?
Here is my mount.

Measured twice (or more times) drilled into the fascia and the metal once. Perfect because you can fit your hand in to open the hood and everything just fine. I do have a few install pics but not a ton
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Why not just mount to the grille like others have done instead of drilling through the fascia?
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Bhopkins21, this is exactly what I'm looking for. I want it to mount to the bumper for a more secure mount and not damage the outer facia, where this way it can be drilled out behind the hood.

What material did you use and did you wrap around the top and bottom of the bumper where you attached it? Any details would be a huge help. Thanks.

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Why not just mount to the grille like others have done instead of drilling through the fascia?
I like the bumper attachment method actually and when you drill through the facia, it's behind the hood and that portion is just a small strip, not the entire front end. If you ever want to go back, just fill the two (hidden) holes with black silicon or other material.

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Bhopkins21, this is exactly what I'm looking for. I want it to mount to the bumper for a more secure mount and not damage the outer facia, where this way it can be drilled out behind the hood.

What material did you use and did you wrap around the top and bottom of the bumper where you attached it? Any details would be a huge help. Thanks.
It is not wrapped around the steel in the bumper, just bolted straight through. Pretty sure I have a locking washer underneath. It's really solid, not worried about vibration at all. I used some metal from the local hardware store, and plastidipped it to prevent it from standing out against the fascia. I know in that one Youtube video, the one I think you mentioned before, his bracket is different but I found bending and creating the wrap around was too much, thus I went with a flat bracket. Depending on the size of light bar is obviously where you would drill your holes in the fascia, what I like is I can move the mounts right and left for a longer LED bar or a shorter one. Obviously not a ton but it makes for good adjustment.

Make sure you get a good drill bit, and line up where your light bar mounts will be.

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It is not wrapped around the steel in the bumper, just bolted straight through. Pretty sure I have a locking washer underneath. It's really solid, not worried about vibration at all. I used some metal from the local hardware store, and plastidipped it to prevent it from standing out against the fascia. I know in that one Youtube video, the one I think you mentioned before, his bracket is different but I found bending and creating the wrap around was too much, thus I went with a flat bracket. Depending on the size of light bar is obviously where you would drill your holes in the fascia, what I like is I can move the mounts right and left for a longer LED bar or a shorter one. Obviously not a ton but it makes for good adjustment.

Make sure you get a good drill bit, and line up where your light bar mounts will be.
Since I'm using 1/8" aluminum strips, I will likely wrap it from top to bottom on the inside of the bumper and I plan to use the 5/16" hardware to secure them. On the light bar end, I'll use the hardware provided and mount the light that way. I have carbide drill bits and will likely drill two pilot holes to get to the final size since the bumper steel will be both hard and thick. If you don't have excessive vibration, then I should be ok. The light is 12" long so it will fit in the smaller facia area behind the hood and I should be able to avoid damage to the larger portion.

I appreciate the info, thanks. When it gets done, I'll post any noteworthy points in case others go the same route as this.

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Hello all.


The hidden install is exactly what I am looking for.... I have a question:

Instead of prying back the plastic..... has anybody tried removing the small plastic piece on the back of the TH bumper? There seem to be clips in there... But I wasn't successful in removing anything.....I was messing with it earlier but I work nights and didn't want to get too involved tearing things apart before work.... which is where I am now.

It may be a matter of having several areas of prying simultaneously to get enough clips popped to remove....... Has anybody removed this piece before? Any help would be appreciated.


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If someone was contemplating doing something like this, thought that I should capture anything worthwhile.

I used 1 1/2" x 1/8" aluminum for the two brackets and drilled a 3/8" hole in each and also in the bumper behind the hood. I mounted the brackets with 5/16" stainless hardware. I used the light bar hardware to mount the light to the brackets. I routed the harness into the engine compartment and made connections there and mounted the two relays on a bracket using an existing attaching bolt. The wiring that is routed into the passenger compartment was unprotected, so I wrapped them with heavier tape since they will be exposed to weather. The switch was routed through the carbody openings and through the bonnet around the steering column and attached it on the left side of the lower dash next to the steering wheel. Everyone needs one goof up and mine was losing the rubber plug when I pushed it out from the inside - it likely landed on a skidplate, but it could have been beamed up to the Enterprise. I have a rubber patch inside and heavy tape outside until I find something better - either the plug or waterproof tape.

I tried to post a couple of photos, but the iPad is fighting me tooth and nail. Pi$$es me off!

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