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5th Gen Explorer With LED Light Bar

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorers - Tuning & Mods' started by shooterSVT, August 22, 2014.

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    I do this on everything I add a light bar to, makes it easy to use and easy to install.

    Excuse the dirtiness, we just had a week of freezing rain with power outages that are still on going in parts of the province. It's clean now or at least as much as our winter roads allow!
     
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    Looks great! Any photos with the lights on?
     
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    no, but here's the same lightbar on my Kawasaki Mule, the yellow in the center is from the halogen headlights BTW.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Nice! would you say this method is better for lighting than lets say a two light system mounted to my roof basket?

    I really like the light bar and where you placed it, just trying to decide if I put lights up or low like you did.
     
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    Nice install. I suppose it can be pointed further out from the front of the truck. What is the output and is there a brand you like??
     
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    Would you happen to have photos of the install? I have been wanting to do this to my PI since I don't have fog lights.
     
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    hi guys, no extra photo's of the install sadly. I'm bad at documenting a build!

    On the placement, higher is always better for more spread however I did not want these on my roof and that lower grille area was an easy install. I'm about 95% happy with the performance - I like the 20000 Lumen package with the combo beam spread.
     
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    But where does it attach to? What did you use to secure it? A bracket or something? I just don't see how it was attached. Did you have to take off the front bumper?
     
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    I drilled two holes into the inner bumper structure, I had make sure there was nothing on the other side of it before hand.
    The lower grilled is only snapped in with a handful of clips so it pops right out, running the wiring harness for the lights down there is easy as well, overall the install only took about 45 minutes or so.
     
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    I've run Rigid LED on my previous two trucks and have been very happy with around 6000-7000 Lumens with their driving beam pattern (similar to Black oak's Combo beam) but their pricing has continued to rize so I thought I would give someone else a try, Black oak came well recommended online and they are about 1/3 the price of the Rigid products. I started out with a 10" 11000 lumen unit on my Kawasaki and I was so impressed that I bought a 20" for the front, put the 10" on the back.

    When it came time for the Explorer I decided for overkill and went with the 20" again, but the 10" unit their sell is a very good performer and would satisfy most people.
     
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    Did you use the manufacturer brackets it came with? Will you post a video or pictures of how to pop that lower grille? Sorry for all the questions - im very interested in putting one right there. Love how discrete it looks!
     
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    it came with two arms, one for each side and it adjustable, all you need to do is drill two holes. I don't want to pop the lower grille out again unless I have to as I don't want to weaken the clips any by multiple removals.

    brackets look like this:
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    No problem, totally understand. Where did you learn to take that grille off? And did you just use the screws it came with or different ones to make it fit?
     
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    I inspected how it was made using a small mirror to see the backside and figured it out that way. I used part of the hardware but I drilled the two holes and treaded them to simply bolt up the bar's brackets.
     
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    Okay, first step for me will be to remove the grill and just order the thing to see if it fits. ONE MORE QUESTION! Did you drill it into the bumber cover or is it the metal bumper? Don't have the car in front of me to go look. Its at the dealership.
     
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    Does anybody know what kind of light bar this Explorer has? The one underneath the front grille? I've been searching the web and am not finding it. I want this!!! Any help would be appreciated.
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    I bet any single row led bar would work. Looks very slim. Maybe something like this

    https://www.superbrightleds.com/mor...off-road-led-light-bars-54w-5000-lumens/3771/

    This is what I wanna get. I hope it fits with the Setina push bumper on it's way.

    http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-lighting/22001
     
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    Hey, I went to a body shop and they said the lower grill panel can't pop out forward....the whole bumper needs to come off? WTF
     
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    How are these wired to the interior to toggle on and off? Did you add a switch or link them to an existing setting/button? If new switch, pics?
     






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