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How To: Light bar in lower grille (03-05)

Discussion in '4th Gen 4Runners (2003-2009)' started by wnelax04sr5, Jul 24, 2016.

  1. Jul 24, 2016 at 5:40 PM
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    wnelax04sr5

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    So I've seen this done tons of times and a few different variations of mounting, including a pre fab mount that some guy on t4r is selling. heres how I did it without fabricating anything and only drilling 4 holes.

    step 1: buy stuff
    Auxbeam 32" 180w
    https://www.amazon.com/Auxbeam-1800...TF8&qid=1469406506&sr=8-1&keywords=auxbeam+32
    Universal Harness
    https://www.amazon.com/Mictuning-Un..._SR160,160_&psc=1&refRID=K59JRWVRGM7HGHKNNPJM

    I then went down to the local hardware store and bought two L brackets, and 4 self tapping screws. Once I piled my parts together I took some measurements.

    The first thing I did was make sure that with the bracket connected to the lights mounts it would sit flush with the front of the bumper. Once I knew that it would and that I could start.

    Step 1: Cutting. I used a jigsaw with a metal blade to cut out the lower grille. it went through it like a hot knife through butter, and I used a file to smooth out everything and make it look nice
    Step 2: I place the light bar where I wanted it height wise and marked my L brackets so I knew where to drill holes, then I mounted the lights mounts to the L brackets
    Step 3: With the light and L brackets together, I slid it into the spot where I wanted it to sit (flush and centered in the grille), then marked holes to drill
    Step 4: For this part, I took the bumper cover off so it was easier to drill and mount the light.
    Step 5:I drilled pilot holes for my self tapping screws to go in, then had someone hold the light and mounts while I put in the self tapping screws, securing everything
    Step 6: Once tightened, I put the bumper cover back on to make sure it was where I wanted it to be.
    Step 7: Wiring!
    Step 8: Enjoy your light!

    Mounts on the frame rails (which are exactly 32" apart)
    IMG_20160724_173759506.jpg

    Better shot of where the L bracket mounts to the light

    IMG_20160724_173814739.jpg

    Finished Product

    IMG_20160724_173557522.jpg
     
  2. Aug 24, 2016 at 6:28 AM
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    POOLGUY

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    Didn't think about mounting it like that. Nice, clean and simple
     
  3. Apr 26, 2018 at 2:15 PM
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    Elmo the Destroyer

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    I love this. It's so clean. Do you think you would be able to mount it behind the grille? What would that look like on the back end?
     
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  4. Apr 26, 2018 at 5:54 PM
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    wnelax04sr5

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    you definitely can, i moved it forward so it would be flush, but people have mounted it behind the grill. its really easy and theres a lot of space
     
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  5. Apr 30, 2018 at 6:04 PM
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    Elmo the Destroyer

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    I just bought two 6" LED bars and mounted them behind the bottom grille. It looks great and is pretty low-profile.
     
  6. May 1, 2018 at 2:01 PM
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