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light bar above windshield help for dummies aka me

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by wolfman, Jul 24, 2022.

  1. Jul 24, 2022 at 7:45 PM
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    wolfman

    wolfman [OP] New Member

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    Hi. Novice me comes to you all once again, hat in hand. I would like to do a light bar. Is this one a good option, if not may I ask for a good alternative?

    https://www.4runnerlifestyle.com/pr...3&_sid=bd7272137&_ss=r&variant=42282147610869

    Is this a straight forward install? Any holes in body drilling? Anything else I need to know? Water draining issues with the line running down the water run off track? Any good theft deterrent measures?

    Sorry. Thanks. I love you.
     
  2. Jul 24, 2022 at 8:00 PM
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    NoSoupForYou

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    Subscribed as I am also a newbie looking for roof light bar info
    :cheers:
     
  3. Jul 24, 2022 at 8:06 PM
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    Jynarik

    Jynarik I like boobies

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    Not a difficult install, but I’d sway you to not go that route. Top mounted light bars are trash for functionality. You’d be better off with a behind the grill light bar.
     
  4. Jul 25, 2022 at 8:15 AM
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    Sandbuster

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    Guys - that may be a nice light-bar but you'd be paying an arm & a leg for it - check this one out & save yourself some $$:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/174983019808
     
  5. Jul 25, 2022 at 8:21 AM
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    4scooter19

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    After going through several cheap light bars on previous vehicles, I suggest running a bead of RTV or silicone along all seams where moisture could get into the housing. The cheaper bars I have used have all had moisture issues that eventually ruin them.
     
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  6. Jul 25, 2022 at 8:38 AM
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    Daddykool

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    Being completely inexperienced with light bars, I see at least two potential problems:

    1 - I don't see any way that you'll avoid scuffing and scratching on your A-pillar. It may be drill-and-screw, in which case, no way.
    2 - If you live in an area that gets snow/ice, that thing looks like it'll be a pain.
     
  7. Jul 25, 2022 at 8:57 AM
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    I did mine on my brush guard/bull bar. Works great. Had a rooftop mount on a Subaru (my first 4WD) and it didn't light up very well (shadows). Been 4-wheeling since the 60's, so I'm "Old School"!Beast-at-Chaco_097c68a72e90e2f48c253d8147c9f7dbd02a479b.jpg
     
  8. Jul 25, 2022 at 10:56 AM
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    4runGirl88

    4runGirl88 Get a little mud on the tires!

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    Which KC lights did you go with? Thinking of putting some lights on my bar as well, but want something smaller and if possible DOT approved to use with my regular headlights or fog lights.
     
  9. Jul 25, 2022 at 1:29 PM
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    BearBio

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    Actually, those are some "Hella's" I had on my FJ40. I replaced the hard plastic covers with the softer KC ones because the Hellas would snap loose.
     
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  10. Jul 25, 2022 at 4:08 PM
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    Altitude4x4

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    Lights in the grill or in/on a bumper would serve you better, roof mounted bars are more trouble than their worth. Extreme LED is a fantastic option for a quality product at a fair price. Lifetime warranty to boot!
     
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  11. Jul 25, 2022 at 4:09 PM
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    Altitude4x4

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    I bet that burns out within the year.
     
  12. Aug 4, 2022 at 7:02 PM
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    Thanks everyone for your responses. I guess I won't go this route. Just wanted something that dumped a ton of light down the road. I saw someone had a nice custom, simple bar across where the Toyota emblem is to mount two big old lights. Sadly, he never made more and I don't see any other fitting options.


    Appreciate the insight. I want/need lights badly up front but really don't like the behind the grill option. Argh. I am surprised there aren't more simple choices out there.
     
  13. Aug 4, 2022 at 7:45 PM
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    PVT Pablo

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    I'm late to the party but as an actual person with a roof mounted light bar, I'd advise against it. Unless you are ready to drop some serious coin on lights with optics that have essentially no spill, the lights are going to bounce off the hood and make using them uncomfortable.

    I've run grill mounted lights before and they are just so much better. Certainly don't look as cool though...

    20210605_123701.jpg
     
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  14. Aug 5, 2022 at 5:19 AM
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    Too Stroked

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    Another vote for lights behind the grill. No drilling holes through external body parts causing rust. No wind noise. No glare off the hood. Great light output if you use quality lighting products. These are Diode Dynamics SS5's.

    IMG_2768_1__4c4a9f12df6e5a54f512aeda0feb25c1fdf7e45e.jpg

    IMG_2801_1__1e9ed9e8550f32824925edf33142651b02c18b9f.jpg
     
  15. Aug 5, 2022 at 8:59 AM
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    Jynarik

    Jynarik I like boobies

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    I thought you got a new lime rush runner lol
     
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  16. Aug 5, 2022 at 2:57 PM
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    PVT Pablo

    PVT Pablo

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    Now that's all I see when I look at that picture haha
     

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