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mounting off-road lights

has anyone mounted off road lights in the bumper opening between the tow hooks? i would like some extra light, but would like to keep it low profie, and i don't have the honeycomb grill, i have the "H-bar" grill. the truck is a 2006 FX4.

i have however added the front skid from a level II model. anybody help me out? a pic or two would be awesome!

EDIT: here's a pic of a super duty with the idea i have in mind (the amber lights) http://www.kchilites.com/store/Fog-L...5-P603C20.aspx
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get the lights and and start test fitting them.
then drill holes where you think you would like them to be.

if they are too big or too small then return them and get another kind.
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er, no offense, but that is the obvious answer (and is about as useful as a poopie flavoured lolli-pop). i have test fit a few, but am curious if anyone else has done it, how they did it and what lights they used.
that is why i asked.
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some Hella 500's i had
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How would you rate the Hella's compared to a daylaighter?
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ah i see what you want. personally unless you have a rectangular opening that lights in there dont look good. there just arent any lights that contour to the shape of the opening. those look good on the super duty because they leave no gaps on the edges
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How would you rate the Hella's compared to a daylaighter?
daylighters are better imo, but ive only used the 130watt ones so you have to expect it when you have almost 2.5x the wattage from a sealed beam light compared to a 55watt light that uses a bulb
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for a 'no drill' option....


since you've got a '06+ truck, you don't have the bolts that the 05 and older trucks use to mount light tabs. Here's those light tabs mounted to a tow hook bolt....longer bolt is needed, and a nut to act as a spacer, then a holding nut.

came out pretty unique on this '07 i did...

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why do you want to mount the lights so low? your gona smash them up on stuff, they should be mounted above your bumper.. when they are too low the also become useless in tall grass, i found that out when i had them mounted on my safari bar..
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for a 'no drill' option....


since you've got a '06+ truck, you don't have the bolts that the 05 and older trucks use to mount light tabs. Here's those light tabs mounted to a tow hook bolt....longer bolt is needed, and a nut to act as a spacer, then a holding nut.

came out pretty unique on this '07 i did...







Now that's a good idea. Might try that myself. One question though, why the spacer nut?
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To space the light out from the bumper.
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To space the light out from the bumper.
or just make the bottom piece longer. best advice is make that drop piece as short as possible. mine is about 4 inches and the lights still bounce from time to time
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Yeah you can do both, thats just what the spacer was for.
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why do you want to mount the lights so low? your gona smash them up on stuff, they should be mounted above your bumper.. when they are too low the also become useless in tall grass, i found that out when i had them mounted on my safari bar..
i would like them inside the rectangular bumper opening so that the glass lenses are not the leading edge of the vehicle. believe me, i don't make a habit out of bumping things with my truck, but the bumper makes a much better bumper than offroad lights do. also being mounted in the bumper instead of on is a theft deterrent.

you bring up a good point on the tall grass, but my main reason for wanting the lights is to help light up the back roads i travel. as ashamed as i am to say it, my truck doesn't see nearly as much off-pavement use as i would like.

Fx4wannabe01: thank you for those pics, they may have just inspired me... i'll have to break out the measuring tape and see if my idea will work. THANKS!
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here's another question: what would serve me better, the long range, or the driving lights? i've seen the diagram comparing the two, but what works best/what are you guys running?
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here's another question: what would serve me better, the long range, or the driving lights? i've seen the diagram comparing the two, but what works best/what are you guys running?
when i had mine i used long range but being i had over 1300w of light lol didnt really matter it was just bright as hell...

if its just one set driving personally
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Yeah you can do both, thats just what the spacer was for.
I used what i had....i made those mounts to the same spec's as the tabs underdog and jusnes sells. they wern't right for this truck in that location, so i just spaced the bracket away. if i had heat(oxyacet), i'd bend up a newset of 1/4" mounts.
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To space the light out from the bumper.
That's what I thought. Just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything.
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