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Old 11-09-2006
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using ladder rack as light bar?

I got one for free, but it doesn't look like anything more than square tubing that goes up and across the width of the truck.

How do lights usually mount?

Is there any way I can just clamp some off-road lights on?
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any pictures of this thing? or a make and model so we can look it up to what ur talking about?

you dont want to just 'clamp' lights on the truck as theyll either vibrate off or be stolen,. better to bolt them on.
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sure thing (if the pics aren't there, I took them off my webspace..pm to see):

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How do lights mount?

If they're anything like my fog lights, I'll have to drill a hole in the rack, and try to thread the lights directly into it.

Any other ideas?
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Yeah, most lights mount with usually a 1/2 stud, so drilling a hole would be necessary. If you're going to use that i would mount the lights upside down so it doesn't look way too tall, that would probably look better, and cut the tabs off on the top.

and here is a picture to kinda see how they mount better



the bar of the rack would go inbetween the two rubber shock mount things
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I don't know if the bolts are long enough to go through that thick of a piece of metal... no to mention those drill bits aren't very cheap...
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yes definately upside down and cut the tabs off
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why not just shorten the bars?
it would work but it kinda ugly sticking up that far
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why not just shorten the bars?
it would work but it kinda ugly sticking up that far
you know thats not a bad idea. cut them off and weld them right were the angle stops
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i agree just cut a section off the top and weld it a little shorter, get rid if the tabs too, i have a rack on my cap made of similar material, i am thinking about getting a plate that i can bolt to it and then mount the lights to the plate, i don't think the studs wouls be long enough to go through the rack itself, then if i wanted to i could remove all the lights at once
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If you have access to a welder, why dont you just make a new bar?
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