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Old 10-25-2006
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Custom Light Bar

Thought it would be a nice addition. Wondering how you it would be to make something like the KC light bar. Doesnt look like it would be all that hard. Just wondering if anyone here has done it yet. Any advice or warning? Prolly gonna start it this weekend or next. I would really like some close up's of how the KC bar bolts to the truck. I have on 01 edge. Any help would be appreciated.
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KC make a gutter kit to mount to the truck. You might consider buying that and making yours attach to it. Otherwise just screw it to the roof.
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do a search been showen way to many times search "light bar"
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do a search been showen way to many times search "light bar"
Yeah I allready looked at your post before I created this one and searched for light bars. Helped a little but I still wanted better pics or suggestions on how to make my own.

WOuld screwing into the roof just be asking for rust. I live in WI so I dont gotta ask. It'll gladly attach to my truck. Im gonna look into the gutter kit. That sounds like a good idea.
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you wanna see how its atached here https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...t=kc+light+bar

personally i have yet to see a home made light bar ever look good seen a couple guys on here try it before they all looked like poop... i would just pay the $100 and get the light bar...but thats me...
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Heres how I made mine, probly would need to be fabed a little different though. it needed some kickers to support it some, and maybe not be attached to the tool box. actually im sure that with the support from the kickers going back to the bed rails that it would be a hole lot stronger, anyway, to the pics.



I had grade 8, (the bolts we had in the shop at the time), going through the tool box, on 4x4 3/16" plates welded to the thickwall 1" tubing. thickwall being 3/16" thick. it had 2inch spacers on it so I could open the tool box.



Here you see where I welded the 3/16 plate to the tubing to hold the light bar. I got the lights and light bar for free, had a gutter mount off a K5 blazer, the mounts were screwed so just used the light bar, you could probly just use c-channel, would be a lot stronger than the alum. that kc makes.



the back end. you'll have to excuse the mess in the bed, was cleaning my tool box out that day. lol.



and the front end.

Im sure like I said before, you would want to make some changes to it, like maybe bend some tubing, or add some more angles, that flow with the body lines better. When I did it I was looking for function, not necessarily looks, you cant tell from the front though. Definelty I would recommend putting kickers or supports of some type on the top of the bar. with mine on the tool box, it broke the welds from it flapping back and forth on the interstate, thats why I took it off, well, also couldnt fit in the parking decks here at school either too well, I could, but didnt feel safe, had to avoid the speed bumps, to much hassle. Theres an idea for ya to fab up though. good luck on what ever you do.
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heres with the lights turned on.

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i have actuly been working on one for my truck that goes with the in of the cab...I started it months ago but have not been abel to get in the shop...i have a bunch of idea that i drew up that plan on sticking with now that i will have money and that im keepin the truck...
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