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light bar coming loose

i guess i would put this here.....anyways. i put a kc light bar on my truck(ill post pics when i get time to take them) the problem i am having is the front clamps on the bar get pulled loose when i go down the highway. the set screws are still tight but the clamp comes loose. any one who has a light bar on their ride can you help me?
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Could you take a pic of what you mean i have the bar on. one tip bend the tabs like this and it will hold tighter:

here to help just need a little more info.
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ill try and get pics some time today. i bent mine also. the chrome clamp on the front is being pulled down. the the air pushing the lights back while i go down the road is pulling the front of the bar up. i dont know if this makes sense, hopefuly when i get the pics it will.
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Yes it does, did u use a flat screw driver in the slots to help tighten it.... also mine was moveing back on the brackets like scooting back so i just moved it all the way back.
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yah i used the screwdriver. it doesnt seem to be scooting back. i had a shop do the wiring....i am not exactly happy with the way they routed the wires, but oh well. anyways if i move it all the way back the wires are kind of tight. the wires go from the light straight down.
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take pics of the wiring too, i want to see this maybe i can help you fix them.
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they drilled the roof. i could bondo that or something but for now im just going to leave it.
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They Drilled The Roof!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!o Hell No\

Did you aprove that!?!?
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not realy, but i didnt know till i saw it when i picked it up. not much i can do at that point
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Yes make them repair your bloddy roof, there is no reason in hell they needed to drill your roof!
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i took some pics the other day but i still have yet to find my friggin usb cable to put them on my computer...i have no idea what i did with it.
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if you had it professionally installed why not just go back to the shop and ask them to remount it properly?
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i torqued it down real good and it seems to be working now. i actualy put the bar on my self and just had them put the lights and wiring in.
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Worse thing you could have ever done! its so easy to wire lights, and theres ME that you could have asked on how if you where conserned. GO back make them repair your roof and run the wires yourself
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look I am not going to rain on your parade, but try to help instead

since the screw/bolts came loose before they probably will again
are there lock washers on them?
you might want to glue and screw the mount on
this way it will not vibrate as much and the screws will have a harder time getting loose
use some room temperature vulcanizing cement
this will also help prevent any rust spot forming in drilled holes or where a clamp might rub off the paint

unless you specifically went over the installation process with the shop it will near impossible to have them close that hole as they will tell you it is their preferred method
ask about prior installations and if that is how they have been doing it you were just an unwary consumer
the hole if sealed properly is just fine, there are dozens of holes already in the trucks body work
it's just important they sealed up any open or unfinished metal to prevent rust
and used or made a good seal around the wire to prevent water from entering the cab
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im not sure what i did but i was able to get the clamp to quit sliding. it wasnt the screws that were the problem, the clamp would slip under the screw head. i loosened and re tightened all the screws and now it seems to be holding. about the roof i am not too worried about it right now. i didnt specify how i wanted them run and now i know that if i want it done my way to just do it my self. also i am very busy with my up coming move and dont have time to not have my truck for a day. so far no leaks and it seems that they sealed the holes fairly well. when i get a chance i will probably just fix it myself.
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i can't believ they drilled in your roof 4 [email protected][email protected][email protected]#[email protected]#$2143873408h

that is freaking ridiculous.
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Put LockTite on the screw threads and use lock washers.
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