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post #31 of 58 (permalink) Old 01-06-2017, 03:21 PM
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I should add, 'hat tip' to the lads at NW Running Boards in metro Port OR for the idea to run the wiring harness as it is, their idea, not mine.
Hat tip to everyone. This info helps. Thanks a bunch!

I wasn't sure what my options were. I didn't see any pictures of wires run through the window or doors. In searching for ideas I saw on another thread where a guy cut a hole in his roof to run wire for an antenna. That type of wiring option was outside of my comfort zone.

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Hat tip to everyone. This info helps. Thanks a bunch!



I wasn't sure what my options were. I didn't see any pictures of wires run through the window or doors. In searching for ideas I saw on another thread where a guy cut a hole in his roof to run wire for an antenna. That type of wiring option was outside of my comfort zone.


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How did you get the wire under the plastic part that the luggage rail mounts into?

I've got a radio antenna on my luggage rail and I'd been wanting to do something like this to run my antenna wire but it looked like you have to take apart 90% of the interior and roof to get under it?
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How did you get the wire under the plastic part that the luggage rail mounts into?

I've got a radio antenna on my luggage rail and I'd been wanting to do something like this to run my antenna wire but it looked like you have to take apart 90% of the interior and roof to get under it?


Not at all.. Although I did not do it, a shop did, but they just tucked the wiring harness under that rubberised edge of the rail. No disassembly required. Try it.

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I was going to mount mine on a light bar on the front but was concerned about hitting something and tearing it up or someone ripping it off. I ended up installing it in the grill which solved both concerns.

I was limited to a 20" bar with this configuration but it works fine for my use. I thought about mounting a wider bar on the roof but I was afraid it would interfere with my kayak/bike racks, plus the aforementioned security issue.
how did you modify the grill to fit this light bar? it looks amazing!
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Not at all.. Although I did not do it, a shop did, but they just tucked the wiring harness under that rubberised edge of the rail. No disassembly required. Try it.
Ah, ok. Wonder if they changed the design at some point them or because mine has been out in the sun for 4 years, mine the "rubber" part has no give to it - very hard, I don't want to use a screwdriver or anything to pry for fear of scratching the paint. Oh well.
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Ah, ok. Wonder if they changed the design at some point them or because mine has been out in the sun for 4 years, mine the "rubber" part has no give to it - very hard, I don't want to use a screwdriver or anything to pry for fear of scratching the paint. Oh well.


You might be able to loosen up rubber with some aerospace 303 (sort of like armor all)


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how did you modify the grill to fit this light bar? it looks amazing!
I removed the grill and cut out the space for the light bar to fit in with a keyhole saw. The light bar mounting bracket was bolted to the brace in front of the radiator. I had a machine shop fabricate the two end pieces to hide the edges.

It involved a lot of cutting but wasn't too complicated.
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A real easy way to route wires from the roof is by cutting a hole in the roof under one of the crossbar storage holes, if you don't plan on parking away your crossbars. I had to move my rear crossbar to the back position to accommodate a kayak rack so I can't move them anyway because of that. The hole doesn't show and the wires can be easily routed down the inside door pillar and under the dash and then through the firewall. I removed the passenger side grab handle, sun visor, and the plastic trim behind the seatbelt anchor, which drops the headliner just enough to manipulate the wire. Be sure and put some silicon sealant around where the wire runs through the roof to prevent leaks. I had a rubber stopper in the hole to begin with to keep debris out. I cut a hole in it to run my wire through.
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Ah, ok. Wonder if they changed the design at some point them or because mine has been out in the sun for 4 years, mine the "rubber" part has no give to it - very hard, I don't want to use a screwdriver or anything to pry for fear of scratching the paint. Oh well.


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