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Anybody mount a light bar on the roof for off road driving? Would like to learn tips on products, mounting, wiring. Would like it to be removable as well.

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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.

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wow, mike!

you have some electronics going on in the thing!!!

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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.
They are being stolen around here so that is a good solution to the problem.
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If you mounted on the roof and/or on a bar you could probably rig it up where it could be easily removed with the two mounting bolts and use a quick disconnect wiring plug. That could end up being a real pain though because that would mean taking it off every time you parked in a parking lot, because if it was easy for you to remove, it would be that much easier for a thief also.
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Thxs for the replies. Now that Yakima has come out w the 15 Landing Pads, i can use my round bars. Might consider a kit to mount a 40" led bar to that, but a temporary wiring harness still elludes me. Such a bar would draw too much to use a ciggie lighter plugin solution most likely. Idea is to mount the bar for those backroad weekend excusions. Most likely would have to remove if parked at a trailhead for a weekend etc..
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Thxs for the replies. Now that Yakima has come out w the 15 Landing Pads, i can use my round bars. Might consider a kit to mount a 40" led bar to that, but a temporary wiring harness still elludes me. Such a bar would draw too much to use a ciggie lighter plugin solution most likely. Idea is to mount the bar for those backroad weekend excusions. Most likely would have to remove if parked at a trailhead for a weekend etc..
The current draw on LED bars is surprisingly low. My 20" draws 10 amps. I'm guessing a 40" bar would be around twice that. I rewired all my aux power plugs for continuous power with 20 amp fuses but I probably wouldn't want to run that much current for an extended time.
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Anybody mount a light bar on the roof for off road driving? Would like to learn tips on products, mounting, wiring. Would like it to be removable as well.
Here's my setup. First off, roof mount is a good idea. Light dispersion and throw is optimal high up.

I'm using a Rigid Industries SR2 10" in "driving" beam. May seem small but light output easily overtakes stock high beams. Which brings up another point on quality of light bar you select. I tried a few cheaper ones off amazon that were both physically larger, more LEDs, and rate higher lumen then the RI 10" but effective light output was no comparison. Problem with cheaper LED bars is that the beam is not well focused so you typically end up with a ton of light in the foreground and nothing thrown downrange so hotspots is a problem.

Mine is mounted to my roof rack. The rack stays on full time along with the light bracket. I notched the brackets that came with the light and used knobs so light is easily removed. Tested in rough terrain and highway speeds....very secure, partly due to size (weight) of light bar.





Roof rack and light was all taken off the VX when I traded-in for the OB so haven't completed the wiring but I'm doing something perhaps a bit different. I'll be running wires to the back into the trunk area and wire to secondary battery source, either a small AGM or my GoalZero Yeti. I elected for this setup to isolate the lighting and in some ways make it modular and transferable....which came in handy. For switching I'm using this....

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It's a really cool little remote on/off switch. Works great and impressive range. I have 2....one of which I wired with relay so can switch higher draw accessories but not really needed for the 10" bar. So downside is the switching is with a remote instead of a nice panel mounted switch on a your dash somewhere. But for me it works. I keep the fob with me at remote camps to switch the light on if needed. And since it runs on aux 12v source there no dependency on ignition switch.
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I second the RIGID INDUSTRIES lights. I'm running an E2, 20" combo.
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