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#1 dklein90

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 03:32 PM

Im looking into putting some lights on the front bumper of my Forester, problem is I have a factory push bar that I think will be blocking the light. I want to use either Hella or PIAA lights (the round ones) and mount them into the bumper, not the push bar. Has anyone ran into this problem or have any sugestions for me.

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#2 felipe01forester

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 03:55 PM

Do you have a plastic bumper? If so, why don't you try to attach the mounts by screwing them into the bumper in front of the grill? Use drywall anchors to ensure that they won't go anywhere.

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 04:06 PM

part of my concern is that the lights will be beaming into the back of the push bar. Not sure if it will sit high enough or not. I was thinking about mounting them into the bolt holes for the push bar.

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 05:08 PM

Someone sells a rally bar that bolts on the bumper in the grill area.

It was on the board a while back but I can't find the thread... :confused:

What about mounting them on the front of the push bar? After all you'll never push anything with that "Push Bar".

You could also make a small metal "Z" type mount bottom could be inserted between the push bar and the bumper using the existing bolts. The top part of the "Z" could be used to bolt to the light. Thus you could raise the mount height of the lights enough to clear the useless plastic push bar?

Just a couple thoughts.
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82 SubaruHummer--no push bar needed!!!
01 Forester--complete with useless plastic push bar!!! :lol:

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 10:19 PM

The push bar is useless I agree with you on that. In fact I would remove it but I sortof like how it looks. The bracket is a good idea, I really like using the mounts for the "pushbar" rather than drilling new holes. The Z bracket would let me do that and raise the bottom of the light above the top of the bar.
Thanks for the help, I really like that idea. It might be a few weeks before I get it done but I'll take pictures and post the results.

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 10:26 PM

I think that I want fog lights rather than driving lights. The factory fog lights are like the "pushbar", mostly for looks. I live in Maine where Moose tend to be hit by cars alot, Im hoping that the fog lights will brighten the sides of the road and help me see what is lurking in the darkness.
Should I wire it so they are on a switch of their own or should they be hooked to the lowbeam's like the factory lights?
Should I buy PIAA or Hella?
Thanks for all the help.

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Posted 02 July 2005 - 12:38 AM

Fog lights won't help you with moose, mainly because you will only see their feet. 4 moose were hit by 6 cars near my house a while ago.. they're just so tall that headlights go right under them, i think roof mounted spot or flood lights would be your best bet for that situation.
If you're set on putting them on the bumper, you can build yourself a bracket just tall enough to mount the lights to, you know.. a small rectangular thing.. so they're higher off the bumper, and over the plastic pushbar :rolleyes:
I'd persanally go for the PIAA's, but a friend of mine has Hella's on his jeep, and they're damn bright. As for wiring, all my extra lights (small KC's and crazy german fogs) are wired directly to the battery, with switches of course. This is nice, because you can turn on the lights when you have the car off... just don't drain your batt.
Oh yeah, if you want to go for some serious light, get some lightforces, they're austrialian made.... freaking rediculous... i want some :grin:

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 03:17 AM

Rallitek.com has a nice rallybar setup that may work , otherwise contact Mudrat and get a Mudrat bumper or a custom light bar made....

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 10:48 AM

oh ya, lights make all the difference.

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Posted 06 July 2005 - 11:43 AM

The Rallitek one is the one I was thinking of...

http://rallitek.com/...=&HB=&ACC=Y&SP=

I'm not sure how it works though? Remove grill when in use?

This ones got me confused :confused:




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