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post #1 of 20 Old 05-27-2018, 02:29 AM Thread Starter
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Lightbar installed behind bumper

Finally got around to taking the front bumper off and getting my 24" lightbar installed.

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Pictures are in the following order:
Lightbar only
Headlights only
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Headlights and fogs
Headlights, fogs and lightbar

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Also to note, don't use the crappy spade connectors most lightbars come with. Buy a crimping tool and weatherpack connectors and make it perfectly sealed.

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I have to say that turned out very nice and is very cleanly done great work! This one of the approaches I have considered for much needed off-road lighting as I wheel a lot at night. It is good to see the the grill really does not affect getting the light to the ground. A few questions if you don't mind. How hard was it to remove the front fascia? How did you route the wiring into the cabin? Lastly where in the world did you mount the switch? I have looked all around inside our Trailhawk and can't for the life of me figure where would be a good place to mount switches without cutting the dash. LOL
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I have to say that turned out very nice and is very cleanly done great work! This one of the approaches I have considered for much needed off-road lighting as I wheel a lot at night. It is good to see the the grill really does not affect getting the light to the ground. A few questions if you don't mind. How hard was it to remove the front fascia? How did you route the wiring into the cabin? Lastly where in the world did you mount the switch? I have looked all around inside our Trailhawk and can't for the life of me figure where would be a good place to mount switches without cutting the dash. LOL
I have another post about removing the bumper, it's pretty simple, I did not take enough pictures tho but I linked a video that pretty much explains it. I figured the compass would be about the same as the Grand Cherokee and I was right.

Temporary wiring ran through the window.

As far as permanent wiring and switch.. I'm working on a module that will let me long press the fog button to turn the lightbar on and off. So all I need to do is run 1 wire into the cab to trigger the relay in the engine bay.

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LOL yeah I saw your other post on the bumper removal after reading and posting here. It does not look as bad of a job as I thought it would be my biggest worry would be my bad luck and some of those plastic clips breaking off on me. lol


I hope your module switch idea works out for you I have never seen such a thing and it will be very interesting to see how it works. I have a little bit of an electronics back ground so this sounds like something that would be fun to build. It would also be quick to turn off the light bar in case of oncoming traffic.

I don't see many others wheeling in the places I go at night but one of my favorite forestry roads does have camping sites along the way so every now and then I have to turn off my light bars on my Tracker for passing cars. I also try to be nice and turn them off when I see people camping so I'm not blinding them or disturbing them doing whatever in their tents. With the 42" bar above the windshield and the 20" on the bumper night almost turns into day that makes for near X-ray quility imaging through a tent. lol
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Nice work, that bumper must of been a bear to remove.


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Nice mod. You have the rusty gears in my head going now.
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Nice work, that bumper must of been a bear to remove.


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This video for the grand cherokee is essentially the same on the compass with a couple differences that easy to figure out. They're designed very similarly.

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Question: Does this light bar install interfere with the airflow for the radiator? I think it looks awesome and would like to do this myself. Great job.
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Just kidding, mostly. It does look good. Like the couple posters above me I would be (only mildly) concerned with obstructing airflow and wondering how the light could be thoroughly cleaned. You know what would be a cool mod is if someone devised a way to cut out that honeycomb and make it removable or have some kind of replacement insert for it (like people love to do on their mustangs so dang much).

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Just kidding, mostly. It does look good. Like the couple posters above me I would be (only mildly) concerned with obstructing airflow and wondering how the light could be thoroughly cleaned. You know what would be a cool mod is if someone devised a way to cut out that honeycomb and make it removable or have some kind of replacement insert for it (like people love to do on their mustangs so dang much).

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LOL I for one wouldn't use this on the highway with one exception - driving out in the rural west. When I lived in ND and would drive to CO to visit family, deer would be lined up by the thousands. At that point, the concept isn't if there is enough light, it's all about getting maximum lighting out as far as possible to see which ones are contemplating using your vehicle as their medium for suicide. These light bars ARE off road only, and those who like to blind people going down the interstates with these, deserve to be on the wrong side of a cop short on their ticket and beating quotas.
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Question: Does this light bar install interfere with the airflow for the radiator? I think it looks awesome and would like to do this myself. Great job.
No noticable change in coolant temp, it's mounted high in the grille directly on the bumper beam, still plenty of air gap around it.

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Clean? What's that? LOL. I guess I could use q-tips if I really needed, but a decent foam wash and good soap should be fine.

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No noticable change in coolant temp, it's mounted high in the grille directly on the bumper beam, still plenty of air gap around it.

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As far as permanent wiring and switch.. I'm working on a module that will let me long press the fog button to turn the lightbar on and off. So all I need to do is run 1 wire into the cab to trigger the relay in the engine bay.

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Did you ever complete this module? Would be interested in details if so - this is the exact clean implementation I would love to have.
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Did you ever complete this module? Would be interested in details if so - this is the exact clean implementation I would love to have.
Yes, but still tweaking/testing it. My original idea has been installed in my vehicle almost a year now and works flawlessly.

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