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Re: Lighting project.

PostPosted by uncle_p » Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:00 am

You get a serious amount of light from a light bar. A mate has one on his defender mounted over the windscreen. I'd love to attach one to the front roof rack rail, but there's the question of wiring and switch gear. I'm not keen on drilling holes or messing with electrics on a three year old car. Rambler, how did you plumb in the roof lights on your last car?

Maybe I'd be better upgrading the bulbs in my headlights..
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Re: Lighting project.

PostPosted by firemac » Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:46 pm

Also not wanting to piddle on your parade, Jamie lad, but do let your insurance company know what you end up with. The barstools will void your cover in a heartbeat if you make a claim and they find out about any non-standard mods. Could be utterly disastrous in the event of a claim following an accident, esp if peds are involved!
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Re: Lighting project.

PostPosted by Rambler » Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:53 pm

Well a roof light bar will follow next year , as for wiring it will be the same as my last Rav.
Take wiring along roof rails to rear door , red positive down to boot carpet along door trims to under dash.
Back neg, earthed to rear door check strap bolt..easy.
Clean and tidy, easy and simple....relay under dash.
No drilling holes in roof whatsoever.

As for insurance; Direct line knew every mod done to old one.
I even emailed a photo to be sure ,....best way i think. Strange thing was, as nothing was a ' power ' upgrade my premium was never affected, even with A/T tyres.
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Re: Lighting project.

PostPosted by Davrav » Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:43 pm

Rambler wrote:
As for insurance; Direct line knew every mod done to old one.
I even emailed a photo to be sure ,....best way i think. Strange thing was, as nothing was a ' power ' upgrade my premium was never affected, even with A/T tyres.


They should have given you a discount for having those tyres slowing you down :s_yes
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Re: Lighting project.

PostPosted by Rambler » Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:35 am

Davrav wrote:
Rambler wrote:
As for insurance; Direct line knew every mod done to old one.
I even emailed a photo to be sure ,....best way i think. Strange thing was, as nothing was a ' power ' upgrade my premium was never affected, even with A/T tyres.


They should have given you a discount for having those tyres slowing you down :s_yes


It was interesting, they only made a ' note ' of all my mods.
Even showed them all on the insurance schedule.
And my old yoko geolander a/t g012 never slowed me down :D
May have burnt more fuel though....but hey ho :)
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Re: Lighting project.

PostPosted by Rambler » Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:35 pm

Started the ' frame ' for my auxilary lights today, first figured out how to remove the big plastic sheet thing covering the front of the engine bay.
Under that is a huge void , briliant safe space for building something from alumimium 25mm square tube.
Had a slight result, there's two 6mm welded nut mounting points on the crossmember ideal for a starting point.
So today I started from there with vertical tubes bolted to the nuts up and bolted to the steel the grille is attached to.
This gives me two solid vertical tubes to attach a horizontal tube parallel to any slot in the grille.
That horizontal tube is now in place..... solid ! , but needs adjustment.

Edit...
I'm going to end up with ( as I'm in the plumbing trade) a piece of 28mm copper tube the same length of the lower slot on the grille at the front of the Rav.
Then on each end , a 28mm soldered elbow taking tube back through the grille and bolted to my rigid frame.
So no sharp edges , all curvy & round just like a shop bought bull bar.
Just smaller & made to suit what I want , and painted black or grey.
Then bolt 4 x 6" round lights to it.
Just need time to get it done... :rolleyes:
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Re: Lighting project.

PostPosted by Rambler » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:33 pm

Well , after all - I have plumped for a registration plate light bracket instead.
Far easier , I've just bolted the bracket right thought the entire bumper with 10mm bolts.
Then I've mounted two Ring Rally Giant lights on it.
It's been wired up today by an auto electrician , done.

Told my insurance, no problem.
But... hav'nt told Toyota yet :s_scratchhead
Will my guarantee be void. :(

A phone call tomorrow will tell. :rolleyes:

Pics to follow when I find a photo sharing site.
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