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Old 10-30-2013, 03:38 PM   #1
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Black Box Logistics 50 inch DRX Light bar Install

Installed this light bar. Lots of comments on the Forum on the relative value of US made vs. China made light bars. Iím on a budget and rolled with this $470 unit vs. the my best negotiated price for the Rigid Industries 50 inch unit at $1119.99. Aurora was in the middle in price and came recommended, but in my case I did not want to deal direct with the factory, customs and delivery wait. Time will tell if this was the right call.

Customer service was great, delivery right on time within a week and the unit looks and feels rock solid. Installation went as expected although the bolts on the light bar were sightly larger than the holes in the Poison Spider mounts so some minor drilling was in order. Also, the light bar bolts are a little short if you tighten down the Poison Spider mounts before you mount the light bar, so leave these loose until the light bar is threaded in, then go back and tighten the mounts.

Poison Spider has steel or aluminum mounts; the aluminum is $10.00 more. I bought steel, paid $249 from Krawl Offroad, plus another $40.00 to have them powder coated at a local source. Wurton, Rampage and Amazon have cheaper mounts but I liked these.

In my case I wired into a sPod so did not need the BBL wiring harness which was $18 more. A cover is not available at this time but BBL is working on one that will be about $35. Your state may require a cover. Light bar specs and product info is here:

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Itís hard to do a comparison to other light bars in the nighttime pics due to different places and different cameras, but suffice it to say these lights are bright. Assuming the quality holds up, the relative price point on this light bar compared to Rigid Industries is 42% of their price (54% if you add in the PSC mount to both prices). The output of some competitors may be higher or maybe not, but I can not imagine for my needs requiring more light than this unit delivers.

As expected, there is some wind noise with this set up but it is not objectionable. Oddly, there is a little whistling harmonic in the cooling fins at 18-22 mph that goes away at anything higher. My better half thinks this is ďspookyĒ, lol.
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:03 PM   #2
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Looks great. I sell the same light bars. I have had great success with all of mine.

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Old 11-03-2013, 11:22 PM   #3
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looks good !! where do you have the spod located at ?
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:48 PM   #4
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looks good !! where do you have the spod located at ?
Thanks! The sPod is near the driver side front. The install info wants it to be here, it bolts right in and the pre-terminated cable assembly to the switches is matched in length to this location. I like the driver side location for the sPod because it is closer to the factory hole in the firewall (below driver side window piller) so running wires from any the devices to be powered inside the vehicle have a shorter run under the hood to the sPod.
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:19 PM   #5
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Thanks! The sPod is near the driver side front. The install info wants it to be here, it bolts right in and the pre-terminated cable assembly to the switches is matched in length to this location. I like the driver side location for the sPod because it is closer to the factory hole in the firewall (below driver side window piller) so running wires from any the devices to be powered inside the vehicle have a shorter run under the hood to the sPod.
i mean where in cabin is it located at ? i've heard people usually install them above the rearview mirror area. i wouldnt mind having one on the lower area of the dash. not sure if it's doable or not.
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i mean where in cabin is it located at ? i've heard people usually install them above the rearview mirror area. i wouldnt mind having one on the lower area of the dash. not sure if it's doable or not.
Pretty sure only the mirror area is doable. This is a good install thread with pics to show why.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/201...lt-261526.html
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