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Old 12-02-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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LED light bar on bumper

Would it be possible to drill a light bar right into the top of a stock bumper?

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Old 12-02-2013, 05:32 PM   #2
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I dont see why not

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Old 12-02-2013, 05:39 PM   #3
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I was thinking the same thing, it's metal underneath it right? And should hold it tight
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Old 12-02-2013, 05:57 PM   #4
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Yea, and ive seen guys route normal lights right on the factory bumper too
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:57 PM   #5
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I was going to try mounting to the bumper as well but the Mopar light bar was cheap and such an easy install that I used it to mount the light.

I drilled into the Mopar light bar and ran the wires through the tube and then into the engine bay. I used a rubber grommet to keep the wires from rubbing bare metal. A little paint to cover the edges and some black silicone to keep the water out.
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I was going to try mounting to the bumper as well but the Mopar light bar was cheap and such an easy install that I used it to mount the light. I drilled into the Mopar light bar and ran the wires through the tube and then into the engine bay. I used a rubber grommet to keep the wires from rubbing bare metal. A little paint to cover the edges and some black silicone to keep the water out.
How big is that light bar?
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:08 AM   #7
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Yea, and ive seen guys route normal lights right on the factory bumper too
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20 inch
And what brand light bar is that?
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Would it be possible to drill a light bar right into the top of a stock bumper?
Here are a few different Light Mounting Brackets that would be good options for you. Depending on the light you might be able to get away with not using any mount at all and just drilling it directly into the top of the bumper.

This Lifetime LED Light Bar Grill Mount is my personal favorite option for mounting a LED bar to the front of a JK. But that's just my opinion!

Let me know if you have any questions at all!

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I've got a similar set up to the one posted above. But I mounted mine under the bar.

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I've got a similar set up to the one posted above. But I mounted mine under the bar.
And is that a 20 inch bar as well?
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And is that a 20 inch bar as well?
It sure is.
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I've got a similar set up to the one posted above. But I mounted mine under the bar.

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I prefer the location with the lights mounted under the bar. Is there any negatives with the location of your lights?
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Ask for Kevin. I think I paid $225 for the light.

I have Rigid on the A pillars and would have gone with them for the 20" light bar but the price of this one versus the $565 for the Rigid and $300 for the Engo...and the fact that it's on the front of the Jeep made me nervous.

Will see how this one does and may eventually pop for the Rigid after I save up some more scratch.
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I prefer the location with the lights mounted under the bar. Is there any negatives with the location of your lights?
Not that I've seen. I haven't had any issues with it.
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Yuppers, sure can do, here's mine on the stock bumper.

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Old 12-05-2013, 09:16 AM   #18
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^^^ Exactly what i did with my torton 20" when i still had my stock bumper.
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:19 PM   #19
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Yuppers, sure can do, here's mine on the stock bumper.
Did you just still a hole right through the metal that is underneath the plastic?
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Did you just still a hole right through the metal that is underneath the plastic?
Knowing I was changing out the front bumper soon, I only secured it through the plastic. I also removed my Sahara trim so it wouldn't be damaged. I do plan on mounting the LED Bar in the same position on the new bumper after I install it.
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Knowing I was changing out the front bumper soon, I only secured it through the plastic. I also removed my Sahara trim so it wouldn't be damaged. I do plan on mounting the LED Bar in the same position on the new bumper after I install it.
If I do not plan on changing out my bumper should I bolt it through the metal to be safe?
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If I do not plan on changing out my bumper should I bolt it through the metal to be safe?
The way it looks on mine, you can live a long time just in the plastic, just use big flat washers. (I removed the plastic piece that sits between the bumper and the grill to do this, then put it back when completed) Mine sits to the rear of the bumper so I only catch the plastic. But I see no reason why you can't move it a bit towards the forward part of the bumper to catch the steel.

Make sure you have the room underneath to work the nuts if you do. I know for me, the plastic part was a tight fit to get a flat and a locking washer in place with the nut.

I just couldn't let this light sit on a shelve until I got my new bumper I had to install it, just had to
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If you hit a deer or something your going to be looking for that light in the ditch anchored like that. i would suggest punching some holes into the metal plate and using some big washers and some bolts from Menards. Those lights are tough and should be anchored to something sturdy.


Just my $.02 Looking good buddy!
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If you hit a deer or something your going to be looking for that light in the ditch anchored like that. i would suggest punching some holes into the metal plate and using some big washers and some bolts from Menards. Those lights are tough and should be anchored to something sturdy. Just my $.02 Looking good buddy!
Yeah I think that is what I am going to do thanks
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Yeah I think that is what I am going to do thanks
No prob!

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