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Old 12-30-2013, 09:00 AM   #1
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A-Pillar Light Brackets - Under Protection

I've got a set of Rigid a-pillar light brackets on order and am wondering if they come with some sort of protection (rubber washer, etc.) that goes between the bracket and the actual paint?

If not, are there other brackets that do?

I'd rather have something in between to protect the paint.

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Old 12-30-2013, 09:08 AM   #2
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I've got a set of Rigid a-pillar light brackets on order and am wondering if they come with some sort of protection (rubber washer, etc.) that goes between the bracket and the actual paint? If not, are there other brackets that do? I'd rather have something in between to protect the paint.
I'm not sure about others, but the rigids do come with a rubber piece for each bracket.

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Old 12-30-2013, 11:00 AM   #3
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My KC brackets did not. I used electrical tape. Started from the bottom and overlapped the way up.

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You can get black sheets of rubber from your local Grainger, 1/8" or 1/16" thick, 8x12, for $3 - $5.

You can get cheaper pieces at Lowes, but it's red, which looks off.
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I'm not sure about others, but the rigids do come with a rubber piece for each bracket.

Just opened up my Rigid Brackets from Quadratec.........no rubber piece.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:31 AM   #6
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Go to Michael's and buy a sheet of self-adhesive black foam. Use bracket as guide for cutting. Presto! (Did this to replace the foam on the A-pillar for my rack.)
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I ordered my Dually D2's from Northridge and they included Poison Spider A Pillar mounts that did come with a rubber gasket shaped to fit the bracket to install between bracket A Pillar.
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:02 AM   #8
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My Rigid's didn't either. One type of Rigid A pillar mounts do, and one type doesn't. I cut up an old tire innertube.
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I ordered my Dually D2's from Northridge and they included Poison Spider A Pillar mounts that did come with a rubber gasket shaped to fit the bracket to install between bracket A Pillar.
Mine did also
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:14 PM   #10
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I just received the KC light mounts that sit behind the mirrors and they came with rubber gaskets.
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I went to Home Depot yesterday and spent $6.00 on the rubber that goes across the the bottom of the garage door. I just traced it and cut it. It worked perfect!
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Just got mine today by a off brand company E Autogrilles. Their pillar mounts have foam padding on the inside.
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:14 AM   #13
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I ended up using a bicycles intertube. It turned out to be one with green slime in it, so despite a messy job, it worked great.
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:15 PM   #14
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KC now offers a new version of their Model # 7317 A-pillar brackets and they DO come with the gasket material.



Here's all the info on the brackets...

JK Windshield A-Pillar Light Mount (Why KC HiLites is a terrific American company)
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You could also spray the backs with undercoating and let it dry thoroughly then bolt them on. That way u don't have to trim material.
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I've got a set of Rigid a-pillar light brackets on order and am wondering if they come with some sort of protection (rubber washer, etc.) that goes between the bracket and the actual paint?

If not, are there other brackets that do?

I'd rather have something in between to protect the paint.
It looks like the Rigid D-Series A-Pillar Light Mounts do come with the rubber pieces to between the bracket and the paint. The more generic JK A-Pillar Light Mounts do not look like they come with any.

I would suggest what others have suggested and go to a hardware or even a fabric/craft store and get something that fits your needs. It'll be cheap and you'll just have to do a bit of cutting to get the protection you're looking for.

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When I had my smittybilt mounts, I just used a little bit of weatherstripping to protect the paint. Worked like a charm.
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Old 01-06-2014, 02:08 PM   #18
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I used the packing that came with the KC brackets. Cut it to size and poked holes for the bolts. Works great.
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There are now two versions of KC HiLites A-pillar brackets (#7317) - the old ones have a 90 degree angle to them and now that I've informed them that it doesn't work on the current JK's due to an angled A-pillar, they've developed an all-new version of the bracket that is also on an angle to compensate and keep the light brackets level.

The original version did not come with rubber gasket material (but their new ones do since I asked them to also include the material with them). Here are some pics of the rubber sheeting material I purchased at Home Depot. It's not expensive and it's easy to work with (cut to shape).

There's a sheet of black and a sheet of "orange"' colored rubber.

You should be able to see the information on the packaging to find this material in your local HD if it's what you're looking for.





And here's a link to the thread on these KC HiLite brackets:
JK Windshield A-Pillar Light Mount (Why KC HiLites is a terrific American company)

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