I just purchased the Delta Skybar for my '11 Sahara Unlimited. The installation was not supposed to include any drilling, but now that I see it in person, it is clear that there is drilling involved. I think they meant that no drilling is required to install the light bar onto the windshield frame because you use the existing hinge brackets. But I need to drill through the windshield frame and through the firewall to run the wiring correctly. I was wondering if anyone has any experience doing this install on a newer JK, and if you do, I could really use some pointers. Thanks ahead of time for all your help!
Does it come with a wiring diagram? There are natural openings in the firewall for passing wires through that don't require drilling. Remove the side panel of you dash and you will see a Nickel sized foam filled hole. You can use a coat hanger to run wire through that foam.
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Hate to say that I ordered some stuff from Delta and NONE of it fit as described on their web site. When I talked with Delta, the guy (has heavy accent) stated they needed to update their web site and laughed it off.
Then I ordered some lights that did not come with the bulbs - they wanted almost $100 dollars more for each light bulb. I sent it all back and got charged with a 10% re-stocking fee.
I quickly learned not to use or deal with Delta products exactly for the reason you are describing - they are not as described!!
Be super careful drilling through the windshield frame - not worth leaks!!
As tom states, you can punch through the foam openings on either side. There is also a hole by the accelerator pedal where you can pass some wires through.
I believe that I read you could just run it along the upper portion of the windshield and down by the latches, and then hide the wire in the a pillar cover to run down the switch...That is just what I read....let me know how it all works out because I really like that skybar and was thinking about purchasing it.
There are 3 pages of instructions, and the third page has the JK-specific instructions about mounting the skybar and running the wiring. There's no clue in the first two pages that you need to go to the third page, so it's a case of read ALL the instructions first, and then install.
Ok, so here are my thoughts on the Delta Skybar. It looks very sleek, its made from high quality materials, installation is pretty easy if you are at all handy, and the actual light output is great.
One little problem is the pricetag. This thing is super expensive.
Now here comes the deal-breaker for me. The way the bar is installed, it basically frames the windshield. It uses the hinge brackets to connect the side supports and then the main bar spans the top of the glass. It is true that it sits in a way that does not affect the hard or soft top at all. The problem is that the bar creates the worst aerodynamic effect that I have ever seen. We all know the wrangler is about as aerodynamic as a large brick but they have made some advances over the years, to the point that on my '11 I get a pretty quiet ride, at highway speeds, even with the soft top. The lightbar totally kills that. It created such terrible buffeting and flapping that I was nervous the top would rip off. And when I opened one of the Windows for a second it got much much worse. The top was being thrown around so much that the frame started making horrible metallic breaking noises. Maybe none of this happens if you only use the hard top, but since I pretty much only use the soft top, this is totally unacceptable.
I uninstalled it, (I'm just happy I didn't do the drilling yet) and I will be sending it back to Quadratec this week.
Now we know.