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yjJEEPyj 02-27-2012 05:46 PM

Custom made Light bar
 
I decided to make myself a Light bar/Windshield guard today after breaking my windshield on a branch while trailing the other day. I went to my local metal/ weld shop and picked up..
2 6ft 1 1/2 inch tubing
1 6ft 1 inch tube
3x3 Sheet metal

http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...227_121653.jpg

Some angle iron So my windshield frame doesn't get smashed in
http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...227_125512.jpg

Fitted up Some mounts

http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...227_145930.jpg

http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...227_150830.jpg

So the lights are not going on to of the bar. Im actually fitting them unerneith that bar across the window. I haven't made the lower bar yet because i don't have the lights and want it to e perfect.
http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...227_154711.jpg

http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...227_165739.jpg


I haven't welded on the mounts for the lights yet im waiting to get the lights in the mail first. I ordered 5 Rugged Ridge ultra slim 6" 130W with stone guards.

Frenz 02-27-2012 06:06 PM

limb risers.. was a new one on me.

wranglermark 02-27-2012 06:59 PM

I did the same
http://i607.photobucket.com/albums/t...ightbar003.jpg[/IMG]

wranglermark 02-27-2012 07:00 PM

Or close to the same
http://i607.photobucket.com/albums/t...ightbar001.jpg[/IMG]

yjJEEPyj 02-27-2012 08:48 PM

Nice. I love having a Welder!

wranglermark 02-28-2012 06:23 PM

I did not weld any on mine, wish I had a welder. Yours look good

spunebil 02-28-2012 06:40 PM

I fold me windershield down when wheeling after hitting tree with ot pn jump seat side! Had to take an 8' 4x4 in back of both door openings and use a porta ppwer to puch front of tub forward enpugh to close door! It cracked glass on pass. Side and whats sucks is I had just replaced it aboit 2 months earlier! That was 2 years ago and yes, the cracked glass is still on jeep lol
If its raining it stays up, but I dont hit the tougher trails in rain so less chance to do damage, its me daily driver after all :)

schnutzy 02-28-2012 09:59 PM

subscribed :popcorn:

yjJEEPyj 02-28-2012 11:38 PM

Welded on The Top brush guard. It feels to tall to me.. I think I may cut it down tomorrow but it might just seam weird with ought the lights. Made the light brackets today. Not sure were i want them located on the bar yet. I'll burn them in when I get the lights. They were sent out today

http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...228_131836.jpg

http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...228_133016.jpg

http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...228_143518.jpg

http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...228_145302.jpg

yjJEEPyj 03-01-2012 05:12 PM

I didnt like the looks of the light bar. So I cut the mounts and lowered it 3 inches. Looks better now.. Also Sandblaster and Etched the whole thing to get it ready for paint. I get the lights in tomorrow so I'll weld the mounts on were the lights need them at.

http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...301_160251.jpg

motormike86 03-01-2012 05:47 PM

Awesome

yjJEEPyj 03-01-2012 07:04 PM

I'll have pics with they lights on tomorrow night. Will paint it Saturday.. Thats my plan anyways.

yjJEEPyj 03-05-2012 10:53 PM

Finnally Got my lights! the weather delayed UPS so i got them today instead of Friday. I'll be making the mounts tomorrow and hopefully get to see them mounted up.

http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...305_221735.jpg

http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...305_221757.jpg

yjJEEPyj 03-06-2012 05:02 PM

Worked at the shop today.. I was determined to get everything all finished up! Heres the finished product. May take it down and throw some red in there somewhere.

http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...306_151112.jpg

http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...306_155106.jpg

yj95wrangler 03-06-2012 06:07 PM

SAWEEEETTT!!!! Looks awesomes man, great job.

yjJEEPyj 03-06-2012 06:13 PM

Thanks! Spent about 100$ in metal and thats about it! I cut and redid like 7 times cuz i didn't like certain things. It wouldn't take nearly as much work next time

blazerone22 03-06-2012 07:37 PM

I really like that... Came out stellar!

YJmaddness 03-06-2012 08:38 PM

Ill ordèr 1

yj95wrangler 03-06-2012 08:39 PM

$100....Cheap enough and its a 1 off custom, cant go wrong there. Now if you only lived here in Arkansas, I could put a mean powder coat finish on that thing.

yjJEEPyj 03-06-2012 10:14 PM

Yea i'm wanting to get it powder coated! My buddy has the whole kit he does car wheels and smaller things localy.. But his oven isnt big enuf :( If i had my own pipe bender Id love to Make and sell a few things! but running back and forth the the local metal working shop gets old quick! ;)

Xpress 03-06-2012 10:38 PM

Build one for me?? :D

I've been looking for a light bar that holds 4 lights, but I'd rather not pay the $160+ companies are charging for them. Plus I need one that can hold HID ballasts somewhere, as I intend to fit HID lights to the lights.

Siffo3012 03-06-2012 10:51 PM

I have a white yj with black and red accents. Nice to see I'm not the only one. :) that top bar would look nice in red...

yjJEEPyj 03-07-2012 02:05 AM

dont you have accses to a welder xpress?? And Siffo I originally had the light bar painted red.. It almost seamed like.. To much red. So i sandblasted and painted black. But i May redo it and paint certain parts red.

CaseAce000 03-07-2012 04:44 AM

WOW great build!

Could ya do me a favor and tell me what sizes you cut everything? (ignoring the light brackets)

It looks really great and I wouldnt mind building something like this for myself!

thanks!

kjg26 03-07-2012 06:05 AM

What size angle iron did you use and how did you secure it?

95YamJam 03-07-2012 06:31 AM

Looks great! I like to light protector. I swear that when I see jeeps with light on the top that they have ripped off more than one.

yj95wrangler 03-07-2012 07:54 AM

Yeah I took a chance a couple months after I graduated high school and opened up my own powder coat shop. I bought a brand new spray booth, powder coat oven, powder coat machine/gun set up and everything. my #1 oven is 8ft wide 8ft tall and 20ft long my #2 oven is 3ft by 3ft by 3ft. That was 10 yrs ago this yr and still going strong. course at the time I was only the 2nd one in Arkansas doing it to the public im still the only one within a 100 mile radius.

yjJEEPyj 03-07-2012 09:15 AM

I'll make a Diagram today of all the sizes if ya want that. The angle iron is 1 inch and i secured it by drilling two holes threw the windsheild frame on each side i'll take pics in a sec. Your powder coating shop sounds Awesome! good for you! 8x8 is huge!

yjJEEPyj 03-07-2012 09:52 AM

Ok heres the diagrams

http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...307_091924.jpg

http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...307_091935.jpg

Heres what that bolts look like on the inside of the frame

http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...307_092004.jpg

This is what i messed up on first time.. I didnt think about the Frame being narrower at the top! So what i did was cut the angle iron first.. Drill the whole bolt it on.. And tack it all up on the jeep then take it down and finish weld evrything else.

http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/...6_151112-1.jpg

yjJEEPyj 03-07-2012 09:53 AM

IT's 78 degrees out! im going to go wash my girl ;)


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