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Old 09-12-2017, 09:19 AM   #181
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The JCR brackets helped a little with the buffeting, but it's still there. I'm pretty noise sensitive, so my fix was to remove the J5 while running the softtop (I know, not the preferred option). My daily drive is about 140 miles round trip of 70+ mph.
I think, if you're like me, there isn't much you can do except live with the noise if you want the 50" lightbar. I read every article on making them quieter and tried everything from door edge to sacrificing a chicken.

As for painting, if I were going to color match, I'd get the unpainted version...the powder coat has a texture to it.
So the noise lessened "a little" but not altogether. When you say " a little"
are you referring to wind noise (resistance) and/or the flap of the soft top? Did it help or eliminate the flap? I can live with the wind noise but the soft top flap is relentless. I also have long periodic HWY commutes and it would be miserable I fear. I have an exo top and rack and wasn't planning to change to the hard top for a while if I can help it.

Also I forgot to ask earlier: any issues running wiring behind the JCR brackets? Particularly on the driver's side?

Thanks for the insight on the painting option and again thanks for getting back to me so quickly!

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To me, it's all the same thing. The re-channeling of the wind is noisy and causes the flapping on the soft top. And I'm afraid there's no cure (if someone finds one, PLEASE let me know!)
The QTec brackets hide the wiring much better...the JCR is pretty tight against the A pillar and that fat wire just doesn't go behind them well (passenger side is no issue as the wire is much smaller). If you enlarge the pics I posted, that was the best I could get the wiring. If I had it to do over again, I'd skip the JCR brackets. Just not enough of an improvement.
If I had no bracket, I'd get the JCR's just because I like the way they look (lower profile) and it is a little quieter.

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Old 09-12-2017, 04:52 PM   #183
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Understood. I ordered the JCR and am trying them out. Incidentally, I'm also trying to find a pre-fabbed option of extender brackets. Apparently, based upon a former forum post and a couple of you tube videos there were a few with the same flap issue. What they explained is that you need to extend the light bar out 2-3 inches away from the windshield. There is one guy who actually fabbed his own extension brackets for sale. When I get the time, (hadn't had time today) I will forward the video and post to illustrate the point; it seems to be an option that worked for them to completely solve the problem altogether.
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What they explained is that you need to extend the light bar out 2-3 inches away from the windshield.
Thus creating a huge air dam which will be (1) noisy, and (2) kill gas mileage.
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Old 09-13-2017, 09:13 AM   #185
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Believe me if you have other options I'm all ears. I'm still researching solutions. Meantime, this is what that forum member metioned as far as his fix to the flapping issue:

Jeep Soft Top Flapping From Light Bar Fixed!!!
OK guys after installing the 50 inch light bar with the poison spyder brackets i also experienced my soft top flapping extremely bad. Tried the whole running the fan wide open idea and it work to a point. So i had to come up with something different. Ok from what i found out was the light bar was to close to the windshield and it was causing alot of turbulence through the gap. Solution to this was a bracket I drawn up and had cut out to move the light bar forward about 2 inches. This complete fixed the problem! No more soft top flapping and no more having to run the fan wide open! So if anybody is interested in having the bracket drawing sent to them just let me know! Below are some pics!

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Riker3, What snorkel are you using with your Poison Spyder A pillar brackets? I have the same brackets and would like to install a snorkel, but have been holding off due to worries about interference between bracket and snorkel during install. Thanks.
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Riker3, What snorkel are you using with your Poison Spyder A pillar brackets? I have the same brackets and would like to install a snorkel, but have been holding off due to worries about interference between bracket and snorkel during install. Thanks.
JeepTN, I am currently not running a snorkel. Sorry I can't comment.
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Anyone use the RIGID 40131 windshield mount to mount the J5 lightbar
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Guys....this thing is awesome haha! Put another name brand double row LED lightbar to absolute shame. The mountain in the picture is at least 1/4 mile away





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Guys....this thing is awesome haha! Put another name brand double row LED lightbar to absolute shame. The mountain in the picture is at least 1/4 mile away

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That is epic! Great post - love the comparison.

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Old 11-15-2017, 11:27 PM   #191
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Pictures of the JCR mounts.

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Do you have any issues with the bracket rubbing on the paint? Any tips for wiring? I think another one of your posts mentioned it being really tight against the a-pillar.
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Do you have any issues with the bracket rubbing on the paint? Any tips for wiring? I think another one of your posts mentioned it being really tight against the a-pillar.
No longer have the Jeep, but don't recall any issues as I removed the brackets/light bar before selling and the paint was fine

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Old 11-17-2017, 05:11 PM   #193
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REVIEW: Quadratec J5 lightbar

Love my light bar with JCR mounts. Need to clean up my wiring by capturing it a bit closer to the mount.



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Old 11-19-2017, 07:28 AM   #194
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Love my light bar with JCR mounts. Need to clean up my wiring by capturing it a bit closer to the mount.



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Looks sweet, we are looking to install ours on the winter edition this week. We will be installing the quadratec 6 bolt brackets. Will try to get some footage.

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Old 11-30-2017, 04:00 PM   #195
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Just got ours installed and absolutely love it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OWjP_766DU

We got the full kit, the light bar does sit about 1.5 inches higher than the Jeeps roof line. However, you can easily use this light bar with different brackets and with the discount for forum members its icing on the cake. Ill get an install video up in a couple of days.
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First addition to my 2017 Winter Edition. Quick fast shipping from Quadratec. Instructions and their YouTube video is great. I’ve never installed anything like this on a car and I did it successfully.
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Love the photos and videos! Anyone else oddly enjoy that warm glow on their hoods and street signs at night?

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First addition to my 2017 Winter Edition. Quick fast shipping from Quadratec. Instructions and their YouTube video is great. I’ve never installed anything like this on a car and I did it successfully.
Looking Sweet. Love the winter edition
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Quick question for the gang. I was washing the jeep yesterday and when drying, I noticed that one of the T40 bolts holding the light bar mount was loose. I tried to tighten it, but it just seems to spin and spin, never gets tightened. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.
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Quick question for the gang. I was washing the jeep yesterday and when drying, I noticed that one of the T40 bolts holding the light bar mount was loose. I tried to tighten it, but it just seems to spin and spin, never gets tightened. Any suggestions?



Thanks in advance.


If it is one of the ones just beneath the windshield, it is probably because the square-shapednut that sits inside the frame has come loose. It is only held in place by a small cavity that uses metal wings or tabs to stop it from rotating when tightening/loosening the windshield bolts.

I have a bit more detail in our build thread, but I simply drilled the hole slightly larger and put in a rivnut and slapped on some Chief Blue paint...



I believe others have also had success folding down the windshield and welding the nut in place. I got half way through that process and decided the rivnut was a better way to go...

If that is not the location, share some photos and maybe someone can chime in with a solution...



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If it is one of the ones just beneath the windshield, it is probably because the square-shapednut that sits inside the frame has come loose. It is only held in place by a small cavity that uses metal wings or tabs to stop it from rotating when tightening/loosening the windshield bolts.

I have a bit more detail in our build thread, but I simply drilled the hole slightly larger and put in a rivnut and slapped on some Chief Blue paint...



I believe others have also had success folding down the windshield and welding the nut in place. I got half way through that process and decided the rivnut was a better way to go...

If that is not the location, share some photos and maybe someone can chime in with a solution...



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Yup, the lower one under the windshield. I'll check out your thread.

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Yup, the lower one under the windshield. I'll check out your thread.



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Yeah, our rig was like 1-2 months old at that point...kinda disappointing.

Also, try and get longer bolts for those 4 holes under the windshield. I might still have some extra ones....if you are interested you can have them for just the shipping cost.

If not, they were pretty cheap on amazon.

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Great news for J5 lovers! We now offer a smaller J3 available in both 17" and 28" sizes:





https://www.quadratec.com/search/j3

For a discounted quote you can go about it 3 ways:

1) PM me with your first & last name, address, zip and the part numbers you would like to order. I'll reply back with a discounted quote if applicable. This takes 1-2 business days (or less) on average depending on PM volume.

2) E-mail my sales rep Rob at: [email protected] Tell him you're a Forum user and would like a discounted quote. He'll get that going for you. He typically responds within hours if it's Mon-Fri 8am-5pm Eastern.

3) Call my sales line at 1-800-745-2348. Tell them you're a Forum user and would like to place an order with your Forum discount. Their hours are Mon-Thurs 8am-Midnight, Friday 8am-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm. All times are Eastern.

Whichever you prefer works for us.

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May have to order one of the bumper lights! Just got my J5 moved to the new Jeep


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anyone with the Spod wire up the amber lights to its own switch? Is that possible since its only a signal/power and not a +/-
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anyone with the Spod wire up the amber lights to its own switch? Is that possible since its only a signal/power and not a +/-
Search for my name and J5, someone did it and I think they replied to me. I didn't do it because I returned it due to wind noise.
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anyone with the Spod wire up the amber lights to its own switch? Is that possible since its only a signal/power and not a +/-
Dont see why it wouldnt work, the ground is shared between the full light bar but has a separate power wire. Simply wire the amber power wire into the SPOD.
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May have to order one of the bumper lights! Just got my J5 moved to the new Jeep

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Hey all,

Breathing some life back into a dead thread because I'm hoping you can help answer a question for me.

I just installed the J5 a couple of weeks ago and everything works fine (turbulence with the soft top is proving to be a bit of an issue). However, I'm a little worried that I might be pinching the accessory wire in the fuse box. I followed the instructions correctly but, as far as I can tell, it's impossible to not pinch the wire near the bolt holding down the plastic (see picture).

Has anyone else run into this problem? I'm I just wiring things wrong or have you figured out a way not to pinch the wire?
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Hey all,

Breathing some life back into a dead thread because I'm hoping you can help answer a question for me.

I just installed the J5 a couple of weeks ago and everything works fine (turbulence with the soft top is proving to be a bit of an issue). However, I'm a little worried that I might be pinching the accessory wire in the fuse box. I followed the instructions correctly but, as far as I can tell, it's impossible to not pinch the wire near the bolt holding down the plastic (see picture).

Has anyone else run into this problem? I'm I just wiring things wrong or have you figured out a way not to pinch the wire?
I notched a hole in the fuse panel box where i ran the wire through. No issues with doing that in the almost year i have had the bar.

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