Front Grille Lightbar

I squeezed a couple of rigid lights in the grill
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I'm sure someone has done this already but I did a lot of looking and found nothing. 30" curved SR rigid light bar mounted behind the grill. I had originally bought KD bumper brackets to install but I really wanted the bar behind the grill for security reasons. I removed the grill, cut out a little of the plastic/fiberglass vertical support member to accommodate the depth of the bar and built some brackets out of aluminum 1.5" angle.
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I'm sure someone has done this already but I did a lot of looking and found nothing. 30" curved SR rigid light bar mounted behind the grill. I had originally bought KD bumper brackets to install but I really wanted the bar behind the grill for security reasons. I removed the grill, cut out a little of the plastic/fiberglass vertical support member to accommodate the depth of the bar and built some brackets out of aluminum 1.5" angle.View attachment 37798
Very nicely done! Looks great.
 
I'm sure someone has done this already but I did a lot of looking and found nothing. 30" curved SR rigid light bar mounted behind the grill. I had originally bought KD bumper brackets to install but I really wanted the bar behind the grill for security reasons. I removed the grill, cut out a little of the plastic/fiberglass vertical support member to accommodate the depth of the bar and built some brackets out of aluminum 1.5" angle.View attachment 37798

I like that. So much cleaner than putting it on top of the bumper. Would you mind posting some pics of the brackets you came up with to mount it?
 
I'm sure someone has done this already but I did a lot of looking and found nothing. 30" curved SR rigid light bar mounted behind the grill. I had originally bought KD bumper brackets to install but I really wanted the bar behind the grill for security reasons. I removed the grill, cut out a little of the plastic/fiberglass vertical support member to accommodate the depth of the bar and built some brackets out of aluminum 1.5" angle.View attachment 37798
This is a nice set-up. I like it behind the grill, as well.
 
The “brackets” I used at 5” long pieces of 1.5” aluminum angle. I just used some random 1-1/4” timber tech screws mounted into the plastic/fiberglass supports, then drilled two holes for the light bar attachment screws. I used a dremel with a burr bit below the light bar so it would line up with the grill. I would burr a little plastic off, tape the light bar in place, then fit the grill back over until the light bar lined up perfectly in the grill opening. Then attach the brackets.
 

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The “brackets” I used at 5” long pieces of 1.5” aluminum angle. I just used some random 1-1/4” timber tech screws mounted into the plastic/fiberglass supports, then drilled two holes for the light bar attachment screws. I used a dremel with a burr bit below the light bar so it would line up with the grill. I would burr a little plastic off, tape the light bar in place, then fit the grill back over until the light bar lined up perfectly in the grill opening. Then attach the brackets.

Thanks for posting. Well done.
 
I will be looking to put a light bar is were the wench goes. Here is AZ no front plate is required.

A winch is a machine consisting of a drum on an axle, a pawl, and a crank handle, with or without gearing, to give increased mechanical advantage when hauling on a rope. A wench is (archaic) a young woman, especially a servant.
 
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Lights in the grill ? I read on this site about transmissions running hot and weight of trailers towed . Then I see lights installed in the grill of the truck and think why would I cut off any air supply that possibly could be feeding radiators or items need to be kept cool by movement of air . Don't want to rain on anyone's parade but it does not make sense .
 
Lights in the grill ? I read on this site about transmissions running hot and weight of trailers towed . Then I see lights installed in the grill of the truck and think why would I cut off any air supply that possibly could be feeding radiators or items need to be kept cool by movement of air . Don't want to rain on anyone's parade but it does not make sense .

Not everybody needs the full cooling capacity that the truck is capable of delivering. A lot owners will never even hook a trailer to their trucks. Ford puts the winch in a spot that obstructs a ton of air flow but doesn't give any warnings that it will reduce towing capacity or cause problems.

These trucks have such a tremendous capacity to keep everything cool that you typically don't see the engine get really warm until you're near max capacity, towing uphill, and in the heat. At least that was the case with my 2015. I was about 24,000# fully loaded and never saw the engine go above 230, and my grille was partially obstructed by lights. Foot to the floor uphill for 15+ minutes at a time struggling to keep 60 MPH and water temp, trans temp, and oil temp (monitored on my CTS2) were never a problem.

That being said, I hope that if anybody is having cooling problems and has part of the radiator blocked, they would remove any obstructions and see if the situation improves.
 
I get the whole blocking of the cooling system, for sure. I have a larger volume intercooler on my turbo BMW and there is no freaking way I would block that mofo. However, the small LED bar on this truck I think would block less than a person running a plow frame. I agree, you can get away with it depending on how you use the truck and what climate you're in.
 
I'm sure someone has done this already but I did a lot of looking and found nothing. 30" curved SR rigid light bar mounted behind the grill. I had originally bought KD bumper brackets to install but I really wanted the bar behind the grill for security reasons. I removed the grill, cut out a little of the plastic/fiberglass vertical support member to accommodate the depth of the bar and built some brackets out of aluminum 1.5" angle.View attachment 37798
THAT'S JUST GREAT, NOW I WANT ONE DAMMIT. THANKS FOR POSTING!!!!!!
 
I'm sure someone has done this already but I did a lot of looking and found nothing. 30" curved SR rigid light bar mounted behind the grill. I had originally bought KD bumper brackets to install but I really wanted the bar behind the grill for security reasons. I removed the grill, cut out a little of the plastic/fiberglass vertical support member to accommodate the depth of the bar and built some brackets out of aluminum 1.5" angle.View attachment 37798
When you get a chance can you please post a photo of these turned on? Looks great, thanks
 
Wow I made an observation and just wanted to get it out there . As for the winch it is mounted down low and ford built the truck knowing a winch would be in that location .I also believe the winch location is blocked off if not being used . Now for the grill, the spots in the grill that are open are open for a reason. TO LET AIR FLOW into the engine compartment whether its through the radiator/condenser/or other needs . Even if a temp changed is not noticed . Items like plastic hoses and rubber components will become brittle and fatigued sooner if exposed to higher heat . I have noticed extended warranty companies looking for reasons not to cover a claim. Try to bring your truck in for a complaint about high transmission temperature with items mounted in the grill and see what response you get . if it was me I would remove these items before dropping of the truck and reinstall when you get it back. This all said I just wanted to say consider location of after market parts not only about the part but how it possibly could effect the truck. My comments to the tremor brotherhood is of caring and helping each other . Not to criticize. Happy motoring my brothers and sisters!
 
I put 2 Rigid amber SR-M Pro up top. Need to get some SR Hyperspot for the bottom but not sure if I need 6”or 10”, also have some leftover D2 XL Hyperspots left over from my Raptor that I could put there. What I really want is someone to make a bracket to install my D2 SS driving lights under the LED fogs.
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