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Mini lightbar perm. mount

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by GLS, Apr 8, 2003.

  1. GLS

    GLS Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    I ran some cheapo revolving amber beacon with a cigarette lighter plug to get by this year. I would like to get a mini lightbar for next year -- prefereably permanently mounted. However, I don't know if I will be able to tackle that myself. I don't want to mess anything up, as i'm sure i'll have to drill holes in the roof, take off the head board...

    So, where would I go to get this done and how much can I expect to pay? I would just like it to be mounted to the roof controlled by a switch on the dash board. This will be on a reg cab 2500 chevy.

    Also, any recommendations on what brand/model? I just want a halogen flasher.

    Thanks
    Ryan
     
  2. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,223

    I would not want to drill any holes in my roof that's why I got the backrack to mount my light bar.If iwas to get a revolving light I would get a federal mini jet with the three rotators model JM-Fast.A guy that had one on is truck could be seen for quite a distance but he had the three rotators not the two.
     
  3. GLS

    GLS Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    Thanks for the reply.

    I wouldn't mind having a backrack, but it isn't an option. My ez-dumper is in the way.

    I think I saw a pic somewhere on here where the wire ran through the third brake light (I think Maverick?). How is that done?

    Anyone have pics of their setup?
     
  4. GLS

    GLS Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    Sorry, I was gonna attatch this pic.

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  5. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    Check your email :waving:

    -John
     
  6. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,075

    Nice pipes!

    I don't know what type of plowing you do, or what set up you have, but this season I found out that my truck is running at about the limit as far as power consumption goes. I had forgotten to charge my phone before plowing so I plugged it into the truck while out doing the route. After 12 hours of being plugged in, it still didn't have a full charge. It normally takes about 90 minutes to charge when there's no extra load on the electrical system.

    I plow driveways that are mostly a minute or less apart, so the pump is running almost non-stop. I had been running a Whelen Responder II, similar to the Highlighter, but I've switched to strobes for less power draw. They're a bit higher in price, but peace of mind is worth it to me.
     
  7. GLS

    GLS Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    Thanks Pelican. I'll have to take a look at the strobes. The charging system seemed to do fine this winter. I run a western straight blade unimount 7.5' and had a little rotator running. I do mostly residentials and the pump is running a lot. The battery/charging system seemed to do fine, but I didn't have any cell phone chargers, radios, or anything else electrical running.
     
  8. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    Get a small strobe bar and mount it on the cab protector bar of the ez-dumper.
     
  9. snowplowjay

    snowplowjay Banned
    Messages: 890

    Hey Ryan Nice Pipes :)

    Check with whelen and Nova Industries

    they are both out of my state here and are very quality products.

    If you need a price or anything I could get in touch with them for you I am actually in the process of trying to get an engineering internship with Whelen so let me know if you need any help.


    Jay
     
  10. cat320

    cat320 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,223

    Ryan ,that's one of the problems i had for not getting the dump insert because of my light bar and backrack you could do a light on the cab protector,the only problem with that is when it's rasied but you can do hideaway strobes i have the same truck as you i have them plus the light bar.
     
  11. nben

    nben Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    Different cab protector, but you get the idea. The wires end up being longer but it's not a big deal.

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  12. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,139

    I would personnaly go with the magnetic/suction mount and run the wires thru the third brake light,there are only 2 screws holding that cover on,pop that off,run the wires over thru the headboard and to a switch,just use a little silicone when you put the cover back on.This is exactly how i mounted my light(only it was permanent mount on a back rack)and i have had no leaks.
     
  13. GLS

    GLS Senior Member
    Messages: 248

    nben - did you run the wires outside the insert (wire exposed), or fish the wire through the insert?

    Arc Burn - I think I like your idea. I might try that.


    Thanks for the help everyone
    Ryan
     
  14. nben

    nben Senior Member
    Messages: 101

    I ran the wires down the bottom of the insert (underneath, not in the cargo area) and down the hinge, to behind the bumper and up the truck frame.

    IMO, the biggest problem with the magnetic and suction cup mounts is they are very easy for someone to steal. At least with a light that is bolted on, someone would have to remove the bolts or damage the light mount to get it. Lets face it, if they really want the bar, they are going to get it either way, but the latter of the two is going to take more time and draw more attention. Just my 2 cents. :D
     
  15. Earthscapes

    Earthscapes Senior Member
    from WNY
    Messages: 577

    0ryan0

    The same as ARC is talking about, but i run a bead of silicone across the top of the light just to be safe. The connecter works great (gm alternator connector) have them on both trucks:

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  16. JohnnyU

    JohnnyU 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,040

    Earthscapes-
    Where did you find the connector. Most places that I have looked only had the harness end available, and didn't know where I could find the other end, short of dismantling an alternator....

    Thanks!

    -John
     
  17. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    If you need a connector,use a weatherpack connector.Sealed and weathertight.Available almost anywhere,or grab one off an old GM product.
     
  18. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,139

    Earth,how do you like that light?I'm gonna try that one next.Any problems at high speed?i know cheap ones like to fly off!
     
  19. ToyotaPower

    ToyotaPower Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    I use a Whelen mini-strobe magnetic mount for all my trucks. At the end of the season it nice to take them off wash them and put them away.

    Cost about $125.00 each I think I purchased them from AWDirect catalog.

    Don't buy a Turbo Beam strobe mini-bar light bar, I fried 2 of them this season. Then purchase a Whelen and loved it.
     
  20. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,139

    Toyota,have you had any issues using the unit at highway speeds?