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Date Registered: 09-2014
Location: Brunswick WA
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Mountings for Driving Lights


Hey All,

I'm thinking of making some brackets to mount driving lights on my Exxy. I was going to set it up so that the bracket passes through the grille, much like with a nudge bar. The nudge bar uses a brace/clamp kind of thing but I was going to drill straight through the chassis in front of the radiator. Without getting all hung up on warranties and resale values, does anyone know if there is airbag sensors or other special bits hiding inside that I may damage?

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Date Registered: 06-2008
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No nothing in there, that is the long rectangular tube that runs from one side to the other.
The ECB requires holes to be drilled into that bar to support the brackets that pop out in the slot below the grill.

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Date Registered: 09-2014
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Answers that question..... Where's my drill emoticon

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Date Registered: 02-2013
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I'm interested to see how you go with this. I have been tossing up a similar idea for moutning the UHF aerial. I'm trying to avoid using a bonnet mount and I don't have a nudge bar.

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Michael, you could always use a 'Z' bracket to come out beside the bonet.

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Hi Tony, I am trying to avoid using the bonnet bracket. Every one I have had in the past tends to end up rubbing the paint with the bracket or cable. Cheers!

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I used one of those Driving Light Bars that fit behind the front number plate.

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It will wobble a bit, especially if your light are too big, so bracing behind is needed.

I used a 200mm piece of 16G galvanised C section the right width to fit between the cross member and the rear of the bumper.

The cross member is high strength/tensile steel that I was unable to drill (steel too hard) so it was glued in place with Liquid Nails at the cross member and tek screws from light bar to C section.

Works great and is quite stable.

I don't believe there is any way of running brackets through the bumper from behind that would be anywhere strong enough to stop the light wobbling badly.

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quote:

Translucidus wrote:

I used one of those Driving Light Bars that fit behind the front number plate.

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It will wobble a bit, especially if your light are too big, so bracing behind is needed.

I used a 200mm piece of 16G galvanised C section the right width to fit between the cross member and the rear of the bumper.

The cross member is high strength/tensile steel that I was unable to drill (steel too hard) so it was glued in place with Liquid Nails at the cross member and tek scres from light bar to C section.

Works great and is quite stable.

I don't believe there is any way of running brackets through the bumper from behind that would be anywhere strong enough to stop the light wobbling badly.



6mm flat bar hasn't failed me yet. Interesting note on the cross member though. Will have to try a test hole first. Might have to make clamp brackets like the nudge bar. Thats probably why Nissan went with that kind of set up.

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