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09-22-2009, 03:46 PM #1
Front light bar and lights?
I am looking to add a front light bar and lights. Something simple, not bulky like the bull bars. Does anyone have any pics of their set-up, preferably the NBS. Also, anyone have any luck with the Hella FF75'.2007 GMC Sierra 1500 MAX
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09-23-2009, 06:45 AM #2
Now I know you said you didn't want to see the OBS truck style, and I also know you don't like the big gaudy bull bars but consider this a bump to the top of the pile. If you want some lights on the front but don't want something that sticks out too much, put a nice set of 6 or 8" lights BEHIND your front grille for a nice stealth look. I don't have any pictures of mine lit up unfortunately because I sold the truck before it was complete, but I will tell you that was one of my favorite mods on my truck. If you look close you can see them behind the grille.
I have never used Hella lights before but I have heard they are good quality, everything in this picture is PIAA by the way.
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09-28-2009, 11:54 AM #3
thanks for the input. I am leaning towards putting them behind the grill now. With the NBS any bull bar or tow hook mounted bar will sit to low on the bumper. I think I am going to install a grillcraft black mesh grill and put the lights behind that.
09-29-2009, 12:22 AM #4
You gave me an awesome idea for your truck, since the GMC has such a huge opening for the grille I think that would look awesome. The black mesh grille would look awesome with the lights behind it, and in that case I would get a set of Hella "black magic" lights that way they would be really stealthy on your truck. Sometimes the brush guard is too much on these trucks, so I am glad I could give you another idea for the lights.
P.S. I also noticed NO difference in operating temperature with the lights in front of the radiator, that had been my concern when I did mine and found it to be of no problem. As a matter of fact when I was at a car show last weekend I saw a Dodge Ram with four 6" lights mounted behind his grille, and talk about a sweet light setup!!!!!!
09-29-2009, 11:45 AM #5
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In my dodge i had 2 in hellas behind the grill and loved them i wish i could find a way to do this on a nnbs silverado2009 chevy 1500 z71 4x4
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10-06-2009, 04:02 PM #6
I was looking at the Black Magic Lights... They look pretty cool. Any input on them , as far as brightness, projection distance, durability, etc? Also, I have read they come with 55w bulbs, can those be replaced with 100w bulbs?
10-06-2009, 04:11 PM #7
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10-06-2009, 09:02 PM #8
trpxl2 how did you mount the lights behind the grill i was wanting to do that same thing just to keep the rocks from hitting it and to keep them out of sight
thanks in advance dan
10-07-2009, 09:22 AM #9
Well I took the radiator shroud off first, and found that the two most outer holes were a perfect distance for mounting the lights. I had to leave two of the radiator shroud pins out, and then I threaded the bolts up through the existing holes in the grille shell. This will not work on a stock grille shell, the lights weigh a lot and will bend the hell out of your stock grille. I had a billet insert with 4mm bars, and the extra brackets for the grille made this possible in my truck. Here is a picture of the top of the light, you can see where the bolt and nut are. I had the nut on top of the shroud and when I tightened it down it held the shroud down, and just so I didn't have that ugly bolt sticking out of the top I bought a chrome bolt cover and put it on top to hid it.
Here you can kind of see where the bolts went up through at, I hope this helps because it's kind of hard to explain and I don't have any other pictures of that install unfortunately. But I must say that it is a lot better mounting them that way, versus drilling holes in the condenser bracket like a lot of people do. I didn't do that because I kept picturing the drill slipping, and a lot of money down the drain if I missed!
10-13-2009, 11:03 PM #10
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I can definitely see where placing the lights behind the grill would look nice. My set up was all homebuilt, except for the lights. I understand that the newer body styles are probably different but basically I took some ad 120 tube and a lot of 5/16'' plate, along with a lot of head scratching and "why didn't I just buy a light bar??" I fabricated a piece that I think looks pretty clean. The next step would be hook into the tow hooks, but that's for later.
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