Originally Posted by Joylove
That's some beautiful metalwork. Shipping to the UK and are the lamps included in the price?
Thanks! The top bracket is the first prototype, the one below had some tweaks to it (based on the fitment of the top bracket), I will have 2-3 more prototypes I believe before I am 100% satisfied. The bar that the lights mount to will probably only need to be built once as the design of that is quite simple.
The lights will add significant bulkiness to the packaging, so I have not included the lights so that way the owner can choose what lights they want to use. FYI Hella 500FF aren't the best lights out there, but they are the best bang/buck. A set of four Hella 500FF lamps are around $150~ish.
Originally Posted by crazyypilot
Conrad you know I will be getting one
1. How does it mount( maybe a cad drawing to illustrate(
2. How does one take the bumper off?
Cool! Well lets hope there is enough interest and we can get this off the ground!
1. I didn't model the crash bar or bumper to save time, I just took measurements and designed off that, however here is an idea of how it will go on.
It clamps to the existing crash bar seen here in Sensei's post:
Bumper Light Bar
2. I found a procedure on this forum how to do it...but there were some glaring issues on how to do it. Lots of "leap of faith" by tearing off clips... lol. When doing it I found ways to remove pieces like how Toyota or a bodyshop would actually do it, it's actually quite easy but may be intimidating to most their first time. Now that I've done it I could probably have the entire front of the Rav removed in 20 minutes only using a phillips screw driver, narrow slotted screw driver and a 10mm socket. When selling this light bar I would do an actual procedure on the proper way to remove everything if one wanted to.
All the mounting hardware is behind the bumper so there is no way for someone to just walk up and remove a few bolts and take it...some lights on the market come with (or you can buy extra) security hardware to make it difficult for someone to remove the actual light housing too. So the light bar is designed to be theft proof, it makes the install a bit trickier but I'd rather make the one time install a bit tougher than have someone remove a few easy access bolts because of a poor design and take a few hundred dollars in lights.
The gist of the design is done, just a few little tweaks with some of the brackets. One being the bracket that the lightbar is mounted to will be a bit longer to allow for a bit more room between the bumper and the back of the housing of the light. But how the light bar is installed and what you see is virtually what it will be. I should be finalizing the design this weekend. If there are enough interested people then I'll begin producing them and ordering the appropriate packaging and materials.