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Unread 11th February 2018, 04:24 AM
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I have similar sized Hella lights on a SubaXtreme nudge bar, so distance from the grill is also similar - never had a problem with overheating (2003 Forester, now with 270,000km) and that includes a lot of trips with ambient around 40 degrees C. I even have a mesh insert in the grille to help prevent locusts, bugs etc. getting to the radiator itself, but it is a fairly open mesh so doesn't make a bug difference to airflow, but it wouldn't help, but so far after 15 years no problems :-)
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That's postive to hear, thanks!
I never put it back on today, will have another crack on friday I reckon.
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A lot of people run big lights in front of the radiator without issues, some even behind the grill. If the cooling system is in good condition it should be fine.

The "reo bar" is that big white bar running across the front of the car behind the bumper. It's usually made out of some indestructible plastic lol
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Ahh.. that white stuff you can see in the top pic of this group is polystyrene. There's a big (? Relatively speaking). extruded alloy bar behind that. Sort of an elongated C shape with the back of the C being flat. The open part faces to the front.

And here I was thinking older foresters had a great big lump of steel for a bumper..!
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I'm think I'll remove the entire bumper and see how feasible it would be to bolt the light tabs directly to the rear of the alloy. Which would mean total destruction of the prototype mount. I should have kept the rest of the bullbar. Oh well.
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Not sure if youd be interested in a license plate mounting bracket ?
I have one on the front of my car with a 23 led bar on it and it does the job + its cheap
Like $25 Au
Load of people use them around here for led bars or spot lights

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I have, but there's no way I'll fit my Lightforce Blitz 240's on a mounting bracket, just not wide enough spaces between the holes, plus the tube section at the front would be too high for the front of the light
Even if I could find one wide enough, the lights would still stick out about an inch or so in front of the mount and I don't really want them to be the first point of contact should I bump into something..

Currently thinking about getting 4 or so long self tapping screws, drilling through the mount and screwing it to the back of the big shiny metal bit of the bumper. Screws will need to be about 75-100mm long i think. The problem with this, is that I haven't figured out how I'll actually screw them into the bar - there's radiators in the way and due to the main bolts of the mount going onto the back of the bumper bolts, I'm not sure I'll be able to remove the bar, bolt the mount to it and then get it back on the car..

Not that I'll be able to do much for the next few weeks as the wife loaned the car to my sister in law until she gets hers fixed (bingled it).
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When i first installed a lightbar in the grill of my Honda Accord euro I went to a local fabricator to ask him to help install it the best way i could.
He ended up drilling 2 holes in that metal support (bumper reinforcement bar?) then he pressed these little hollow pipes into the holes that had built in thread on the inside so i could bolt the led bar mounts to those holes once he pressed them in
maybe this method could help you ?
i hope you understand what i mean
I didn't realise your spotties are so big lol
maybe thats just what i need once i fit my bullbar

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^ That's an interesting idea, might be worth looking into
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I didn't realise your spotties are so big lol
maybe thats just what i need once i fit my bullbar

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I did quite a bit of driving at night in the bush/country when I was younger. I don't believe it's possible to have too much light when driving at night in the bush.
The dowside of such stonking big lights is the reflection from signs is pretty intense, you can't read what they say!
I still managed to have a roo jump into one out Tilpa way (between Wilcannia & Bourke) in my 76 beetle. saw it easily, it turned right, so I moved left and at the last minute the bloody thing changed direction and pretty much jumped straight into the light. I reduce speed dramatically when I see roos now (not that I was going fast in the beetle, only about 40/50Km/h), those things are nuts!

When I moved up to the Tropics from Adelaide in 2002, I went via Broken Hill - Wilcannia - Bourke and at night.the stupid things were jumping into the side of my Hilux Surf (4Runner import) while I was driving past at about 20Km/h

Didn't do any damage but I reckon at least half a dozen managed to jump into the side of the car, maybe more durning that trip.

I also think I ran over an echidna on that trip. something I'll never forget is the pop sound it made when I did it. I hoped it was just a paddymelon, but didn't stop to find out, that would have made me really sad. I really like echidnas.
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I hope its something that may help.

All i do is drive at night lol
I live in the bush and work Nights so lights are a must for me.

My led bars also blind me when the light hits signs, i reflect signs unto 1.5km away but with all my lights on i don't have great distance of useable light (600m) as im only running led bars which aren't designed to shoot a spot light as far as actual spot lights like yours, so i think i will replace my cheap led bar on the front of my car with a set of good spot lights like yours then i would have great spot and flood.

Ive hit a kangaroo in my accord at about 70-80km/h
He jumped out of a bush on back roads that are 1 car wide with dirt either side, that was about 5k damage

Once i drove past a dead kangaroo at about 80km/h and saw something move,
turned around and found a joey in the dead mothers pouch. took it home and called a wildlife rescue who picked him up and looked after him.

Another time i pulled over as there was a kangaroo that had been hit on the freeway and this poor young guy and his mum stopped to try to get him off the road but couldn't get the guts to move him as he was angry (as you are), i stopped traffic and pulled him off the road to the emergency lane, both his legs where crushed the poor guy, then waved down a cop who shot him on the spot. That was traumatic to witness but thankfully the roo didn't suffer any more than it already did.

Another time i was on the freeway on cruise @ 110km/h (in the accord) with my lights on low as there was oncoming traffic, i was just about to return to the left lane after overtaking a car when i noticed something on the left side of the road in the emergency lane about 60-80m in front , i started to move to the right side of the road and it jumped out in front of me forcing me to go 2 wheels on the grass, and the roo slipped in between my car and the car next to me without hitting either

pure luck

Thats sad about the echidna mate,
I hate killing anything on the road to be honest.
Im always late because of the roo's/rabbits/Wombats/koala's around here lol

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