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Default Mounting spotlights on existing bumper

Sorry if this has been discussed before - if you could point me at the threads that would be great!

Looking to mount 2 or 3 large (Blitz 240/Super Oscar) spotllights that I have onto the front of my SG forester.

Due to the emptiness of my wallet, and the insistence of the trouble & stife I'm not able to replace the bumper with something serious, besides tyres come first

So... I'm looking at some way of attaching a mount to the existing bumper. I was thinking of bolting something through the plastic to the big steel bit underneath. Not fussed about the plastic so much as it's got a few dents and scrapes already, am perfectly content with chopping away large pieces of plastic if need be and it doesn't void insurance. Not sure if attaching anything to the steel would affect insurance either - perhaps I could bold something onto the mounts for the front bumper?

I'm pretty sure I saw a picture somewhere of someone who essentially had a bit of square tubing sitting on the existing bumper with their lights mounted on that, which would suffice for me.

Not concerned with looks in the slightest as Jack is a bit of a rat, but am concerned with solidity

Any thoughts, suggestions or pointers would be greatly appreciated.
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Some have mounted them behind the grille which is then replaced with a mesh grille.

Here's one example of a DIY mesh grille: http://www.offroadsubarus.com/showthread.php?t=6483

Here's a thread re mounting (unfortunately the pics are gone): http://www.offroadsubarus.com/showthread.php?t=1760
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Ben, the bumper support bar on the OEM bumper of my series II SG is a very profiled, curved alloy section. Not sure you could even bolt lights or a mounting plate to it.

That bar is replaced with a very heavy 50x50mm piece of structural steel box section when fitting a SubaXtreme bar.
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Ben, the bumper support bar on the OEM bumper of my series II SG is a very profiled, curved alloy section. Not sure you could even bolt lights or a mounting plate to it.
Ahh. I took the grill off and had a bit of a poke around yesterday. I thought there seemed to be a pretty chunky box section piece of steel under there, but perhaps not.

I'm going to investigate a bit more, doesn't seem overtly difficult to remove the plastic part of the bumper, if a bit fiddly with all the plugs or whatever you call those plastic dohickeys. Mind you, a few of them are missing here and there, I should get some more. Or not, nothing's fallen off yet.

I might even take some pictures.

If I can't attach some sort of mount on the existing bumper. the other alternative might be to bolt them to the roof in front of the racks *keep them lower than bolting them to the racks), but I don't think SWMBO would approve of me drilling holes in the roof and I'd be paranoid about them hitting something.
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Not sure about the legality of roof lights for any on road vehicle. NSW is banning/has banned lights mounted on the top of roo bars.
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Recently I was surprised and disappointed to discover that roof lights are legal for on-road; there may be a post about it here somewhere? This potentially means that with the lights being above the driver, the lights will hit oncoming traffic before the driver sees that traffic! Great!
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^ here: http://www.offroadsubarus.com/showthread.php?t=7183
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Recently I was surprised and disappointed to discover that roof lights are legal for on-road; there may be a post about it here somewhere? This potentially means that with the lights being above the driver, the lights will hit oncoming traffic before the driver sees that traffic! Great!
Mmm. That certainly is a downside I'm well aware of. I've been in numerous situations where that's occured to me. Last Friday even. They're pretty popular amongst the yahoos up here. - being able to do it back to them is on my list of positives.

It's my last choice - if mounting them on the frount is a no-go, I'll see if I can sell them. If nobody buys, then...
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Well.. I'm a little more confident now.
You're right ratbag, the bar is quite a curved profile - except for the back of it! that seems very straight and flat. I'm thinking of some L shaped steel/alloy that I can bolt to the back of it, coming up and over the metal piece whose function seems to hold the plastic of the bumper on.
Something like this:

To go above the grotty metal but here:
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Some have mounted them behind the grille which is then replaced with a mesh grille.

Here's a thread re mounting (unfortunately the pics are gone): http://www.offroadsubarus.com/showthread.php?t=1760
Ahh. can see the pics now I've installed that photobucket extension. That build gives me a couple of ideas. the lights won't fit behind the grill, so I'll be taking the dremel to that once I work out the mounting as they will sit sort of in the grill a bit.

I can see it being a bit painful with gettign the grill on. I'll have to mount and line up the lights without the grill, take the lights off (can separate the light from its mount without affecting horizinal direction luckily), put the grill on then put the lights on. The shape of the lights should allow plenty of air through, which seems to concern many people.
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