Make your own Light bar for front bumper

Make your own Light bar for front bumper

Postby Astrophysics [OP] » January 16th 2008, 5:46am

I have a 2003 Chevy Astro AWD and found a clever way to make a nice looking light bar for the front bumper. Since there are no Westin or WAAG bars to fit an Astro you need to improvise.
Basically, go to your neighborhood Lowes or Home Depot and get one of the nice new curved hotel style shower curtain rods in brushed nickel finish or chrome or stainless finish. Get the adjustable one and push it together to the shortest total length and then mount it to the top surface of the front bumper. The curve bar includes The 1 inch OD. of the curved bar so you can use the plastic Yakima or Thule cross bar clamps to attach to the shower bar. Put an extra strip of bicycle inner tube to make a tight fit with the clamp. Then you can bolt on a 12 to 18 inch long piece of aluminum U channel as a horizontal mounting bar to mount driving lights or fog lights. I will post a photo of the install next time.

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Re: Make your own Light bar for front bumper

Postby AstroAustin » January 16th 2008, 5:23pm

Great tip! Thanks for submitting it. Although I did move it to the appropriate category for ya.
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Re: Make your own Light bar for front bumper

Postby Astrophysics [OP] » January 24th 2008, 7:34am

Here is are a couple of photos of the light bar mounted to front bumper and the Yakima plastic clamps connected to a piece of aluminum channel.
the driving lights are Hella 500's. I may add some rectangular fog lights below the others.

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Re: Make your own Light bar for front bumper

Postby Astrogurl » February 1st 2008, 10:45pm

Nice pics and a very unique solution!
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Re: Make your own Light bar for front bumper

Postby chops » February 2nd 2008, 5:30am

Looks a whole lot better than what I imagined
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Re: Make your own Light bar for front bumper

Postby ishort18 » August 28th 2013, 12:34am

i know this thread is so deceased its probably been reincarnated and died again.. but is there anyway to get those pictures back?
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Re: Make your own Light bar for front bumper

Postby walks with ducks » September 4th 2013, 11:29pm

ditto! I don't have access to a welder these days and I'm really needing off road lights.
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