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Old 03-21-2010, 12:31 PM   #1
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So, as I'm contemplating building my own light bar once I replace my cruddy welder, I was wondering where people have mounted theirs to the frame of the car. Pics encouraged.

And on a side note, any suggestions on an inexpensive welder that could be used for mostly steel hobby work? I would prefer a MIG, but I have a ton of sticks for an arc welder.
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Old 03-21-2010, 01:03 PM   #2
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well for hobby work, stay away from stick. you can pick up a good mig welder for 500 bucks or so for the 110v units. some good brands are
Miller, Lincoln, and hobart.

the main idea is to have 4 mounting points to make it super stable

here is how i have mounted some of my light bars.
this one mounted to the lower u-frame and to above the lower rad support



and another simple bar. mounts to the holes on the bumpe for the euro plates and to the sides of the radiator support.



and with different lights and the plate mount. the plate folds back when driving then hinges back when stopped
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:34 PM   #3
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wow that is about the fugliest thing ive ever seen....not to mention those wheels...
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:55 PM   #4
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wow that is about the fugliest thing ive ever seen....not to mention those wheels...
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This Custom Fabrication, Welding & Tools forum is for discussion about tools or custom fabrication with metal, fiberglass, composites, plastics, etc... Retail products, and their dimensions, will not be discussed.
Nowhere in there does it say "opinions on aesthetics".

GTFO and go play in MCG, or even better OT, where your comments are appreciated.
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Old 03-21-2010, 07:57 PM   #5
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^^ dude...its a joke...chill out ...im just messin with shane lol
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:11 PM   #6
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^^ dude...its a joke...chill out ...im just messin with shane lol
haha sorry man, I saw no winky faces or lols to help me find the sarcasm.

Just hoping this forum will stay somewhat useful.
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:14 PM   #7
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haha ya thats prolly my bad... :-D
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Just a few suggestions about buying a welder.

Stay away from gasless/flux core machines. Get a real MIG with a gas setup. MIG is easy to learn, inexpensive, very versatile, and much cleaner than stick welding.

Stick with the name brand US companies. The off brand Chinese welders that you see for cheap at harbor freight and on EBay usually have much lower duty cycles and are not easily serviceable. Parts are hard to find and there are really no local shops out there that do repair work on them. The only exception to this that I would recommend is Thermal Arc. They are not a super well known brand but are far from crappy. I love my TA Prowave 185 TIG welder and they have a great reputation. I don't have any experience with their MIG welders though, but I'm sure they are of similar quality.

Get a bigger welder than you think you will need. The MIG I have is a Lincoln SP-135T. I got it because it runs on 110v and was an open box special on sale for about 2/3's retail price. I wanted something cheap to learn on. It is a nice little welder as long as you are not welding anything thicker than about 1/8''. I use it a good bit for thin stuff that I don't want to take the time to TIG. Before I got my TIG (which also has a stick setup) I found myself needing to weld thick stuff from time to time. I usually tacked the part and had my brother's friend weld it at his hydraulic shop. I really needed a bigger welder. If you are just going to have the one MIG welder get a 220v one at least 180amp. It will cost a bit more but is much more versatile and you won't need to upgrade in the future.

Look at used welders. With the economy the way it has been lately there are a lot of shops closing down. You can find some really nice newer models for great prices. Look on craigslist, EBay, and local classifieds for used welders.
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show us how you mounted it
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So how do you like the lighting after you have it all installed. Do you find it a lot more useful off road?
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someone needs a tube bender^^^^^
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it looks like that guy had a tube roller, as those tubes are rolled to match the bumper.

as for lighting after install, i love it. i dont get to use it all that much, but when i do its so nice to have.
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Old 05-21-2010, 11:29 PM   #18
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shane the second one is tits, because it would work with my v limited, nice
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