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Old 10-27-2003, 01:50 AM   #1
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Question Driving Light Mounts

I was wondering if anyone knows where to get a bracket to mount driving lights in front of the bumper or bottom grill? Im looking for functionality on the backroads at night.

And/Or could ppl post pics of different driving light setup?
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Old 10-27-2003, 12:23 PM   #2
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And/Or could ppl post pics of different driving light setup?

If by "driving lights" you mean the pencil beam pattern lights, iirc, PIAA makes a compact (and expensive) projector pencil beams.

But if you meant lighting up the sides of backroads better, then perhaps a god foglight would work for you. Projector fogs would make a good backroad aux lighting, if you're not concerned about improving the long range lighting. They're also compact, which makes the issue of mounting easier. The heavier reflectors would take more space and require a more rigid mounting setup compared to the projector fogs imho.
Hella Optilux 1182 Projectors are small enough to be mounted inside the grille side pieces, that is if you're willing to drill the grille side pieces. (You can always get a replica off eBay if you're not willing to modify the oem pieces)
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=310838

Here is the lighting (the left unit was a little tilted when I took the picture):
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=426555
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Old 10-28-2003, 12:14 AM   #3
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I use this setup for TSD rally. The light bar consists of about $40 in parts from Home Depot. I've got it set up so I can put on or pull off the whole assembly in about 10 minutes. As a side note, the lights do not appear to impede cooling at all.

Front View


Above View


Behind View


Side View


Square Tube Mounts


Close Up of Left Tube (Bumper skin has a ridge that we removed with a Dremel to allow the tubes to sit flush)


Existing Holes in Bumper (You will need needle nose pliers to get a nut underneath the bumper skin, it'll be obvious when you check your bumper)


Edited: More pictures

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Old 10-28-2003, 03:42 AM   #4
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are there instructions for that light bar?
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Old 10-28-2003, 11:55 AM   #5
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are there instructions for that light bar?
Nope, it was just something that my navigator and I cobbled together one day. The light bar happens to be on the car right now since I worked a TSD rally on the weekend. I can take some close up pictures of the various pieces and how it's mounted when I pull it off later today and post those if you want to build your own.

The nice thing about this solution is that you only need to do a slight modification to your bumper and you can put your car back to stock very easily.
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Old 10-28-2003, 12:30 PM   #6
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KKL,
How is the vibration on the lights? I'm looking into fabricating a light bar soon for mounting a pair of FF1000's (deer spotters) in front of my grill. I drive a lot of gravel roads and don't want to have the shakes from the light show...
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Old 10-28-2003, 01:06 PM   #7
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Thats more of what i need KKL, it would be much appericiated if you could include some more in depth photos of the bar and mounts.
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Old 10-28-2003, 01:29 PM   #8
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I will be going with these guys:

http://www.rallyinnovations.com/main.htm



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Old 10-28-2003, 02:00 PM   #9
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How is the vibration on the lights? I'm looking into fabricating a light bar soon for mounting a pair of FF1000's (deer spotters) in front of my grill. I drive a lot of gravel roads and don't want to have the shakes from the light show...
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I originally had two lights on the bar and they hardly vibrated at all. However, when I went to 4 lights (two weren't enough for night rallying) things changed a bit. The outside lights are very solid, but the inside lights vibrate a bit on really bad washboard. I think it's due to the aluminum L-bar flexing from the extra lights being close to the center of the bar. The vibration can be cured by either replacing the L-bar with square tubing or extra bracing.
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Old 10-29-2003, 11:48 AM   #10
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I added more pictures to my original post above.

I used a 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" aluminum L-bar, a 1" x 1" square aluminum tube, and a 1" galvanized flat steel bar. Both were readily available at Home Depot and pretty inexpensive. Of course you'll need assorted nults, bolts, and washers as well.

First step is to pop out the grill, press on the plastic clips with a screwdriver to release it. There are four along the top and one on each side about half way down. Then pop out the two outermost bumper skin retainers, voila!, two mounting holes.

We shaved a bit of plastic off the bumper skin to allow the mounting tubes to sit flush. It's that ridge that runs long in front of the bumper skin retainers. We used a Dremel tool and it was quick and easy to do.

Mount a 2-3 inch piece of square tube to each bumper hole. The length will depend on the size of your lights. Bigger lights mean longer tubes so the lights will clear your hood. However, longer tubes mean more vibration, so it's a trade off.

Getting the nuts underneath the top of the bumper is a bit of a challenge, but it can be done with a pair of needle nose pliers and a lot of patience. Just try not to drop them, I think I've got two rattling around inside my bumper somewhere. You'll need to temporarily remove the horn from the driver's side to be able to get the nut in on that side. Stubby wrenches will also help here, otherwise you may dent your radiator (like my navigator did in the pictures).

Measure and cut the L-bar to fit. The length will depend on how many lights you want to use.

Next mount the lights to the L-bar. You won't have enough room to mount the lights if you install the L-bar.

Cut and bend two pieces of 1" the flat metal bar to bolt the L-bar to the top radiator mounting bolts. I only used two and I think it's why I get some vibration. There's a convenient bolt on the air intake which could be used for a third mounting pount.

It took us about three hours to fabricate this and most of that was working out the mounting points and how to piece it together. You should be able to slap this together in about an hour.
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Old 10-30-2003, 01:05 PM   #11
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Does anyone have a picture of a 2004 STI with driving lamps attached externally?

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Old 10-31-2003, 04:52 PM   #12
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Just thought I would throw this in as a smaller alternative.
I cut holes in an old grill and mounted some PIAA micro lamps.
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Old 10-31-2003, 11:34 PM   #13
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Just thought I would throw this in as a smaller alternative.
I cut holes in an old grill and mounted some PIAA micro lamps.
Thanks for the picture. I've been wondering how this looks, as that's where driving lamps belong! There's all kinds of room UNDER the bumper, where the fog lights belong.
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Old 11-20-2003, 03:14 PM   #14
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Anyone know where to find the Rally Innovations rally light bar?
I've got a blue 99' 2.5 RS and have been considering setting it up with that.

Any idea how much the bar costs?

Thanks,
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Old 01-21-2004, 03:32 AM   #15
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i know this post is old, but, brunetmj, were those PIAAs pretty bright? did they shine further than the low beam lights?

i'm looking for somedriving lights to act as high beams since i have an HID kit. thanks.
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Old 01-21-2004, 11:59 AM   #16
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like i said in the other thread i have PIAA 520's in the driving pattern ion crystal.....they are very bright kind of a narrow beam , but it goes a great distance.

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i know this post is old, but, brunetmj, were those PIAAs pretty bright? did they shine further than the low beam lights?

i'm looking for somedriving lights to act as high beams since i have an HID kit. thanks.
I did the same thing that brunetmj did with some PIAA 004X's for the purposes of 'replicating' high beams. They worked out well. I tied them (as well as my Hella 500s) in with the high beam trigger on the control stalk.

Tell ya what 480w of extra light get peoples attention when you flash to pass

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Old 01-21-2004, 01:05 PM   #18
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Anyone know where to find the Rally Innovations rally light bar?
I've got a blue 99' 2.5 RS and have been considering setting it up with that.

Any idea how much the bar costs?

Thanks,
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Try Here:
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