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Old 02-14-2010, 03:59 PM   #1
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Default What's the lowest/ most aerodynamic roof rack for mounting roof lights?

Maybe I'm crazy....

I want the lowest and most aerodynamic roof rack to mount lights on my 06 sti.

Here's my idea:

Use a front roof rack bar to mount lights for a lot more light for driving at night in the middle of nowhere. Uncovered offroad lights on trucks are common where I live. They are even uncovered in the "city"- with that said:

I recently moved from the city to the country where there are no street lights and almost no traffic. The back roads are amazing, but super dark. My high beams just aren't cutting it just driving normally....

I happen to have the following lights laying around and would like to put them to use:

The older version of the PIAA 2100 H.I.D. PIAA

The Hella Micro De Xenon Error


Plus, I don't know how I can utilize it,(I have an idea ) but I have the OEM wiring and ballasts from an 06 sti- so I was thinking I could do a retrofit for a third set of lights... Possibly getting the housing for the Hella pencilbeam rally 4000 My Hella Lights - Rallye 4000 Xenon Pencil Beam Lamp

So, I would have six lights mounted on this roof rack bar. Ideally, the bar would be square and hallow so I could run the wiring inside the bar- if possible...

The lighting would be amazing!!!! :evilbanan

I know it's over kill, but I've got the parts already- except the rally 4000 housings!

Please share your knowledge about the roof rack, wiring suggestions, or anything else...

I already stated that I may be crazy- so keep everything constructive!

Mods, please move to Lighting section- accidently posted in exterior...
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Old 02-14-2010, 08:17 PM   #2
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Maybe I'm crazy....
Ideally, the bar would be square and hallow so I could run the wiring inside the bar- if possible...
The bit I know about aerodynamics and cars lets me know that a square bar is about your worst choice. Ideally you want the bar and individual lights to have the "tear drop" shape of a neutral airfoil. e.g.:



The two main things that will make your car less aerodynamic: larger frontal area, and drag.

By putting the lights up above the car you're adding more frontal area. So if you plan on doing that you only have reducing drag to lean on. That probably means fabbing up some custom light buckets for your lights to go into.

Or you could just get only of those rally bars the rally boys add to the front of their cars.
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Old 02-14-2010, 08:26 PM   #3
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If you're not going to make custom buckets, adding turbulators (.i.e. vortex generators) in the correct location around the lights will also reduce drag.

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Old 02-16-2010, 04:57 PM   #4
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Thanks!

I know the lights will increase my cod numbers, but for how dark it is out here, it's worth it!

I can't believe that no one has any ideas of what racks are the lowest roof hugging roof rack is...

Pics, any ideas, or any direction pointing would be appreciated!

Thanks!
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