Aux Light attachment bar??

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SignGuy

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I have some nice 4' HID lights and some LED lights that I want to put on the front of the truck. Does anyone have a brush guard or metal mount they are using to add more lights on the front?

I've seen this https://www.americantrucks.com/smittybilt-street-bumper-light-bar-0918-ram-1500.html which looks like it would work to mount some lights to but would like to know if anyone has it on their rig and if they liked it?

Another option would be some sort of brush guard type thing with mount holes for lights. https://www.carid.com/2018-ram-1500-grill-guards/go-rhino-3-inch-charger-2-rc2-bull-bar-440100515.html

I do have the proximity sensors in the front bumper that I don't want to compromise so that's a consideration. Anybody got something like either of these with sensors in the bumper? Pros/Cons

Bueller? Bueller? Thanks
 

John Jensen

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All available options that I am aware of will compromise your front bumper parking sensors. I have a front Ranch Hand guard and 7" HID lights and have to run 100% with the front parking sensors "off". I tried the caps that go over the affected sensors, and other mods, allowing the other sensors to work but no method worked consistently and eventually failed entirely.

I have seen a mount where they moved the front sensors from the bumper to the mount but I believe it was custom made.

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SignGuy

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Beautiful truck John. Thanks for your help. I was afraid of that (having to turn off the sensors). I might have to see about fabbing my own brackets to hold the lights as I'd like them above the bumper if possible. Did that guard attach to the tow hook mounts or underneath? You really have a nice set up :)
 

John Jensen

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Thanks SignGuy,

The Ranch Hand guard attaches both to the tow hook mounts and underneath - very strong! My son added the light cage to protect the HIDs. Smaller HIDs would have been better but I had these from another truck (they are custom modified Hella halogens).

If you get a light or guard mount made the tow hook mounts are the bomb and easy to use. Another suggestion would be to buy Rancher (goindustries) or Ranch Hand grill guard mounting brackets. eTrailer also sells brackets. That would give you a great bolt-on bracket to fab on a light bar, etc. Easy peasy.

My brother has a Rancher grill guard because the bottom bar is flat (vs round tubing) for a step. He mounted his Pia LEDs on that flat step. Looks and works great.
 
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SignGuy

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Great ideas John, thanks so much. I'll take a look at both of those recommendations and see what I can do.
 

Liggett

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My solution. KC Daylighters on a Black Horse Bull bar. Yep, I had to turn the front sensors off, but I've got along without sensors for 53 years. 2018 Bighorn
 

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John Jensen

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My solution. KC Daylighters on a Black Horse Bull bar. Yep, I had to turn the front sensors off, but I've got along without sensors for 53 years. 2018 Bighorn
Liggett,

That turned out real nice - looking good.
I love that Chocolate, I have a Black - best breed ever.