Subtle, Yet Effective, Front Finish: Light Bar InstallationPosted in How To on December 1, 2012
Maybe we’re getting older, or maybe automakers are just building better looking front bumpers, but after all the radical truck builds we’ve done, we decided to leave the factory bumper on our ’11 Super Duty.
It has proven effective, and once we removed the lower valance we improved the approach angle (and gained ourselves a slight loss in fuel economy—those valances are on trucks for a reason and we might end up putting it back on).
But we did want a little better bump protection—if nothing else just for parking poles—and also some place to mount an LED bar to help when it gets dark.
Randy Ellis Design—a pioneer in high-quality, bolt-on light bars—had a Sleekster model that was perfect for what we had in mind, and was barely noticeable in front of our stock bumper wrapped in 3M black brushed steel film.
Continuing with our low-profile theme, we mounted a Pro Comp 24-LED Straight Edge LED light bar on top of the Sleekster bar to illuminate the night. The single row of LEDs makes the LED light bar very thin and, when mounted on the Sleekster light bar, barely noticeable in passing, but very effective in use.
01. The Sleekster light bar is built by Randy Ellis Design (RED Inc.) and features 1.75-inch tubing with a three-stage satin black powdercoated finish. It has four light mounts, 9 inches apart to fit a variety of auxiliary lights.
The bar is also offered in a candy chrome that matches the chrome factory bumper.
Both chrome or black Sleekster bars are $200 and almost effortless to put on.