spotties on roof rack

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 14:07
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hi guys,
is it possible to install some spotties on a roof rack at the front of the car which are removable? I ask because i want a couple of IPF's i got given to go up on the roof, but i need to be able to remove the roof rack (and anything on it) every now and then for work as i need to go into underground car parks in the city.

I would think that i could just put in a clip/plug or something on the wire up near where the wire would come out of the car and join the roof, and then i could unclip the lights and take off the roof rack and leave just a little bit of wire (with the clip/plug) at the roof line.

am i being crazy??? has anyone done this or does it sound like a dumb idea???

Thanks.
Jono
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Reply By: Paul - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 14:20

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 14:20
jono, depends on how handy you are and if you have a welder.

Make up a single bar to fit across the full width of the Roof rack, attach these with nuts and bolts and then attach your spotties to the bar that you have fitted. Depends on what type of roof rack you have "Cage Type" or just two bars across. Eg25mmx25mmx3mm Thick or the bigger the better as you will find the lights stay pointed where you want them too.

Regards Paul 01 Hilux
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Reply By: Truckster - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 14:30

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 14:30
Why not put them on top of the bullbar instead, and leave them there for good?

Less hassles.
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Follow Up By: Jono - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 16:19

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 16:19
cheers truckie (he he...sorry, i don't get out much),
I thought about this but wondered if it would be better off being out of the way up on the roof due to the potential for people to attack them if they are unprotected on top of the bar.

I already have ralley 1000's in the bull bar, but i guess i could attach my other set (rectangle IPF's) to the top of the bull bar using some CB aerial mounts or something, interesting...

What do you think about the security of placing them on the top of the bar? as it would seem to me that anyone could easily kick or hit them.

Let me know your thoughts.

Cheers.
Jono
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 19:53

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 19:53
I had mine ontop of the bullbar for 12 months. never had a problem... Id be more worried about them on the roof, forget they are there and your gone.

How often do you hear of them gettin kicked? just the same as having them IN the bullbar...

Also its not legal to have them up there from what I understand. Although mate has 4x4000's on the roof of his 4skinner... Amazing things to see in action out Kingslake on a night run we had... Hes been pulled over few times with his and never nailed for them..

With them on the bullbar, Engineer told me that as long as you can see an object on the road 11mtrs infront of the car with the object on the ground (didnt mention what the object was to be) from normal driving seated position, they are ok. He passed my Engineers with my Rally 2000's on top of the bar.
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Follow Up By: MikeyS - Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 13:40

Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 13:40
You might want to have a look at this before you decide to put lights on top of the bullbar.
http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/registration/downloads/vib05.pdf
MikeyS
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Reply By: tour boy - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 14:43

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 14:43
Hi guys, I don't think that many people are aware that lights above 1.3m
are illegal (in NSW) but I've only been pulled over once. If you have a seperate switch and leave them off around town and leave covers (not the clear ones ) on, the fuzz won't usually bother you. Don't forget to remove them for a rego check. Hope this helps.
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Follow Up By: flappan - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 16:50

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 16:50
Agree with that. It is illegal but if you use them purely Offroad, then this is the way to do it. Shouldn't get hassled but still not guarantee.

If you use them onroad, you will get pinged.

Lights on the top of bullbars are illegal, and I guy I know had them on his Hilux has been told to remove them.
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Follow Up By: bruce.h - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 18:48

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 18:48
in wa as far as i can recall it is not illeagle4 to have them on the roof but it is illeagal to have them conected dont that make a lot of sence
Regards bruce
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 19:46

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 19:46
sort of like its not illegal to have a Radar Detector, but its illegal to use one..
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Follow Up By: bruce.h - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 19:58

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 19:58
wa radar dectors not illegal to have or use them just illegal to import them
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Follow Up By: Andrew - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 23:33

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 23:33
Roof mounted lights are not illegal in WA wired up or not. There was a belief they once were but a recent discussion by the dept of infrastructure (formally Dept of Transport) states they are OK. Law requires you dip your high beam before 200metres of an oncoming vehicle.

You could conform the lights on the roof rack story by calling the Dept of Infrastructure in WA.

cheers
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Reply By: GaryInOz - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 16:58

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 16:58
What about the new Jeep with the lights integrated into a plastic moulding above the windshield (no covers)?? May have set a new precedent with the ADR's
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 19:54

Wednesday, Mar 19, 2003 at 19:54
That is an interesting one, thats why they were delayed on being released onto the market.

There was discussion on another forum about it while back... Will look for it.
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Reply By: Paul- Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 00:01

Thursday, Mar 20, 2003 at 00:01
What sort of car do you have. The easiet roof rack to take on and off in my opinion is the THULE Roof Rack. Can be done in 1 minute. Tell me what car you have.......
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