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Old 02-16-2019, 04:17 PM   #171 (permalink)
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As to exterior lighting youre fine staying with DOT/FMVSS Approved. Thus, Grote, Petersen, etc as found in industry catalogs. Speaker is nice, but expensive.

Third brake light position important. Since the subhumans tailgate in every situation, having lamps up & above is worth consideration.

Same for conspicuity tape (some offerings are mono-color: Black-appearing with reflective yellow). Stick with highest grade 3M.

DOT has placement guidelines for lamps & reflective devices. The “logic” of patterns created should stand out. All sorts of vehicles.

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Old 02-22-2019, 03:49 PM   #172 (permalink)
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Thanks. I just ordered a Helwig rear sway bar that I hope to make fit on my Suburban. I didn’t care for the U bolt attachments in the kits so I ordered a “warehouse deal” that I hope to make work by welding on some brackets.

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I ended up ordering Peterson lights and reflectors, seemed to be the best value. Thanks for the suggestion. I have some 3M conspicuity tape in a few colors, need to look at what I have and see what I can find.

Progress has been slow, I have spent a lot of time fixing and working on some of my tools to be able to press forward. I got serious and ordered all the materials for my new rear bumper, which is the precursor to my aerodynamic rear tail project. I am also working on building my own press brake to enable building my aluminum belly pan and other goodies.
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Adding a rear anti-roll bar means the front bar NEEDS to be up-sized.

And the u-bolts work fine, IMO. I’m all for upgrades, but those bolts locate the bar, only.
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Takeep those led head lights and spray them down with some UV blocker for clear plastic.
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Slowmover,
Agreed, I upsized my front bar previously. My big complaint for the u-bolts was requiring the brake lines to be moved out of the way. Plus the cost of the loose bar I got was a fraction of the correct kit, a decision which I am sure I will regret when I try to fab up brackets.

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Agreed, I will have to order some.

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My aluminum I ordered for the new rear bumper and my new rear lights arrived yesterday. The primary component is a big hunk of 8” channel. Now I just need time to fabricate and weld it all up.

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