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I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain.com and this is my review of the Barricade Light Bar fitting all 1997-2006 TJ's. These days when you hear the term light bar you might think of LED light bar, and that's what you see on a lot of newer JK's and even a lot of TJ's these days. But this is the original light bar. A bar that will hold any light you want above the windshield. And the benefit to a bar like this is it has four separate mounting locations for four individual lights, so you can have different theme patterns, you can have those lights aimed in different directions, and you can have them switched independently if you want to.I really like this bar over some of the other ones on the market because of some of the little details that it has, even if it a little bit more expensive than some of the cheap ones. This light bar is made of 2-inch tubular stainless steel that's covered in a textured black powder coat finish. A lot of other after market parts share the same textured black powder coat finish, so it should blend in and look really good no matter what color your Jeep is.A couple of features that I like about this bar over some of the less expensive ones on the market are the way that it mounts to the Jeep. A lot of these are designed to be completely bolt on and this one is no different. However, some of them just have a little bit of a tab where you'll bolt through that tab into the windshield hinge. These have much more of a substantial mount that I personally think looks better and will also work better. This bar also has a wind deflector built right into it, which will help decrease any noise that you might otherwise get from wind whistling between the windshield and the light bar. And this bar is also drilled in six different locations for wiring. It has one hole at everyone of the mounts, and one hole down on either of the arms to help you get the wiring both in and back out again.As I mentioned, this bar, like most others on the market, is designed to be completely bolt on and actually uses a lot of the factory hardware to attach to the Jeep. So the installation process is pretty simple. All you need to do is remove the three bolts from the windshield hinge and install the first mounting bracket. From there you can install the mounting bracket on the other side, and then the cross bar with its hardware. It'll help to leave all of the hardware loose until every piece is in place, then you can torque everything down.From there it's just a matter of attaching whatever lights you want and this will accept any light that's designed to mount to on any traditional single post mount. You will want to check the length of that posts to make sure it doesn't go through the bracket and make contact with the top the windshield which can damage the paint. From there you just have to wire it, but again, that's a pretty easy process because of the predrilled holes. You will have to figure out how to get from the bottom of the light bar into the engine bay for power and into the cab for switching, but the whole process is pretty straight forward.To get the bar installed on it's own shouldn't take you more than two hours, and wiring, depending on the lights that you have and your experience with automotive wiring, can vary as far as time goes. You won't need any specialty tools to get this installed, however, a good set of torque spits will definitely help.As I mentioned, this bar might be a little more expensive that some of the other light bars on the market, but in my opinion, it's worth it. This bar has some nicer brackets than some other ones do with countersunk bolt holes. It has adhesive foam already installed to keep the bar from chafing your factory paint. It has this wind deflector built into it to cut down on wind noise and give the bar a little bit more of a finished look. And finally, it's predrilled not only up top but also at the bottom to aid in wiring. In my opinion, all these features make it worth the little bit of a premium that you pay.So if you're looking to add some auxiliary lighting above your windshield, but you don't like the newer 50-inch LED light bars, especially on an older TJ, this is an option for getting lights mounted in that location and retaining that little bit of an old school look. This bar might be a couple more dollars than some of the other ones on the market, but in my opinion the additional features make it worth the cost. So that's my review of the Barricade Light Bar fitting all 1997-2006 TJ's that you can find right here at ExtremeTerrain.com.
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January 02, 2020
This light bar fits perfect. It doesn't vibrate while driving down rough roads. Very heavy duty.Helpful (0)
August 13, 2019
Much better design and much stronger than other products in the same catergory. I attached some limb risers and really like how it works. Ultimately this is going to be the front support for a canoe when the soft top is installed.Helpful (1)
August 07, 2019
Looks great and fairly easy to install except for wire running inside the bar. The bend is difficult to feed the wire through.Helpful (0)
August 04, 2019
I am very pleased with this light bar. It is very sturdy, and looks great - even without off-road lights (my next purchase). I had very little difficulty putting it on solo, though two people would have made it easier to install. In fact, I had more trouble trying to remove the factory Torx bolts from the window frame hinges!Helpful (0)
June 28, 2019
Good light bar
This light bar is well made, sturdy and easy to install. There is only one issue that concerns me, the front bracket bolt location that is located on the front of the windshield. The bracket on the front of the windshield is only covered by half of the bolt head, leaving the bolt threads and windshield female threads exposed to the elements. I just feel after time, the exposed thread will eventually get water damage. Of course the worst damage will effect the windshield female threads and frame. Because of this issue, I added silicon waterproof caulking to seal the exposed male and female threads. I have pictures if needed.Helpful (0)
June 09, 2019
barricade light bar
i personally hate modern led light bars on a tj. i wanted an old school look but didn't have a lot of money. this bar did the trick. finding lights that are cheap is a little difficult, but i just use led headlights that can be used as work lights. the build quality so far seams nice, but one of the bolt holes needed to be re drilled to line up properly.Helpful (0)
May 19, 2019
Great product, easy install, looks nice!
I was worried about how durable this product would be if it's only mounted to the A pillars, but it has surpassed my expectations. It doesn't flex or move, even off-road. The finish looks great and the brackets are perfect for mounting my lights. Very happy with it. Only complaint is that it sits about an inch from the antenna, so when driving at speed or on bumpy terrain, it constantly hits the bar. It doesn't make too much noise, so it doesn't bother me.Helpful (0)
April 15, 2019
Excellent product friends give good input.
Enjoy the lights easily installed they look great.Helpful (0)
April 04, 2019
Sturdy light bar
Great product. Very satisfied. Installed to replace windshield mounted lights, which block visibility. This rack does not obstruct the view. The wiring holes are a decent size...ran four, 14ga wires...tight but worked. Easy under an hour to assemble and install. I pre-mounted the outboard lights and ran the wiring. The hardest part as we all know is the wiring for the lights. I specifically purchased this rack based on previous reviewers that stated they used it as a kayak rack. Well...its true...works great to carry/strap the front of a Yak.Helpful (1)
March 26, 2019
Very nice upgrade
Easy installation. Rugged texture. The tabs up on top are spaces plenty enough for 5" lights. One von is that my stock wire Antenna rattles up against it but that's another upgrade I was planning on anyways.Helpful (0)
I want to buy this for my 2000 TJ, but I'm not sure what kind of lights I should get for it (Fog, driving, etc.) What would be recommended to buy? (I also really like the ones in the picture and it would be nice to know what they are) I do not go on trails often and mainly use my jeep to ride around town.
Hello, on the Barricade Light Bar - Textured Black (97-06 Wrangler TJ) you can really any Off Road Lights that have the bolt and nut bracket to be able to install on the pre existing brackets on the Light Bar. When mounting lights up high like that, you really want to go with a Spot pattern so it will give you more distance, when going with Fog or Flood Pattern, that is best to mount in a lower position because it will focus on giving you more of a wide angle view. The lights mounted on the picture are probably the KC HiLiTES 6 in. SlimLite Halogen Lights - Spot Beam - Pair (87-17 Wrangler YJ, TJ & JK) which you can find here: http://www.extremeterrain.com/kc-hilites-chrome-slimlite-fog-lights-130-watt-8717.html
Does this sit far enough forward that I will be able to use my flip top without any tweaking?
Yes, the Barricade Light Bar will allow you to retract the soft top.
What size are the lights on the light bar in the picture shown?
The lights shown in the pictures are 6" lights (not included)
Question is, how much weight can the light bar support.
I'm thinking of getting this bar and it would be really good to know what the spotlights are used in the pictures.
The spotlights shown in our product images are non-functioning and for image purposes only. However, many customers go with KC HiLites with this rack, it will accomplish a similar look.
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