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Hey guys, Joe from ExtremeTerrain. Today I'm gonna be reviewing and installing the Rough Country 30-Inch Chrome Series LED Light Bar with Hidden Bumper Mounts fitting all '16 and newer Tacomas. Now, this light bar kit is going to be perfect for the Tacoma owner who's looking to improve the light output out of the front of their truck with a light bar that mounts up in a stealthy manner and comes with a complete kit with wiring and switch and still at a budget-friendly price. This light bar is manufactured out of a die-cast aluminum housing, which is black powder-coated and serves to not only add to the looks but adds a layer of protection from the elements as well. Up front we have a shatter-resistant polycarbonate lens and around the edges of the light bar, we have some chrome screws just as a nice little accent. Now, if the chrome isn't your thing, Rough Country manufacturers this as part of their Black Series as well which changes out the color of those grooves to black and gives you some black accents behind the lens.One of the biggest benefits with this one though, is the mounting system. This kit comes with the brackets and all the hardware you need to mount this up behind the bumper. And it gives the light bar a nice stealthy look, it looks like it could have been an upgrade from the factory. This light bar is also IP67 waterproof rated which is a huge plus. That means it can withstand up to a meter of water for half an hour. So, this is more than tough enough to handle any mud, be dunked underwater or even driving around in the rain, you won't see any water accumulate behind the lens. As far as the beam goes, we're looking at a 30-degree spread of bright white light, it's 150-watt element and throws about 12,000 lumens which is really bright, definitely more than enough for the darkest trails.So, as far as complaints about this product, they really are few and far between. Let's start with some positives. You do get some extra brackets in here as well. So, that gives you a couple different places and choices where you want to mount this. This kit also comes with all the hardware you need, some Allen keys to make adjustments to the angle of the light, and a wiring harness and switch. Now, one thing I would have liked to have seen from Rough Country is a Tacoma specific switch. That harness is a little bit generic, I think it really would have completed the look if it ended in a Tacoma specific switch that we could just drop in the interior for one of our blank buttons. I think that really would have tied together the factory styling which is definitely one of the huge bonuses with this kit.Pricing for this kit is going to come in at around 270 bucks, which is a deal especially considering what comes in this kit. Again, you get all the brackets, all the hardware, some Allen keys, you also get a switch and wiring harness. Now also included in that price is going to be a three-year warranty from Rough Country.Install for this is going to be relatively easy. There is a little bit of cutting involved but it's all on plastic trim pieces, I'm gonna show you how that's done in just a second. I'm going to give it a two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, should only take you two, three hours to get this hooked up to your truck. So, without any further ado, let me show you how it's done.Tools required for this install are going to be a drill, paint marker, tape measure, wire cutters, zip tie, ratchet, 10, 12, and 14-millimeter sockets, this Allen key which is included in the kit, trim panel removal tool, body saw, razor blades and lastly, some safety gear, gloves, and eye protection is always a good idea.So, for the first step of our install, we're gonna pop the hood and completely remove this grille. Now, in order to get that off, there's a couple of push pins, for those we're gonna use the trim panel removal tool, and there's two 10-millimeter screws up top. I'm going to use a 10-millimeter socket or you can use a Phillips head screwdriver. Those push pins are located right on the inner side of the headlight. All right, so now all that's holding on our grille are a couple of plastic body clips. So, you should be able to grab this and pull it right off.Next, we're going to remove these air dams on either side of the radiator. Again, they're just held in with a plastic clip. Then you can pull that straight out and give it a turn and it should pull right off the truck. Same thing for the other side. With that clip removed, you can pull straight out, twist in and take it right off the truck.So, at this point, we're ready to make some cuts to our lower grille using the body saw. We're gonna get this big horizontal bar out of the way, and also those five upper bars as well. We're going to be cutting some of the side here too, about an inch and a half back but we're gonna save that for a little bit later as that needs to be marked. And we're probably gonna drill some relief cuts as well but for now, we're just gonna focus on these slacks right here in the lower grille. As far as the size of that lower grille go, you wanna measure in an inch and a half, I'm gonna mark that with a paint marker. In each corner, I'm also gonna make a relief cut with a drill. So, with the area marked, I'm now gonna take a drill and make a little relief cut in the lower and upper corners. Not only is that gonna give me some area to get my saw in there and make that vertical cut but it's also gonna give me a nice rounded edge. Now back to the body saw, we'll make our cut. So, with everything caught out of the lower grille, I'm just gonna take a razor blade and clean up some of the plastic.So, now we're ready to install our light bar mounting brackets. Now, this gets secured under two 14-millimeter nuts that are hidden behind our bumper. Then to install our bracket, we're just gonna poke it through that hole we cut in the lower grille, feed it around those studs and secure with those factory 14-millimeter nuts. So, once that bracket is installed, you wanna do the same thing for the other side. Then we can drop in our light bar, you wanna make sure this harness leads out toward the driver side. That's gonna make it nice and easy and give you as much room as possible to get that up to the battery to get power to this. We're also going to secure it with the small hardware and one of the Allen keys included in the kit. There's also a spacer that goes on there as well.So, now while our front end is still torn apart, we're gonna work on some wiring, there's a couple things we have to do. There's a positive and negative, they go right on to our battery terminals. There's also a relay which we're just going to mount to the ground, that probably be the easiest place to mount it.And the switch is going to go through a rubber grommet in our firewall into the cabin so that it's nice and easy to access. But first, I'm gonna pull the end of the harness on our light bar up and through into the battery tray. So, with the harness in the battery tray, you can see this wire is actually riding this metal lip right here. I don't like that, so I'm gonna connect the other half of the harness that's gonna give me enough to get over to this anchor here, which I'm just gonna zip tie to, then I'm gonna coil the rest up and lay it right in this tray. For the relay, I'm just gonna go underneath this ground right here, 10-millimeter socket to get that bolt out.Next, we're just going to mount up our contacts. Obviously black is negative, red positive, and I'm just gonna go under this 10-millimeter bolt right here. For the positive side, I'm gonna go under this 12-millimeter nut right there. So, at this point, we're all wired up and I can't resist testing it. So, let's give it a shot and obviously, it looks great. So, we're gonna get back to business and this switch here has a lot of wiring behind it. I'm gonna get this through the firewall first and into the cabin of our truck. That way we have a lot of room and a lot of choices where we can mount this switch, and then I'm gonna cable manage it at the end.A good spot that I've found efficient is through the firewall is right at this big grommet here. We're gonna pop that out, put our switch through and basically run it alongside that grommet. Everything is in place, you can see our wire poking through the left side of the grommet there and everything looks sealed and good to go. Also, I tucked that wire into this clip right here, makes it easy to manage. Next, we're gonna go around to the cabin and continue the wire management.From here this is where your wiring is going to come out and it's really your choice wherever you want to stick this switch. Now, I find it's best to not have wires going all the way across the interior. I like right there, it's out of the way, that red light isn't going to be staring you in the face all the time, and it gives you some easy access with the left hand. So, once you get that switch mounted up, all that's left to do is wire manage that cable. I found that the OBD II bracket has some holes in it and it's perfect for cable management. After that, all that's left for us to do is put our truck back together. Now, before these air dams go back on there is a little bit of cutting on them, otherwise, they'll impact the back of the light bar. We're going to be cutting in line with this part right here, right about there and this part is going to come off. Same thing for the other side. I'm just gonna clean that up a little bit with the razor blade and then do the same thing for the other side. These air dams are now ready to go back on the truck the same way they came off.Once it's clipped in place, you can use that push pin to secure it. Same thing goes for the other side. Next up is the grille which is just going to pop into place and then gets secured with two more push pins and that 10-millimeter hardware. All that's left for us to do is to shut the hood slowly and make sure our grill still aligns.And that is gonna do it for my review and install of the Rough Country 30-Inch Chrome Series LED Light Bar with Hidden Bumper Mounts, fitting all '16 and newer Tacomas. Thank you for watching. I'm Joe. Make sure you subscribe for more videos like this one and all things Tacoma.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Improves Off-Road Visibility. The Rough Country 30-Inch Chrome Series LED Light Bar with Hidden Bumper Mounts is great for upgrading the Tacoma’s light output. The LED Light Bar projects a powerful 30-degree spot beam to provide excellent coverage of the trail or road. Furthermore, it fits on the Tacoma’s factory bumper’s opening for a flush, clean look.
Powerful LED Lighting. The Rough Country 30-Inch Chrome Series LED Light Bar is equipped with 30 high-intensity, 5-Watt LEDs. The light bar emits 12,000 lumens and with the high-quality of the LEDs, the bar will light your way for a long time.
Off-Road Durability. The Rough Country 30 Inch Chrome Series LED Light Bar has heavy-duty, die-cast aluminum housing styled to blend in with the factory bumpers. Additionally, the housing is well-sealed against dust and moisture.
Cutting and Trimming Required. The Rough Country 30 Inch Chrome Series LED Light Bar with Hidden Bumper Mounts is designed to be installed on the factory bumper. With slight cutting and trimming, the light bar can sit flush to the bumper for a good looking fit and finish.
Backed by 3-Year Limited Warranty. This light bar is warrantied to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for 3 years. Additionally the light mounts carry a limited lifetime warranty.
Application. The Rough Country 30 Inch Chrome Series LED Light Bar with Hidden Bumper Mounts is designed to fit on the factory bumper of 2016 to 2022 Toyota Tacoma models.
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(approx) 3 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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