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  • vectorsolid
    started a topic Bob's Chevy Equinox Brush Guard project.

    Bob's Chevy Equinox Brush Guard project.

    Thought a few of you might dig this project. My son wacked a deer on his last trip home. Did like $6500 damage to his 06 Equinox. We are of the impression, had he had more light, he could have seen them sooner. and sometimes in Montana, late at night, you might drive for 2-3 hours without even seeing another car. SOOOooooo, he sourced up some decent 7" HID's and we made a brush guard for the Equinox to hold the lights. It's at paint now, we should be getting it back tomorrow. Something you don't see is an Equinox with some pimped out light bar.

    Not designed as a bumper, just a way to hold the lights and a hoop over them so they don't get broken off accidentally in a parking lot. Mostly made out of 1.25 schedule 40.

    I'm just a weekend warrior, don't do it for a living.

    Here's the pics.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/3409832...7623212543828/



    Last edited by vectorsolid; 02-01-2010, 07:44 PM.

  • vectorsolid
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    updated the images file with completed pics, painted, and on the car. VERY happy with it.

    images:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/3409832...7623212543828/

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  • vectorsolid
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    what's a shoe?

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  • Sonora Iron
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    Originally posted by vectorsolid View Post
    I have a very patient wife.
    Your wife must crave diamonds instead of shoes!

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  • vectorsolid
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    I have a very patient wife.

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  • nocheepgas
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    Originally posted by vectorsolid View Post
    On the bends, Tube shark. On the main LONG roll of the bar that matches the bumper, baleigh roll bender.
    Originally posted by vectorsolid View Post
    I'm just a weekend warrior, don't do it for a living.
    Some VERY nice tools for a weekend warrior!

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  • Blondie_486
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    Originally posted by vectorsolid View Post
    I was worried about the cooling as well. But there is a LOT of grill opening to each side, above and below down by the spoiler. When you see it in person, it's a non-issue. Plenty of air hits it. We were going to put a skid plate on it... THAT, we thought would keep the air from getting in there. so we didn't do it.

    On the bends, Tube shark. On the main LONG roll of the bar that matches the bumper, baleigh roll bender.

    Should be able to pick it uip from the paint shop today!!!!! Can't wait!!!!

    Appreciate the kind words.
    Couldn't you hold the front of the skid plate back far enough so as not to restrict the air flow? Or you could always do what we did with our 4x4 trucks back in the 70's and put several holes in the front to allow for air and put some heavy expanded metal behind them to keep small sticks or rocks from coming through? There is usually a way to keep air from being restricted to the point where it will cause problems with enough thought. If I were there I could probably figure it out.

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  • vectorsolid
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    Originally posted by monte55 View Post
    Will you put rock guards on the lights. Would look good I think. Very nice job!
    Lights have very thick, lexan covers, very protected.

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  • monte55
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    Will you put rock guards on the lights. Would look good I think. Very nice job!

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  • vectorsolid
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    I was worried about the cooling as well. But there is a LOT of grill opening to each side, above and below down by the spoiler. When you see it in person, it's a non-issue. Plenty of air hits it. We were going to put a skid plate on it... THAT, we thought would keep the air from getting in there. so we didn't do it.

    On the bends, Tube shark. On the main LONG roll of the bar that matches the bumper, baleigh roll bender.

    Should be able to pick it uip from the paint shop today!!!!! Can't wait!!!!

    Appreciate the kind words.

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  • Blondie_486
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    Looks great! You did a great job on the project.

    I have but one question. Those are rather large lights and placed in front of the grille. I'm wondering is that going to adversely affect the cooling during the hot summer months? The vehicle appears in the photo to have a rather small grille area.

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  • Blondie_486
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    Originally posted by 6pakdakota View Post
    the brush guard looks great. how did you form the caps for the ends of the tube?
    You can buy them. Anyplace that has weld on pipe fittings should have them.

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  • Blondie_486
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    Originally posted by jimmy_pop View Post
    i'd like to use SS tubing for a light bar for my truck. tac it together then have someone who can TIG real well sew it up for me and leave it as-is.
    Practice and you can TIG it yourself. At least for me stainless is the easiest of the metals to weld. It's not that hard to get the hang of welding stainless, just keep practicing and you'll get it.

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  • jimmy_pop
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    i'd like to use SS tubing for a light bar for my truck. tac it together then have someone who can TIG real well sew it up for me and leave it as-is.

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  • Sonora Iron
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    Extremely nice job!

    Mind showing some pictures of the bender you used?

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