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impressive skidplate and inset lights. your own work or a purchase?
 

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impressive skidplate and inset lights. your own work or a purchase?
These vehicles are like you're junk drawer at home. It seems to always have what you want it to do. Hunting, fishing, traveling the country side either with a canoe, bikes, or plan jumping around from brewery to brewery in a heartbeat!
You've done well with your ride brother.
That made me even want to found another one to play with. I'm certainly inspired to find another toaster and make it a microwave!
Take care of that one. They are getting harder to find ATVs decent price up here in Wisconsin.
 

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These vehicles are like you're junk drawer at home. It seems to always have what you want it to do. Hunting, fishing, traveling the country side either with a canoe, bikes, or plan jumping around from brewery to brewery in a heartbeat!

That's a great analogy!

Yep, versatility is an Element's greatest strength! :)
 

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I'm geeking out on your lights arrangement. Did I read that correctly? You made your skid plate with the cut out for the light bar. Please tell me how.
What brand/type of light bar and more about the L brackets. Please.
 

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I'm geeking out on your lights arrangement. Did I read that correctly? You made your skid plate with the cut out for the light bar. Please tell me how.
What brand/type of light bar and more about the L brackets. Please.
oEdRo LED Light Bar, 23Inch from Amazon. I made the skid plate by cutting and bending a piece of alumium diamond plate I purchased from Home Depot. 3.5 inch hole saw and jig saw to cut the hole for the light bar and black truck bed paint from a rattle can. The L brackets are powder coated shelf brackets from HD, cut short on top to fit the iJDMTOY Universal Fit Bull Bar.
In retrospect, adding a full bull bar may have been easier, but I didn’t like the idea of the thing bouncing around over every bump.
 

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That's cool. I was a Honda tech for 23yrs, and now I work for AHM (corporate). From reading your posts here, it appears we had very similar mindsets when modding our cars.
LOL, we’ve probably spoken at some point if you’re with tech line in Torrance. I was wrenching for about 30 years.
[Edit] NVM, I see you’re in Georgia.
 

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This is a work in progress on my 3rd E. 2” lift, 1” engine & subframe drop, all new bushings and suspension components, 23” light bar, diamond skid plate, Hella spot lights and projector headlights. Into it for about 2K including purchase price of vehicle ($400). 235 70r16 A/T’s to come + roof basket and Gobi ladder, and I’m pretty sure that won’t be all. This is where I’m at right now. The only problem is finding the time to do it all.

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This is a work in progress on my 3rd E. 2” lift, 1” engine & subframe drop, all new bushings and suspension components, 23” light bar, diamond skid plate, Hella spot lights and projector headlights. Into it for about 2K including purchase price of vehicle ($400). 235 70r16 A/T’s to come + roof basket and Gobi ladder, and I’m pretty sure that won’t be all. This is where I’m at right now. The only problem is finding the time to do it all.

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I'm about to put new tires on my 06. Live on a dirt road so getting sent of A/T's. suggestions for brand/model/size? Mine is not lifted.
 

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I'm about to put new tires on my 06. Live on a dirt road so getting sent of A/T's. suggestions for brand/model/size? Mine is not lifted.
I love the look of the Falkens, and they are very quiet for an A/T. I’ve read that the 235 70’s will fit a non- lifted E. I have a 2” lift with 1 1/4” wheel spacers. There is minimal contact with the inner liner at full lock so I can’t say for sure you won’t have any rubbing. Removing the spacers would likely create more clearance though.
 

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I did find these pics I took early on. This is the bar I attached to the front beam.
Love this light bar, was looking at the same or similiar bar online, might have been amazon. I think it was only $25 or so and looked like it bolted in behind the front license plate in their online pictures. I may want to secure it better than that, will have to see when I have it in hand.

Then add a pair of cheapo $40 six inch halgon driving lamps from Canadian Tire.

I thought about the bull bar as well and like you did not want that bouncing around. This looks to be the easiest and least expensive, most practical solution.

So glad you did it as it is so nice to see pictures of what it looks like on the E before adding this mod.
 
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