i just ordered a cheap one for now since im on a budget, im thinking about predrilling the holes and using self tapping screws and alittle rtv and silicone. I imagine if i run the screws just enough to get a bit in the roof it should hold. im kind of worried about the curtain airbags though.
Yeah, the airbags are a big fear for me also when I think about installing them.
I am also leary of doing the self tappers, what kind of lateral movement can they handle if the assembly decides to move during driving? Over time...
I need to find out how hard is it to drop the front of the ceiling trim down and see how to get to the sheet metal for adding a back brace for any light kit I want to add. Also for adding rubber grommets to prevent rust hole mania!
Sorry it took so long work has been crazy... Can't wait to get out the army!! Lol anyways it was pretty easy. I took off my a pillers and sun visors and wedged a screw driver in the headboard for some spacing then drilled the holes and tapped them. Be careful you have to hold the airbags to the side so you don't hit them. I also used an epoxy over the holes to help seal them from water. It was pretty easy after I got the courage to drill the roof.
I recently mounted a 50in LED bar on my commander to the very front of the side rails. I pulled the caps off the tracks, measured where the LED bar brackets would go, taped off, drilled, then back-mounted a piece of strap steel, re drilled, and bolted the brackets on. Then I remounted the caps to the tracks and fitted the LED bar. So far it's been rock solid, looks clean, and has been tested over 90mph and in some pretty serious wind conditions. I'll post some photos when I get a chance. By doing this I was also able to route my wires entirely through the weather stripping and didn't have to drill the roof whatsoever. Installed my rocker switch in the small cubby on the left side of the dash.
I'm planning to go with a cheap 50" LED bar too for now to see if this will work. I made a couple Z shaped SS brackets that mount using an existing bolt under the plastic wedge shaped cover at the very front of the roof rack rail. The plastic pops right off and there is a long metric bolt there on each side. I trimmed the plastic so the bracket sticks up and out for the light bar to mount to.
Damn thing lights up like a collapsed star. I mounted it directly to the roof rails. it sits back a bit more than I would like, but it's not like the extra distance makes a whit of different on the brightness.
Kevan & fcdan do you guys have any pictures? I'd like to see what it looks like mounted up in that spot. I currently have a home made light bar there and I'm about to pull the trigger on some leds for the roof, rear and some to put on the matrix brush gaurd. I'm debating a curved 50 over the windshield or a 52 straight bar where you guys have yours mounted. Thanks