Mounting Towers for Off-Road Lights
Front shorty bumper with Warn Winch Plate
Light mounting tower
Close up view
When I first bought my Jeep, it had the stock front bumper
on it. I really didn't like the overall length of the bumper, so I had it
cut down into a "shorty" bumper so that the overall width of it was
just slightly wider than the frame. Prior to installing my new Warn
XD9000i winch, mounting my KC Daylighters to the front bumper was no problem as
there was plenty of room. With the new Warn winch plate installed, the
mounting holes for the lights got covered up. I'm not a big fan of
mounting lights to the windshield frame or on the front fender flares, so I
needed an alternative location. Since my bumper is shorter than stock, I
didn't have the option of mounting the lights farther out on the bumper.
The solution? Homemade light mounting towers.
The only place that I found to mount the lights was right on top of the tow
hooks. Using a piece of 2x2 square stock, cut each piece to a length of
approximately 4 1/2 inches. A cut-off wheel on an angle grinder worked
make these cuts. To allow for the mounting tower to clear the tow hook and
the mounting bolt to clear the light tower, cut off about 1-in from each end,
but not all the way through. Leave the bottom "plate" as the
Using the tow hook holes as a template, mark and drill the holes for the
mounting bolts. Measure and mark the center of the mounting tower for the
bolt for the light and drill. Using the angle grinder and a grinding
wheel, smooth all the rough edges and paint each tower. I found it easier
to mount the light on the tower prior to mounting the tower on the bumper.
Once installed on the bumper, align the lights and tighten the bolts.
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