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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-08-2018, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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LED light bar question

I know this topic has been covered multiple times, but I am thinking about getting this light bar for my 2008 Sportsman. However I have noticed that most people use smaller LED bars on their machines, but I don't get that why not GO BIG???
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-09-2018, 01:50 AM
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That would mount where?
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When I was deciding on which light bar to use I thought about a few different things. 1. Location. 2. Mounting options 3. Functionality i.e.: brightness and ease of maintenance and 4. Looks. Some of the smaller LED light bars pack a big punch in the small packages. I choose a rigid industries 10" hyperspot SR series since it is used as my high beams mounted on my front brush guard. After using it for a few years I could have easily gone with nothing bigger than a 12" and a hyperspot / flood combo LED bar.
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A bunch of my riding buddies bought Auxbeam LED light bars in the 20"-24" range. Where as I went with a Rigid Industries 10" LED. The Auxbeam LED's ran approximately $150 where my Rigid was $400. The Auxbeam claims to have higher light out put then my Rigid. So it seems as if it would be a no brainier. Well I do believe in you get what you pay for. Well we ended up getting stuck out on the Rock House trail system late at night and that little 10" Rigid out performed the Auxbeam twice the size. And this isn't my opinion these were all the comments and questions I got after that ride sitting around the campfire. I personally wanted a compact light bar first and for most and to find out in the real world that it performed better then light bars twice the size with supposedly higher light outputs was a bonus.

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I was going to mount it on top of the storage box. Keep in mind my wheeler is 2008. And a lightbar on my brush guard would last all of one trip. I ride in the mud and over brush a lot.
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That's were I mounted mine, the front brush gaurd. It's held up great for the past 2yrs. Like you I run mud and get off the trail when the trail is blocked or washed out. I've had the light completely submerged in creek crossings and deep mud holes. With the rigid you can purchase a plastic cover which helps preserve the lense. Not that you really need it cause the rigid is nearly indestructible but it helps keep the lense clean for when you need to take it off and use the light.
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GURU front brush guard
GURU rear brush guard
Polaris front lock n ride cargo box
Polaris rear rack extender
Warn RT 3.0 winch w/amsteel synthetic line
Viper aluminum haus fairlead
Polaris front spring adjusters
Ricochet a-arm guards
Ricochet full frame skid plate
ITP T-7 beadlock 14" w/OMF inner rim guards
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EPI HD springs front n rear
ODI rogue 130mm grips
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Kolpin Over Fenders
Rigid Industries E-Series 10" flood
Walker Evans struts
NGK Iridium's (2,500 miles on Champion's and they looked great!)
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2019 Aluma® A8818
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@bp405 where your light is positioned is where my winch is. The only place my light bar could go is where your yellow sticker is.
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12” Light plenty for rare night rides for me. Covers also protect mine.
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With my brushguard there is no where to put an led bar unless it is up high at storage level.
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Bigger don't mean better/brighter. What matters is the quality of the diode. The diode's come in many different sizes/ratings, that whats important.
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