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A couple things cross my mind when I look at the various installs of aftermarket lighting behind the grills. Hella, for example.

  • They appear to block approx. 20% of the rad. Will this have consequences on cooling?
  • Do these lights generate enough heat to ever damage the grill?


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I have a set of KC Dayliters behind my grille now and i live about 2.5 hours from my parents house, i have ran them on for 90-95% of the entire trip and they have never made the plastic more than warm to the touch. As for cooling, My truck does have the HD cooling package on it with the over sized radiator and trans cooler but i have yet to even see a difference of a degree of what it runs at while driving down the road or idling in downtown traffic


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Just a note, if you have the grille shutters, you will have to mount the lights in front of the grille shutters. The cross member is behind the shutters. So you will have to make a mounting bracket for the lights.

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i dont think them blocking the rad is going to have any significant affect on cooling. and as kamanhart said, The grille has never gotten very warm from them.


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Thanks guys. It's reassuring to get some real world input. Behind the grill is definitely an option when I mount my LED lighting. If so I'll have to fab up a bracket as mentioned.

My first choice for the LED bar would be in the lower valance insert area below the plate area. Still have to measure that space up to see how I can mount the bar up.
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One of the benefits of LEDs is that they don't really put off any significant amount of heat.
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One of the benefits of LEDs is that they don't really put off any significant amount of heat.
Agreed. My initial question was looking at the hellas I see many installing. I was thinking they might throw off too much heat but by the sounds of it they do not which is great.

One day I'll look for the exact light bar specs off of the Baja Designs site and then go out and see if that lower valance insert (removed) can accommodate the bar.

I still think it's cool that we can install Hella's behind the grill. Pretty stealthy.
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It really is a great look, however, they put out the normal yellowish colour light, right? so if you had HID's in your lows/fogs, the colours may not coordinate very well... but otherwise, I love them. I recently re-aimed them as I had them a tad too low. I now have them lined up with my lows, but just underneath.

also, I was thinking about the same thing for an LED bar! That plastic valence under the plate is just screaming for a light to be put there, lol
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