DIY lightforce sucker and holder thingy

stratts

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Just thought I'd share this nifty little idea I had today for using the lightforce lamp without drilling a hole through my daily runaround shooting wagon roof.

Use a double glass sucker handle thingy and take one of the suckers apart. Using the hole already in the plastic housing, attach a bit of strong board or formica approx 4" wide and the length to suit your arm. Wack a hole through the formica for the lightforce and handle with a hole saw, bolt it together and there you go.

Hopefully it'll sucker to my roof when I try it later and stay put while moving the arm about,

Stratts



 

Wingy

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Looks good, just hope it stays put! Can't see why it shouldn't though, you'll have to let us know
Wingy
 

Akeld

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Better off using both suction cups and have an aluminium tube attached to the handle section extending out and the lamp attached to that, I hope I'm wrong but I'd give it a good shake before use (better that buying a new lamp)
 

stratts

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Cheers chaps a couple of slight design flaws that need addressing before use. The main one being when I sucker it to the roof, I can't get the flaming door open to get in coz of the lamp handle!! :doh: :rofl:

I can't use both suckers as it is, because of the curve of the roof they don't sit right to both stick down. Might need to cut and shut and go down the pole route which I wanted to avoid as it's a bit more faffing around.

Will keep you posted on progress!

Stratts
 

paul o'

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hi feller have you got a roof bar on your motor ! only saying this due to my mk1 before buying £££ the L,F suction bar assy. the hole in your sucker handle think its 1", i put a 1" poll and clamped it to the roof bar and then slid the handle over it and put a drop bolt to keep it in place this way i could do away with the sucker and stop hitting the door at a better hight .then i snapped it off on a tree and just got the real thing £90 plus folding mount :doh: used it twice inc 140 and 2 10 ? i think is the big one size fillters nv as well ect ,anyway , now use i NV so its all up the shed !!
 
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stratts

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Genius mate yep i have a roof bar but have never taken the cover bit off to see what's underneath. I guess there must be some threaded bits to take a roof rack? We've got NV on the rifles but still like to use a lamp to spot em 1st,

Cheers
 

V8 90

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Why don't you spot with an NV unit linked to a small monitor in your truck - it's awesome ;)
 

RED-DOT

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In the early years i used a big sink plunger and 2 jubilee clips on the roof of our Mini van and guided the beam by driving at the target. Got hell from my Granny though when the tea leaves blocked the U bend.
 

jimo

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If you can find a suitable attachment point it might be worth attaching it to a bit of string to stop it hitting the floor just in case it doesn't hold.
 

stratts

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Plan B using the roof bar fixing points and a lump of angle I found laying around at work that is just about the right size. Sits nice and firm fixed with a couple of bolts and now has packers underneath to raise above the door line and will be trimmed to lose some of the weight as it's a right lump. Will see how it performs later in the field after charlie!

 

Akeld

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Call me a pessimist, but the corner of that angle looks to be in the perfect spot to catch your head on when getting in/out of the vehicle, bit of foam lagging should soften the blow, or wear a helmet:lol:
 

stratts

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Ha ha yep you're right mate I remembered to duck the other night but it is going to get the disc cutter treatment to trim off the corner and lose some of the weight in places,

Cheers
 

fizzbangwhallop

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Hi Stratts,

If you've got a roof rack bar that you can fit so it sticks out over the drivers door you can buy the LF hinge bit by itself.....around £25.

I made a clamp by adding a bit of ply and a couple of roofing bolts with wingnuts, this slides it over the end of the roof rack bar and away you go...... and it folds out of the way when you open the door.


Easy peasy...... can be fitted either side and it'll shine over the top of the motor.

Cheers

Fizz
ps don't forget to fit the LF to the hole in the hinge. ;)
 
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