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Old 05-31-2016, 10:09 AM
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This might have been discussed but I couldn't get search to work on the mobile.

Does anyone run a light bar directly in front of a radar. I have a Garmin 24HD and tossing the idea of the light bar. Here's a few pics of radar placement. I don't have it on a bracket so the light bar would be pretty much in front by maybe 1' possibly 2'
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Here's another view
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I think it is safe to say that is a major no-no. You'll want to put the radar up on a 5" mount.
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Without question, that will kill your forward signal if it gets into the beam path... which looks like it couldn't avoid it based on that photo. You'll without question want a riser to put it above the light bar.
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Good time to just upgrade to an open
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This is how mine is mounted. It works just fine, but with that said I am switching to a open array radar for tuna fishing.
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This is how mine is mounted. It works just fine, but with that said I am switching to a open array radar for tuna fishing.
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I have a Garmin 404xHD if you interested?
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Originally Posted by captkservices View Post
This is how mine is mounted. It works just fine, but with that said I am switching to a open array radar for tuna fishing.
From what I'm told rigid hasn't seen interference with theirs so that would make a lot of sense. Would love to go to an open but honestly don't use the radar a ton to justify that.

Also, is that the 20" RDS? Or what model? Have any nighttime pics?
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i thought of a light bar , ended you with a flir system, works great, doesn't shine ,lights and destroy others peoples night vision , can pick out a log in the water where a light misses it.
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Any updates? Interested on how this works out.
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I have a 40" led bar in front of my 18hd and there is no interference at all. There was a minimal distance I dont remember but you essentially would be fine as long as the bar is under the bottom half of the radar.
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Originally Posted by Davidthig View Post
Any updates? Interested on how this works out.
On hold at the moment. A bit indecisive. I'm leaning towards going with a smaller bar and mount underneath where my life jacket storage bag is at to avoid the possibility of any issues or interference.
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Mount the light bar on the underside or put the radar on a mount. We did both.

Radar signal is 10x better on a 5" scan strut pedistal.


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Do not mount the light bar on the underside. When you turn it on it will make the whole front of your boat glow and kill whatever is left of your night vision. You'll want to mount the light bar far enough aft on your hardtop so that the front of the hardtop "shades" the front of the boat. This will give you the most useful performance out of it.
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Originally Posted by yachtjim View Post
Do not mount the light bar on the underside. When you turn it on it will make the whole front of your boat glow and kill whatever is left of your night vision. You'll want to mount the light bar far enough aft on your hardtop so that the front of the hardtop "shades" the front of the boat. This will give you the most useful performance out of it.
x2 on this. Never mount underneath the hardtop/t-top
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This works great for me, 6" rise on the radar, 2" on the spot light.
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Originally Posted by freddy063 View Post
i thought of a light bar , ended you with a flir system, works great, doesn't shine ,lights and destroy others peoples night vision , can pick out a log in the water where a light misses it.
How well does it work? What model did you get? What is the range with it at night?

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