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LEER 100XR bed cap light

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by AlexJet, Dec 7, 2020.

  1. Dec 7, 2020 at 6:37 AM
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    AlexJet

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    I just got myself a LEER 100XR bed cap. It has built in small LED internal light.
    Unfortunately this light is tiny and located right under the 3rd brake light, so no much light from it, plus its position doesn't light up the area well.
    My question is to the community, did anyone put additional LED light on the bed cap? Which one did you go for and where did you mount it?
    It looks like the fiberglass shell is pretty thin and screw would just go through it, but in the middle of the ceiling it seems to thicken up a bit (by 1/4" may be), so may be a small screw and relatively light light can be attached there. Any thought, ideas?
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  2. Dec 7, 2020 at 6:54 AM
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    I have a similar cap. When installing my rack the instructions from leer explicitly said not to go through the thick part, not sure why. That light was a big disappointment for me as well. I've considered building some sort of bracket that mounts to the rack hardware for additional lighting to avoid the same issue you're facing.
     
  3. Dec 7, 2020 at 6:58 AM
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  4. Dec 7, 2020 at 7:14 AM
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    I would figure a way to attach a steel bar to the roof by the brake light maybe with construction adhesive and let it setup fully before using it to stick a magnetic light there.
    The Fiberglass is so porous that adhesive should stick to it like crazy!

    There are plenty of good cheap magnetic lights that should outshine that tiny toy light they stuck there.
     
  5. Dec 7, 2020 at 7:25 AM
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    My concern that 3M strip may not adhere to the fiberglass surface, its ruff and full of fibers at different directions, so its not smooth as the metal hood.
     
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    I didn't think of this. You could use some 3M strips as "filler" to create a smooth surface i suppose? When I did my hood lights I laid down a strip of this (linked below this paragraph) and then laid down the sticky lights on top of this.

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    Its an idea? Not sure if it's a good one, but this 3m sticky stuff I linked is super sticky. Its also just a HAIR wider than the strip lights in the first post.
     
  7. Dec 7, 2020 at 7:40 AM
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    Like I said above that texture of the surface would allow for a really good mount with adhesive from a tube too.
     
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  8. Dec 7, 2020 at 9:22 AM
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    I've used this setup on my last three trucks. It does an amazing job lighting up the bed. The mount is a piece of 1" x 4" that I "glued" on with 3M 5200. I used C clamp to hold it in place until it set. Make sure to clean and prep both surfaces for a good bond. It's been handy to have a flashlight a few times also.

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    Could use hot glue to attach Velcro tape as well. An LED strip is money.
     
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    It would sure give nice light under where its mounted!
     
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    I mounted a sticky-back led strip, like was linked earlier, to my hard tonneau. I had the problem where it really did not want to stick to the rough-textured plastic of the cover. I used a little bead of silicone to fill the gaps and jammed a 2x4 under it till it dried. I see no reason why hot glue would not work just as well if not better. I also ran all my own wiring up to the battery and put a switch in the side of the bed so I can turn it on anytime I need it. It is hard to tell in my picture because of the angle but the first picture is taken in pitch black with no flash on my iPhone camera. I mounted the stips where they are very hard to see but you can see the reflections in the "X's" underneath the cover.
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    I like @Over the LINE'S flashlight idea. That would be a fantastic back up, plus handy for having a flashlight.

    @JLS in WA, and @APalmTree know how sweet the strips of light are.

    I realize this isn't a camper shell/topper, but I'll let these pictures speak for themselves.
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    ^^^^^ This picture is from about 70 yards.
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    Here's a link if you want more pictures.
     
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    Nice engine light setup.

    As a side note, does anyone knows how to make 3M or other adhesive tape the LED light have, to stick in low temperature or even bellow freeze ones?
     
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    This is my first winter with these light strips mounted. So far for the past two months temps have routinely been fluctuating between 28°, and 34°. I check the sticky every time I fill up at the pump. So far its all holding really well.



    Even the strip under the door is holding really well!

    Granted, all those are mounted on a smoother surface than the fiberglass as you brought up.
     
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    3M VHB tape sticks better when applied and allowed to setup in warmer weather for sure as do most adhesives really which is why I keep repeating that using almost any adhesive in more liquid form out of a tube and clamping the device somehow until the adhesive cures will work on that rough surface of the fiberglass I know from having done it many times myself.

    If your surface was smooth then the tape would stick better but everything works against this when it is cold.
     
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    Would be easiest if you had a carpeted shell, then hook side velcro on some LED strips just slap up there. I've got a nice rectangle up there, RGB, strobes, patterns, plays with music etc. for ~$25 on Amazon.

    Otherwise I'd try to bracket small lights off of the window screws on the sides and front. As mentioned it's possible to adhere to the fiberglass shell but it's gotta be clean, dry, warm, and held tight to cure with the right ambient conditions and even then it'll be a bummer when you go back and there's a light strip hanging down on a hot day.
     
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