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    I have a Whelen Mini Edge with the mag mounts and I'm having problems with roof damage. It's gotten so bad that I took my mini down. I will need to have a body shop clean, prep and repaint part of my roof. The magnent mounts are rusting and I fear if I put it back up on the roof it will just damage it again.

    For those of you with mag mounts what have y'all done to prevent roof damage? I have no desire to do a permanent mount.


    Thanks in advance.

  • #2
    I have a large flat refrigerator magnet under a magnet mount antenna base.

    If the base is rusting, you may want to replace it. If you are a bit handy, some new magnet mounts for antennas should be easy to convert to work on your light bar.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by BrianB35 View Post
      what have y'all done to prevent roof damage?
      Not have any lights at all.
      "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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      • #4
        Why not bore holes and mount it direct to the roof?
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        • #5
          I don't want to drill holes in roof of truck.

          Originally posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
          Why not bore holes and mount it direct to the roof?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BrianB35 View Post
            I don't want to drill holes in roof of truck.
            Bite the bullet and do it. I've drilled holes in everything I've owned for 10 years (for RF antennas, not lights).
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            • #7
              Originally posted by BrianB35 View Post
              I don't want to drill holes in roof of truck.
              Truck? Get one of those back racks. If you've got a cap, just bolt it to that.

              I've done both. I don't like to drill holes on the outside "skin" of my vehicle, either.
              Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

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              • #8
                Thats a headach rack $150 and up

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                • #9
                  This warning is directly from a Whelen PDF on mini lightbars:

                  WARNING: The use of magnetic or vacuum/suction warning
                  lights on the outside of a moving vehicle is not recommended
                  and is at the sole risk of the user.

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                  • #10
                    I have a roll up toneau cover so I don't know if the back rack would fit. I thought about getting the gutter mounting brackets for a full size bar and then design a bridging part and then mounting the mini to that bridging part.

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                    • #11
                      Why don't you sell it and get a dashlight that has the suction cups so you can mount it high or low?

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                      • #12
                        What's happening, is the light shifting and moving around? What I did on my car is put a couple pieces of 3mm plastic inbetween to prevent scratches. I also take it off when I clean it to make certain I clean up any water etc from building up under the magnet. You should just have to keep on it. Other than that it's really not a big deal if you mount in other ways like drilling a couple holes.

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                        • #13
                          Does your department require you to have a lightbar on your vehicle? Because my suggestion would be just do away with the thing. Do you really need it? If a department wants volunteers they should not require them to damage their vehicles to participate.
                          Chief Dwayne LeBlanc
                          Paincourtville Volunteer Fire Department
                          Paincourtville, LA

                          "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream — and I hope you don't find this too crazy — is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
                          — C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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                          • #14
                            All of my lights are internal window mounts, but I do have a magmount antenna for my mobile radio, and before I got this new antenna, my old magmount had a problem of scratching up the trunk on my car. So for starters, check the base, make sure the covering isn't peeling off. The slick paper is a lot less rough on the paint then the metal-on-metal you get from the magnet moving around ever so slightly due to wind, etc.

                            Also every now and then lift it up and wipe off any water accumulation you may have under there, that is a Very Bad Thing (tm)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by dmleblanc View Post
                              Does your department require you to have a lightbar on your vehicle? Because my suggestion would be just do away with the thing. Do you really need it? If a department wants volunteers they should not require them to damage their vehicles to participate.
                              If they want/require you to have them, they should provide the blue lights, as well as the cost of professional installation. That goes for radios as well.
                              "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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