Edit 6/16: Lights installed, wired through relay, and cleaned up- project complete
Edit 6/11: How to guide has been posted and project is complete with the exception of wiring/installing lights.
Edit 6/10: Crash bar has been finally drilled through! Mounting brackets are completed and awaiting non-rainy weather to shorten the distance the bar extends from the car. Lights will be wired after bar is finalized.
So with the weather warming up I finally have a chance to tackle the final exterior modification Ill probably do on the cx3 seeing as the lift kit was a bust
. On the bright side this is something that will eventually be successfully done but is currently a work in progress mainly because I ran into a huge obstacle with the crash bar being hardened steel if not something even more difficult to drill through and am thus ordering specialty parts. But anyways lets get down to the basics.
A while back
posted this thread on something that resembled my car's twin and the front bar and lights instantly got my attention. After further looking into it was identified to be a 'rally bar' by SSD intended mainly for subarus.
Disclaimer: Im not affiliated with SSD in any sort of way nor am I endorsing their product, in fact they are kind of rude for never replying to my inquiries about size dimensions on some of the bars.
Since they never responded to my emails I took the alternative route of youtube installation videos. Back then I got the dimensions of the spacings of the front 4 tabs from an amazon listing and used that as a reference to gauge the dimensions of the mounting hardware and the arms going back behind the bumper (which is different for each of their bars). A ton of eyeball measurements from youtube install videos later I settled on buying the bar for a 2015 subaru forester. Ironically I had planned for this to be installed on the same day as the lift kit experiment but even if I did get around to it it never was going to be done in a day without the specific hardware required.
Where is it going to be installed?
The initial configuration is intended to be mounted onto the crash bar of the vehicle itself as its the most stable. SSD manufacturers these bars based on where certain accessible holes are on the subarus. SOMEHOW by some dumb luck this bars original subaru mounting measurements for the back brace seem to fall perfectly in line where 2 holes are on the crash bar on the cx-3. I just found out about those holes the other day as I fully expected to be drilling completely new ones.
What is the current issue?
Those holes on the crash bar behind all of the trim and foam etc are not fully through to the other side so we have to drill through the crash bar. The real issue is that this is the probably one of the hardest metal materials you will ever have to drill through. Any regular drill bit , titanium, black oxide, cobalt etc will break and instantly as I have learned. The solution is to use solid carbide bits made for hardened steel but even those are fragile. I need about 1/2" hole to use the ssd mounting bolts but a 1/2" carbide bit is really expensive especially since it needs a pilot hole also. Other option is to downsize and source new hardware which might be more realistic.
Edit: The project is now complete
Note and EXTREMELY IMPORTANT:
If you look at the pictures of where the bar is on the other car in the link above(and where it will be here), its hovering infront of the radiator and other ac parts. It doesnt take a genius to realize that if you are in a front end collision that this will probably do alot more damage if it impales the things behind it. The ssd bar and mounting brace itself is really hard and solid but they are held together by a bolt connecting the pieces on each side. One of the purposes of that crash bar is to take the blunt of the collision impact and somewhat safeguard the behind it which you really negate that benefit by putting this on. You will almost certainly void warranty if you need to do a claim on anything later on and you probably will not be allowed to do this on a leased or financed vehicle since you are making critical modifications which may or may not contribute to additional vehicular damage in case of collision. Also it goes to say that you should not do any of this if you arent familiar with the labor, tools, and difficulty that will be required to drill through all of this. This is basically a random project I decided to tackle and am sharing my progress and hopefully end result. For those offroader builds, this is super handy for mounting front lights on a solid mount and not using that license plate bracket which is being held on by plastic. Also obligatory: "I am not responsible for any damages or dumb things that occur if you decide to follow this thread and something goes wrong" notice lol.