Tribal Whips 44" LEDStixx light bar review
I thought long and hard before I plunked down the cash for the TW LEDStix bar. I searched and searched the internet and even spoke to Russ at Tribal several times. I looked at the Vision X, Phantom, Rigid and a few others. Honestly, I couldn't bring myself to pay the prices they were asking. I'm not knocking the lights, I'm sure they are all great but for the money for a similarly sized light, I just couldn't justify it. I've done a few HID setups, even behind the grill of my Dodge truck but never messed with any high output LED's until now. I can honestly say that after dealing with Russell and his team, they are top notch and the product is top notch as well. I opted for the 44" bar that has 27 high output LED's. Since I drive in the woods more than flat out sand, I opted for a custom configuration. TW built me a bar that lined the LED's up in a spot/flood/spot/flood/spot etc., configuration across the entire bar. When the bar arrived at my house, you could see that they had taken extra care in the packaging to avoid damaging the bar (which made me feel better about dealing with them). How cool, a vendor that actually gives a damn about the product while in transit!!
I had to stop by the auto parts store and get a glow toggle, but other than that some wire, and a fuse, it was a very simple setup. The light does come with basic instructions and more importantly, a documented amp draw (the 27 LED light draws 9 amps). In a matter of about 2 hours, I had routed wires and was tying into the light for the first time. Simple connections and clean wiring from the bar made for a tidy installation. At some point I will have a roof that I will mount the bar to the front of but for now, I ordered an extra set of the round bar clamps and mounted it to my front rollcage crossbar.
Turning the light on in my garage was a bit of a letdown. Not because it wasn't bright, just because you don't get the feel for it like you do at night time. The only problem was, it was at least 5 hours until dark.... I put the tools away, went home and waited..
At about dusk, I went back to my garage, jumped on and rode to a buddies house a few miles away to show off my newly completed toy. As we sat and waited for the sun to go down I was getting anxious. Needless to say for a little over $500, I wanted to be happy with the end result. A few minutes after the sun was completely gone, we went for a ride and hit the switch...
Viola! It was like someone turned on the lights on a football field. The light patter n goes down, up, straight ahead it was AWESOME! I can only imagine what those guys have that use multiple light bars, that must be super cool...
After about 20 minutes of riding and a few choice four letter words from cars passing by, we were absolutely loving it. This is clearly one of the best investments I've made to date. To be honest, dollar for dollar I'm more impressed with this light than any other mod. Please don't get me wrong, I'm not shilling for Tribal. If the light would have sucked, I would have said that up front. You always hear people say that the pictures of lights at night don't do it justice and it is true, if I had to estimate, they show about half the light that is really there. I'm attaching some so that you can make your own judgement but I am definitely a fan!
Pic 1 is of the place were I took the pictures with no lights on
Pic 2 is stock low beam only
Pic 3 is stock high beam only
Pic 4 is TW LED bar only
Pic 5 is LED bar and high beam.
Just for the sake of having perspective, the hobby horse you can see in the distance is about 275' away from the light. The reflectors you see in the distance are on a big Case tractor that is about 500' away. In real life, you can actually see that it is a tractor and much more detail. Just past the hobby horse and to the left a bit is a trailer full of picnic tables. You can see them well in real life. The camera just does not do it justice. The two tree's directly in front of the light, the one on the left is about 250' away and the one on the right closer to the hobby horse is about 300' feet away.
Again, the pics don't even begin to do it justice. Any of you around Northern VA (Winchester area) are more than welcome to come check it out before you spend your hard earned money. I will however give it two huge thumbs up!!