(Gen 3) Baja Designs Dual 10” Onyx 6 Behind The Grill Kit Review

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06HAOLE

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I wanted to share a few photos to complement the information/media that Baja Designs has posted for this kit.

I opted for this kit over the triple fog light kits that are also available for the Gen 3 Raptor from quite a few manufacturers.


Baja Designs incudes some pretty stout brackets that bolt into the factory grill shutter mounting points. You then mount the light bar universal brackets to the supplied brackets from BD.

The wiring harness is top notch and didn’t need any modification whatsoever. You can use any auxiliary wire from your upfitter switches per the Baja Designs supplied instructions.

From my understanding, the use of the relay removes the danger of having a higher power light setup like dual Onyx 6 bars exceed the capacity of the factory upfitter switch amp rating.

I posted the upfitter switch wire information for your quick reference.

I ran a single 10” Onyx6 on my last Gen 2 Raptor in the lower grill and wasn’t very impressed.

The higher mounting location of this kit is a game changer with great light output. I am very satisfied with the quality and simplicity of this kit.
 

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Good question. I can’t say either way but here is a photo of the grill off the truck to give you an idea of the space behind the grill.
 

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Nice install but I am not down with removing those louvres. If you ever have any sort of overheating issue, that would be Ford's out on not honoring your warranty because you modified their cooling system.
 

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Nice install but I am not down with removing those louvres. If you ever have any sort of overheating issue, that would be Ford's out on not honoring your warranty because you modified their cooling system.

Those are for "better" fuel economy.
 

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Not really, they were designed to combat condensation from forming in the intercooler. It's complicated but they change the static pressure under the hood.

The louvers have and always will be about MPGs, especially the ones in front of the radiator. Non boosted trucks still get radiator louvers for the incremental MPG increase ford can claim while pumping out thousands of these trucks a month.

You dont have to reply back with "It's complicated" , there are countless articles going back a good decade on the louvers and why every manufacturer uses them now on a litany of vehicles to eek out the precious MPGs for EPA reporting.
 
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The louvers have and always will be about MPGs, especially the ones in front of the radiator. Non boosted trucks still get radiator louvers for the incremental MPG increase ford can claim while pumping out thousands of these trucks a month.

You dont have to reply back with "It's complicated" , there are countless articles going back a good decade on the louvers and why every manufacturer uses them now on a litany of vehicles to eek out the precious MPGs for EPA reporting.

They also close when it’s cold outside so your truck gets up to Operating temperature quicker making it run better and more efficient and better MPGs.
 

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They also close when air through the grill isn’t necessary for cooling. Air flowing around the truck rather than through the grill and engine compartment reduces overall wind drag… better fuel economy. Also, the naturally aspirated 5.0L F-150 has the louvers too, like @NateMob said, so condensation can’t form on something that isn’t there.

Removing some of the louvers for lights isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, but I think the pros far outweigh the cons. We don’t buy these trucks for fuel economy; Ford just includes these features to comply with federal fuel economy regulation.

Nice review, @06HAOLE. I have the brackets and will be installing six Morimoto 4Bangers shortly.
 
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