Well I didnt get a hot UPS chic to deliver my goods, but I had a box show up today. THANX PHIL!!
Was going to try n do another retarded easy write-up as this was supposed to be an easy bolt-on deal. Supposed to be. . . .
Started out reaming the holes to 1/2" as stated in the instructions
Slid the brackets in w/o bolts. Supposed to adjust them later.
Then you rest the bumper on the frame, hop under and throw in the supplied nuts and bolts.
Well it started. The part of the bumper with the receiver was supposed to fit around the frame and use the existing holes to mount to. It wasnt close, too tight. Soooo went to ask my neighbor to borrow a grinder, he gave it to me for a pack of camels heh, score.
It still didnt fit. More grinding and at this point I stopped taking pix. More grinding, burned through the wheel that was on the grinder, had to go buy a new one. FINALLY got the damn thing to fit, holes dont line up. All of them were too low, meaning the bumper needed to come up, but if it came up anymore I would have to shave the bottom of my rear gate.
Sooo bumper back off, got my other neighbor involved, borrowed his scroll saw and thankfully he had a metal blade. Made the holes a little bigger WOO.
OK now we can get the 4 bolts through. . . . . and at this point I find out that the bolts on the side are about 1/2" off. Drop the bumper again and recruit the scroll saw for another go. Cut 1/2" into the pre existing holes in the frame (towards the front of the Jeep, making them elliptical) and made sure it lined up with the mounting bracket, Bingo.
It's on now, looks great, fits the 35" tire on the stock gate mount with a curly hair to spare, and the gate swings freely without rubbing on the bumper (It did at first b4 a 2nd go at reaming the holes on the rear)
I installed the Shrockworks bumper all by myself with nothing but a wrench and a ratchet. The fitment on this thing was WAY off, but I got to break a sweat I guess, buy my neighbor a beer for the help, and make my girlfriend cringe with the showers of sparks from the grinder. But its on. I would like to have gotten a shrockworks for the rear but from what I hear they are very very backed up and I think this one looks like it belongs better than some of the others Ive seen.
Fitment aside, the bumper looks great, welds look strong, shackle mounts are through the bumper and welded on both sides like the Shrocks, just wish it would have actually fit out of the box, oh well. Here it is.