Now you have to drill holes near the tailgate latch to mount the landing block bracket/support beam inside the fender. The directions say to use the attached template but my instructions did not have it. They did however say drill the 2 holes 3.25 inches and 10.25 inches from the bottom of the door jam "x axis". By looking at the beam I could tell approximately where the holes needed to be on the "y" axis so I drilled really small holes incase I was not right. Well neither hole was right on but both were very close. With the support beam in its correct position I used the drill bit to mark the relative position of my holes you can see the marks on the beam just on the edge of the mounting holes in this picture.
Then I drilled new holes adjusted based on the marks on the beam.
Once I widened the 2nd holes they engulfed the original holes so the fact that I had to drill 4 holes really wasn't a big deal.
Next I hit the point of no return....DRILLING THROUGH THE BODY!!!
I used a flexible extension for my drill that allowed me to put the extension into the taillight socked from the rear of the jeep, turn 180*, and drill back out of the body in the correct position according to the hole in the landing block mounting bracket. I then taped over the hole to catch metal shavings I was about to create as I drilled a 1" hole in my sheet metal.
Now for the real damage...
NOTICE I ONLY drilled through the 1st layer of sheet metal you have 2 layers right here.
Next the instructions said to place the 1/2 inch spacer on the bolt while mounting the mounting block BUT I did not have a 1/2 inch of space between my 2 layers of sheet metal. I only had about 1/4 of an inch so I used 2 washers on the bolt instead of the spacer and the mounting block sat flush with the outer body of the jeep. I have since learned that the 1/2 inch is so that the block does not rest on the body....I wanted mine flush and after 2 years it is still fine. I have added some silicone to keep the scratches down and personally prefer it sitting flush.
I put silicone under this block to keep out water. I also spray painted ALL holes I drilled in the Jeep with both a primer and high quality spray paint.
Here is the only pic I have of the "block" forgot to take on before I mounted the rack itself. The block is the piece between the taillight and the door.
This is a pic of the back side of the same "block"
Next I needed to put the other bolts into the landing block bracket. By the way this landing block bracket is VERY solid and will definitely keep the rack from damaging the body. This is a pic looking in through the tail light and down towards the bottom of the bracket.