Step 7 – Take the grinder to these studs where the vacuum pump was because yes, despite the fact that you buddy swears to the four winds that you don’t have to, yes, you do have to cut them off.
Step 8 – Begin to consume your 4th and 5th beer as you take your black spray paint to the bare metal that you just exposed to the world like a flasher at a high school football game.
Step 9 – Now that the 100lbs bumper weighs 150lbs because of the 5 beers you drank, pick it back up and slap it on the Jeep. This may be the point in which you realize that you should have grinded more steel from the crash bar but figured ‘that’s good enough ‘cause I am tired’. Assuming you didn’t wear a pink fanny pack that day, the bumper will fit up real nice. Throw on some hardware loosely so that you can test fit the winch that is too big to fit.
Step 10 - Remove the factory fog lamps that you forgot about, dril out the mounting holes and install them on the new ACE bumper.
Step 11 – Test fit your winch that is too big by lifting its 100lbs heft this way and that until you get it in place. This is usually when you forgot to put the fairlead plate under it and have to wrestle it into place by lifting the now 125lbs winch. I get it all nice and marked with pencil the center of the fairlead plate and the center of the bumper, them measured the placement. You NEED some space between the winch and your grill for wires and possible slack on the spool. Mark the feet of the winch on the fairlead plate and the location of the fairlead plate on the bumper. Reward yourself with another beer after you lift out the winch that will not come out without a fight and now feels like 150lbs.
Step 12 – Measure 87 times and drill out the hole in the fairlead plate so that you can bolt the winch down. Figure out the right size drill bit and then go one or two sizes bigger. Trust me, unless you are a master fabricator or machinist, and especially because you now have a belly full of beer, you will need the slack when bolting everything up. I used a ¾” bit.
Step 13 – Test fit the fairlead plate on the bumper where you marked it, pray to whatever god you worship, and drill out the holes in the bumper to match the fairlead plate’s holes. Your drill will probably began to issue forth profanities as it labors to drill the ¾” hole thought the thick ass bumper. Once you get though the first two holes, place your smoking drill that smells like an electrical fire on the ground and dive into beer 6 or 7 as you wait for it to cool off before starting an electrical fire. Proceed with the drilling and shoot the holes with spray paint in both the bumper and fairlead plate.