They had to defer to the manufacturer. Was not their fault for the delay.
By Bob D
from Medford Oregon
First thing to notice is that there is a seriously lacking of detail in the installation instruction and a lack of material online to supplement. Packaging for hardware came with holes and tears so thankfully there was a total number of hardware list that allowed matching of all the necessary pieces.
The vocabulary and order of the instructions are poorly written. When the bumper was initially taken off, the bumper was taken off the backing plates as per the description of the instructions, but the backing plates were meant to be included with the bumper. Later the plates are meant to be installed back to the bumper, and then later back on the vehicle, but there is a lacking of space to install hardware for the beam assembly to the frame and backing plate, so plate was installed first.
After the bumper came off, the installation of the beam, center and side brackets sort of became intuitive as to how they attached. The order of installation is a little questionable. The instructions say not to tighten anything so that it can be adjusted, but with the bumper back on first, it makes it difficult to get any of the other brackets on. In my case, I placed the center brackets on first so that they could help hold the bumper in place while reattaching it. They also allowed a lever for adjusting later on while installing the side brackets.
After all the brackets were installed, the holes for installing the winch carrier didn't align completely which led to the thread of several bolts becoming slightly damaged.
After the grill and headlight guards were put in place, the grill on the truck hits the bars when opening and closing. There is an ability to adjust the carrier away from the bumper, but this is not written in the instructions and was observed after the installation was near completion.
The receiver adapter that was purchased with the full GEN II Trans4mer system, doesn't at this time fit with the center brackets. Though it might be possible to loosen up the bolts holding the center brackets to the beam to get some play and install.
I think that if I was to do it again, I would install, in this order, the beam assembly, the side brackets, the backing plates, the bumper and then the center brackets. Hindsight as they say. All things considered, it turned out nice and I'm excited t get a winch and lights installed onto it. In the meant time, there is a 10 inch block of steel between me and any potential person in front of me that is attached to the frame and it seems to be hearty.
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