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Thinking of adding this in the spring.
What is the best tool for cutting the bumper/plate ?
I want to make sure i don't end up with something that looks like crap. The gauge of what needs to be cut looks pretty thick.
I used a $15 side grinder and a cut off wheel I purchased at Harbor Freight as well as the afore mentioned metal cutting hole saw. Cleaned up the raw edges with a flat file and a rat tail file, finished off with a touch up tube of flat black primer/paint in one.





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1.5" hole saw and an angle grinder for the win.
 

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I used a $15 side grinder and a cut off wheel I purchased at Harbor Freight as well as the afore mentioned metal cutting hole saw. Cleaned up the raw edges with a flat file and a rat tail file, finished off with a touch up tube of flat black primer/paint in one.
What was the touch up paint you used?
 

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What was the touch up paint you used?
Just something I found at the local auo parts store. Matches pretty well but remember, no one's going to see it unless they lay on their back and slide under the mounted bumper. Its just to keep rust at bay.
 

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Just something I found at the local auo parts store. Matches pretty well but remember, no one's going to see it unless they lay on their back and slide under the mounted bumper. Its just to keep rust at bay.
Good point, I'm putting too much thought into this.
 

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Oh, and I used a metal file to smooth off the cut edges .
 

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Sent it. It's really not too bad of an install. We provide reference dimensions and detailed step-by-step instructions. Can easily be done in a driveway or garage.
@Maximus-3 - can you PM me the instructions as well (front and rear)? Leaning really hard to buying these, I just want to see how they install.

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I installed the rear set today and noticed two things:
1) The hole was a tad tight for my d-ring
2) The dual nut insert on the passenger side wouldn't fit between the frame and bumper. After debating whether to loosen the whole bumper I realized I could drop it into the frame through the oval hole just like 4 inches forward and
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maneuver it into place.
 

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I installed the rear set today and noticed two things:
1) The hole was a tad tight for my d-ring
2) The dual nut insert on the passenger side wouldn't fit between the frame and bumper. After debating whether to loosen the whole bumper I realized I could drop it into the frame through the oval hole just like 4 inches forward and
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maneuver it into place.
Did you have to cut the bumper?
 

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I installed the rear set today and noticed two things:
1) The hole was a tad tight for my d-ring
2) The dual nut insert on the passenger side wouldn't fit between the frame and bumper. After debating whether to loosen the whole bumper I realized I could drop it into the frame through the oval hole just like 4 inches forward and
IMG_20200224_115737.jpg
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maneuver it into place.
I noticed that the holes for the shackles are also tight on the set that I purchased, which I haven't installed yet.

Did you need to ream out the holes in order for the shackles to fit properly?

That's what I'm thinking about doing, I'm just concerned with removing the powder coated paint and losing some of the corrosion protection.

I don't want them to start rusting prematurely!
 

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I noticed that the holes for the shackles are also tight on the set that I purchased, which I haven't installed yet.

Did you need to ream out the holes in order for the shackles to fit properly?

That's what I'm thinking about doing, I'm just concerned with removing the powder coated paint and losing some of the corrosion protection.

I don't want them to start rusting prematurely!
Totally had the same concern. In the end one of my shackles fit (barely) and the other one I removed a bit of material on the pin with a grinding wheel, then greased it up to provide some corrosion protection.
I think Maximus-3 needs to open up those holes slightly; I don't think they took into account the thick paint that's on there.
 
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@Timmybung, nice improvising...way to get the job done. Keep in mind we use a dual coat system with (black or red) top coat on top of zinc rich primer powder base coat. If the hole is too small it just means we laid a little too much powder, at which point we recommend rolling up a piece of sandpaper and sanding-off a tiny bit of powder from the hole

We are aware and are doing our best to keep tolerances as tight as possible
 

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@Timmybung, nice improvising...way to get the job done. Keep in mind we use a dual coat system with (black or red) top coat on top of zinc rich primer powder base coat. If the hole is too small it just means we laid a little too much powder, at which point we recommend rolling up a piece of sandpaper and sanding-off a tiny bit of powder from the hole

We are aware and are doing our best to keep tolerances as tight as possible
I was wondering if you guys were watching ;)
It wasn't a big deal that the hole was tight. I had four different d-rings and like I mentioned one fit outright, and for the other one I preferred to remove paint (ie. corrosion protection) from the low-cost d-ring and not the brand-new tow loops I just installed (and in my experience keeping things coated in grease periodically prevents rust from forming). I love Maximus-3 bits and pieces and this didn't detract hardly at all. The install was quick & easy and I really appreciate the look of the finished product.
 

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