REMOVE CONTENTS FROM BOX AND VERIFY ALL PARTS ARE PRESENT. READ INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY. DO NOT ATTEMPT INSTALLATION ALONE; PERSONAL INJURY OR DAMAGE TO THE VEHICLE MAY RESULT. CUTTING MAY BE REQUIRED. GRILLE GUARD IS HEAVY, ASSISTANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. INSTALLATION MAY INTERFERE WITH FRONT MOUNTED SENSORS.
1. Start installation from under the front of the vehicle. Determine if the vehicle is equipped with tow hooks. IMPORTANT: Tow hooks cannot be reinstalled with the Grille Guard. Tow Hook equipped vehicles:
a. Remove the factory tow hook from the end of each frame channel, (Figure 1). NOTE: The driver side tow hook removal is difficult and assistance is highly recommended.
i. Option 1: Remove the hex bolts securing the driver side of the bumper to the bracket. Use a short pry bar or large screwdriver to move the tab on the bumper bracket up and away to clear the hex bolt and slide it out past the bumper bracket, (Figures 2A, 2B & 4).
ii. Option 2: Remove the plastic radiator grille. Loosen and/or completely remove the front bumper to remove the long hex bolt in the driver side tow hook, (Figure 2B).
b. Reattach the bumper after the tow hooks have been removed and the openings have been checked for Bracket clearance, (Figure 4). Tighten all factory bumper hardware.
c. Proceed to Step 2.
Vehicles without tow hooks:
a. Cut out the indented area in both sides of the plastic bumper insert to clear the Brackets as pictured, (Figure 3). IMPORTANT: Make several small cuts for best fit. Do not cut through the top edge of the panel. NOTE: The plastic panel is held in place with several small screws. The screws at the top corners are difficult to impossible to reach and remove with the bumper in place without damaging the cover. If you prefer to remove the panel to cut out the openings, it may be necessary or easier to remove the plastic grille then the steel bumper assembly with the plastic panel attached, to access all of the hardware.
b. Reattach the bumper and/or bumper insert, (if removed), once openings have been cut out and checked for clearance, (Figure 4). Tighten all factory bumper hardware at this time.
2. Select (1) Frame Bracket, (Figure 5). Insert the Bracket through the opening in the plastic bumper. Line up the (3) holes in the Bracket with the holes in the end of the frame channel, (Figure 4).
3. Select (1) 12mm Double Bolt Plate, (Figure 6A). Insert the Bolt Plate into the end of the frame channel, through the (2) holes in the side of the frame and out through the Bracket. Secure the Bolt Plate to the Bracket with (2) 12mm Flat Washers, (2) 12mm Lock Washers and (2) 12mm Hex Nuts, (Figure 6B). Snug but do not fully tighten hardware at this time. Repeat this Step to install the 12mm x 35mm Single Bolt Plate, (Figure 7A), in the remaining hole in the other side of the frame channel and Bracket, (Figures 7B & 7C).
4. Next, select the driver side Mounting Bracket, (Figure 8). Bolt the Mounting Bracket to the bottom of the Frame Bracket with (3) 8mm x 25mm Hex Bolts, (3) 8mm Lock Washers and (3) 8mm Flat Washers, (Figure 9). Do not tighten hardware at this time.
5. Repeat Steps 2-4 to install the passenger side Frame and Mounting Brackets
6. With assistance, hold the Grille Guard up in position on the outside of the Mounting Brackets. Bolt the Grille Guard to the Brackets with (4) 10mm x 30mm Hex Bolts, (8) 10mm Flat Washers, (4) 10mm Lock Washers and (4) 10mm Hex Nuts, (Figure 9). Do not tighten hardware at this time.
7. Check the Grille guard side to side alignment with the vehicle. Adjust as required then tighten first the Frame Bracket hardware then the (6) 8mm Hex Bolts securing the Mounting Brackets to the bottom of the Frame Brackets. Do not tighten the Grille Guard to Bracket hardware at this time.
8. Next, open the hood and remove the plastic cover between the top of the grille and the radiator, (Figure 10). NOTE: Use a small flat head screw driver to pop up the center of the plastic clips. Locate and remove the hardware bolting the grille in place. Carefully pull the grille straight out from the vehicle to release the grille from the clips and tilt forward, (Figure 11). NOTE: It is not necessary to completely remove the grille, just make sure all hardware has been removed before pulling on grille to release from clips.
9. Locate the square tube support braces running up at an angle from the top of the frame channel to the bottom of the hood release mechanism, (Figures 12B, 14 & 15). Select the driver side Inner Top Bracket and (1) Backing Plate, (Figure 12A). Hold the Inner Bracket up to the bottom of the brace tube with the Backing Plate over the top. Bolt the Brackets together around the square tube with (2) 6mm x 25mm Hex Bolts, (2) 6mm Lock Washers and (2) 6mm Flat Washers, (Figure 12B). Leave loose at this time.
10. Select the driver side Outer Top Bracket, (Figure 13A). Insert the Outer Bracket through the grille and up to the Inner Top Bracket assembly, (Figure 13B). Slide the Bracket assembly up or down the tube to match up with the Outer Top Bracket. Bolt the Outer Bracket to the top of the Inner Bracket with (2) 6mm x 25mm Hex Bolts, (2) 6mm Lock Washers and (2) 6mm Flat Washers, (Figures 14 & 15). Leave hardware loose at this time.
11. Line up the outer bent end of the Top Bracket with the hole in the Grille Guard upright. Bolt the bent end of the Outer Top Bracket to the upright with (1) 8mm x 25mm Button Head Allen Bolt, (2) 8mm Flat Washers and (1) 8mm Nylon Lock Nut, (Figure 16). NOTE: It may be necessary to loosen and slide the Inner Top Bracket assembly up or down to properly match up the Outer Top Bracket with the hole in the upright on the Grille Guard.
12. Repeat Steps 9-11 for passenger side Top Bracket assembly installation, (Figure 14).
13. Level and adjust the Grille Guard and fully tighten all hardware including bumper, bumper bracket and all Grille Guard Bracket hardware. IMPORTANT: Adjust the position of the Top Brackets so that they cannot come in contact with the plastic grille, (Figures 13-15).
14. Reinstall the plastic grille and top plastic cover using the factory hardware.
15. Do periodic inspections to the installation to make sure that all hardware is secure and tight.
To protect your investment, wax this product after installing. Regular waxing is recommended to add a protective layer over the finish. Do not use any type of polish or wax that may contain abrasives that could damage the finish.
For gloss black finishes: Mild soap may be used to clean the Grille Guard.