April 30, 2019
Follow up for previous review
I wanted to add some much needed info to my previous review. First, in my opinion, the skid plate offered with this bumper (as an option) is a mandatory purchase. The factory bumper, lower trim and lower air dam extend so far down that the factory skid plate (really just a flimsy piece of plastic) is sufficient to cover the opening behind the bumper. However, after installing the new bumper, there is an enormous gap that did not previously exist. Not only will the oil pan be exposed to debris, but a sufficient amount of airflow will be allowed past the radiator to probably affect cooling as well. BUY THE OPTIONAL SKID PLATE! Not only will it cover the entire area from bumper to crossmember, front to back, and tow hook to tow hook, side to side, I believe it is 3/16 ths plate and will add much needed protection.
Second, after installing the bumper and skid plate, you will most likely stand back some distance to admire the new look only to see that something clearly is not right. The inner fender wells, along with some mounting brackets for them, stick down almost as low as the original front air dam. They look like droopy dog ears hanging down! There is a small, black and white photo of this on the last page of the included installation instructions provided with the bumper but it does not do the horrid look justice. Not to worry. Remove the two T15 screws from inside the fender well that attach it to the now exposed mounting bracket. Then remove the four 10 mm bolts holding the mounting bracket to the front clip. Once the four bolts are removed you need to gab the bracket and slide rearward to disengage the mounting tabs. Where this mounting bracket was attached looks like maybe 1 1/4 inch or 1 1/2 inch square tubing. While facing the truck (looking rearward) take a marker and draw a sweeping line from where this square tubing meets the front clip to just above where the outer, lower edge of the new bumper. I left about an eighth inch below the square tubing. Now turn the wheel to full lock (full right hand turn for the passenger side, and full left hand turn for the driver side) to allow enough room to work in the wheel well. Take a self-taping screw and a large area washer and attach the inner fender well to this piece of square tubing (from inside the wheel well) to keep the inner fender from flapping in the wind and/or tearing apart. The inner fender well material resembles thick felt with a stiffening inner binder. Now go back to the front of the truck and cut along the line drawn earlier. A razor blade or utility knife will not work. Use a good sharp knife or a dremel tool. Repeat this procedure on the other side. Once the inner fender wells are cut off (appropriately) and the skid plate is installed, the front end has an almost Baja truck look. Very cool! Also, this whole install only takes about two and half hours.