Thereís not much technical about installing a bumper but, since I did it recently I figured Iíd tell you guys about it. Fab Fours bumpers arenít cheap at all but, theyíre a very well built and IMO, one of the nicest looking aftermarket bumpers out there.
I put off installing it because I figured there was no way I could do it myself. As I said, itís built and very heavy. Since there was no one to help, I went for it.
Removing the stock bumper is very simple. Thereís three bolts attaching it to the frame and two bolts behind the license plate and two attaching it to the lip of the bed. You can undo them all and remove them without worrying about the bumper falling. Itís supported by the hitch. Remove all the wiring which only consists of unplugging. Remember the pull out the little red tab on the connector so it will come off.
NowÖ Iím looking at this new bumper wondering what Iím going to pull when I try lifting it up. I slid it as close as I could ( bent my knees in the correct lifting stance ) and lifted. Itís really not that badÖ but, it is heavy. Be careful to not bang the ends of the bed while centering it and keep an eye on the brackets as they go in. The go to the outside of the frame. Once down, you can let it go. Itís supported.
The OEM bumper remember, has the two bolts that screw into the lip of the bed. Thereís also a couple other holes that could have had screws but, instead the factory welded a couple studs to just line up the bump. These studs need to be cut off because they prevent the Fab Four bumper from sitting flush. I tried pounding them with a hammer but, theyíre in there ! So, the trusty sawsall was in action again. Made a clean cut, which did the trick for the bumper to sit flush.
The bumper comes with much more electrical hardware than needed. It also has new license plate lights that you install in the bumper. To connect them, I just cut the OEM connectors off ( leaving enough wire to splice them back to something if necessary ) and crimped on the supplied connector that match the new lights.
OkÖ itís only a bumper. Not really much to it. It took me about an hour to complete.