Installation Time: Afternoon
July 07, 2019
Horribawful mounting solution and instructions
First of all, I think this thing looks good on my wife's Jeep. It's a nice bumper and strong without being ridiculously heavy.
Having said that, the mounting solution is abysmally STUPID. There are four bolts on each side of the frame mount that hold the bumper to the frame. They have chosen to use four brackets that of one bolt welded into one position on the bracket and a nut welded into the other. You line one of the bolts up from the inside of the back of the bumper where the four holes are and I guess hope like heck the nuts don't turn while you're lifting the bumper assembly into position. Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened. My son and I spent the better part of two hours just messing around with this, before we got it right. There's no way to keep everything into alignment--they provide four pieces of clear plastic that I guess are intended to hold the bolts into place, but don't do anything to keep them from rotating. Upon reflection, I probably should have mounted them sideways (left to right orientation instead of vertical), but THERE'S ALSO NOTHING IN THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT TELL YOU HOW THIS IS SUPPOSED TO GO TOGETHER. Oh, and I only got THREE pieces of the plastic, so I was out of luck on the fourth bolt. I wound up trying to use tape to hold it in place (it didn't work well).
The instructions do a GREAT job of telling you how to unmount the factory bumper, but tell you almost NOTHING about how to mount the new bumper.
Additionally, the screws they supplied to mount the fog lamps didn't fit into the holes (not sure if the holes are out of spec or if the coating messed them up), but it would have been far smarter to thread the holes for the impossibly small screws, lock washers, and nuts used to hold the fog lamps in place.
Overall, I'm wholly dissatisfied with the experience of mounting this thing, but it does look good in the end. I'd argue that if there's a bumper that's within $100 of the price of this one, the $100 might be worth the saved frustration of trying to muddle thru this particular project and the overall poorly executed instructions and mounting solution.