Installation Time: Afternoon
March 23, 2014
Great Bumper, but lacks Attention To Detail
The Only reason the "Installation Time" took an entire afternoon was because Body Armor supplied the wrong mounting bolts (Attention to Detail!). Folks, just because a bolt is the proper diameter and length does not mean that all threadings are the same. I had pre-mounted my winch (Smittybilt 8), which went on like a charm and I highly recommend. After more than an hour (while my girlfriend maintained the bumper being balance on the frame and I under the vehicle) of struggling to thread the short bumper mounting bolts through the framing and into the bumper, I was NEVER able to get the thread to bite, over and over and over again! My girlfriend practically in tears, and I struggling to continue supporting the weight of the bumper/winch combo as I fought to get the bolt threading to bite, It just wouldn't happen. Finally, I took one of the long bolts (designed for the side framing) thinking it would give me more wiggle room to find and lock the threading into place and then draw the bumper into position, then planning to migrate in the short bolts which were supposed to be used and then remove the long bolts for their intended use on the sides of the frame. The plan worked like a charm. But, yet STILL the smaller bolts supplied would NEVER lock threads with the perfectly aligned bolting holes. Finally, after I very closely examined both bolts threading (long bolt and short bolts) it was apparent that they were different threads! After going to Lowes, then Home Depot, then Autozone, then two different Advanced autos I finally found someone who understood the problem and gave me the proper bolts for the project. When I returned to the house and applied the new bolts (purchased at Advanced Auto) with the proper threading, the bumper went on with ease and it is extremely secure. It was ridiculous how much easier everything just came together. It's a great set up, but fighting for hours with the wrong bolts supplied by Body Armor totally sucked! Also, it’s simple enough to give your setup a better appearance by replacing the supplied brush guard (gold colored) bolts with Black Steel Bolts which are available at Advanced Auto (Attention to Detail!). Body Armor should pay much more attention to these sorts of details. Besides the Bolt fiasco, the Bumper has displayed several small spots where the black finishing has chipped off and rust is apparent. Again, with rust beneath a chipping finish on a brand new bumper it’s apparent that the bumper was not prepared properly prior to finishing. Attention to Detail! … it can make or break you. Other than these problems, I love it.