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The Fab Fours rear bumper has arrived. Good lord it is heavy... according to the shipping documents, 170 pounds. Hopefully I can get it installed and post some pics this weekend but I will need to track down an extra hand.
 

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I have had one ordered for more than 6 weeks. They shipped a 1/2 ton model by mistake.
Still waiting for the replacement.
Some guy backed into mine. REALLY minor dent.
THANKS BUDDY!!
Now I will have a Fab Fours bumper and a really clean stocker with a mark you can barely see.
 

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I have had one ordered for more than 6 weeks. They shipped a 1/2 ton model by mistake.
Still waiting for the replacement.
Some guy backed into mine. REALLY minor dent.
THANKS BUDDY!!
Now I will have a Fab Fours bumper and a really clean stocker with a mark you can barely see.
Was the bumper you received in the wrong box, or in other words, boxed wrong? Or was the box and the bumper wrong, or in other words did the they just pull the wrong one off the shelf?
 

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Sweet, I was looking at that also but didn't want to add that much more weight to the truck since I tow it behind my RV as a toad and I'm already pushing close to the limit. I did the Fab Fours Front bumper but added a Warn winch which made it like 350+ lbs. I didn't want to install the front myself due to the weight and all the stuff that needed to be cut and refitted. I had the local Truck Shop do it and did an awesome job. Said it took 3 mechanics and a floor jack to lift it and get it all aligned while two of them bolted in place and even then fitment was really tight. they did say out of all the bumpers they've installed, the Fab Fours is the best due to all the adjustments that can be made to line everything up properly.

Post a photo when done!
 
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I have really been debating whether or not to get the front bumper. Part of the reason I have not yet done that is that I couldn’t install it myself without help.

We have a cabin on the side of a mountain we spend a lot of time at during the summer and will be moving there in the 2-3 years. To go anywhere from our place it is at least 10 miles of 2 lane curvy highway with several blind turns. Deer hits are eventually inevitable and Elk hits are definitely possible. Driving at night raises the liklihood exponentially. The Fab Fours front bumper looks like the best one to survive such a hit. If I can make myself buy the front bumper I will do a lift as well to help improve our chances.

Would you mind sharing what it cost you to get the front bumper installed? It might be worth saving my back to just pay someone to do it when the time comes. I have factory fender trim “flares” and those would have to be trimmed as well.

However, I will install the rear myself and post some photos when I get it installed. I might get it done this weekend.
 

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One of these or similar, available at harbor freight tools, some ratchet straps and a helper is how I would do it.


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Yeah, even the Truck shop used a lift like that and 3 guys (the winch added weight and complexity). I kind of agreed that if I wanted a winch in the near future, I might as well just spend that extra dough it would have cost to pull the bumper off again to install a winch on a winch and get it all done at the same time.

My bill wasn't detailed. It was one price for all the work I had done. Total labor was 12.5 hours for everything.

They originally quoted me 3-4 hours labor on the Bumper over the phone but I also brought them all the parts to set it up for flat towing behind my Coach.

In addition to the bumper, they installed an SRI braking system, welded safety cable brackets to the frame, drilled the bumper to install the breakaway brake, and then wired all the lights. They also installed and wired up 3 LED light switches between the USB & lighter outlet for my rock lights, spotlights, and light bar.

My guess is the bumper was closer to 3 hours since everything was only 12.5 hours and wiring is a PITA. Labor rates around here are $85 - $120 an hour depending on the shop. ORW was at the higher end while the truck shop was the mid-low range.
 
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Finally installed it today. The large fasteners for the bumper brackets are great. The small ones supplied for the trailer plug are cheap and fragile. After I stripped one I trashed all of them and used some stainless bolts with nylock nuts. The license plate bolt nylon inserts included are not thick / long enough to penetrate the bumper and snap in place. The license plate holes were more narrowly vertically spaced than my license plate so I adjusted my license plate holes. The mounts for the license plate lamps were not tack welded in the right locations so I had to do some bending to get everything to line up. They dont include anything with the bumper to make the plastic spare tire lowering tool access piece fit snugly. The lock ring doesn’t sit far enough in for snug fit. I used a rubber washer for a small sink drain to take up most of the gap. If I did it again I would probably just put the lock ring on and fill the gap with some silicone essentially creating the perfect size washer.

On the effort to install, the actual removal and install was not bad at all. All of the work to get the license lamps mounted in the right places, the futzing around with the crappy fasteners, and figuring out how to make the spare tire “guide” plastic piece fit right took longer than the rest of every other aspect of the install. I did have a couple guys help me place the bumper. It was necessary to tilt the bumper a bit as it was slid in place. For that reason alone I am not sure the floor jack approach would be easily workable. If the trailer hitch was removed the tilting wouldnt be necessary and the floor jack approach would work fine.

In my mind it could have been packaged better. The bumper moved freely around in the box. While my box stayed intact, a few more “handlings” would have led to it damaging the box and likely penetrating it.

I’m impressed with the bumper overall but just a little more effort on the bumper manufacturer’s side would have taken it from a B- overall experience to an A+.
 

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I would have preferred to not have the FabFours logo cut outs but I know that is part of the deal and most people probably like them.
 
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