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    New front bumper installed and what a PITA!

    Just installed my new "XRC M.O.D. Modular Center Section with Winch Plate & Bull bar". And what a PITA! I don't know if it was poorly fabricated or not but nothing lined up at all. I had to drill bigger holes just to get the dang thing on cause the holes didn't line up with my bumper plates. After finally getting the bumper on I then started to tighten the bolts and they would not tighten properly. I gave them little torque and they would just pop back and I could still turn the nuts by hand. I then removed the nuts and put thick washers to hopefully get them tight. They are secure but not totally torqued to specification. Supposed to set torque at 66.5 FT but I only torqued at 40ft. Not good imo. I may actually take the bumper down to a friend and weld new threaded rods on it cause I won't trust what's there now. Especially if someone has to pull me out of a hole via the towing rings.

    Then after a lot of bitchin I proceeded to mount the bull bar. Nothing lined up at all. each bolt was a PITA to get in. I actually stripped one bolt and I can't even get the last one in. I tried everything. I put the bolts in that I could hand tight and forced the others in. Some were cross thread but they got in.

    So now I have a beautiful looking mod but I feel insecure about how it will hold up. After I have my friend weld the necessary welds and tap new holes for the last bull bar nut I might actually celebrate.

    Anyone have this issue with the XRC M.O.D. Modular Center Section? I have a hard time understanding how it could be so dang hard to put something together that was meant to be put together!

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    You should only be using grade 8 bolts DO NOT use threaded rod its too weak. Maybe you got one for a different vehicle. did you check with the manufacturer? shouldnt be that hard to get on.

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    New front bumper installed and what a PITA!

    ^ exactly. Maybe not tmr customs but companies like staangs fab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiKiKen View Post
    Let me know your address and I will send you a card.

    Next time maybe try something made 7,000 miles closer to home, something like this maybe? Made right here in Canada. http://www.tmrcustoms.com/store/inde...roducts_id=919
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    New front bumper installed and what a PITA!

    Quote Originally Posted by jeeper52 View Post
    You should only be using grade 8 bolts DO NOT use threaded rod its too weak. Maybe you got one for a different vehicle. did you check with the manufacturer? shouldnt be that hard to get on.
    B7 threaded rod = grade 8 ish. Same shit.


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    New front bumper installed and what a PITA!

    Quote Originally Posted by TiKiKen View Post
    You know something from Hallmark, I always find that when I am a bit down a Hallmark card is a bit of a pick me up, it sounded like you were down and so I thought that if I sent you a card you would fee better too. Once when I was wheeling my friend got mud stuck in his rad and when his Jeep started to overheat he wasnt too happy, he had to take off the grill, and drive it around with out a grill, then he thought that if he had a Black grill it would make his jeep run cooler so he got a black grill, I saw him today and he had the original grill back on it, he said that with all of the overheating and grill switching that it was only the Hallmark card that made him feel better so I thought i could send you one too, something like this....."It was terrible news, to hear about your recent PITA experience installing your XRC Mod bumper, I hope that this card will make you feel better." I hope that your Jeep does not overheat as a result of the new bumper, wow that really would be a drag, make sure that you carry some water or extra antifreeze to make sure that you are ok. do you know which antifreeze is the right one, there is green and two colours of orange and apparently a yellow???!!! I used the green but my buddy told me that was bad so i cleaned it out (it was nasty) and used one of the oranges, but now I might not have used the right orange one, I took the old green stuff to the haz mat place and they thought it was their lucky day, I hope I dont have to buy more of the green stuff. Let me know.
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    Lol, i would like that card!

    And the bumper looks good
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jak Flash View Post
    Lmmfao
    I think you should look for antifreeze that says extra long life of silicate free It will make you water pump live longer. And otherwise it should have green stuff .Ive never used it but prestone is supposed to be good stuff too.

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    This thread reads like a step by step how to of "how to relight a short thread with only stale butthurt".
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    Just the thought of buthurt, but stale buthurt is a hole new level for me.LOL

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