Can't wait to see the new "War Bird"....lol.
Apologies for the poor picture quality, it was dark and I was trying to use a higher exposure time but didn't really keep my camera still enough. I will take some more tomorrow in the light.
I didn't get as much accomplished today as I would have liked. The paint booth was reserved today and is all weekend so I don't have a place to paint the front bumper. I may just find a large open area in the parking lot and knock it out. It is very cold out though (35*) and getting colder.
As you can see, I did get the Rokmen rear bumper, ORO LiteDots, and TNT rear license plate bracket installed.
You may not be able to see it, but my CB antenna doesn't have a wire going to it. I skipped hooking it up for now because I am going to be relocating the CB to the Smittybilt overhead rack once I install it, therefore I will be rerouting the antenna wire.
On the TNT bracket, I mounted the ORO LitePlate which is a license plate light and third brake light in one. It lights up the plate well. I spliced it into the factory wiring for the third brake light. What I did was cut the ground off of the original circuit where the 2 contacts are on the tub, I turned the ground into the running light for the license plate light. Then ran a new ground to the TNT mount itself. This makes for a fairly clean install with no wires running everywhere.
Note to others, the Rokmen bumper requires you to cut 2 notches in the cross-member to mount. This is required because the back of the shackle mounts stick out. I didn't see anything on Rokmens website that indicated this to be the case and it was a surprise a few weeks ago when I attempted the install the first time. Also its a pretty tight fit. I really like the clearance gains as well as the look. Its very basic. Which I like. I also like how it strengthens the rear cross-member by enclosing around it. And the welds, were amazing.
Halfway through the install I ran into a problem, my hardware was too short to get the tank skid and rokmen bumper in place. No problem, only took a call to three friends to find one able to drive me to the hardware store, well actually he came to the auto hobby shop and let me drive his '04 CTS. It is a very nice car.
The LiteDots were a straightforward install. Take off old lights, cut pigtail for the old connector and splice into the ORO wiring. I did need to tap a few of the screw holes on the tub with a hammer to get it to sit more flush. I ordered an LED relay, so until it gets here its going to be hyper-flash blinkers.
I'll probably try to get the Smittybilt rack on and maybe the Halftop tomorrow. The front bumper depends on if I decide to paint it in the parking lot or wait for the booth.
But now it is time for a shower and social time.