And followed up with:The instructions call for the drilling of 4 additional holes in the backing plate. I don't know if that's what it's called, but I am talking about the sheet metal that goes across the back of the jeep that attached to both ends of the frame. I drilled these out, being very cautious about not drilling into the gas tank. Once I got the bumper in place, I found there was no way to utilize these 4 holes without pulling the gas tank off...GRRR. Wasted time. This was the FIRST frustration during the install.
Am I correct in assuming you never wound up using the 4 holes you drilled? Did you find out what they were for? Should I just not drill those holes? I'm not looking forward to dropping my tankLastly when talking about the drilling of the 4 extra holes, he said that it was his opinion that the instructions should make mention of dropping the gas tank.
No apology necessary. Better late than never. And I'm sure this information will be helpful for future searches :cheers2:Sorry I didn't reply, yes I did drill the holes. And I couldn't find a way to get to them without dropping the tank. I didn't use them as that metal is real thin and wouldn't provide any strength at all, especially when the Frame Tie ins are there.
I did call Smitty Built and they said that the edition of the bumper that I got was an older one, and that the instructions were done incorrectly. Their latest release of the bumper and instructions don't call for that anymore.
Also my instructions called for bolts that were not included. Really crazy.
I also had some problems with holes lining up and one thread stripped out. I had to reinforce that with a grade 8 nut and do a little reaming to get the hole lined up.
Remember these bumpers are assembled in China as well as the instructions. Maybe the QC guy doesn't speak English..who knows.
Again, Sorry it took me so long to reply.