easy front bumper - stock mounting question

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I am replacing the stock front bumper, after someone backed in to me. Are these mounting tabs supposed to flare out to the side, or did they get bent? I suspect that the truck has previously had a bumper replaced.

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Easy hammer adjustment
 
I’m no pro, but def not. They sit flat against the frame.

I just spent the past hour with my iPhone flashlight sucking juice trying my darndest to get the factory bumper perfectly level and gaps even. I also wanted to push it forward a bit more to get additional clearance as my 35s touch the front lower bumper edge when turning 80% lock to the right driver side.

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I loosened all four bolts you see there and tried to adjust but the driver side gap bumper to front flare on fender is bigger than passenger side. Any tips? Might just take it to a body shop and have the pros handle it.

Thanks.
 
I’m no pro, but def not. They sit flat against the frame.

I just spent the past hour with my iPhone flashlight sucking juice trying my darndest to get the factory bumper perfectly level and gaps even. I also wanted to push it forward a bit more to get additional clearance as my 35s touch the front lower bumper edge when turning 80% lock to the right driver side.

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I loosened all four bolts you see there and tried to adjust but the driver side gap bumper to front flare on fender is bigger than passenger side. Any tips? Might just take it to a body shop and have the pros handle it.

Thanks.


Chain it to a tree and be gentle
 
These brackets are easy to bend around to get your bumper right where it should be. Stick a long (3 feet or so) tool for prying, like a long crowbar, into the hole in the bracket and you can twist/bend the bracket in most directions which should get you where you need to be. A hammer could help with some adjustments as well.

You will want to test install the bumper a few times as you work on the alignment but it should be straightforward once you get started on the process and you can just install the bumper with a few bolts to test it's position against the body.

The bumper itself is also relatively thin and flexible so you can pretty easily hammer out any dents/bends in it as well.
 

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