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Old October 14th, 2010, 11:24 AM
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ARB Deluxe Bumper Install - Help

I just picked up an ARB Deluxe Winch Bumper to put on a 1997 D90 with an automatic transmission - there was a note in the ARB fitment guide that "modifications" were necessary but when I called all they could tell me is that I might need to move a hose.

Now that I have it at home I can see that the hard lines come out of the transmission cooler right where I am supposed to be drilling and putting a bolt through - not sure what the best solution to this problem is. Anyone dealt with this?

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Old October 14th, 2010, 03:22 PM
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Just curious, is that the new one referenced here: (http://www.defendersource.com/forum/....php?t=26679)?
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Old October 14th, 2010, 03:42 PM
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This is the old one (3432090) - I've been looking for a winch bumper and got a pretty good deal on this since they are phasing them out, but I'm hoping the solution to fitting it isn't too expensive otherwise I may as well have forked out for the Rockware.
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Old October 14th, 2010, 05:44 PM
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I cut the tabs back with a drumel with a metal blade took all of 5 min and about $3. just cut and round about 2 inches off the inside of each side.
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Old October 14th, 2010, 07:57 PM
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Makes sense - I guess then I would also need to re-drill the 1/2" bolt hole on the tab to move it forward? Thanks for the tip.
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Old October 15th, 2010, 08:54 AM
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I will take some pics put i Think i only put 3 bolts in each side. the 2 on the top and one through. no drilling.
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That would be great if you could take some pics... very much appreciated! The wife would kill me if I make a mess of her new bumper...
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Well I tried ARB again, but this time by email and they got back to me with exactly what I was looking for (see attached) - thanks for the help Michael... if you have already taken the pictures they would be great to see, but if you haven't I think I'm good to go with this.

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real easy with a Drumel or grinder just take off the corner. i would put a few coats of rustolum in there before putting it on. i don't think i did enough now i'm going to have to pull it and do it again.

hope the pics help.

i see the diagram. I did not cut that much and it worked fine.
good luck
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Old October 15th, 2010, 03:45 PM
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Thanks for the pics - they really show me that you don't need to cut off nearly as much as they indicate in the diagram... should be able to have it done tomorrow.

Thanks again!
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Old October 15th, 2010, 11:17 PM
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Ended up taking off about 1/2" of the top for 2" back - probably further back than I needed, but it just makes sure I am clear of the transmission line nut. Had to file down some welds on the frame to get the bumper to slip on - hit everything with some rustoleum and will assemble tomorrow.... the wife gets back tomorrow evening and I am surprising her for our anniversary (she's wanted one since she bought the D90 before we got married.)
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wow! What a woman! Happy anniversary. Glad I could help.
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Old October 17th, 2010, 02:12 PM
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Here's a couple of pics from my install to show the problem and how much I ended up cutting back...
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Old October 17th, 2010, 02:14 PM
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And the finished product...
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Dude, I see a Series and what looks like another NAS truck in the garage. Nice.
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Yep... we're certifiable... 1956 Series 1 107 and a NAS Defender 110 (#118).
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