Originally Posted by defender1844
Biggest question: with the MUD consoles do you drill holes to mount the brackets or are you re-using existing factory holes? How strong is the resultant apparatus? Any thoughts on which approach I should take?
Four holes must be drilled to mount the mud console bracket. There are no "factory holes" for the MUD UK console, at least not in early trucks.
The result is "strong enough" for what it is meant to do, but in the end it's just a plastic fascia screwed onto a steel bracket. Hang enough weight off of it and it is going to sag. Additional mounting bolts for the steel bracket help with stiffness.
If you have metalworking ability, there are other examples of some pretty wicked custom bent metal dashes out there.