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Old November 26th, 2015, 08:37 PM
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NAS D90 A Bar Install

Hello. I have a 97 NAS d90 and was wondering if anyone had suggestions installing an A bar.
If bolted to the stock bumper mounts, the front of the bar is not flush with the bumper. Only solution is adding spacers in the back to compensate. Or did I purchase the wrong bar?
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Old November 26th, 2015, 08:46 PM
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Use stainless steel fender washers to fill the gap.
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Old November 26th, 2015, 09:08 PM
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I had similar issues, although I was fitting an A-bar to an '85 UK spec truck.

I ended up putting all the bolts in & putting the nuts on, then tightened them all a bit at a time- it pulled everything together (and likely bent some parts a bit to match) and it ended up looking okay. I tried using washers as spacers but it looked terrible!

Good luck!
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They came with a black metal plate as a spacer but washers work fine.
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Old November 26th, 2015, 09:17 PM
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So you guys are saying this is par for the course. Seems like you guys all had to jimmy it to look correct.
Thanks everyone. Wish me luck. Will post pics if I'm successful
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Whilst we're on the subject of A-bars...

Will the standard A-bar fit with the later grille surround that sticks out?

If not, can it be made to fit?

I like the A-bar because it's stout, protects the grille & spot lights but doesn't block the headlights. That said, there isn't much room behind it so I doubt the A/C style grille surround will fit.

Thoughts?
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Whilst we're on the subject of A-bars...

Will the standard A-bar fit with the later grille surround that sticks out?

If not, can it be made to fit?

I like the A-bar because it's stout, protects the grille & spot lights but doesn't block the headlights. That said, there isn't much room behind it so I doubt the A/C style grille surround will fit.

Thoughts?
Paul. I'm new to the Defender scene but it appears that companies make one that extend out further. My 97 NAS has AC but the bar I recently acquired, a non-AC version (according to pictures I've seen online) doesn't seem to have any clearance issues. I think that's because I do not have a grille that extends out. Again, I'm not 100% sure about this.
Yes. I agree. Aesthetically, I prefer the A-bar over ones that cover the entire front. Adds a nice rugged touch while matching the look of the factory roll cage.
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97 NAS A-Bar Install

Just completed installing the A-Bar. Being new to the Defender world, this was going to be a fun, simple project that turned out to have some minor difficulties to address.
In earlier post, I mentioned that the front on the A-bar mounting plate did not meet flush with the top of the stock bumper (Figure A).

The reason for this is an indentation of the bumper mounting plate (Figure B) in which the top
surface of the bumper was higher than the plate where the bolts seat.

The simple fix is utilizing washers to compensate for the indentation.

Note: Take the time to mock up the bar on the mounting points as to determine what thickness of washers you'll need. During the mock-up, you will also be able to mark the locations of the 2 holes you'll need to drill (Figure C).
You may also note in the pictures that I placed some tape on the painted surface as to protect it from any possible slipping socket wrenches. Also, you might notice that I removed the grill. The reason was, the bottom corners of the grill were in the way of the socket/wrench. This proved to be both a good and bad idea. Good, because the wrenches had more clearance. Bad, because once the A-Bar was installed, it took some effort to carefully slide the grille between the bar and the body. Be very careful during this process as you'll have to bend the plastic grill here and there to fit. The other way is to leave the grille on and use box wrenches. This way is also more time consuming.

Once you determine the washer height, proceed to install. Move from one bolt to another, left to right, front to back as to help equalize the load of the bolts. This seemed to help assure the correct, flush fit (Figure D).

Figure C, shows the completed install.
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