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Old August 14th, 2006, 02:08 PM
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Rockware bumper on a '97 D90?

Guys, can you confirm a rockware bumper (with winch) can be installed on a '97 D90 without relocating the transmission cooler?

My '94 has an auto box and I'd like to use a '97 transmission cooler which mounts in front of the transmission (not on the engine side like mine). It fits behind the lower aluminum section below the plastic grill I am told, but have not seen one. Rockware says their bumper fits without mods, but I want to make sure.

If anyone has pictures of one, even if not specifically showing the location of the transmission cooler on a '97, please let me know.

Which winch I will buy is TBD if that matters.

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Old August 14th, 2006, 02:11 PM
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It definitely fits without mods.
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Old August 14th, 2006, 02:17 PM
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Thanks!

Do you have any pictures showing the transmission cooler on your truck? Can you think of any reason I'd have trouble mounting one on my '94?

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Old August 14th, 2006, 03:16 PM
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No specific pictures. It's mounted in the stock location.
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Old August 14th, 2006, 05:56 PM
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I concur with Dave. Should have no issues mounting a RW bumper. I can send pictures later tonight, if you need them. Mark
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Old August 14th, 2006, 06:46 PM
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I'd love some pictures! If you can show the transmission cooler mountings, or how the front aluminum is vented, that would be fantastic.

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Old August 14th, 2006, 08:11 PM
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I'd love some pictures! If you can show the transmission cooler mountings, or how the front aluminum is vented, that would be fantastic.

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Charles, it vents in the same way as before. Does your radiator fascia have the holes at the bottom like the A/C versions (mostly '97's)? Or is it a solid panel at the bottom?
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Charles - Here are some images I had on hand. Will try and get some images of the mountings. Mark
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Guys, can you confirm a rockware bumper (with winch) can be installed on a '97 D90 without relocating the transmission cooler?

My '94 has an auto box and I'd like to use a '97 transmission cooler which mounts in front of the transmission (not on the engine side like mine). It fits behind the lower aluminum section below the plastic grill I am told, but have not seen one. Rockware says their bumper fits without mods, but I want to make sure.

If anyone has pictures of one, even if not specifically showing the location of the transmission cooler on a '97, please let me know.

Which winch I will buy is TBD if that matters.

thanks
charles
Charles-

I converted my 94 to an auto and used the stock 97 cooler which mounts basically under the radiator. I have a Rockware bumper/winch combo, you will not have any issues mounting those. What you will have to do is cut out the aluminum ovals below the grill since you don't have any vents. If you are going for a total factory look you could probably source the lower facia from a 97, but it is simple work you can do with a dremel tool. I had a picture that I sent to someone else, I'll see if I can find it or try to take another one.

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Old August 15th, 2006, 07:49 AM
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I don't think there is a lower front facia - it is one unit to the top. To go on the cheap, take it out, cut out one big rectangle (round the corners) and attach a screen behind it. That will give you maximum airflow.
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Thanks guys, this really helps.

Yes my facia ia solid, and I think Art's suggestion is best - to just cut a rectangle and screen it. If you do have a picture handy Johnathan, I would like to see how you did yours.

I'm probably pushing my luck here, but does anyone know what size fittings the stock cooler has? I'd like to get my lines rebuilt while I wait for it.

Thanks to all.

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Old August 15th, 2006, 09:56 AM
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here you go.
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Charles, there are a bunch of pics of my 97 w/ rockware bumper in a recent thread talking about "255x85 tires" somewhere here. My truck is up on a ramp so you should be able to see things from a different angle. If you cant find it and need to see i can send the pics via email.

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Old August 15th, 2006, 12:26 PM
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Thanks a lot Johnathan.

Clay, saw the pics, thanks. Didn't see much of the cooler except the way the lines ran underneath (which helps), but what caught my eye was the way the bumper mounter to the frame. My ends have been cut off, so I'll need to make sure thats not an issue for me. Maybe you can make one of the nova happy hours (there is one on the 29th) and I can take a good look up close?


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Old August 15th, 2006, 12:31 PM
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I'll try to make it. You're always welcome to stop by the house to take a look too. I'm about 20-30 mins away form south riding in the cascades development; if you're familiar.
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Old August 15th, 2006, 04:06 PM
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Clay, I think thats probably the best plan. I might run out of things I can do on my truck while waiting for parts the next day or two and will have the time to swing by - what hours will you/your D be there?

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Old August 15th, 2006, 04:16 PM
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I don't think there is a lower front facia - it is one unit to the top. To go on the cheap, take it out, cut out one big rectangle (round the corners) and attach a screen behind it. That will give you maximum airflow.
This is what I ended up doing. I took it to a local shop as I didn't think I could do the cut clean enough. They rounded the bottom of the cut, not the top (not sure how that got lost in the request) but looks fine this way.

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about the rockwares it seems like the light mount really sticks out a ways has anyone ever worried about tearing a light off? Do they come with two or three holes for lights? Or is it all up to the buyer
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Its up to the buyer. You can also have them change the amount that the A bar sticks out. Ken had them push the angle back so it sits straighter.
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