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C4 FAB front bumper mount/frame support bracket install guide.

Discussion in 'C4 Fabrication' started by C4 Fabrication, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. Jan 1, 2017 at 10:25 AM
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    C4 Fabrication

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    Here are the install instructions for our new front bumper frame support brackets. These brackets are compatible with C4 FAB front bumpers for the 3rd gen Tacoma. They are not guaranteed to work with any other manufacturers bumpers.

    Tools needed:
    -14mm wrench/socket
    -3/4" wrench/socket
    -Flat blade screwdriver

    These brackets install after your aftermarket bumper has already been set in place on the vehicle.

    First you will need to remove the metal U-shaped straps that hold the sway bar in position on the bottom of the front frame rail.
    Use the 14mm socket to take the bolts out, let the sway bar hang down from the frame.
    DSCN3875.jpg DSCN3877.jpg

    Next you will need to remove the plastic plugs that cover the holes in the sides of the frame rail just above the area where the sway bar was disconnected. Use a flat blade screw driver to pop them out. There is one on the outside and inside of each frame rail.
    Once the outside plug is removed, you can put the screw driver through the hole until it hits the inside of the other plastic cap on the other side of the frame rail. Give the end of the screw driver a solid tap and the inner plug will come out.
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  2. Jan 1, 2017 at 10:45 AM
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    C4 Fabrication

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    Now you will need to remove the two nuts from the front outside of the frame rail that hold the bumper in place. As long as you DO NOT loosen the 3rd nut on each side that is on the inside of the bumper where it mounts to the frame, then the bumper will not move from where it has been installed.

    Hold the bracket up to the frame, fit the front of the bracket over the bumper mounting studs first, then pivot the bracket over towards the side of the frame rail to line it up with the sway bar mounting holes and the large hole where the plastic plugs were removed.
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    Once the bracket is lined up with the holes, loosely install the 14mm nuts at the front of the frame to hold the bracket in place.
    Repeat this process on the other side so that both brackets are loosely installed in their place.

    Now that BOTH brackets have been set into place, lift the sway bar up into position and loosely re-install the original bolts.
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    Then put the provided 1/2" x 3 1/2" bolt through the large hole in the side and install the nut, washer and lock washer on the inside of the frame rail.
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    Now that all of the hardware has been loosely installed in position, you can go ahead and tighten down all of the nuts and bolts. Do not over tighten the 1/2" bolt as it will begin to crush the frame rail.

    The brackets should look like this when finished:
    DSCN3878.jpg DSCN3879.jpg

    Your install is now complete.

    Enjoy the added security of a reinforced mounting system next time you are on the trail using your winch!
     
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  3. Jan 1, 2017 at 10:59 AM
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    Is there a link to purchase?
     
  4. Jan 1, 2017 at 11:01 AM
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    2" lift, 285/70/17 BFG TA KO2's, baja bumper, bedrack with swing out, CVT RTT, Leather interior, heated seats, JBL, remote start, K&N intake, Hood Scoop LED lightbar mod.
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