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Shogun

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When I got my truck the previous owner drilled a few holes in the front bumper for some reason.

So far there is minimal rust but I am sure over time things will corrode and three 1/4 inch holes drives me nuts....

So on doing a little searching I came across this

Really cool bumper!!!

Now at $1600 plus shipping to Canada this is a little further down the list of upgrades.

My question is how will this affect mileage. Obviously it is more weight than the original. Air flow wise it looks like the front tires are alot more exposed and would therefore create alot more turbulance. As well the sloped front would deflect more air under the truck increasing turbulance and drag.

The other option is to get the front bumper holes welded. Grind them flat and then get the front bumper linexed.

Any thoughts?

Anyone with the Iron Bull Bumpers?


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Plug them.

DYI bumper plugs

bumperplugs.com

I would paint the inside of the hole first to help prevent rust.


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Can't you just plug the holes with some form of chrome bumper bolts? That is how bumpers were attached for decades. I doubt you would even notice it after a day or two.

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Second thing I ever do to my truck after getting it homw (washing the undercarriage first) is to get under it and spray some undercoating on the back side of both front/rear bumpers. This keeps ruating at a huge minimum! JMHO Spray cans can be bought at auto parts store less than $10.00 per.


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I have the Fab Fours complete bumper replacement and love it! I probably dropped about a 1/4 to a 1/2 mpg when I put it on. The extra peace of mind it gives me with all of the wildlife in this area is well worth it. And seeing as we have the same truck, other than color probably, I can shoot you a picture with what it looks like if needed.


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Sounds like someone wants a new bumper.

If you don't, two stainless steel bolts and some clear nail polish will fix your potential problem for less than 10 bucks.


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Posted: 02/07/12 09:55am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I never figured you as the type who has "clear nail polish" in the garage
Location might explain it

I like the winch part.


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These 3 holes are in an "L" shape to the left of the license plate. They make no sense in respect to symmetry of the bumper and have scratches around them. It looks like some type of sign or metal bracket was attached there.

A quote from a local chrome place was $400 to redo the bumper back to oem condition.

I just thought the look of the Iron Bull bumpers to be awesome. It would really blend nicely with the linex fenders and rockers that I had done. Plus if I hit a tank or other large military vehicle, tree, mountain, etc the truck would be well protected.

My only concern regarding the previous posts is the reference to clear nail polish, all I have is pink and black!

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Posted: 02/07/12 08:10am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Seems like a really extreme response to four 1/4" holes but it you like it go for it. I once traded the whole truck in because the ashtrays were full


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rick83864 wrote:

I never figured you as the type who has "clear nail polish" in the garage
Location might explain it

I like the winch part.

ROTFLMAO now that is funny right there!!!

I have to put polish on my nails to hide the grease and oil under them. Fuchsia is my favorit color with a top coat of clear.

Oh, we in Kalifornia don't descriminate against nail polish owners; we do for gun owners though.

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