I guess ill chime in so you quite talking to yourself.
This is how it was before
this is how i made it mount. the verticle part on the grille guard was about 3 inches so i just cut it off and welded new metal to extend the back part so i could still have three mounting holes.
The only problem i have is the its not quite strait but im planning on straitening it out this summer when i take it off and paint it.
1998 Ranger XLT 4x4 Off Road
3.0L 5-speed 33's on 15x8 wheels
4.88 gears, expo L/S 8.8, locker in the front
T-bar crank, chevy drop shackles, and 3" BL
Lots of custom dents and scratches