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Ok i have looked under the truck and cant figure out which bolts hold the bumper so can anone tell me or show me a pic of where they r?
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If someone else doesn't get to this by the time I get home I'll give you a pic. There are two bolts per side. I believe they are perpendicular to the ground. You gotta reach a littlebit, and sometimes you just gotta get on your back with your head under the bumper to see.
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it's not that hard to explain and i know u can see them when laying underyour truck... i'd love to posty a pic but i'ma bout to go back to school sry....but i would do this mod in a heart beat if i could find a new bumper
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just look at the bumper, and on your back, work your way back to the bumper bracket, and there should be like 2 bolts per side that is bolted to the frame
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hey mike do u have that pic of where the bolts are? I found two bolts that i think r the one to do it but it only allows it to move side to side.
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Here is a picture of my Ranger

ok, here it is...



You won't believe how hard it is to take a picture in a dark garage. :)

But this is under the driver side. To the left you see my fog light. In the upper right is the end of the driver side frame rail. This is a 2004 model, so cosmetics may be slightly different, but essentially it should be in the same place. You see one bolt/nut plain as day.

The easy way to find the bolts is to follow the frame rails to the bumper. There will be one bolt on either side of each frame rail. 4 total, 2 per frame on either side of the frame rail.

So lay on your back, with your head and sholders under the bumper. You do not want to take the nut off the bolt, because then your valence would only be attached to your truck by the fog light wiring. Just loosen them just enough so you can move the bumper.

The way I did it was to loosen all bolts (watch out as the bumper will fall a few inches if you aren't holding it). Then have a friend hold the bumper up for ya. Then tighten one bolt on one side. Then have the friend pull up on the other side. Repeat a few times, and inspect the results for evenness before you fully tighten down all bolts.
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I'm glad you can't tell with the black trucks. I would have fixed mine ages ago.
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ok i did it but is the middle suppose to be lower than the sides? ill have a pic tomorrow
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Not really unless you got it kinda slanted, or it may just be the way it is. I really had to work on mine, I even used my legs/shins to really hold it up while I tightened the bolts. I pushed so hard the suspension extended a few inches. But if I recall, it should be fairly uniform.
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