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Wanting to change to prerunner style, but problems...

I want to take off my front bumper valence and make my truck have a prerunner front. The problem is that I have a full brush guard which wraps around the valence. I took the valence off today in the hopes of painting it, but I just thought of leaving it off. The grille guard sits really low under where the valence would be, and there is a huge gap when the valence is off. I'll need to cut the guard and weld a bracket on or bolt it on to the frame. It would look like a hummer H1 front style grille deal.
The other problem is that the frame and brackets and junk show with the valence off.
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if im not mistaking alot of people do that...like 3 or 4 people that i can think of on here..

post pics...

we will give out opinions and see wat comes up..

i saw leave it off
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ummmm prerunners usually dont have a full brush guard, instead i suggest you get a prerunner bumper instead that welds onto those mounts.
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I know prerunners don't have a full brush guard, but I want a setup similar to a H1, i'll post a pic if I find one. I'll just have to cut my guard and bolt/weld it to the frame. But I want to leave the valence off.
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oh gotcha! w00!
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Mine is an 01 xlt, and I don't like that bumper at all. Also, I have a westin grille guard and want to use it, if it takes cutting some of the parts off.
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i need to take pics of mine, i took my valance off but left the actual steel bumper. my prerunner bumper isnt finished but i'll get pics just to give you an idea
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Mine is an 01 xlt, and I don't like that bumper at all. Also, I have a westin grille guard and want to use it, if it takes cutting some of the parts off.
nevermind i was just typing to bloody help. and that will work on your 01....
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Here's a pic of my truck, with the valence on, but you can tell the grille guard brackets go under the valence which leaves a huge open spot.





Here is the idea i'm working towards. I want to cut my guard in the location of this H1, which would be at my frame rails, and make a nice plate to hide the bolts and junk under my bumper, and then a fairly large skid plate. It's alot of work. It's working towards non-prerunner, to a different look, period.

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interesting...
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I don't have a welder, but I figure that I can bolt the pieces together, especially cause I don't want to weld to the frame. I can use the stock guard brackets but just cut them a little shorter.
My friend can work with aluminum, he's building a 30' boat, so he can make me a skid plate and such.
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I've decided to just paint the valence and leave everything alone for now. I'm going back to college soon for the fall and need money for that.
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I've decided to just paint the valence and leave everything alone for now. I'm going back to college soon for the fall and need money for that.
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