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Whats behind an 06 front bumper

im trying to mount some light to the front of my truck without making a whole tube bumper. just making some tabs off the frame near the tow hooks will work, but the lights are kinda low. i want to mount them about a 1/2 inch or an inch above the top of my bumper. well it seems as if there is some kinda metal support behind the cheap plastic bumper but i caint get my hand in there nor can i see it. so the quetion is... is it hollow and does it unbolt from the truck. cause what id like to do is just drill a hole through the plastic and through the metal to put a light bar on the top of my bumper. so does anyone know whats behind there? would this be possible??


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PM Fx4wannabe01, he made some light tabs for a 06 Ranger.
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ok i will do that. but did the ones he make come out the front of the bumper near the tow hooks?
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Yep, they looked really cool. Let me see if I can find a pic.
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Twas a pita! I made light tabs for it, turns out the day we went to install is the day i found out 06+ bumpers are actually bumper covers. lol.

Used my old light tabs, got a longer top horizontal towhook bolt. threaded a nut for a spacer, then the tab, then the final nut. If the tabs were properly made for his application, it would have worked out a whole lot better. The mount we used is roughly the same size as the ones that Wayne @ Underdog sells. For proper fitment, the long part should be about .500" longer. Heck, .750" longer.

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ya thats alittle too low for what im looking for. thats what i was going to do at first, then i was going to make a tube coume out from that bolt and go above the bumper. but i think it may look goofy.. what i would like them to be is just as tall as the ford emblem mounted on top of the bumper or some kinda bracket. for looks and because i seem to go through bushes a lot and they will just get bead down there.
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ya thats alittle too low for what im looking for. thats what i was going to do at first, then i was going to make a tube coume out from that bolt and go above the bumper. but i think it may look goofy.. what i would like them to be is just as tall as the ford emblem mounted on top of the bumper or some kinda bracket. for looks and because i seem to go through bushes a lot and they will just get bead down there.
only way youre gonna be able to do that and still have it look decent is make a custom bumper or get a fabtech light bar. I used to have one of those and it was decent, bolted right on to the bumper.

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The bar protects the lights pretty good too.
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Your only other option is like a brush guard or custom.
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08xlt4x4 did you mount your light bar?? cause i see that it bolts right through the plastic bumper like i was trying to do..!!! and are those hella 500's?


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I'm almost sure taht the plastic is just a bumper covering, theres metal underneath.
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yes i know that, BUT how do you get a nut onto the bolt.. does the bumper and bumper covering come off together so id be able to drill and put a nut and bolt through? or do i need to drill the holles weld a nut onto the metal bumper and put it all backtogether then bolt it up?? know what i mean
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Ok if I'm misunderstanding you I apoligize. Why can't you just drill straight throught the top of the bumper then come up from underneath the bumper and attach the nut to a bolt coming through the top? You can always take the bumper off but I think thats unnecessary. And yes the bumper cover should come off with the bumper.
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That is my blue truck... I actually made another light bar that goes from the L-angle steel mounts that shane made me so I can mount 4 lights. Yes there is thin sheet metal under the plastic bumper cover.

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o ok kool so is that how you mounted your top ones? do you have a closer picture??
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do you have a cell? pm me your number so I can send you a pic of how I did it...
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do you have a cell? pm me your number so I can send you a pic of how I did it...
post it in here so someone else searching for the same info can see it!
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umm ya i do but i know that you can send a picture to an email address from your phone, at least with verizon. then you could just put it on photobucket or email it to me and ill do that if you dont want to be bothered. but if your not able to do that ill give you my number
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08xlt what part of cali are you from? and did you mount your own bumper??

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You can actually send it straight to Photobucket from your phone, I do it all the time. I have Verizon btw.
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o ive never done that. i didnt even know
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yeah I didn't know you could send it to photobucket from verizon?? I forgot I can send it to your email from my phone. I'm just at work and on the laptop so all of my pics are on my home computer and I just snapped a quick pic of the bar I made that mounted to the tabs. He can post it on here once he gets the pic. If I was at home, I would of posted it no prob.
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Yep you sure can, go to My Account on photobucket and it will give you the address to send it to. I use it all the time.
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ok thanks!! so does that just reach all the way down to the l brackets or is there a piece that comes up and around the bumper also? not really important but i`m curious
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The bottom lights mount regularly on the L-brackets like how shane made em and I made this to mount to the side of each L-bracket and grinded about half of the new bracket off in the spot where the bumper would of hit it if it wasn't ground down. I would just make the L-brackets a little longer so you could just weld the new bracket part onto the side but extended out a little farther so you didn't have to grind part of the new bracket off to clear the bumper. Does that make any sense??
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