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post #1 of 15 Old 12-13-2011, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Road armors installed on 2012

Installed my bumpers today and found out that they don't have the holes for the reverse sensors in them nor is it an option. I'm pretty nervous about drilling into a $1100 bumper.
Anyone done this yet?

Lookin for bit size or advice from experience

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With road armor bumpers they don't think you need them, you can just back into whatever.

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With road armor bumpers they don't think you need them, you can just back into whatever.
That's funny.

I would take out the reverse sensors out of your stock bumper and find the bit size that way. Then just use the measurements for placement off the stock one and mark your holes. Double check it all, then us a good sharp center punch and start your holes with a 1/4" bit. Make sure you've got a good center punch hole because that bit will wander on clean steel. Let us know how it goes.

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I understand how ya feel I'm VERY anal about my stuff also! It's got to be Dead on or I'm Not happy with it!

If i was Gonna drill those holes,I would measure ,measure,and measure again then use a Sharp punch and mark the centers,Then drill it out with a 1/4 inch drill bit,then Bump it out to the correct size with a Unibit!

I love the Unibits for stuff like this cause they don't hang-up like a drill bit will and it makes the Job Fun instead of stressing you out!

I bought a IRWIN Unibit kit from Home Depot that has three different unibits in it,I Love Em!

In fact if i was doing this i would Find a Scrap piece of aluminum to test the Sensor fit on,since aluminum is soft and easy to work with,wonce i found the Correct size unibit shoulder I would put tape on it to mark how deep i wanted to go just to take the Guess work out and for the ease of sight while drilling...

You could use a Piece of Cardboard for a templete,or poster board....

I usually use a Sharpie mini to mark the center of the Hole for the Punch!With the Bumpers being Black,i would use a pencil,or lay it out close with the pencil then buff the paint off and lay it out again with the Sharpei... but the pencil should get it done.... To get the layout dead on with the punch,i lay the punch over so i can see it's on the mark then while Holding it in place stand the puch up and Wack That Dude,If by chance you do get off a little ,you can Lay the 1/4 inch Bit over to make it walk to the correct spot...just take your time!

Layout is Over half of the job,so Take your time and enjoy doing your own mods Theres nothing more satisfying i tell ya that!

Piece of cake! wish you where close i'd help ya

P.S IF the metal your drilling is thicker than the shelf on the unibit,You can dump it out from each side to get the hole through If ya follow I've done this a Few time No Problemo ....But you should be able to get it from one side with those bumpers i would think....

In fact after thinking about it i bet those sensor holes are so Big a Unibit is the only way to go!they are Good money spent I use mine several times a year.....Just used them a few weeks ago to make custom brackets for my Gals EZ-GO 5 panel Rearview mirror

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I was looking at the Fab Fours and was ticked off when I found out they would not install the sensor holes. I said screw it told them they lost my business. I did not want to buy a bare metal version, have it shipped to a place to be drilled, then shipped to a painter or powder coat place etc. Disappointing that companies would not do this even when I offered to pay extra.

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My road armor bumper has holes in it. I got them second hand so maybe he drillied the holes. I can send you a pic of how they look, if your interested. Also is you truck a KR?
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THanks for all the helpful replies
Im gonna go the unibit route and be extra careful

My truck is a lariat ultimate pkg

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your bumper would help fo sho

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You'll be Fine!

I really like the unibit to bump the holes out with,It want Hang up like a standard drill Bit will,Trying to bump the Holes out with a larger Drill bit after the 1/4 inch is a sure way to get the old wrist twisted..... Done it many times doing marine construction :~( and it's smarts ........

Like said just tape off the next shelf up on the Unibit after ya find out how deep you need to Cut.and it will make it easier on the eyes while drilling and Keep you from over drilling the hole...Those unibits are sharp! i use them on stainless all the time with No problem...I do use a little tapping fluid when drilling with the 1/4 inch bit and on the unibit,to help maintain the cutting edge .....

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Does anyone have suggestions as to what 4" lights to use
I would like a driving light and a amber fog light


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