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Just bought a Westin HDX grill guard for my 2011 F250. The instructions dont say squat about cutting into the plastic piece below the front bumper but I cant see any way around besides just deleting it. Anyone have one of these??
 

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Just bought a Westin HDX grill guard for my 2011 F250. The instructions dont say squat about cutting into the plastic piece below the front bumper but I cant see any way around besides just deleting it. Anyone have one of these??
I don't have one... but just looked on their website, and the application guide has a footnote for 2011-2012 Super Duty that states: "Trimming of the lower bumper valance required"

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I have the Winch Mount Sportsman and Cutting it is a pain in the butt. Measured it out like 4 times and then cut. Still had to trim a bit once I got it in there. My instructions didnt give dimentions just the fact you have to cut it
 

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Yeah ok I was pretty sure that was the case thanks for the help..I will throw some pics up in case anybody else was looking at same guard. Looked at the full gambit i.e. Frontier, Ranchhand etc. and this was the most bang for the buck I think. Anyhow thanks for the help folks!!
 

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Hey texas4x4, what if any tips for cutting etc?? You just use a Dremel?? What size holes did you cut??
 

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I've got a GoRhino push-bar on order... hasn't got here yet, so obviously I have no experience installing it.

However, it appears from reading your instal instructions for the Weston, and reading the install instructions for the GoRhino, that the lower bracket locations are similar... the the GoRhino instructions tell you exactly where to cut.

Take a look, and see if yours is similar... maybe this will help. There's a good picture diagram on page 2:

http://www.bigcountryauto.com/bcProductos/manuales/3371-i.pdf
 

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OK I installed it myself and can say that OTHER than cutting the holes in the lower valence the install was a piece of cake. I must have measured a million times and still ended up being a little "off" so the holes ended up about 1" too far right but oh well..I used a Dremmel and they turned out OK I guess but I still cant believe they don't give you a template of some kind for those of us who are not gifted in this area?!?! Try to Post pics of how it looks for those who are interested
 

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Man Im sorry did not see the Question.. I did the samething lol... And like you was just a bit off on the width of the slot. Did yours come with the Winch mount option? also did you have to remove your tow hooks?
 

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ATCGuy - Does any part of your Push Bar cover the opening between the fog lights in the bumper. The winch mount that came with my grill guard was rated for a 12K winch but was not big enough for the W12000 Warn ( HD version) so I am building my own to attach to the Westen mounts but it will almost completely cover the opening and I just dont know if that will be ok... ANy input? Thanks Guys
 

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Nope my tow hooks are still on and the guard in no way inhibits there use which was a mjor selling point for me. Also mine didnt come with a winch mount and if I recall Im not sure I had the option?!?! One thing I had to remove was the metal "frame horns" which there was no mention of in the instructions. It just says to see if your vehicle has them WTF?!?!
 

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yeah had to take those out. THe winch mount came with a place to mount their AFTERMARKET tow hooks. My instructions did say to take them off though. Really happy with the look. Just ready to get my winch added on.
 

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IT Nanny wont let me do it from work but i will try when I get home tonight. Still working on the winch mount part for the M12000 Warn to fit in. SHould be done in a month or so.
 

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ATCGuy - Does any part of your Push Bar cover the opening between the fog lights in the bumper. The winch mount that came with my grill guard was rated for a 12K winch but was not big enough for the W12000 Warn ( HD version) so I am building my own to attach to the Westen mounts but it will almost completely cover the opening and I just dont know if that will be ok... ANy input? Thanks Guys
Sorry for the late reply, but I actually just finished installing my GoRhino bar this week. These 6-day work weeks we've been doing lately have been killing me.

No, my lower step-bar sits right below the opening, so there are no issues. I thought about adding some type of winch mount on mine too, but not really sure if I'll go that route or not.

Here are a couple of pics I went and snapped this afternoon:



 

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I was reading some reviews on amazon and one said not to purchase this grille guard because he couldn't keep his oil temp below 219 when towing. Anybody notice this problem. Also some up close pictures of this grille guard installed would be nice to see. Thanks
 

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Nope my tow hooks are still on and the guard in no way inhibits there use which was a mjor selling point for me. Also mine didnt come with a winch mount and if I recall Im not sure I had the option?!?! One thing I had to remove was the metal "frame horns" which there was no mention of in the instructions. It just says to see if your vehicle has them WTF?!?!
This all sounds quite frustrating. The air dam (plastic valence) comes off very easily, but the underside of the bumper is kinda ugly without it. (You can see wires, and Un chromed metal...) sorry I don't have a grill guard like yours to help further.

Stock4x4 air dam


With air dam removed (crappy cellphone pic)


2wd air dam (looks best IMO)
 

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Now I feel silly. I didn't see the 2nd page. And how old this thread was...
 
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