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Old 07-07-2010, 04:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default '66 Front Bumper Guards - Easy to Install?

I need to check if my car ever had them (do the brackets I see vendors carrying go up by the bumper?). Do I have to remove the bumper to install the brackets and guards? Am I correct that the bottom of the guards connect to the bolts holding the valance on?

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Old 07-07-2010, 05:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello,

The small "L" shaped bracket bolts to the main inner bumper bracket with a single bolt.... has a small tab and slot to line up. The guard is held to the "L" bracket with a j clip and a bolt at the top and the bottom of the guard is held to the end of the frame rail by the bolt that holds the valance to said frame rail end. All bolts are 5/16 and you will need a 1/2 wrech/socket. You may have to "tweek" the bracket and the guards a lil bit to get things to line up. You should be able to get to all the bolts with a combination of extensions etc. If your frontend has been in an accident it could be more of a problem... hardware kits are also sold as needed...the bumper should be on the car and the guards go on after it...... hope this helps.

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Old 07-07-2010, 05:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, they are easy to install and you do not have to remove the bumper. It can take a bit of patience, though, if everything doesn't line right up at first. I had to do a bit of strategic bending on my drivers' side.
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On a scale of 1-10, 1 being piece of cake this is a 2. Agree, a front end tap and/or tolerances and quality of the repo guards may require bending (tweaking) of the bracket end of the guard!
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i installed the drake repos on my vert all went pretty smooth . getting my fat fingers in behind the valance was probably the hardest part .
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I just did mine, a stubby ratchet wrench worked great! Dont forget the small rubber bumpers that go on the top end of your guards.
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Do you need to remove the valance to install the brackets?
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I see lower priced bumper guards on EBay but they appear to have different looking brackets on the guards themselves. Why is that?
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No need to remove valance.I bought a set of Sott Drake guards and I'm very pleased with the quality and fit.
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I would stick with the drakes , cheap repos are exactly that . you get what you pay for .
and +1 on the rubber bumpers !!
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I need to check if my car ever had them (do the brackets I see vendors carrying go up by the bumper?). Do I have to remove the bumper to install the brackets and guards? Am I correct that the bottom of the guards connect to the bolts holding the valance on?

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They are pretty easy to install and you don't have to remove the bumper to install the guards and the bracket.
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