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Old 03-01-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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So here's what I'm doing to the lower bumper area:



Here's the progress I've made so far:

Lower bumper opening without insert:


Cut out the vertical supports:


This is just to show how much of the space the bar will fill. The bar is just sitting on the lower bumper:



As you can kind of see here, the lower insert not only curves up but curves in as well:



My issue here is that, obviously, the bar does not curve in any way. So here is the only option I can come up with. I would cut along the red line you see here:


Now, I could either leave it wide open and the bar would just sit back a bit in the center OR I could fill this area with some sort of black mesh. I like the mesh idea, but then again I don't because the upper grill is not a mesh.

Thoughts?
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:36 PM   #2
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I have metal billet inserts that you could just have and see if you could install them somehow. They would need to be painted to match, but I think they'd go good with the rest.
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:52 PM   #3
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The billet would look better, then I'd make the cut before going with the mesh.
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Old 03-01-2013, 04:52 PM   #4
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I think I would just cut out the red portion and leave it at that. With a little tint on light bar, I think it will all blend it great.

If you do the mesh or billet options, you'll have to make sure it's curved right or it might look off...
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If you do the mesh or billet options, you'll have to make sure it's curved right or it might look off...
That's my concern as well. I don't know anybody who is good enough with metal to make it bend that way. I would also have to fab up a way to mount the billet insert.

I'm thinking of going to my tint guy and seeing if he can just lay a light layer of tint on the lense. The cheapest option with Lamin-x will leave me with over 50' of tint left but with a max width of 5", it wouldn't have much use.
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:03 PM   #6
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how deep is the led bar?

can you just cut a part out of the insert and the bar fills it? And yeah, you'll have 1" at the bottom and its flush at the top? that kind of deal?
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Didn't think about window tint. Would that hold up to the heat?
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side note...........kinda surprised with this mod. Interesting addition to the truck David!
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Old 03-01-2013, 05:43 PM   #9
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tinting plastic is tricky bc if you decide you don't like it or it fades real easy or anything makes getting the adhesive off that plastic extremely difficult i would cut the red line and then go from there .. if you don't like it you could always add mesh to it later ...
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I'm not big on the mesh idea just because it wouldn't match. BUT.... Do the mesh and get a nice looking black mesh grille? Otherwise I would just make the cut and leave it be
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