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Old 03-12-2019, 04:07 PM #61
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This will most likely be my first MOD (My used TRD PRO came with a SSO bumper already). A few questions:

1) As someone who's never done body work would you recommend me install this myself?
2) Has anyone put any protective mesh in the exposed area to protect things like the fog light wiring?
3) My bumper isn't pre-drilled for the high-clearance kit. Is it easy to figure where to drill the extra hole into the Hybrid Bumper?

All of your trucks look great! Thanks for your time.
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If you are going to hack away on your bumper w/o the stage 2 kit, watch YouTube for tutorial as where to cut but u may want to disconnect your fog lights and tuck the wires back when you cut. Other than that, hack away.


If you are planning to install the sso stage kit, that’s way more involved than just cutting. Wonder overland on YouTube has a great tutorial on this install as well
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If you are going to hack away on your bumper w/o the stage 2 kit, watch YouTube for tutorial as where to cut but u may want to disconnect your fog lights and tuck the wires back when you cut. Other than that, hack away.


If you are planning to install the sso stage kit, thatís way more involved than just cutting. Wonder overland on YouTube has a great tutorial on this install as well
Haha, I'm not sure i'm brave enough to do it without a kit to give me a guide of some sort. Thanks for the vid! What a cool couple
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Haha, I'm not sure i'm brave enough to do it without a kit to give me a guide of some sort. Thanks for the vid! What a cool couple
I did the unofficial version without the kit, just started cutting.

I just followed the below body line carefully and threw some weather stripping on over the lip. Took about 30 minutes total. Super easy, a lot less effort than going with the SSO kit I would imagine.
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I did the unofficial version without the kit, just started cutting.

I just followed the below body line carefully and threw some weather stripping on over the lip. Took about 30 minutes total. Super easy, a lot less effort than going with the SSO kit I would imagine.
Haha, you have nerves of steel to just start cutting!

I like the idea of the kit because it has the metal extensions. I'm thinking I can mount a mesh grill/screen in the exposed area and mount the mesh to the metal extensions from the SSO Stage 2 kit.

However, without really looking at it I can't know for sure.
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Haha, you have nerves of steel to just start cutting!

I like the idea of the kit because it has the metal extensions. I'm thinking I can mount a mesh grill/screen in the exposed area and mount the mesh to the metal extensions from the SSO Stage 2 kit.

However, without really looking at it I can't know for sure.
The side protection is nice. I would have been more inclined to go with SSO's product if the cut wasn't so aggressive. Picking the line I did was a more middle-of-the-road option that I think looks good.
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Haha, I'm not sure i'm brave enough to do it without a kit to give me a guide of some sort. Thanks for the vid! What a cool couple


MY advice to you is with the SSO wings:

1. the tape has to meet at both measurements (bottom of bumper and near the wheel well).
2. the tape has to follow the straight edge below the fog light.
3. the tape has to lay down flat (if you are getting creases, its not straight).
4. View the tape from all the angles, if it doesn't look or feel right then it probably isn't.
5. If you aren't happy with steps 1 to 4, rip the tape off and start over. Do it over until you are happy. Waste as much tape as you want.

I spent a lot of time on step 5, and I'm glad I did. Every time I got frustrated, I started over, until the tape just fell into place....freaking weird.

One thing with the SSO kit is that if you have a heat gun you can melt/shape the inner fender lining and tuck it inside the braced wings. I didn't realize I could do that, so I chopped mine off....oh wells.


Now if you skip the SSO kit all together, you can cut it however you like so its more forgiving.

If I had to do it all over again, I would just hack my bumper apart, and if I liked the style and wanted to go higher with the cuts, that's when I would go the SSO route. Mainly, because the SSO cut is so high up that if you aren't running big tires and/or wide wheels, it looks a bit out of place. I'm running 285s w/ 17x8.5 w/ -40ish offset, and my wheels and tires look tiny now. Need more tire!!!!!!!
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I went with the DIY route as well with my SSO. About 30 mins and a dremel!
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Sawzall with fine tooth blade and edge trim. The SSO kit is nice, and adds a level of protection, but to me, it takes the cut too high.
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Bro...just do it! I used zip ties to tuck the fog light wires up under, and spray painted the washer reservoir.
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I ordered these back in early November and they showed up this week. Took about 90" to get them installed and 2 Sip of Sunshine brews. Not a perfect fit secondary to my trimming, but pretty close and looks great.
Thanks all for your helpful photos. I just finished cutting mine, and it definitely worked out better thanks to this thread
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I'm not ready for prime time yet haha. Trying to avoid edge trim so I still need to fine sand it. Mine is probably the least aggressive cut in the thread so far, but I think I like it this way. Of course, I can always go back and cut more. I'll be sure to post once finished.
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Not sure how I feel about the kits yet. It looks like @C4 Fabrication is about to come out with one as well (they are sharing lots of pictures via Instagram stories lately-I just ordered a low profile bumper from them).

I think @YellowSnow really got it right proportionally with his cut lines. It's a nice even reveal that matches other lines along the fascia. I'm most likely going to shoot for that design and see how it works for my setup. You can always cut more. I'm hoping to make the cuts with a razor knife and finely sand it down so I don't need a trim piece. We'll see how realistic that plan is.
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Good to know, thanks! $325 sounds a little spendy, but I'd take a look at it if it had a way to secure the plastic so it doesn't flop around and conceal the cut lines.
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So if you just opt to hack it ... I know people have mentioned the bottle for the washer fluid and the fog wires being more exposed.

Do I really have to worry about anything being damaged? Iím so close to just getting the dremel out and just getting her done ... all Thatís holding me back is that question

So driving in any weather is Ďa okí???


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So, is there a way to secure the inside plastic once the cut is made???

Can it be reshaped with a heat gun to make it conform?
I know there are gurus that have done this mod that can chime in and maybe show photos of how it's done!!!!!!!!!!
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