Registered: Nov 2001
Location: Small Town Outside Philadelphia, PA
On Second Though
On Second Thought... after looking at it, if the install is $75 bucks or less, id probably just get it installed.... Although if your tight on cash, self install is possible, you simply take off the two big black "underside engine covers" that cover the engine and pullies from road dirt or whatever, they are held on by screws, next you fold up into bumper the two extended flaps on the bottom of your cladding (youll see it, they are two 4x4 inch "extra cladding" peices. next there are two brackets that get bolted onto your tow hook mount and the underside of the frame, the hole on the frame part needs to be enlarged by just a hair, reason being that it is a comletly sealed area so you cant just drop in a bolt and nut, you need to insert the bolt (it has an attached arm on it) through another adjecent hole, and drop it down into the the next hole, but since you are feeding it into the hole via the arm thats welded on it, it is dropping down at a slight angle, thus it doesnt quit fit, although once its down in its proper place, it seats fine. (i know it sounds wierd, but youll understand once you try to install it) once those are done, you lay the brush gaurd in front of the truck, line up the bottom holes of the brush gaurd with the holes on the newly installed mount, drop in your bolts (dont tighten all the way yet), pivit the brush gaurd upright, drop in the next set of bolts (dont tighten all the way). Now the brush gaurd can be slid in closer or farther away from the front bumper, you need to slide it close enough to the bumper so that it doesnt have a huge gap, but far enough away to allow enough clearance for the hood to open up and close without crushing your hands inbetween that and the brush gaurd (or if you have a bug gaurd or somthing on your hood,make sure you have enough room)
Final step is these set of small brackets that bolt right into factory holes underneath your grill...
hmm, now that i re-read this, it makes no sense.. hah.. sorry ill up the pictures to www.izzycreamcheese.com/escape they will be the newest ones...
Anyway, everything just goes into factory holes, and is easy to do, except for other two holes you have to enlargen the slightest bit. If your handy, and broke, go for it, if not, get it done
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