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Old 12-05-2009, 06:41 PM   #1
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Thumbs down Kilby rant

So, after some research I settled on Kibly Enterprises as the manufacturer for the steering box skid for my TJ with the factory bumper. Upon inspection of the product everything looked exceptional. The finish was good, and the holes looked like they should line up. Out come the included instructions and "what's included" for the hardware. This is where it went bad. (1) 1/2" washer, and (1) 1/2" Nylok nut missing. Not a big issue to me, but may be to someone else without extra hardware laying around. For some reason, a piece of flat bar with a nut welded to one end and a hole on the other was included (hole pattern matches nothing). The Kilby steering box skid attaches using (3) points. One uses an existing steering box bolt, the lower bumper mount/bolt hole, and a third left up to the purchaser. The third point has the option of (2) choices. One can either drill a new hole under the bumper similar in location to the actual bumper mounting location, or the third point location is acquired by driliing a hole in the round cross member and securing the skid using the supplied self tapping bolt. One cannot use the first option without pulling the bumper off, attaching the skid, and reinstalling the bumper, due to the round cross member (no way to get to the nut). Due to the winch on my vehicle, I chose not to remove the bumper, and went with the second attachment point. I could see that the "fit" of the skid against the round cross member wasn't great, and would have to fill in the gap with washers. Again not a big deal as I have plenty of washers. Following the instructions on installation of the self tapping bolt was an experience I don't want to repeat. The self tapping bolt is a P.O.S. (probably from China), and simiply didn't work. No matter what I did, the bolt would never "bite" and start cutting the threads. So in the trash it went, and out came the tap. After tapping the hole and using one of my 3/8 bolts, the skid is attached to my vehicle. Has anyone else experienced this type of issue? It seems like it's getting harder and harder to purchase quality products, even from this country! Anyone interested can search for my thread on the Rusty's engine skid issue that I had. I've got the Kilby gas tank skid to install next, and I just hope that I don't run into any of the previous issues. Please chime in if you have had any similar problems. Thanks.

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Old 12-05-2009, 09:27 PM   #2
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Did you call Kilby and tell them? How can they make it right if they don't know?

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Old 12-06-2009, 11:48 AM   #3
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I was going to contact Kilby on Monday, but Brad actually replied on another board. If interested, the reply is on expedition portal.
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