Originally Posted by zpratt4
I used the tip from the site that Jma20a posted.
Bumper Installation Tip
By John Schweitzer
Take a rope (ski-rope) and cut it to about 4 feet. Thread it thru the hole in the bumper and cross member. Then put the top nut on the plate on it by sliding it on the rope. Tie a knot behind the plate/nuts. Guide it behind the cross member with fingers and then pull the rope snug and…WHACK, right in place and you can put the bottom nut in quite easily. Hand tighten that baby and then put the top one in after pulling the rope out.
The knot holds the plate against the inside of the cross member right at the top hole.
It made it to where I did not have to drop the gas tank. If your hands are small enough, you shouldn't have any trouble doing it that way. Good Luck
Thanks ZPRATT4. Your suggestion of using rope got me to thinking. With the Rockhard bumper, the bolts go thru the plate then the crossmember. I fished the rope thru the crossmember from the outside, then pulled a couple feet down and fed it thru the plate and butted the end of the rope to the end of the bolt. Now I wrapped duct tape around the two ends to make th bolt an extension of the rope and pulled everything back into place. Took maybe 5 minutes, after at least an hour of getting nothing accomplished. your rope idea is what got me thinking , and I appreciate it. Joel