Major Mod weekend. On Thursday, all of my care packages arrived courtesy of Northridge 4x4. I had to use a trailer to get the pallet of parts home.
Ready to go home and a before pic
Got up bright and early and headed to a friends shop to use the lift. It took all of 13 hours to install the AEV 3.5 lift, front and rear drive shafts, wheel spacers, eat lunch, drive home, and install the rear bumper.
Drilling out the knuckle for the high steer went very well
After heading home with the new lift we kept the momentum going and installed the AEV rear bumper and tire carrier.
Sunday morning started a bit later with the goal of the front bumper and winch. I had already been hacking on the AEV front bumper. I dont like the look or feel of the plastic crush can covers, so I decided to cut the cans off.
Used EVO's D-Ring brackets instead.
I also wanted a very clean look from the front, so I bought the AEV winch cover plate and a remote kit for the winch. I also clocked the end one bolt to move the engagement lever back. It did require me to trip the grille a bit, and I still have to clean it up, but otherwise a very low key install. The AEV non-winch plate use bolts and nuts, with a winch in there, I wanted access without having to remove the whole bumper, so I welded the nuts to the back of the plate. "What winch"?
detail of grille trimming, still need to clean it up a bit more
Still need to fab a bracket for the contactor, and extend the control socket somewhere nice
And after 18 total hours of labor, all is in and well!