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Picked this up from a friend a couple weeks ago. They hit an elk. That would be the 3rd time as my brother in-law previously owned it and got 2 separate elk.
Drug it home. It was stuck in park. Watched a YouTube video about spraying inside the column to free it up. Still can't believe a little spray oil made that big of a difference.

Ordered a radiator and headlights off Amazon. Picked up an oozed grill and fender. Had exhaust put on. Ordered a winch and bought some tube.

. Waiting on wheel bearings from brown Santa. Once they arrive i plan to do upper and lower ball joints and tie rods at the same time.
Started on a winch bumper. Not many images online for a guy to go off of. This is what a buddy and I came up with so far. Still waiting to put a hoop on it.

Hopefully it holds together for a bit so I can keep the miles down on my Silverado.
Any questions or comments feel free to fire away. Thanks.
 

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Looks good (y). One thing I had a problem with is during winching my bumper was getting 'pulled' downward (arrow), and I added laterals (yellow) on both corners back to the front face of the suspension crossmember, which cured the problem.



I definitely recommend mounting the fairlead 'behind' the front-most edge of the tubing to protect the fairlead - give it an armored 'chin' so-to-speak - otherwise the fairlead'll be the first thing that get's schwacked into the rocks/trees.

Here's a couple other pics of mine - might glean some ideas -







 

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I was curious about that. Thanks for the heads up. I plan on adding a bit more. I wish I had seen your truck before I started. I like the straight bars on the bottom.
 

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...yours looks real clean - I'd use what you have and just reinforce it etc. I'm almost done with the SAS and driveline upgrades and hope to have it running and rolling soon, and I'll be making a new bigger front winch bumper soon to better suit the truck...
 

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This is how its going to look for a bit I guess. Did ball joints, wheel bearings, and front shocks today. Road manners are much better. Lowers were still factory with 170k on the clock.
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Its not an issue. Lol. Have had winch bumpers on several vehicles over the years. I mocked up one I could see from drivers seat and it was too much. Know your vehicle and you won't have problems.
 
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