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Old 09-21-2018, 03:06 AM   #1
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Hey guys I recently came about getting an OEM brush guard for my Hardbody, the issue is that the mounting brackets (the ones that come from under to the front bumper) are bent and I can't mount my brush guard the way they are now. Does anyone here have spare brackets they can sell to me? Because I don't really want to pay to get custom made brackets.
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This is the type of brush guard I need the brackets for.


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If you want a cheap solution, you could heat and bend the original brackets into shape.
Either that, or you could weld the cow catcher to the frame instead.
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If you want a cheap solution, you could heat and bend the original brackets into shape.
Either that, or you could weld the cow catcher to the frame instead.

Yeah i thought of this too I'm not a welder and I don't have anything to heat up the metal. i would have to go to a shop and I know they're going to charge me a hefty fee. Probably more than what new brackets are worth.
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you will have a very hard time finding just the brackets, you would be better off trying to find someone to straighten the brackets you currently have.
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If you're looking to straighten the brackets, you could go to your local hardware store and buy MAP gas to heat them up.
I don't know what the brackets look like so I cannot confirm if it will work or not.
I do however know that MAP gas burns between 3,720 and 3,750 degrees Fahrenheit.
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The bracket, if I recall correctly, it's been along time since I had this brush guard on my former 87, starts out flat to mount where the tow hook mounts too under the front crossmember than the metal twists (or there are two pieces welded together) so the part that connects to the grille guard is vertical.


Hard to explain and I probably can't draw it that well
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MAP-Pro tank: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Bernzoma...2477/203226566
Bernzomatic Tip: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Bernzoma...-202539575-_-N

Do you know the thickness of the brackets?
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Bracket should look like this, from what I remember, part on my work bench laying flat would bolt up to the cross member, and the other part would bolt to the grille guard, not to scale:


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Don't recognize that bracket. Mine look like this mounted


https://imgur.com/a/7bUlLJT



The bolt holes almost line up so yeah I guess heating it up would be the best option here, hopefully they don't charge too much.
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