"For both the bumper and the bumper brackets being purchased new from your company I expected a reasonable ease in mounting. The pre-drilled holes did not come close to matching and had to use drift pin to pry the alighment into place. This was almost a two man job. I had to check my order to make sure they were the right #s. I suspect these parts were not to USA specs."posted by: Bob on September 29, 2014
It may seem trivial but the bumper bracket on your Ford F-150 is an essential part. It is a metal link that attaches the bumper to the vehicle frame. A loose bumper bracket will cause your bumper to sag, thus, encouraging accidents. Normally, you won't have to replace a bumper bracket unless your car experienced a big crash-induced impact. The mounts and arms will bend according to the severity of the crash. However, a bumper bracket may also become damaged over time, especially if the vehicle is often subjected to rough roads. The constant pressure from vibrations, and the presence of mud in the bumper and the brackets may cause the fittings to come loose.
Answer: A bumper bracket should be purchased as a set. During installation, it is crucial to have all the components ready, because a missing part may render the bumper bracket useless. The set should include the rectangular bracket mounting, the bracket support, bracket stay, bracket arm, and bracket reinforcement. However, auto parts distributors often sell these parts individually; so, the total cost may get pretty steep.
What to look for when buying a bumper bracket for a Ford F-150?
Answer: Not all bumper brackets are created equal. As always, it is good practice to remember the make, model, and year of production when buying car parts. Automotive components always rely on this information. The case is the same for bumper brackets. Sometimes they are tailor-made to meet specific model requirements. The Ford F-150 enjoys this privilege; however, conforming to the part made specifically for the vehicle may limit the choices. To choose the right bumper bracket, the most important thing to do is to make sure the dimensions are similar to the stock. Also, a bracket that is designed to mount the front bumper will not fit in the rear end--and vice versa. Lastly, Bolt holes may vary, since drilling during the installation process is always an option.
Where is the bumper bracket installed on the Ford F-150?
Answer: That depends on the kind of the bumper bracket. A stock bracket can either be located on the sides or at the middle of the bumper panel; whereas a good-quality aftermarket bracket is usually installed on both locations. The best thing about a dual-mounted bracket is that it can support heavier materials, and it provides better stability. In this light, functionality should precede accessorizing.
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