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Smittybilt M1 all the way around.

Discussion in 'Recovery & Gear' started by CenTexTundra, Mar 19, 2019.

  1. Mar 19, 2019 at 6:24 PM
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    CenTexTundra

    CenTexTundra [OP] New Member

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    I finished installing Smittybilt M1 bumpers front and rear, an M1 grille, and a 17.5k winch. The good the bad and the ugly.

    First, overall I'm happy with the look of the M1 gear now that it is installed. It is a little heavier duty than I anticipated (after hearing from others that they used thin metal). It seems very solid.

    The instructions are horrible, seriously, you'd almost be better off using them as toilet paper and guessing your way through it. The pictures don't match, the sentences and wording used doesn't always make sense and it seems like there are key details left out. I couldn't find much on YouTube for a Tundra either...trial and error process making it take much longer than it should have.

    The grille insert is a huge PIA. You have to Dremel and grind your way through this. Make a mistake and you are hosed. Fitment takes forever to get it even close to being square and to make sure the hood will latch afterwards. Admittedly I'm not a finesse guy, and this part of the project takes finesse and a patient approach. I have neither.

    The 17.5k winch, despite being Smittybuilt doesn't fit the Smittybilt winch mounting plate, in fact only the front two bolts will line up (no bueno on a winch this heavy duty...or any winch for that matter) and the back two bolt holes actually hang over the winch mounting plate. So either I have an additional adapter plate fabricated or return the winch for something with a smaller footprint. Given how close the back of the winch sits to the front two AC lines, its going back and I will have to downsize the winch. Maybe a 12k or a different brand altogether. The whole point was to buy the same brand for compatibility and ease of install. Not so much!

    The ProComp LED lights they include with these bumpers are NOT plug and play. They each have an included (fortunately) harness with loom and separate control...so between the two sets in the front (flood and spot) and the rear flood I will have to install 3 separate toggles in the cab to run the whole setup. No big deal, BUT the ProComp LED lights do not fit well in the cut outs on the front bumper, its like they didn't account for all the angles when they created the mounting slots.

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  2. Mar 22, 2019 at 2:32 PM
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    equin

    equin Texarican Tundra

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    Thanks for the review.
     
  3. Mar 22, 2019 at 4:28 PM
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    Sunnier

    Sunnier Consumes science with a side of hopes & prayers

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    If I get a winch on my 2WD, can I overland with the BASTRDs and SGU?!
    Well it looks good. :thumbsup:

    What a pain in the ass though. So far, I've seen the same with every truck fab shop; guys who make cool stuff with metal are geniouses with kinesthetic learning, but can't translate anything into words. And because they only need one picture to "see" how to make this pile of parts into that cool thing, they think that's all the rest of us need. :facepalm:

    Glad you got through it! Thanks for the report out.
     
  4. Mar 22, 2019 at 4:42 PM
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    computeruser6

    computeruser6 Climate heretic

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  5. Mar 22, 2019 at 7:34 PM
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    CenTexTundra

    CenTexTundra [OP] New Member

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    Exactly! They claim its all plug and play...totally compatible...I'm here to tell you it isn't! I think the front weight was about 375lbs and another 100 or so in the back..so you are pretty close to spot on with the total weight.
     
  6. Mar 22, 2019 at 7:35 PM
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    CenTexTundra

    CenTexTundra [OP] New Member

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    Thank you! Yes it was, and man that is so true about metal fabricators!!
     
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  7. Jul 25, 2019 at 7:01 AM
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    ConorLarkin

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    Leveling kit, 20” wheels and tires Airbags, Truck Cover bed cover, Linex, LED interior lights. Smittybilt M1 and EAG “raptor” grille.
    Can you upload a couple photos of how you got the cubes installed. I’m guessing large fender washers and using the side access. Or drilling new holes into sides of the bracket for top mounting. I suspect the later will be easier for adjusting later.
     

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