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Old 10-18-2014, 10:48 AM   #15
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Our 2015 F-250 has a small hole in the bumper next to the plate, so we put a carabiner in it and attach the breakaway cable to that device. Due to the dark colors, the attached photo is not very clear, but should communicate the general setup. Also, you will need to mentally rotate the photo clockwise 90 degrees.
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Old 10-19-2014, 08:33 AM   #16
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The breakaway cable should not be attached to any part of the hitch receiver. I had originally swapped out one of the bumper bolts on my TV for a stainless steel eyebolt. However, after having issues with the OEM bumpers on the TV, I replaced the bumpers with a set from Iron Bull, and attached shackles to which I clip the breakaway cable. The bumpers BTW are made of 3/16" steel plate and are bolted to the frame.

Wow, those are certainly hell-for-stout bumpers. How much do they weigh?

I had a winch bumper made from 1/8th" steel once, and I thought that was heavy.
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Old 10-19-2014, 10:32 AM   #17
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terryV - A bit of history that led up to these bumpers. .

I was at a rally where I was parked on lush grass just as rain stopped. In trying to get to my allocated spot, I got stuck. The host had a farm tractor and an appropriate strap. However, the TV had no tow hooks, so he wrapped the strap around the middle section of the front bumper and hauled me with the AS to the designated parking spot - about 100 feet or so from where I was stuck. Unknown to me was that while the bumper face was metal, the backing was all plastic, and it cracked. Before long while I was driving, the plastic was flapping in the wind. When I priced replacement OEM bumpers, the cost was just slightly less than getting the Iron Bull ones.

The bumpers were shipped in on a pallet. It took 4 guys to attach the front one - they are welded 3/16" steel plate - no piece is bent or curved, the whole bumper is flat plate cut and welded to shape. Since the front bumper had provision for a winch, I bought a 12,000 lb winch and had it installed. The TV is only a 2WD, so the winch ensures if I get stuck again I can haul myself out. I also found a neat stainless steel flip-up cover that holds the front license plate.

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Old 10-19-2014, 11:45 AM   #18
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terryV - A bit of history that led up to these bumpers. .

I was at a rally where I was parked on lush grass just as rain stopped. In trying to get to my allocated spot, I got stuck. The host had a farm tractor and an appropriate strap. However, the TV had no tow hooks, so he wrapped the strap around the middle section of the front bumper and hauled me with the AS to the designated parking spot - about 100 feet or so from where I was stuck. Unknown to me was that while the bumper face was metal, the backing was all plastic, and it cracked. Before long while I was driving, the plastic was flapping in the wind. When I priced replacement OEM bumpers, the cost was just slightly less than getting the Iron Bull ones.

The bumpers were shipped in on a pallet. It took 4 guys to attach the front one - they are welded 3/16" steel plate - no piece is bent or curved, the whole bumper is flat plate cut and welded to shape. Since the front bumper had provision for a winch, I bought a 12,000 lb winch and had it installed. The TV is only a 2WD, so the winch ensures if I get stuck again I can haul myself out. I also found a neat stainless steel flip-up cover that holds the front license plate.

Cool. Any idea how much net weight you added to your TV when you did this?
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Old 10-19-2014, 03:13 PM   #19
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No, no idea.
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Old 10-19-2014, 04:10 PM   #20
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No, no idea.
If it were me, I'd be concerned about how much of the vehicle's maximum payload capacity had "used up" with the heavier bumpers? If this is a 1/2 ton pickup, you might be unpleasantly surprised. Less of a concern if it is a 3/4 or 1 ton unit (but will still reduce your carrying capacity.)
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Bob, it's a heavy duty 3/4-ton Dodge Ram with a 5.9 liter 1st generation 24-valve Cummins diesel.
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Bob, it's a heavy duty 3/4-ton Dodge Ram with a 5.9 liter 1st generation 24-valve Cummins diesel.
You are probably fine then so long as you don't carry a complete Knaack Box filled with tools in your bed!
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I have a 2015 F250 and put a stainless steel eyebolt in the license plate bolt location.
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coiled cable

I used an eyebolt in lieu of a license plate bolt and a good upgrade over the standard cable is the red coiled cable. I have had the standard cable get bound up in a tight parking lot turn and pull the emergency cable thus smokin' the trailer tires one time.

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terryV - A bit of history that led up to these bumpers. .

I was at a rally where I was parked on lush grass just as rain stopped. In trying to get to my allocated spot, I got stuck. The host had a farm tractor and an appropriate strap. However, the TV had no tow hooks, so he wrapped the strap around the middle section of the front bumper and hauled me with the AS to the designated parking spot - about 100 feet or so from where I was stuck. Unknown to me was that while the bumper face was metal, the backing was all plastic, and it cracked. Before long while I was driving, the plastic was flapping in the wind. When I priced replacement OEM bumpers, the cost was just slightly less than getting the Iron Bull ones.

The bumpers were shipped in on a pallet. It took 4 guys to attach the front one - they are welded 3/16" steel plate - no piece is bent or curved, the whole bumper is flat plate cut and welded to shape. Since the front bumper had provision for a winch, I bought a 12,000 lb winch and had it installed. The TV is only a 2WD, so the winch ensures if I get stuck again I can haul myself out. I also found a neat stainless steel flip-up cover that holds the front license plate.

Very nice ...wish they were on my truck! WE have ARBs on our jeep ...
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Photo of F250 with the eyebolt through the license plate (eyebolt in upper left). I also use the red coiled cable.
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