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Wow Bubber, that is a great picture tutorial! Thank you so much for posting it!
 

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No problem. Here is a payoff shot too. It is a light lift, but it made my day none the less.

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and here are the pics from the gallery in the first post as well.

Thanks Again Ken

Clamp on hook
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Use 1/2" bit to mark holes
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Use 1/4" bit to drill first holes
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Open them up with the 1/2" bit
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Paint the inside of the holes where you drilled
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Bolt on the hook
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Paint everything up, so it looks nice
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It doesn't look like a professional paint job, but after all it is just a bucket...
 

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They are great hooks, but don't paint the bolts. :boredom:
 

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"Don't paint the bolts", was what my first thought when I saw it. So, I thought I could reply and explain why I wouldn't paint them. First, I don't think there is a law against painting the bolts. I just think there is just different thoughts on it. My thought, I try to make it look like the factory installed it. The factory does not paint the bolts, so I do not paint them either. Everybody is different and everybody has a different thought on it. Here is what mine looks like with the bolts not painted. Either way, this is a great product and they function the same!

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The secret here is to NOT paint the hooks till after the holes are drilled, that way they won't get all scratched up before you mount them. I have recently added this tip to the instructions.

Painted or not, both hooks looks great and I really appreciate the support from you guys.
 

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The secret here is to NOT paint the hooks till after the holes are drilled, that way they won't get all scratched up before you mount them. I have recently added this tip to the instructions.

Painted or not, both hooks looks great and I really appreciate the support from you guys.
Good point, I did need to touch up the insides of the holes. My main reasoning behind why I painted after they were mounted was to keep the wrench from messing up the paint while mounting. I didn't say it was a good reason, but that's why. :lol:
 

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Did you add anything to the underside of the bucket where the bolts attach, to reinforce?
The kit comes with larger washers for the underside. You can also order optional plates for the underside but they are (according to the description on the website) for more heavy duty usage.
 

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The kit comes with larger washers for the underside. You can also order optional plates for the underside but they are (according to the description on the website) for more heavy duty usage.
100% correct :thumbup1gif:
 

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Got my hooks in the mail the other day. Nice looking pieces! I've decided that I'm going to go ahead and paint my bolts. It's not like they're ever going to need to be removed and I see painted bolts under the hoods of cars all of the time. So paint them I will. I'm also going to use a small amount of silicone sealer to keep mother nature from doing a number on any nicked surface that I'll never see until it's too late. After I drill the holes, I'll mask off the area, so as not to paint half the bucket, and paint the holes before installation as well. I had a "single" friend that always said "You can never be too careful",,,, just after he said "Four condoms and a hose clamp".
 
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