1. Assuming your vehicle is not new, remove the original skid plate and power-wash the underneath removing all surface dirt and grit that was trapped under the OEM plate. Ensure the surfaces that are going to mate-up are clean.
2. Since the front panel overlaps the rear panel, start by installing the rear panel first. Drop in the retainer nuts first making sure the threads protrude from the hole, but do not attempt to install the screws yet.
3. Insert the 13mm bolts w/flat washers in the standoffs towards the front and screw these in but leaving them loose. The plate should be able to be gently shifted if needed, but should be tight enough to bring the rear of the panel almost flush to the frame. Gently screw in the hex-screws in the rear trying to “catch” the retainer nuts. Be sure not to push the retainer nuts into the frame or you will have to remove the front bolts and start again to realign the retainer nuts.
4. Once both hex screws are threaded, return to the front of the rear plate and push the skid plate as far to the rear as possible. Tighten the front bolts first and secure them as you will not be able to return to these once the front skid plate is installed. Tighten the rear hex-screws after the front bolts.
5. Position the front skid plate for installation.
Note: Though not necessary for proper installation, it’s easier to maneuver the front skid plate into position if the tow-hooks are removed first.
6. Insert one counter sunk black screw into one corner of the front skid plate to the rear skid plate along the joining seam. Insert one bolt w/flat washer into the opposite corner of the front side of the skid plate. Leave both screws loose.
7. Complete the remaining counter sunk screws across the seam of the 2 plates, then complete with the other corner of the front side leaving everything loose until they are all started. Tighten them all down starting with the 3 seam screws as these will tend to push the front plate forward (towards the bumper).
8. Loosen the chrome screw holding the oil filter door panel. Insert the chrome counter sunk screws into the remaining holes holding the door to the plate. Once all screws are started, tighten