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I need help with my brush guard

I ordered a brush guard from Truck Gear Direct through ebay and the page says it will fit my 2009 Element. I tried mounting it today and I have ran into several problems, some of them I have fixed but an starting to get upset with the guard and had to take it off because I can't mount it completely.

It looks like it is mounting way too low and at the top where I am supposed to mount it near the headlight I have no way of mounting it because the brackets don't work in any position.



 

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I wish i could help you but that guard is made for the 2003-2008's only. Another case of someone bitten by an inaccurate ebay ad.

Did you specify the year when you ordered it?
 

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I wish i could help you but that guard is made for the 2003-2008's only. Another case of someone bitten by an inaccurate ebay ad.

Did you specify the year when you ordered it?
I didn't specify, i just bought it and sen them the money via pay pal. I didn't have any option of specifying my order. I hope they give me a full refund or something :x I also wonder if the steelcraft ones really fit the 09..
 

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Unfortunately, you ordered the exact same grille guard I did, and mine fits my E perfectly! My E is also a 2004....

The guard you ordered does not fit anything newer than 2008.

You need to package that up and send it back to Truck Gear Direct :-(
 

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I hope they let me return it and they don't charge me to ship it back since then I'b be out $100 total shipping--$50 each way. If I do have to pay to return it I might just keep it and try to make new bottom plates to raise it because I think that it looks decent, just too low!
 

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A good welding shop could fix that up in less than an 40 min. First thing to do is get the top to bolt into place before you go over there. You will have to take it off to go over the shop, but you will have all the details figured out in advance.

Once they see what the location is supposed to be the fabrication of the brackets is a breeze.

I would see if the manufacturer has an up dated bracket for it first. That would be the only change they would make.

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Too bad that it does not fit. Looks great. How much does it weigh?

Let us know whether they will take it back or what they will do about it. It will say something to the rest of us about that Company.

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Too bad that it does not fit. Looks great. How much does it weigh?

Let us know whether they will take it back or what they will do about it. It will say something to the rest of us about that Company.

Jerry

Has nothing to do with the manufacturer! It's an E-bay item. They are a bulk parts peddler. They make their money by volume selling. They are usually less responsive than the company that makes the parts.

That's why I suggested he contact the manufacturer. They may have already fabricated a new mounting system.

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Has nothing to do with the manufacturer! It's an E-bay item. They are a bulk parts peddler....
I think what millerjerr intended was that it would be nice to know if the ebay seller makes ammends for their incorrect ebay ad. (And thus if they are a reputable seller or one that should be avoided.)

Your right though Dom, if replacement-updated brackets were available it would be an easy solution to the problem.
 

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I think what millerjerr intended was that it would be nice to know if the ebay seller makes ammends for their incorrect ebay ad. (And thus if they are a reputable seller or one that should be avoided.)

Your right though Dom, if replacement-updated brackets were available it would be an easy solution to the problem.
I emailed the distributer my pictures and told them about my problem but they haven't emailed back yet. I also called them today and they said to wait for a respose from the installers via email, but that they don't have different brackets. The guy even went at far to tell me the brush guard fits 03-10:shock:
 

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Best of luck with you'r fight..
 

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I emailed the distributer my pictures and told them about my problem but they haven't emailed back yet. I also called them today and they said to wait for a respose from the installers via email, but that they don't have different brackets. The guy even went at far to tell me the brush guard fits 03-10:shock:

On the instruction sheet there is usually a number to call Hunter. Or the Web site address. Contact them, First !! Save yourself a bunch of aggravation!

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Per the website:
"Return Policy: Please Contact us for a RMA CODE for all returns. Returns made after 14 days of delivery will not be accepted for any reason. No returns will be accepted if wrong item is purchased, modified by the buyer, damaged by the buyer or for any incidents at the buyers fault. We will only accept returns in cases of product defectiveness. All returns must be in original condition w/ all original equipment to qualify for a refund minus all shipping costs "

Let us know how you make out.
 

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Update:

I called Truck Gear direct today becuase they never called me as they said they would inthe email. I was told to get dimenions for an upper bracket and that they would make me one. I mentioned that the gurd is too low because of the lower mounting brackets and asked if I could send them an appropriate design from AutoCad to have them made, She said yes and that they will help me anyway possible :) This is good news and good thing I know how to us drafting software, maybe because that is what I am going to school for :lol:
 

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good work. I am glad to hear that things are looking up. And to think you may be responsible for the correct fitting of the brush guard for the '09/'10 models
 

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Update:

I called Truck Gear direct today becuase they never called me as they said they would inthe email. I was told to get dimenions for an upper bracket and that they would make me one. I mentioned that the gurd is too low because of the lower mounting brackets and asked if I could send them an appropriate design from AutoCad to have them made, She said yes and that they will help me anyway possible :) This is good news and good thing I know how to us drafting software, maybe because that is what I am going to school for :lol:
That's great news Zach. However, if things go sideways, let me know and I may be in a position to take that one off your hands. :roll: :-D
 

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It's been awhile but now that I am on spring break from school I had a chance to do some measuring and tinkering. I came up with the best solution of moving the mounting bracket holes 2" forward and up on centers. I plan on sending out the drawing tomorrow and hopefully they will follow through and make the new brackets.

I think the guard looks "decent", not as good as it could if it was actually made for the 2009-10 models but still does's the job I guess.

first 2 pictures shows the comparison of spacing/ the profile change between models.












holes need moved up/forward as seen here
 

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Anyone know if the brush guard for an 09 with fit a 10? So far all the places I've contacted tell me they have nothing for a 10, let me rephrase. I can get a bull bar to fit a 10, just can't get a wrap around brush guard. So my question to the guru's here; Will a wrap around style brush guard made for a 2009 E fit on a 2010 E?

Thanx in advance.
 

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Anyone know if the brush guard for an 09 with fit a 10? So far all the places I've contacted tell me they have nothing for a 10, let me rephrase. I can get a bull bar to fit a 10, just can't get a wrap around brush guard. So my question to the guru's here; Will a wrap around style brush guard made for a 2009 E fit on a 2010 E?

Thanx in advance.
2009-2010's are identical.....If it fits a 2009 it will fit a 2010.

Where did you find a bush guard for a 2009?
 

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I stopped into 2 local truck places tonight and both told me they could get me a wrap around brush guard. I also called a place in LA. Are they lying to me?? LOL
 
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