Front install: 30-45 minutes/side (for mechanically challenged me)
1. Jack up the front, jack stands, remove wheel.
2. Find the stock bump stop and try to figure out how it is attached???? Turns out that basically, they welded a steel square box to the frame, with a hole in the top barely big enough to fit a 9/16 long socket (and deep enough that you need a really short extension or a swivel on top of the long socket), and the main bolt hole to attach the bump stop through the bottom. See Pictures 6, 7, 8.
3. Insert the socket (put grease in the socket so the nut stays in the socket after you remove it or it will be lost in the welded steel square box forever) and unscrew the nut. Remove the stock bump stop.
4. Look at the directions. Now ponder how to insert the long bolt into the bottom of the Timbren bumper and out it's top, then place that assembly into the bolt hole on the bottom of the welded steel square box, holding the assembly in place (without the bolt falling out), all while magically getting the new washer and nut somehow threaded onto the bolt, which has to happen inside the steel square box welded to the frame, and the access for the nut/washer/socket is through the slightly bigger than a 9/16 socket hole in the top of the steel square box of death welded to the frame. To top it off, all this is happening in restricted space and deeper than my fingers can reach. (Hmmm, no beer in the house. I hate it when that happens)
5. Ignore step 4, you'll just get a headache.
To get the bolt to stay in the Timbren, I ripped a piece of duct tape 3/8" x 2" and wrapped it on the base threads next to the head of the bolt. Insert the bolt into the Timbren and hopefully the bolt stays put. Insert the Timbren/bolt in the hole in the frame and hold it in place.
6. After a lot of trial and error, I found one way I could maneuver my hand so my finger could reach down and touch the top of the bolt. I practiced it a few times, then put some grease on the tip of my finger, touched the washer to pick it up, and carefully inserted it into hole on top of the welded square death box and onto the bolt.
7. Step 6 could work for the nut, but how do you get the nut threaded on the bolt when you can barely touch it? Any mistakes, and the bolt is, you guessed it, lost forever.
I took the plastic bag that the bolts came in, and stuffed it into the 9/16 long socket, leaving just enough room for the nut. Then I put more grease in the socket. Then I placed the nut in the grease, in the end of the socket.
OK, it's do or die time, CAREFULLY insert the socket/plastic/grease/nut into the hole (you know, the one slightly bigger than a 9/16 socket on the top of the death box) and hopefully onto the top of the bolt.
Turn the socket and hope it threads onto the bolt. (I slightly varied the angle of the socket and the timbren bumper/bolt as I turned the socket.....and it eventually worked!)
After it's threaded, remove the socket, remove the plastic from the socket, clean up the grease, and then go back and tighten the nut. Whew! See picture 9.
8. Replace tire, remove jack stands, lower vehicle. See picture 10.
9. Drive to the store to pick up your choice of celebratory beverage while noticing how the van doesn't wallow around corners as much as before, that you can actually feel the road, and the front end doesn't dive as much when braking.
Really though, I make everything more difficult than it needs to be. If I can do it, anyone can do it.