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Installed 4xGuard Matrix today

I love it... still waiting for the hoop and need to get lights, but it changed the entire attitude of the Commander.

I did not have tow hooks, so I had to get the front fascia off. It went well --- no broken clips .



From there I installed the two outer stud plates (Quantity two 52090140AA Stud plate Right $6.11 ea. from Moparpartsonline)

Then the assembly began... I test assembled the Matrix in the hose so I knew what went where, then got to work... here are the results...





I still have the Front Guard 4, but have not yet confirmed what cutting is required beside the bracket clearances... Mike?!?

More mods on the horizon..........

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Looks like a nice simple weekend project!



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I give some specific XK directions, including the dimensions for fascia cutting with pictures, on my website.
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Looks so nice on there. I'd like to add that as well as the 4x guard front skid to my XK one day.
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Actually, I saw your site...5-1/4 inches and 7 inches as parallel cuts. Please tell me no other cutting is necessary, because the instructions indicate more is needed for the skid itself.
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If you don't get the hitch do you need to kut at all?
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If you don't get the hitch do you need to kut at all?
Sorry... the Matrix requires no cutting w/o the hitch. The front guard seems to require some cutting. It wouldn't bother me, except two of the attacment clips go bye-bye (for the OEM lower spoiler) in order to make room for the 4xG front guard brackets.

Ok... we'll deal with that in a different post once I get that project underway!

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Actually, I saw your site...5-1/4 inches and 7 inches as parallel cuts. Please tell me no other cutting is necessary, because the instructions indicate more is needed for the skid itself.
Hmmm... those must be the old instructions prior to the Front Guard 4 redesign. The cuts I show on the website is all you need to do now. Really simple. Between my pictures and just eyeballing it underneath it should be pretty clear what's going on. Remember not to cut into that recess for the fascia mounting bolts. FWIW, I've had no problem with the fact that you lose two of those fascia clips.

And that's exactly right on the Matrix: no cutting unless you want to mount the optional receiver hitch. (Even then it's pretty darn minor.)

Looks great! And it'll look even better once the lights are on there.
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Hmmm... those must be the old instructions prior to the Front Guard 4 redesign. The cuts I show on the website is all you need to do now. Really simple. Between my pictures and just eyeballing it underneath it should be pretty clear what's going on. Remember not to cut into that recess for the fascia mounting bolts. FWIW, I've had no problem with the fact that you lose two of those fascia clips.
Yeah, I was wondering why it seemed the cuts could be narrower. No plan on destroying the recessed area where the retainer bolts will hold up the fascia and the brackets, but I appreciate the reminder.
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Following the inspiration of El Cid, I now have my hoop installed, along with KC Apollo driving lights. I decided to by the Mopar wiring kit which had a nice harness and switch to mount in the rig. I also took care of my 4XG paint issues and topped the entire Matrix with a product called "Gravel Guard". I used the clear coat version, which has a nice, textured finish and should help repel scuffs and chips (we'll see...).

I also found some nice 2" wide body side moulding that will be cut to trim out the push bar section of the Matrix. That way if I do have to use it, it will have a padded surface. I am going to try to do that this weekend... here is a picture of the work thus far...

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