Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Northern Illinois
Install done. Not a job for everyone if you want hooks too...
I installed the 82212577 front hook kit, without too much trouble. I also installed an extra "high" note horn (the stock one is a "low") - it now sounds MUCH better. I then went to put on the 68109862AA facia. Big problem! The hook kit has the hooks "pointing" out. The facia holes didn't line up and I finally figured that this facia requires the hooks to point IN! You can't just swap the hooks left to right, since each is different due the frame rails. I tried swapping the back spacers (drivers side is the longer one - like the back bolt), no luck because the middle nut holder would then not line up. Major back and forth, in and out, head scratching, give up, tear it back apart work... I was committed. I took the jump and cut the tow hooks with my cut-off saw right behind the front bracket, swapped the two hooks and welded 'em back up. It took a few tries because the angles are funky. I have a good MIG welder and fab skills, but this job was pretty taxing...
After SEVEN hours, it is done. I think it looks OK too.
If you just want the facia, it fits just fine and looks great but it would leave huge holes for the missing hooks. I had tried to find Compass specific hooks, but everyplace said the "Patriot" ones are "IT". Even the dealer(!) This FDII facia requires the hooks point "IN" due to the location of the opening. If you just wanted to put the hooks in w/out swapping the facia, you could just cut out the stock FD1 facia and it may be fine. If someone reading this HAS a FDII with hooks already, I'd sure like to see a close up. Do they point IN or OUT?
Last edited by gstrom99; 11-09-2014 at 01:13 PM.