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post #1 of 42 Old 04-27-2008, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
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Ugly bumpers...

I HATE JK bumpers. Jeep should have stuck with TJ bumpers. I know it's a common swap for a lot of people but I'm too broke for that, I just HAD to drop the money on a Rubi (good move though God bless stock 44's and full lock up). So as soon as I get some time, I'm hacking the crap out of my front bumper till I get some cash for a wench and bumper. MAN I HATE THESE BUMPERS!
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I feel your pain man.... I spent my first wad on the bumper... I hated it too

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In two hours you can transform your factory front bumper into these (required a little bit of fab/welding with some 1/8 sheet stock). Throw out the plastic housing and play with it. Alec and I did.



Since then we've made winch bumpers so that one is sitting in my scrap pile.

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That is the plan right there! Perfect! My only real problem is lack of space to work, and cutting tools on hand. I have a buddy that has a nice place to work but it is full of his monster XJ right now. With some luck it is ready to wheel and out of the garage this week.
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That is the plan right there! Perfect! My only real problem is lack of space to work, and cutting tools on hand. I have a buddy that has a nice place to work but it is full of his monster XJ right now. With some luck it is ready to wheel and out of the garage this week.
In a matter of 10 minutes you can remove the plastic bumper cover. No need to do any cutting right away, butthere are two "soup cans" on the bumper frame you will want to grind off. That will do you until you are ready to hack it up more. I just left mine as is until I picked up a new front bumper.

Here's a pic of the stock frame, untouched, except for removal of the "soup cans".



Or you could buy (or make) one of these!
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I'm going to work on my bumper today, but after the plastic is off I'm not sure what to do with what is left.
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you think yours are ugly have a look at the plastic park bench they put on the Australian ones so they meet our design rules
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Yikes. Are those mud flaps required equipment too?
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you think yours are ugly have a look at the plastic park bench they put on the Australian ones so they meet our design rules
Looks like with a little careful use of the old sawzall you could at least get rid of that filler piece between the actual bumper and the flenders.
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Or leave the plastic on and cut it down...3 minutes and a sawsall
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dont worry mine didnt stay like that for long but i am one of the few that has done anything



with the stock tyres still on

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[QUOTE=tiny;17047]you think yours are ugly have a look at the plastic park bench they put on the Australian ones so they meet our design rules[/QUOTE


First thing you need to do is put your steering wheel back in the correct location.

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you think yours are ugly have a look at the plastic park bench they put on the Australian ones so they meet our design rules[/QUOTE


First thing you need to do is put your steering wheel back in the correct location.
ours are on the right side
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ours are on the right side
Yes, but just because they are on the "right" side doesn't mean they are on the "correct" side. We went to Bermuda once, and they also drive backwards. Unfortunately the only way to get around on that island is by scooter. I'm very lucky I survived it.
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I like th JK bumper...esthetically correct...material...incorrect...I would like them in steel.
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Tiny, what you got behind your grill? Is that home made or did you buy it. The color reminds me of a heater filter! I like it!

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Factory Off Road Bumper

We just ordered ours with the factory off road bumper and winch. That way the winch is covered under the 7 year 100,000 mile warranty.

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We just ordered ours with the factory off road bumper and winch. That way the winch is covered under the 7 year 100,000 mile warranty.
smart move on the warranty!
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yeah i think the mopar bumper is what im gonna do too if woods doesnt get his ass in gear!
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Hey Justajeep, I kind of like what you have done with the stock bumper. What do the ends look like I crushed the end of my factory last weekend and was looking at buying a custom bumper but wouldn’t mind running one like that until the funds come available.

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Speaking of the MOPAR bumper, where is that offroad bumper with the fog lamp holes?????
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Good questions Dusty. I was just going to cut the wires and use them to wire in the future KC lights?

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Speaking of the MOPAR bumper, where is that offroad bumper with the fog lamp holes?????
The Steel Mopar bumper uses different fog lamps. But they do tie into the factory fog lamp wiring. Installation time for the from lamps about 5 minutes with only one wrench and a coupe of zip ties needed.

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Or leave the plastic on and cut it down...3 minutes and a sawsall
Do you have a side on pic showing how the ends look cut off like that? I'm guessing you've just got a plastic edge showing - unless you capped it somehow?
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I've gone through two stock bumpers. The first I spent hours measuring, cutting and plastic welding nicely folded caps. The second, I spend 5 min with the sawzall.

If I had to do it again, I would go the sawzall way and just cut the wings off. Nice vertical cut looks good.

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