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post #1 of 6 Old 09-11-2011, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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RuggedRidge bumper cut

Decided to stubby-hack up my RR bumper. I been getting a bad thump noise, thought it might be shocks, door catch, etc etc. Even took off the bumper but left the brackets on and still had the thump. Drivin me nuts.

So I figgured at least I'd lose some weight. Also put a piece of rubber inner-tube where the bracket met the top of the frame.

Fixed the thump, for now anyway, and reduced the bumper's weight by 17 pounds. Damn thing is really too heavy anyway.

If it acts up again I'll either drill and add another bolt or may just put the d-rings on the brackets and forget the bumper. It actually looked purty good with just the brackets on, almost like the new RR 3 piece rear that's about to come on the market.

Please forgive the dirt and the not cured yet permatex rust-not on the edges.



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post #2 of 6 Old 09-11-2011, 06:08 PM
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Awesome job I'm getting ready to cut my rear RR bumper also....what did you use for the cut? Throwing on some flat flares and the part that wraps around needs to be cut..................
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I used a saws all to make the cuts, then small grinder, then a file on sharp edges. Used blue masking tape to lay out the cuts. The hardest part was handling the big heavy bumper to make the cuts. You might be able to cut it on the jeep, depends on your tools.

Make sure you leave enough to add a tire carrier if planning to add one later.

Seen a post where the guy closed the ends with the drop off but I think I'll leave it as is. Looks ok plus easier to wash out mud.

Thinkin about finding some edge trim, kinda like they use when trimming fenders, but prob don't really need it.

Took me about 4 hours but wasn't in a rush. A plasma cutter would have been nice to have though.
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-20-2011, 08:27 AM
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Looks good. I also had the "thump" noise. Re torqued all the bolts and added a bolt to the driver side mounting bracket. I also removed the tire carrier and replaced it with an ORF carrier.

Maybe that was my write-up?
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Your write up YingYang was the one I started lookin at. Really liked the way yours turned out. I like how you closed the ends out too.

I don't have a welder but I have a vise and a big hammer and been thinkin about bending some 1/8 flat as a corner angle bracket and attaching it with bolts or some big-ass rivets. Kinda give it that road warrior look, might still do that.

Might go with the ORF carrier as well when the time comes. Looks good to me

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Looks better after a shot of dupli-color bumper paint


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