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Old 01-17-2013, 11:57 AM   #1
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Question how did you get your front bumper off ?

I've been trying to get the damned bolts out of the front bumper for a week now with very little luck, so I did a search for "bumper" on this forum, but although numorous posts mentioned making or installing new bumpers, not one mentioned problems with removing the bolts to get the stock bumper off. I realize that my '88 YJ is 25 years old, and I'm sure the bumper has never been taken off before, so those bolts are pretty well rusted in there. So far, I've broken one USA made T55 bit, and I've got one top bolt almost removed. I have another top bolt partially out before it stopped. I hate to think of what the lower bolts are going to be like. I've used heat and PB Blaster with minimal results. So guys, I'm open for any and all suggestions as to how to proceed from here. I've considered grinding the heads off, and after the bumper is off, to try a easy out on them. But as tough as they seem to be, it would probably break the easy out and then I'd have to torch them out. So,, please give me some suggestions

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Old 01-17-2013, 02:27 PM   #2
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I drilled mine. Just used one step below the bolt size and after the hole was made the threaded part just kind of fell out.

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heat, or PB blaster for days. Your bolts are more likely than not rusted solid in there. You can soak them in PB blaster and do several applications over the course of a few days, even taking a little 3 lb. sledge and smacking the bolts can jar them enough to break up some rust, depending on how bad they are of course.

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Old 01-17-2013, 10:28 PM   #4
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I stripped out a t55 on my bumper, so I used ground a flat spot on the bolt and used an adjustable wrench to get it off
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Old 01-18-2013, 02:06 PM   #5
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Used an impact wrench. Came right off.
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Old 01-25-2013, 03:49 PM   #6
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Try a boulder. However, you will have to NOT want it to come off for it to suddenly fall off, lol. Otherwise, I have used welders and plasma cutters in the past. Weld on a newer bolt if stripped or plasma cut it off or even grind it off/down.
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Used an impact wrench. Came right off.
YEP. Impact (either a drill-type or a hand-held) is the best way to get them loose without stripping the heads.
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Old 01-27-2013, 05:27 PM   #8
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When i can't get a bolt out i take it to a local shop with air tools and ask if they can get them out never costs me anything as it only takes a second for them to do.
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:33 AM   #9
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shackles in the way for the bottom bolts :-(((

I got the top two bolts out, but can't get at the bottom ones with my wrench, because the spring shackles are in the way. Maybe I'll have to remove the shackles to get at the bottom bolts ???
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We used an air gun, couldn't get it off by hand or feet. Then again my jeep is fairly "new". Good luck man!
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I don't suggest the easy out. Anytime I've ever used one, it's broken inside the bolt and made the situation worse. What works best for me is to weld a nut to the top of the bolt and use that to remove it.
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Loctite makes a new product called freeze n release. you could try that.
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On my '74 CJ: Started with a wrench, transitioned to a sawzall, finished with an angle grinder and cutoff wheels.

Welded new bumper on.

Then had to cut it off.

Then.... without learning... welded replacement on again. Hasn't been stolen yet.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:46 PM   #14
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got the danged bumper off,, finally !!

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I've been trying to get the damned bolts out of the front bumper for a week now with very little luck, so I did a search for "bumper" on this forum, but although numorous posts mentioned making or installing new bumpers, not one mentioned problems with removing the bolts to get the stock bumper off. I realize that my '88 YJ is 25 years old, and I'm sure the bumper has never been taken off before, so those bolts are pretty well rusted in there. So far, I've broken one USA made T55 bit, and I've got one top bolt almost removed. I have another top bolt partially out before it stopped. I hate to think of what the lower bolts are going to be like. I've used heat and PB Blaster with minimal results. So guys, I'm open for any and all suggestions as to how to proceed from here. I've considered grinding the heads off, and after the bumper is off, to try a easy out on them. But as tough as they seem to be, it would probably break the easy out and then I'd have to torch them out. So,, please give me some suggestions
I finally got it off, by grinding the bolt heads off. Grrrrrrr Thanks for all the ideas and suggestions !

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