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Old 07-25-2013, 11:27 PM   #1
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AEV rear bumper water tank kit

Has anyone been able to install this kit without taking off the whole bumper? It appears that you could just swap out the corner plastic sections, but there doesn't seem to be enough clearance.

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Old 07-25-2013, 11:35 PM   #2
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i bought the water tank kit along with the bumper and found that there is enough clearance if everything is very loose but even still i found the right rear tank will still need to be slid into place with some minor surface scratching. if installing the bumper, you really need to put everything into place, loosely tighten, test fit, drill the necessary holes etc and then remove the bumper, drop in the tanks and then put the bumper back into place by sliding it into the frame rails. two people definitely makes it easier as the whole thing is shucking and jiving the whole time you're trying to get everything into the right spots. once in place and tightened up it's very solid.

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Old 07-25-2013, 11:52 PM   #3
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I think you would need to at best take all the bolts loose so you can get your non tank ends you have now out and the tank ends in. I think it's possible after unbolting everything and then sliding the bumper out some to wiggle the tanks in and out. The bumper actually slides into the frame rail, so you have some room to slide it out without having to completely remove it. This is how is did my AEV bumper install by myself. I put the bumper into the frame rails, got the tanks in, then fully installed.
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:32 PM   #4
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Going to try

Thanks for the info about the rear bumper sliding on the rails. I will loosen and remove bolts to allow for sliding the bumper out an inch or so. That looks like all I will need. Thought it would be a simple "plug n play."
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Old 07-27-2013, 07:57 AM   #5
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Thought it would be a simple "plug n play."
I thought the same thing when I was reading the instructions. My world turned upside down when I tried to install it by myself!
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Old 07-27-2013, 06:24 PM   #6
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lol, me too

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I thought the same thing when I was reading the instructions. My world turned upside down when I tried to install it by myself!
Yup, took off the bracket on the non-water tanks and thought it would just slide out after some "light" wiggling! But, I will try to slide the bumper when I get a chance to work on it again.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:52 PM   #7
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I'm glad I found this thread. I'm considering this AEV bumper for other reasons (because I need a larger tire carrier) and I was curious about the water tanks.

When I first read the description in the Quadratec parts catalog (this is my new porn, btw) I remember thinking, "Why would I need water in my bumper?"

When I go camping I like to have a couple extra gallons of bottled water plus a gallon or more of tap water I use for "coleman coffee" in the mornings, is that really what this is for, or is there a more specialized reason to carry water in your bumper as opposed to in tanks in your Jeep? Is it specifically for radiator refills or just to be used as a conversation starter when you say, "Hang on, let me take a drink from my bumper" ?

I'm not trying to be a smarta$$ - I am genuinely curious about the use for these tanks.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:41 PM   #8
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I removed the water tanks and installed the non water tank corners when I installed the bumper. If anyone wants a pair of brand new water tanks...
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I'm glad I found this thread. I'm considering this AEV bumper for other reasons (because I need a larger tire carrier) and I was curious about the water tanks.

When I first read the description in the Quadratec parts catalog (this is my new porn, btw) I remember thinking, "Why would I need water in my bumper?"

When I go camping I like to have a couple extra gallons of bottled water plus a gallon or more of tap water I use for "coleman coffee" in the mornings, is that really what this is for, or is there a more specialized reason to carry water in your bumper as opposed to in tanks in your Jeep? Is it specifically for radiator refills or just to be used as a conversation starter when you say, "Hang on, let me take a drink from my bumper" ?

I'm not trying to be a smarta$$ - I am genuinely curious about the use for these tanks.
I could see using it for non potable uses such as shower water, clean dishes, wash hands, etc... I would leave the drinking water to bottled water. Less error for getting sick.

I think it is a great idea. 5 gallons is enough to cover the basic water needs. You could even extend the use of this tank by putting a black rotopax on the roof rack for warm shower water.
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:34 AM   #10
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Those 5 gallons of water would go a long way in helping to make sure your campfire was truly put out when packing up your camp. This way, you do not use your drinking water or have to carry other containers for this purpose.

Too many fires have been started in the past by careless folks...... thereby costing all of us our forests and tax dollars. I think that reason alone is enough to have the AEV tanks.
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Do the plastic bolts drain all the water out? I assume that is what the bolts are for.
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The bolts attach the bumper to the frame. I believe the only way to get the water out is via the pump.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:44 PM   #13
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Not the allen-head bolts or the metal strap bolts. I think there are two plastic bolts near the bottom inner corners...will check again today. They seem to be placed where the lowest point is on either side.
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Not the allen-head bolts or the metal strap bolts. I think there are two plastic bolts near the bottom inner corners...will check again today. They seem to be placed where the lowest point is on either side.
Those are where the water pump kit attaches. In the box are 2 connectors, those replace the plastic nuts you're talking about. Then there is a piece of tubing that connects the 2 sides together, and the pump screws on in place of the cap. When you want to fully drain, you remove the plastic tubing from the connectors and then it will drain.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:02 PM   #15
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Ah, I see. May be easier to screw in two tiny faucets. Ah hell, I'll get the water pump kit...looks fiddly and flimsy though.
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:37 PM   #16
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AEV Rear Bumper Replacement Black Cap - Shop By Category
They do replacement caps for the water tank. Does anybody know if there's a lockable cap out there? AEV don't make lockable caps :-(
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I'm glad I found this thread. I'm considering this AEV bumper for other reasons (because I need a larger tire carrier) and I was curious about the water tanks.

When I first read the description in the Quadratec parts catalog (this is my new porn, btw) I remember thinking, "Why would I need water in my bumper?"

When I go camping I like to have a couple extra gallons of bottled water plus a gallon or more of tap water I use for "coleman coffee" in the mornings, is that really what this is for, or is there a more specialized reason to carry water in your bumper as opposed to in tanks in your Jeep? Is it specifically for radiator refills or just to be used as a conversation starter when you say, "Hang on, let me take a drink from my bumper" ?

I'm not trying to be a smarta$$ - I am genuinely curious about the use for these tanks.
Its ALWAYS a good idea to have extra water along! You may need to wash your hands after repairs, wash off dirty parts, wash off a wound, radiator top off, if really desperate you may need extra drinking water or water to boil for emergency rations.

I would not drink the tank water unless it was an absolute necessity, like all my bottled water ran out and I was stranded.

I plan on carrying 2 days worth of freeze dried food and a Jet Boil in case I get stuck for several days.

My next purchase for the JK will be the AEV bumper system.

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