Chim-Chim's JCR Crusader Build Thread. Front and Rear Bumpers
After not seeing many posts on JCR Crusader series bumpers, I decided to make my own thread. There are a few threads on the budget Dagger series bumpers if that is what you were looking for.
Placed my order online, and I had a tracking number that it had shipped in less than one week. A week and a half I got everything delivered. The Crusader series is their flagship series equipment. Very robust and stout. The welds are top notch. I can see no flaws anywhere. I will be mounting them for a mock up before I drop them off at Line-X for coating.
Originally I had planned on ordering Expedition One bumpers, but I quickly changed my mind when I saw the JCR lineup.
Unwrapped. The rear bumper included lights, 3/4" D rings, and 3/4" bumper ring mounts. Stout! Front bumper included the same and uses the factory fog lights. Spare tire and rotopax carrier is needle bearing mounted.
I'm all in on this one as well. When I can stash enough dough, I am going with the JCR Bumpers as well. I love the rear setup with the protected fuel cans. I have seen several Jeeps running around with the 5 gallon jugs hanging off the back and I just can't see myself ever wanting to do that.
Post some progress pictures, and what you are using for paint when you have some time!
The bracket for the vacuum pump is genius. It simply bolts the vacuum pump to the frame. No having to cut the hoses and wires, then modify to fit inside your tight engine compartment. More companies should do this. I had to trim the mount a little to get a good fit, but nothing my Dremel couldn't handle.
First thing was removing the vacuum pump then cutting off half the mount and one stud. Took less than 3 minutes.
Next was mounting the bracket. The bolts that came in the kit were too short, luckily I had longer ones. Perfect fit. No drilling needed.
Next was mounting the pump. Kit supplied two longer bolts for this.
Last was sliding the bumper on. It fit like a glove. Now I get to take it all apart and take to coaters in the morning. The whole operation look about 1hr.
Been eyeing up the JCR Crusader rear bumper, just need to save the funds to get it.
__________________ 2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X - Red Rock Crystal Pearl Kenwood DNX6180-HD Radio w/Rear Camera Hardtop and Bestop Trektop NX Stock Rims with BF Goodrich Mud Terrains Rigid Duallys on SmittyBuilt Windshield Brackets Rampage Recovery Front Bumper w/ Rampage Driving Lights
I've been debating a JCR bumper for a while now versus a Rugged Ridge tube for a long time. I like the JCRs hardiness, but I really love the RR classic look. I'm mainly a hunting trail person and won't do much, if any, rock crawling so I don't find the need for heavy duty stuff.
I look forward to seeing the finished product.
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5 minutes playing in the mud=5 years of shit falling on your face while you work on it.
Dropped off the front bumper at Line-X today. I will have updates on Thursday night showing the rest of the install of the front bumper. After two more weeks I will have the pics up of the rear install. Got to break it up, Line-X is expensive. If anyone local wants the stock front and rear bumpers, you can have them free of charge.
First, need to remove the factory fog lights and transfer to the new bumper. I had to trim the top of my lights for a better fit. You wont need to do this on a painted bumper, the Line-X is about .100 thick. You will also need to quickly enlarge the holes with a 1/4 drill bit. The fogs fit perfect.
Drop in the bracket into the frame well. There is a single bolt down bracket on the right side of the bumper for added support. Do not forget this step.
Now put on the bumper and recheck fit. All is good so lets install the hardware and tighten it down. Don't forget your side mounted bolt. Tighten that one last, but start it before everything is tights. I used about 60 Ft. lbs. on the nuts and 50 ft. lbs on the single bolt.
Now after all wiring is complete, lets install the skid plate. The skid plate completely covers the electric disco and bolts to the bash bar.
Start with the end bolts and work your way to the center of the skid. Leave all bolts only snug. Once all bolts are in tighten down all bolts starting from the center.
Rubi skid is thick plate steel.
Once all your bolts are tight, you need to drill a single hole in the bash bar to install one bolt. Use the skid plate hole as the guide. Don't forget to add a little touch up paint to the new hole you just drilled.