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Old 02-29-2012, 05:35 PM   #1
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Question drilling front bumper for fogs

Has anyone NOT taken off the silver flash plastic in the middle over the fog lights, when mounting their bumper light units?

I've got 2 different opinions on this:

1 side says TAKE it off before you drill, THEN make a hole in the trim plastic if you want to remount it;

Other side says: carefully locate your hole position and drill....no problem.

Of course there is other plastic panels, air dam/bumper-grill dam....but what is the assembled experience of the Wranglers Forum Riders on this matter?

WAY easier to drill thru the trim, avoiding obvious trouble spots.

JIMBOX? MTN, krutj, etc? Anybody?

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Old 03-01-2012, 08:28 AM   #2
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Hey Jake, give me a little more background on what you are planning...
If I'm understanding you correctly, you have some DS lighting/harness to install in your front bumper, do you already have OEM fog lights? Or a plain bumper?
If it was my project, I'd first get a quality hole saw(Lennox or maybe Master Mechanic from True Value Hardware) Then I'd get all my measurements correct and drill through BOTH the skin and plastic bumper...less chance of offset.
If you decide to not re-use the skin, just leave it off after you drill, or leave it on, the holes will be lined up...
Hope this helps, I'll be gone most of the day, but I'll check with you later this afternoon....we'll get you going on this...
Biggest issue...measure,measure, measure, then drill...use some masking tape on the bumper to orient the spot you need to drill, much easier to make a drilling mark on tape....good luck, gotta run.

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Old 03-01-2012, 08:38 AM   #3
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He has the factory fogs and is installing additional fogs to the top. I would use mounting brackets, but see no issue with drilling through the silver plastic trim. If you crew it up you could alwasy remove it.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:42 AM   #4
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I was all ready to jump into the project today "but but"....

1) we have 2" new snow on the ground;
2) I have no indoor facility;
3) I can't find my 1/2" drill motor.

One by one I'll get these solved.

Mounting 2 Grotes on top of factory bumper can't be all that big a project.....on the other hand, having done such projects in the past, I'm reluctant to create more problems than I solve.

I *did* manage to find where to mount my on/off switch temporarily at least, without drilling anything.

And I've been summoned for jury duty. The first seating the judge excused me. This PM I'll learn when my number has to report in again. And there's currently nearly 100 miles of bad road round trip to the court house.

Carpe manana!
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:49 AM   #5
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daggo: re: "brackets"

this is the unit I'm using

I don't see the advantage to using brackets with this unit given the large/solid threaded mount.
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I added "Driving lights" not fog lights and I made the brackets, using 1-1/2" mild steel strap and attached to the sides of the frame as shown-





If you're gonna drill plastic/steel and add hold-down acc--good luck

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Old 03-01-2012, 06:24 PM   #7
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OK, now I understand the plan...when you mount these, be aware of vibration. The bulbs that you got from DS will have a much shorter lifespan if there's much vibration driving down the road. If there's enough room, add some rubber washers on the top and bottom of the mounting stud to give it some cushion.

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