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Old 06-22-2012, 04:20 PM   #1
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How to remove rear bumper from 2012 JK

I need to remove the rear bumper to install a hitch can someone please tell me where the bolts are

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Old 06-22-2012, 04:25 PM   #2
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I need to remove the rear bumper to install a hitch can someone please tell me where the bolts are
On the rear bumper.

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Old 06-22-2012, 04:29 PM   #3
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:59 PM   #5
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What kind of hitch? The factory slides under the bumper and 4 long bolts go thru the frame (aka rear bumper) o secure it.
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:01 PM   #6
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Just climb under and look. It's that easy--every bolt that holds the rear bumper in place can be seen without needing to remove anything. There are six of them IIRC.
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:08 PM   #8
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Just installed a Rugged Ridge hitch about 20 mins ago on My 2012 JKU.
6 bolts come out. Look under each end of the Rear bumper you will see a brace holding the bumper to the Jeep. remove the 16mm bolts holding the bumper to the brace. Then look at the back of the rear bumper next to the body mount, you will see a bracket bolted to the rear cross member with another bolt above it holding the bracket to the bumper. Remove the top bolt only! you can loosen the one holding the brace to the cross member but there is no need to remove it. Pulling it out will result in the bracket falling off and hitting you in the face (don't ask how I know this). That's it, open the tailgate and the bumper will fall off.

If you have an air ratchet it makes the job a ton faster but all bolts can be reached easily enough
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There is no need to remove the bumper to install the hitch receiver. It should take no more than 15 minutes.
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There is no need to remove the bumper to install the hitch receiver. It should take no more than 15 minutes.
There is if it doesn't have the nuts welded in to place, as the smittybilt hitch does not. I don't know about the Rugged Ridge.

With the smitty hitch, it'd be very difficult to get the nuts into place without taking the bumper off. I fiddled with them for awhile and finally decided its just be easier to pull the bumper off.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:27 PM   #11
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Still don't need to remove it. Just use the NASCAR trick. Super glue the nuts on! My first and only time to a racr included a visit to the infield. Each crew had a guy whose job it was to glue the lug nuts to the wheels.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:51 PM   #12
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Still don't need to remove it. Just use the NASCAR trick. Super glue the nuts on! My first and only time to a racr included a visit to the infield. Each crew had a guy whose job it was to glue the lug nuts to the wheels.
That's a clever idea I never would've thought of.

So yes, you don't ever need to drop the bumper to install a hitch . . . provided you use super glue.
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R/R rear bumper + install of hitch =20mins

look around the house for super glue and realize you're out = 10mins then pick up tools in driveway and go to the store and back to buy super glue = 15mins (if you are lucky)
Fuss around and try to get the nuts to stick in the right spot, then a trip to the emergency room to un-stick your fingers = no less than 3hrs ( again if you're lucky)
get home and R/R to rear bumper + install hitch = 20 mins
total time 3hrs, 45mins.

Peal the rear bumper off and don't take short cuts.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:53 PM   #14
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Thanks I did the job today, I had to remove the bumper but it's all done

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