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Old 07-14-2013, 11:17 PM   #31
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I plasti dipped my front and rear tow hooks this weekend. I used plastidip because I wasn't sure how I'd like the look, plus the stock bumpers only have ~6 months left on my Jeep before they are replaced. The fact that the plastidip may get ruined is fine by me.

I went the route of removing my bumpers to paint the hooks. I had the time plus i used this opportunity to familiarize myself with the assembly of the front and rear bumpers.

I am really starting to love the red accents. Thinking of incorporating it more and more with my already existing black.billet theme.




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Old 08-19-2013, 03:17 AM   #32
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I have a winter chill Arctic and ever since the 10A, I have wanted to copy the same look with orange opposed to red. I had the took the Rubi font for the hood decal and outlined ARCTIC in orange. Now, just trying to find the right shade of orange and the time to get it done.

Is there a trick to removing the rear tow hook? My initial thought (have not actually got under and inspected it yet) is there is just a couple of bolts to remove and replace--is it that simple?
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:47 AM   #33
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For all those who have the Rock Lobsters' WalMart has Rust-Oleum in a Hot Pink that's a perfect match!
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Old 08-19-2013, 03:20 PM   #34
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For all those who have the Rock Lobsters' WalMart has Rust-Oleum in a Hot Pink that's a perfect match!
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That's hilarious
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Old 01-06-2014, 11:31 AM   #35
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I have a winter chill Arctic and ever since the 10A, I have wanted to copy the same look with orange opposed to red. I had the took the Rubi font for the hood decal and outlined ARCTIC in orange. Now, just trying to find the right shade of orange and the time to get it done.

Is there a trick to removing the rear tow hook? My initial thought (have not actually got under and inspected it yet) is there is just a couple of bolts to remove and replace--is it that simple?
Who did you go through to have your Arctic decals made? I was thinking of a something similar using a different name. Haven't found any good supplier yet though to print my decals.
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:39 PM   #36
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Old 05-17-2014, 10:42 AM   #37
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I have a winter chill Arctic and ever since the 10A, I have wanted to copy the same look with orange opposed to red. I had the took the Rubi font for the hood decal and outlined ARCTIC in orange. Now, just trying to find the right shade of orange and the time to get it done. Is there a trick to removing the rear tow hook? My initial thought (have not actually got under and inspected it yet) is there is just a couple of bolts to remove and replace--is it that simple?
I like the orange, it's a fresh new look! I'm going to paint my tow hooks bright orange.
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Old 05-17-2014, 11:02 AM   #38
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I did my front and rear hooks also, just Rust-Oleum Cherry Red.



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Old 05-17-2014, 12:49 PM   #39
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So my JKU is Billet Silver. Any ideas for a good accent color for tow hooks as well as some interior trim? I'd like something that looks great but doesn't necessarily stick out to someone that doesn't know Jeeps either.
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Old 05-17-2014, 01:57 PM   #40
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I don't understand how people act like its easy to take off the front bumper. The two inside nuts on the driver side was almost impossible to get to. The vacuum pump and the cross member get in the way... I cut off my cross member with a sawzall and it made life much easier.

Also the two plastic screws for the top of the bumper did not spin. I didn't strip them, they would not spin. So I just tore it off...
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Old 05-17-2014, 10:20 PM   #41
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I don't understand how people act like its easy to take off the front bumper. The two inside nuts on the driver side was almost impossible to get to. The vacuum pump and the cross member get in the way... I cut off my cross member with a sawzall and it made life much easier. Also the two plastic screws for the top of the bumper did not spin. I didn't strip them, they would not spin. So I just tore it off...
It takes about 15 minutes to remove and put on the stock bumper. The plastic screws don't spin out. I put a screw half way in and then pull them out with pliers. Unscrew vacuum pump and then everything is fine. I only use a simple socket set to do this plus pliers and screw.
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Front bumper removal is about a 15 min process. Unplug the fog light harness, remove 8 bolts, and you're done...
15 minutes? Must be with a 24 pack.
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Old 05-18-2014, 08:47 AM   #43
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I agree, 15 minutes my ass
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Old 05-18-2014, 10:19 AM   #44
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Red looks nice... But I'll stick with my body color commando green hooks. But my wife still needs hers painted. Perhaps red is in her billet future.
I like the body color ideal. I was going to powder cost mine red but I think I'll do the body color. My jk is anvil. I also want to do my rear one too.
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It takes about 15 minutes to remove and put on the stock bumper. The plastic screws don't spin out. I put a screw half way in and then pull them out with pliers. Unscrew vacuum pump and then everything is fine. I only use a simple socket set to do this plus pliers and screw.
There was almost no room to unscrew the inner nuts on the driver side. I could hardly get a wrench in there... also, it took me about 15 min. just to remove the plastic tabs that hold the fog light wiring to the bumper...

There a Jeep engineer somewhere laughing. They put that one bolt in an in convent place knowing people will have to remove it.
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Old 05-18-2014, 11:29 AM   #46
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I trimmed lots o things on my jeep because it made me feel like it was something no one else has and that is the beauty of Jeeps U can build and customize them like no other vehicle!
Nice job...is that OEM Gecko Green?

I'm also curious was was required to paint the shocks...did you have to remove them?
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I have a winter chill Arctic and ever since the 10A, I have wanted to copy the same look with orange opposed to red. I had the took the Rubi font for the hood decal and outlined ARCTIC in orange. Now, just trying to find the right shade of orange and the time to get it done.

Is there a trick to removing the rear tow hook? My initial thought (have not actually got under and inspected it yet) is there is just a couple of bolts to remove and replace--is it that simple?
I like that a lot! Did you find an available font to use...or did you have to create the lettering (for the A and T) by hand?
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If i mask off the bumpers and everything ,can i still get paint to all of the hook or can people easily see i didn't take the bumper off.
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If i mask off the bumpers and everything ,can i still get paint to all of the hook or can people easily see i didn't take the bumper off.
You can do a decent job if you take the time to mask it off properly.
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Rico love the green you chose. But wouldn't look right with a my red. but looks really sharp.
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Old 09-13-2014, 10:10 AM   #51
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RustOleum Sunset Red + a coat of Clear Coat for mine, seems to be holding pretty well.

Did the front ones when I removed the bumper to install the winch.
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Old 09-20-2014, 05:41 PM   #52
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Who did you go through to have your Arctic decals made? I was thinking of a something similar using a different name. Haven't found any good supplier yet though to print my decals.
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I went through pixeldecals.com. I was more than pleased with the product and the price seemed more than fair.
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I like that a lot! Did you find an available font to use...or did you have to create the lettering (for the A and T) by hand?
I used the Rubicon Font from pixeldecals.com.
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Old 09-20-2014, 06:08 PM   #54
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Just realized I never posted the pics of the tow hooks painted.
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Old 09-20-2014, 11:54 PM   #55
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I trimmed lots o things on my jeep because it made me feel like it was something no one else has and that is the beauty of Jeeps U can build and customize them like no other vehicle!
Well said! Like the rim blades...I've been debating - looks good on yours.

I did my rear hook lime green (taped off bumper) but because I did the mesh of my grill insert green I decided against painting the front hooks. I actually used a simple photo app to play around with different colors on a pic of my Jeep - it helped me decide before I made the changes.

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I painted the hooks on my X on day 2 of ownership. I am very glad I did and have a unique jeep now because of it however it was a full day project. I have a few pics of the progress and how it sits in the garage now.

The rear hooks are about a 15 min job to take off, but the front at a PITA! Removing the front bumper wasn't too bad but disassembling the whole thing to get to the hooks was not as easy as I expected. I ended up having to cut off the speed nuts that were holding the hooks to another part of the bumper and replaced them on the reinstall.

Other than a rattle can of paint and a couple speed nuts it is a pretty cheap modification that really personalizes your rig. I would recommend it to anyone looking to do it and hope that they share their results.
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Old 10-26-2014, 07:14 PM   #57
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If i mask off the bumpers and everything ,can i still get paint to all of the hook or can people easily see i didn't take the bumper off.
I masked off my bumper and the tow hooks came out just fine. I just made sure I got a little paint down into the hole on the front bumper.
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