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Old 09-28-2012, 09:03 AM   #31
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Well done!

Thanks for your time and effort in making this post. Super job!

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Old 09-28-2012, 01:46 PM   #32
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thanks! I've since removed that ugly grill guard and went with the stubby kit for now.

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Old 11-05-2012, 11:03 PM   #33
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whats the secret to those plastic screws? i turn the screwdriver but nothing happens. the central philips socket spins but the peripheral flange doesnt move..I apply prying pressure to the peripheral flange but the thing doesnt come out.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:29 AM   #34
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whats the secret to those plastic screws? i turn the screwdriver but nothing happens. the central philips socket spins but the peripheral flange doesnt move..I apply prying pressure to the peripheral flange but the thing doesnt come out.
It happened to me also. The way I got it out was to insert a tiny screwdriver under the spinning screw and pryed it up and I turned it. Then you can pop out the whole thing.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:22 PM   #35
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Thanks for the great write up!
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:15 PM   #36
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Absolutely Spot On Instructions

Just picked up my JK and am getting ready to add a Rugged Ridge XHD front bumper. These instructions were a great help getting the stock bumper off.
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Old 12-05-2012, 01:24 PM   #37
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to redirect this old post slightly, has anyone had any luck selling the OEM tow hooks? Other than bolting them to the wall for coat hooks I do not have much use for them but would hate to send them to the scrapyard just on principle.
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:00 PM   #38
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Does that set up work with the bumper skin on? I notice that you remove the tow hooks. Is there a way to make it work with the hooks? Are you going to leave those other 4 bolts off?
Daggo66 I used the factory tow hooks on my bumper installation. I built my own bumper for the 08 that I traded in, but removed it and put the original back on before turning it over to the dealer.

I then used the new hooks and put them behind my old bumper.

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Old 12-08-2012, 11:05 PM   #39
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Forgot to add, if you're going to use the factory tow hooks, look at them sideways and you'll see that it's tapered a little towards the bottom, so we used two 1/2" washers on each bottom bolt between the bumper and the tow hook to keep it vertical otherwise there would be a strain!
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Thanks for this, I will put it to god use very soon.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:00 PM   #41
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Wow what a great write up. Thanks for taking the time to give a thorough explanation of this task.
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OK, please hear me out. this is THE best explanation on the bumper on the entire internet. I know since I've seen every attempt in the last 24 hours. My issue is I want to flat tow my 2013 JK behind my RV and I want to junk the factory bumper. I know nothing about towing but from these pics, it seems that I could just bolt the tow bar adapter to the four-whole mounting point the bumper uses and then drag the mess off down the street. What am I missing here? If I use a decent bumper (the Oly 500) and a bolt through adapter, it seems to me that it would be stronger, or as strong, as the D ring set up normal Jeep guys use to pull Jeeps out of the mess; no? I didn't take physics or shop so this may be obviously stupid. Free shots; why shouldn't I do this?

OH, and seriously, I know of at least three aftermarket sellers that need this series of pics to make their product make sense.
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OK, please hear me out. this is THE best explanation on the bumper on the entire internet. I know since I've seen every attempt in the last 24 hours. My issue is I want to flat tow my 2013 JK behind my RV and I want to junk the factory bumper. I know nothing about towing but from these pics, it seems that I could just bolt the tow bar adapter to the four-whole mounting point the bumper uses and then drag the mess off down the street. What am I missing here? If I use a decent bumper (the Oly 500) and a bolt through adapter, it seems to me that it would be stronger, or as strong, as the D ring set up normal Jeep guys use to pull Jeeps out of the mess; no? I didn't take physics or shop so this may be obviously stupid. Free shots; why shouldn't I do this?

OH, and seriously, I know of at least three aftermarket sellers that need this series of pics to make their product make sense.
Thanks for the comments man. Every time I do a mod, I take notes/pics in case no one else did. Yes you can mount it to the 4hole area since that is the part of the frame. The other part of the bumper is thin junk and worthless. The only question left would be the tow hooks. If you aren't doing any off-roading or worry about yanking it out of mud or something, don't worry about it. You could always loop it around the main bumper if you had to.
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Old 01-14-2013, 11:25 PM   #44
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Excellent write-up, which will come in handy when I swap bumpers in the near future. I hope one of the Mods will add this to the http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/wri...os-153626.html sticky before it disappears from the front page again.

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are you selling those tow hooks by chance?
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:45 AM   #46
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Is there anyway to keep your fog lights in without the plastic or is it the only way to go
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:45 AM   #47
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I was able to remove the bottom four screws however when I got the 2 screws behind the bumper and the 2 screws on top, I've only managed to immediately strip the screws!! Anyone have any advice on how to get those out?
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I was able to remove the bottom four screws however when I got the 2 screws behind the bumper and the 2 screws on top, I've only managed to immediately strip the screws!! Anyone have any advice on how to get those out?
Bust 'em up.

The two on top (that hold the plastic peice down) are plastic themselves. That's why they stripped so easily. I did that, too. Pop a flathead under the head of the screw, tap it with a hammer a few times and voila!

The ones on the underside are a little harder, though. From my experience, they are metal screws held into plastic grommets. If you can get your hand to the backside and just squeeze the grommet a little tighter around the screw, sometimes you can get it to grip again and come out easily. However, I did strip out one of mine where that trick didn't work and just had to work the flathead/hammer technique until the screw and grommet finally broke. It was a bit of a PITA.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:18 PM   #49
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Great thread...thanks to the OP.

Used it to remove my stock bumper.
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:49 PM   #50
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Great write up, my bumpers arrived today so I will put this information to good use soon.

Can anyone tell me if the fog lights are just screwed to the backside of the bumper or how to take off, the factory fog lights are compatible with my new bumper so I will be able to use them.
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Great write up, my bumpers arrived today so I will put this information to good use soon. Can anyone tell me if the fog lights are just screwed to the backside of the bumper or how to take off, the factory fog lights are compatible with my new bumper so I will be able to use them.
Yes the factory fog lights are just screwed into the bumper. Good luck!
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Yes the factory fog lights are just screwed into the bumper. Good luck!

Great, thank you.
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:35 AM   #53
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Great instructions....thanks for posting.
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What about vacuum pump? Does it have to be relocated ?
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First, in order to make it easier to access the backside of the front bumper, I removed the little fascia between the bumper and grill. It is simply held on by 2 plastic screws in grommets. Simply unscrew them and pop out the fascia.
Great illustrations. This saved me a ton of time. The first one stripped for me so just used a 7/32 (a 1/4 would be fine also) to drill them out.*

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...Those are also ¾” but there is a better-fitting metric equivalent socket....
Its 18mm.

Took me an hour to get the factory one off and install new bumper. Another hour to install winch.
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This thread was a big help in removing my bumper last night. Worth noting, though... the 4 bolts that hold the end caps on are threaded into the plastic end cap itself. It isn't difficult to break the bolt loose but you may find that it sits and spins. If you can get a crowbar or something under the head of the bolt you can probably pop it out with a little oomph. I took a reciprocating saw to the plastic bumper at about the location of those bolts and simply cut the end caps off. Simple enough.

My bolts were rusted on pretty good. I hit them with PB Blaster about 30 minutes before working and they broke loose without any trouble (18mm for the main bumper bolts). The new bumper I put on required extending the fog light wires. The entire job took less than 3 hours having not done this before. Had I been less cautious up front it could have been half of that.
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First, in order to make it easier to access the backside of the front bumper, I removed the little fascia between the bumper and grill. It is simply held on by 2 plastic screws in grommets. Simply unscrew them and pop out the fascia.


Haha there was nothing simple at all about unscrewing these. You'd think on a brand new, just delivered Jeep that it would but wasn't. I used a pry bar underneath to get the screw housings out. I was able to reuse the screws when I put the trimmed airdam on after installing the rampage.
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You make it sound so much easier than it was, for me at least. Those plastic screws stripped in 5 seconds for me!!!
I got the ones on the airdam off (underneath) by just pulling with my fingers. Popped right out. But the two on top stripped. Pissed me off. I'm sure Jeep has them in stock, so I'm just going to rip them out when I go out at it again tomorrow morning.
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I can't believe I stripped a nut on the bumper. Only way I can see this thing coming off is in pieces by chopping it off. Its one of the main 4 nuts. Other three came off easily, but on this 4th one it felt like someone put butter on the nut. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?? Can't believe I F'd up removing the stock front bumper.

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