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Old 09-15-2013, 11:01 AM   #1
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New Front and Rear Bumper Install = New Guy

I'm new here and would appreciate any advice your willing to give.

My Jeep: 2012 Wrangler. 2.5" Teraflex supension lift (not installed by me)with 18" Crank wheels and 34.25" Nitto tires. Setting on the garage floor is a new Warn Zeon 10-S (rope line).

I'm pulling the trigger on a front and rear bumper with tire carrier this week. I've decided to go with the LoD mid width front and LoD Gen. 3 shorty rear with tire carrier, trail rack, two 3 gal. Rotopax mounts and light kit. Good quality?

Is this combination a good choice or is there something better? Plan on installing them myself in the garage. Are there any problems on the install I need to be aware of before starting the project? I'm handy as a parts replacer but I'm certainly no fabricator.

Thanks for the advice.

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Old 09-15-2013, 12:25 PM   #2
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I have pretty much the same set up. The only difference is that I have the full width bumpers. I have the rear lights and the Rotopax 3 gallon gas cans. I also have the front skid plate. Call them and ask about the Zeon winch. On the full width they said that they could build it special for that. I have the XD9000 winch so I went wit the standard bumper. I think they just move some mounting holes since the Zeon is symmetrical and just about every other winch out there is not.

The front went on in an evening after work. Just me and my son with the help of a neighbor kid when it came to setting the bumper in place. The only thing that was hard was one of the bolts for the skid plate was hard to get in because the nut needed to be slipped in a narrow spot. I have a 2013 so maybe the 2012 is different. Rewiring the fogs was a minor pain, but I expected that. We installed the winch three times, but that was just not seeing the problems before we put it in. The Zeon will not have the issues since it has an integrated contactor.

The rear was a Saturday morning. A little harder since you need to drill a few 1/2 inch holes. The alignment was not a big deal. Just eyeball it and you should be okay. Things to look out for. The rear lights are a little cheap. Also remember to rotate the lens so the top is at the top. I forgot and you have to have the bumper off to reach the lights. There are two plates that have two 1/2 inch holes in them that are not on the instructions. They go on the frame side of the 1/2 inch bolts you put in. It will make perfect sense when you look at it. The plastic piece that protects the bumper from the pin that locks the bumper open came off the first time we cycled the bumper. I called Chris at LoD and he implied that part has not worked out for them. It does not seem to be a critical part and Chris said that he would send me another one if I wanted.

I have had several complements on the bumpers. Most importantly, my wife likes them. They seem well built and they look very well finished. Not bad for a bunch of farm boys from Indiana. I was surprised when I found out where they were located since Indiana is not what I think of when going off roading. They all seem to be Purdue grads, so that must be it. My son scoffed at that since he goes to another engineering school in Indiana that looks down its nose at Purdue. Pretty funny since you could fit his whole school into one of Purdue's dorms and have a whole lot of room left.

Also not that LoD does not sell the gas cans or the mounts. I got those directly from Rotopax. I went with[IMG]c:\[/IMG] the locking mounts since those cans are crazy expensive. I also did a modification to the High Lift mount to carry a shovel instead. If or when I get a High Lift I have a provision for that too. I did the wiring for the rear lights to come on with the back up lights, stay off or turn on with a switch.

I just did the installation this summer while my son was home from school so it is all still fresh in my mind. I have some pictures and can take more if you need to see something.

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Old 09-15-2013, 03:36 PM   #3
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Wow!!
Thank you "New Jeep" for taking the time to post the information. That's the kind of tips I was hoping to get. I've got a young strong son-in-law to help me with the lifting.

Locking mounts for the Rotropax is also a good idea. Just now looked on line at them and you're right, they ARE expensive for plastic jugs.

Glad you said something about the Warn Zeon winch because I had no idea. I'll call LoD direct. We have to run a front license plate in Texas so need to see what they suggest for that. That's a good idea on the rear lighting. Sorry to hear they are kind of cheap. With spending this much money you would think they would offer better lights. I'll keep an eye out for the plates with the 1/2" holes in them.

Thanks again for the information!!
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:25 PM   #4
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No problem. Glad to help out. Out here in California we also have to run front plates. I got a plate mount that snaps onto the winch fairlead. It is a little hard to see in the picture. There are several different versions out there. I think this one was the Quadratech one. It was about $20 and the plate snaps off when you need to use the winch and snaps back on to please the CHP. If you are running a synthetic rope they make ones for those fairleads too. They usually attached to the bolts that hold the fairlead on and then hinge up or come off.

Don't forget to get the third light kit from LoD too. The part that it mounts to now comes off when the bumper goes on.

My wife has a bunch of relatives in Texas. Dallas, Austin and Houston. A bunch of UT grads. I have been there many times. Stay cool!
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