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Old 08-19-2010, 07:03 PM   #1
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OEM bumper cutdown

Anyone done this or seen it in person? I like the idea but I don't like the way the ends are, it doesn't look finished, to many edges. If I could finish off or close up the ends I would do it.

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Old 08-19-2010, 08:22 PM   #2
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I so gotta do that... even with nothing done to the ends it isn't bad, and it wouldn't take much to cut and bend a coupla caps

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Old 08-19-2010, 08:47 PM   #3
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I think it looks great.
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:06 PM   #4
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:11 PM   #5
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They do make these.
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:24 PM   #6
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Perfect J.B. thanks
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:27 PM   #7
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that does look nice. certainly not worse than stock.

I'm thinkin' about doing this to my stock rear
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how would cutting down the rear bumper have any advantages?
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:33 AM   #9
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I haven't done this yet, though I've been thinking about it. Personally, I like the VDP Stubby Bumper kit better (http://www.quadratec.com/products/12106_0004_07.htm), as it seems to have more of a stock look.

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how would cutting down the rear bumper have any advantages?
Cutting either one improves your entry/departure angles. The stock bumpers could catch on a large object that your tires are trying to mount or descend. While this is a good thing for the parts of the bumper in the center if the body, it's unnecessary for the parts of the bumper that cover the wheels.
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:55 AM   #10
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Go with the VDP, just did it last month. Very easy, looks a million times better IMO
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:11 AM   #11
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I was going to get the VDP kit too, winter has delayed this for me. too COLD to do anything near Chicago... brrrrr.. but the front bumper does catch everything, as soon as we get a warm up, I will get mine!.. just not sure what Skid plate to get, I dont really want to keep the plastic stock one
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:27 PM   #12
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I did mine back in 07 on my Sahara, and just changed it over to my 2010 when I traded it. I trimmed mine so you could fold it back and plastic "weld"(solder) the seams back together on the top and bottom. It has held up great for 3+ years, and a lot cheaper than a new one.




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Old 02-09-2011, 04:07 PM   #13
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^^Holy cow. I have no idea how one "welds" plastic, but that thing looks damn near perfect. Nice job.
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Old 02-09-2011, 04:12 PM   #14
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How far does the C-tube go toward the ends of the bumper?

Has anybody here hit a deer off center with their shorty bumper? If so, how did the suspension, steering, alignment, etc. fare?

Personally (if I get a Wrangler) I'll be more likely to hit a deer than come across something I can't climb because of the stock bumper, so despite the aesthetics I'll probably leave it as-is.
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^^Holy cow. I have no idea how one "welds" plastic, but that thing looks damn near perfect. Nice job.
Thanks. It's not that hard, you are essentially just melting it back together and filling in the seams. I see you are a fellow Carolinian, Heels or Duke tonight?
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How far does the C-tube go toward the ends of the bumper?

Has anybody here hit a deer off center with their shorty bumper? If so, how did the suspension, steering, alignment, etc. fare?

Personally (if I get a Wrangler) I'll be more likely to hit a deer than come across something I can't climb because of the stock bumper, so despite the aesthetics I'll probably leave it as-is.
Whoa, careful there. Are you saying that if you get a Wrangler you'll allow PRACTICALITY and statistical likelihoods to direct your modifications?? That's just crazy talk. If we were all that way, we'd be driving Priuses.

My recollection is that the metal inner portion of the bumper does indeed extend into the portions of the bumper that cover the wheels, which is why you need to use a blade for the reciprocating saw that will tackle metal when you do these types of cuts.

So, yes, if you hit a deer offcenter in just the right way so it torpedoes into your wheels, then you could incur damage that a full coverage bumper could potentially have helped avoid. I'd expect this would be true for any "shorty" bumper (there are many aftermarket ones that come this way to begin with).
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Thanks. It's not that hard, you are essentially just melting it back together and filling in the seams. I see you are a fellow Carolinian, Heels or Duke tonight?
I can never take sides. My wife and I went to Wake; my wife's mom, aunt, and uncle have all worked for Duke for decades; and my wife's brother went to Carolina. It's a tightrope walk around here--I just have to be happy when any of them do well.
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Whoa, careful there. Are you saying that if you get a Wrangler you'll allow PRACTICALITY and statistical likelihoods to direct your modifications?? That's just crazy talk. If we were all that way, we'd be driving Priuses.

My recollection is that the metal inner portion of the bumper does indeed extend into the portions of the bumper that cover the wheels, which is why you need to use a blade for the reciprocating saw that will tackle metal when you do these types of cuts.

So, yes, if you hit a deer offcenter in just the right way so it torpedoes into your wheels, then you could incur damage that a full coverage bumper could potentially have helped avoid. I'd expect this would be true for any "shorty" bumper (there are many aftermarket ones that come this way to begin with).
Haha, got a good laugh out of the first paragraph

I'm from South Dakota, so between the wildlife and the snow "statistical likelihood" says I should have been driving a jeep since day 1, but don't tell my car that.
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Old 02-10-2011, 12:23 AM   #19
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I did the cut tonight, but pics are not clear. I like the look and will post in the AM.
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:00 PM   #20
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Stock Bumper Stubby

I finished mine over the weekend, why buy one when you can cut what you have..
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:19 AM   #21
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OEM bumper cutdown

what do you use to "weld" the edges together to make the seams seem so smooth?
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:50 AM   #22
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I'm really surprised that Jeep hasn't gotten the message yet on the bumpers. Folks have been cutting and chopping on them for so many years that you'd think that they would offer the option of a stubby bumper. They'd make bank on it if they would!

To you guys who have cut and "welded" yours, nice work! They look great!
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what do you use to "weld" the edges together to make the seams seem so smooth?
They make plastic welders, but for this application a standard soldering iron works great to weld(melt) the seams back together.
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:05 PM   #24
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I am definitely going to be doing this. Will try using my soldering iron, if that doesn't come out good I'll just buy the caps
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Old 02-24-2011, 06:37 PM   #25
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I think you guys did an awesome job.. I wil have to stick with the RC or VDP caps for now... I would prefer a stubby bumper but the price is right, save my money for a lift
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