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Old 08-24-2013, 09:12 PM   #1
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Pavement Ends Bumper/Winchplate Review

Having spent a day installing these products on my 2013 Jku I would like to offer some observations that I did not find before purchase.

The bumper itself is well constructed and installed in about twenty minutes. On a side note buy a vacuum pump relocation kit and thank me later. With it in place this project was more time consuming. The bumper sits against the ends of,the frame rails and only adds a quarter inch or so to the length of the jeep. There were large plate washers behind the factory bumper and I used them on the new one. They are not mentioned anywhere but the studs were plenty long.

Now for the winch plate......it is heavy steel and well powder coated it installed with much more aggravation. The drivers side bolts go in above and behind the previously mentioned vacuum pump. If you have really small hands and don't mind a little bloodshed this wont be a problem. I had to use a pry bar to line up one of the frame attachment points because it was so far off. of course it was behind the vacum pump. Both parts came with grade eight bolts but there was no reference to figure out what went where. Swag theory was liberally applied. The factory fog lights installed with ease using the factory screws.

I installed a superwinch tiger shark 9500 on the plate which was not much fun. It turned out that the holes in the bumper and winch plate were not perfectly aligned and no amount of creativity would make it work. After a little drilling things went together nicely. After wiring up the winch I went to put the grill back in. No dice the grill would not fit back in because the back lip of the winch plate was too tall and too close. After some careful consideration, lots of sweat, and skin I decided one of two solutions were available. The one I did not take was removing the winch and winch plate and grinding it down. I did cut the lower attachment tabs off the grill which made it drop right in. I drilled holes in what remained of the tabs support and used zip ties to attach it to the support that lined up behind them. Total time 4 hours. Skin lost on head, hands, and arms.

I would buy it all again my only real reservation was modifying the grill attachment. I love the fact that I have never owned a vehicle that cost this much and I am thrilled to cut it up after six months of ownership. Picts coming after daylight returns.

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Old 08-24-2013, 09:19 PM   #2
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I agree it was pia. But I installed mine without having to relocate. Took me about 90 mins total.

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Old 11-14-2013, 04:04 PM   #3
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could you install this winch plate without moving the vacuum pump?
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