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Old 12-11-2011, 04:48 PM
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Removed my silver/"chrome" bumper covers

Being in the "modding mood" this weekend, I pulled the silver/"chrome" bumper covers off of my 2012 JKU Sahara. I have only had the Jeep a few days, but new before I got it that they would be coming off. I thought I would post a few photos.

By the way, I am planning to sell them if anyone is looking for a set.







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Nice! Why would they bother to put those ugly things on there?? The first thing i did to my TJ was take off the milk jugs that are on the end of TJ bumpers

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I think Chrysler was trying to differentiate the Sahara from the Sport by adding these. I personally don't care for them, but I know a lot of people really like them. I have seen a few people who have added them to their Sport. They work well with silver Jeeps.
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Those look nice. How aobut some details, please. Is there an aftermarket replacement for them? They look so good that I thought you might have painted the silver ones with bedliner that people use on their chrome wheels!
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They pop right off? I'll prolly remove from my wife's JKU when it arrives.
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Those look nice. How aobut some details, please. Is there an aftermarket replacement for them? They look so good that I thought you might have painted the silver ones with bedliner that people use on their chrome wheels!
The black bumpers you see in the after photos are the stock Jeep bumpers and are intact under the covers on the Sahara. I simply removed the silver covers to reveal the black bumper.

Removing the covers was very simple. The front bumper simply has a row of screws across the top and bottom of the cover that can be removed with a T25 torx bit. They are very easy to get to and you can complete the removal in less than 5 minutes.

The rear cover removal is similar, but took a bit longer because the top row of screws is not accessible without removing the rear bumper. With that said, removing the bumper is VERY easy and only requires you to remove six bolts. The bumper itself weighs almost nothing (all plastic) and it can be done with no help.

Here is a picture showing the location of the 6 bolts from the outside of the bumper:



Here is what you are looking for on the ends of the bumpers (looking from under the jeep):



This picture isn't very good, but this is what the two center bolts look like. I removed the upper ones that attached the bumper to the bracket. I did not remove the lower bracket bolts (no need to).




You can buy these covers from the dealer (in silver only), but I think they want around $150 each plus tax. You could always paint them another color if you wanted to. I am selling mine if you want to save a few dollars
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Paint'em Red when ever you "can"
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Wow, thanks. We have a 2012 Crush JK Ultd on order, and I'm starting to think I want her to be totally blacked out and de-chromed all the way around the bottom. That would also mean painting the factory painted 18-inch wheels, which is also totally do-able. Congrats, your Jeep looks great.
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Wow, thanks. We have a 2012 Crush JK Ultd on order, and I'm starting to think I want her to be totally blacked out and de-chromed all the way around the bottom. That would also mean painting the factory painted 18-inch wheels, which is also totally do-able. Congrats, your Jeep looks great.
Just curious about wheels: has anyone sold their wheels back to dealership and if so how much did you get?

I remember when I sold cars occasionally buyers would trade their wheels in for a credit towards purchase. Some provided own wheels, others upgraded thru parts.

Or would I be better of selling privately? I'd like to put black wheels on her jeep when we pick up.
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Definitely an improvement, ngiovas. Not to mention the fact that you didn't have to get your wallet out.

I thought the silver looked bad on my black Jeep. But I think it might actually look worse on the red.

Either way...

Damn.
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Great now you need these
Hard to believe how much better that looks than stock. When's the install?
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Nice! Great idea taking those covers off, although some people like them, I think it looks better without them. Not a big chrome fan myself... Looks great!
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Did the same thing yesterday! Definatly looks better.
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Hard to believe how much better that looks than stock. When's the install?
I have the week of Christmas off.
The plan is to install then.
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I have the week of Christmas off.
The plan is to install then.


Before eggnog, or else you might find yourself under the back end of your Jeep, wondering why you can't find the fog lights...
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Before eggnog, or else you might find yourself under the back end of your Jeep, wondering why you can't find the fog lights...
I lol'd
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how much for the front shipped to 36305???
My Wife's JEEP bumper trim is cracked.
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Before my Jeep was delivered I studied how to remove the silver bumper trim.

When I saw it on my new silver Jeep I would not think about taking it off.

Matter of opinion and color of Jeep.
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Before my Jeep was delivered I studied how to remove the silver bumper trim.

When I saw it on my new silver Jeep I would not think about taking it off.

Matter of opinion and color of Jeep.
On a silver Jeep I think they'd actually look good.
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This might be a good area to post this question, not to hijack this thread though. My silver rear bumper cover has brown stains on it that look like something drained off the rear mounted spare during a couple rain storms we had last week. what can I use to clean that off? it seems tough to clean after trying with just a watered down rag.
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This might be a good area to post this question, not to hijack this thread though. My silver rear bumper cover has brown stains on it that look like something drained off the rear mounted spare during a couple rain storms we had last week. what can I use to clean that off? it seems tough to clean after trying with just a watered down rag.
This is very common and seems to be caused by some sort of lube that is put on the spare tire lug nuts.

It wipes right off with a great cleaning product called "Awesome". I buy it at the dollar store and use it on all sorts of cleaning projects. Others have had success with bug and tar remover.
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ok, i might try some bug and tar remover i have at my house.
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On a silver Jeep I think they'd actually look good.
I agree of course but on a red (or insert color here) Sahara I'm not sure they would look good painted red. But I'm willing to look at one if someone paints them.
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This might be a good area to post this question, not to hijack this thread though. My silver rear bumper cover has brown stains on it that look like something drained off the rear mounted spare during a couple rain storms we had last week. what can I use to clean that off? it seems tough to clean after trying with just a watered down rag.
That problem eventually goes away. Minor PITA for a while though.
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That problem eventually goes away. Minor PITA for a while though.

that's good to know. i'd hate to have to wipe that stuff off every time it rains.
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that's good to know. i'd hate to have to wipe that stuff off every time it rains.

Read the thread below. Some advice on where the stains come from, and how to best remove em.

Just got my '12 Unlim. Several issues. Some help would be great.
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thanks KB, i knew I saw something about this on another thread. perfect. ok, now back the OP's originial topic
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This might be a good area to post this question, not to hijack this thread though. My silver rear bumper cover has brown stains on it that look like something drained off the rear mounted spare during a couple rain storms we had last week. what can I use to clean that off? it seems tough to clean after trying with just a watered down rag.
Hand car wax takes that right off.. I had the same problem pre-rear tire cover.
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just a note on the stains from the spare tire lug lube - turtle wax bug and tar remove worked like a charm on those stains. wiped them right off.

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