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Old 11-24-2011, 10:26 PM   #1
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Rough Country Stubby Kit with MBRP Light Bar

Here it is, sans lights (I am strongly leaning towards the KC Apollo 100w driving lights)





(That's my breath in the image (cold night), not a spirit, to you ghost hunters....)




The MBRP bar is pretty beefy and is a nice compliment to the stubby kit, IMHO. Looks like a $500+ bumper to me, and came in around $200.

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Old 11-24-2011, 10:31 PM   #2
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Here it is, sans lights (I am strongly leaning towards the KC Apollo 100w driving lights)

(That's my breath in the image (cold night), not a spirit, to you ghost hunters....)

The MBRP bar is pretty beefy and is a nice compliment to the stubby kit, IMHO. Looks like a $500+ bumper to me, and came in around $200.
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That's the look I want, not sure if I told you.
I'm actually meeting a guy 2mrw. My factory bumper is damaged and looking for a cheap replacement, found one on CL
with the RC stubbys already installed.

It's from a 2010 and I recently found out that the factory fogs on later models are worse. I'll be swapping mine onto the new one.

2 birds with 1 stone... Yay
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Hey

That's the look I want, not sure if I told you.
I'm actually meeting a guy 2mrw. My factory bumper is damaged and looking for a cheap replacement, found one on CL
with the RC stubbys already installed.

It's from a 2010 and I recently found out that the factory fogs on later models are worse. I'll be swapping mine onto the new one.

2 birds with 1 stone... Yay
Nice. The stubby makes the front look so much better. Showing off a little of the coils/wheel well make it look more "Jeepish". I trimmed the air dam neatly when I did the stubby conversion, then took it off carefully when I did the MBRP bar, planning to reattach it. Now, after looking at it for a few days, I think the air dam is going to the transfer station Saturday morning. The Jeep looks taller without it and reminds me even more of my stepfathers TJ.... Much less mall crawler and much more Jeep.
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Old 11-25-2011, 01:43 AM   #4
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Gluestick: How tough/easy was the install on the MBRP? It looks real good.
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Thanks andre. It took about 90 minutes, all said and done. If you check it out on Quadratec you can see a pdf of the instructions that come with it. It was not necessary to remove the grille and bumper filler piece. I simply cut out the endmost recess on either side of the filler plate and worked through it. The hard part was starting some of the screws, which go into the bumper horn in a tough to reach spot. Once they were started, it was pretty easy. I have big sausage fingers, which did not work to my advantage reaching up an into a tight spot.

I do have a tip to pass on for anyone looking to get out the plastic screws that hold the air dam and filler piece on- screw a drywall screw into the center, right into the phillips head recess, then pull out the center with the claw of a hammer. The outer ring will then pop out easy with a flat head. Don't waste your time trying to unscrew these things, you will get nowhere. With the drywall screw method they come out easy and undamaged for future use.
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Old 11-25-2011, 04:35 PM   #6
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Hey

That's the look I want, not sure if I told you.
I'm actually meeting a guy 2mrw. My factory bumper is damaged and looking for a cheap replacement, found one on CL
with the RC stubbys already installed.

It's from a 2010 and I recently found out that the factory fogs on later models are worse. I'll be swapping mine onto the new one.

2 birds with 1 stone... Yay
So you have to have that new bumper on by now.... pix?
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Cool, thanks.. To be honest I already looked up the install instructions on Q-tec's site and It looks pretty streight foward.. I guess I was just concerned about getting the grill off. But you say you didnt need to remove it. I think thats the route I'll go too.. Thanks again
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where'd u get the bumper from glue?
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:38 AM   #9
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Autoplicity.com had it for the best price 2 weeks ago. They pop up on the Bay and such regularly, just shop it around as the price varies greatly depending on the source. I think I have seen it anywhere from $140-$200. Just make sure you are shopping the right one, they make one for the OEM bumper and one for an aftermarket bumper, and the aftermarket bumper one is usually significantly cheaper.

The grille comes off in less than 30 seconds, so don't let that scare you. Having already stubbied the bumper, there was a lot of play for the filler piece from side to side. Using a razor to cut out the recess wasn't bad and gave it a nice clean cut.

The trick of the install, which they don't tell you, is the brackets that go into the bumper horn. In the pictures in the instructions they are lowering them down into the horns before bolting on. This was physically impossible (at least on my 2008). I had to sort of feed them in from below the bumper, up into the horn, and with fat fingers it is very difficult to hold it up in there while starting the screws. Other than than that, install was pretty easy. I put mine on while I am saving for some lights, removing the bar to wire up the lights and reinstall should only take a few minutes.
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Awsome. I will Definitly keep this info in mind when I install mine thanks
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So you have to have that new bumper on by now.... pix?
Sorry. Busy day, I'm leaving to meet him in
Waterbury today right after work. Im going to have to switch the fog lights. Not sure when I'll get to doing the swap.
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Got it

Looks great no dents, end caps look great
Hopefully I don't get lazy on my day off tomorrow and swap it over
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Got it

Looks great no dents, end caps look great
Hopefully I don't get lazy on my day off tomorrow and swap it over
Dude, do you work 8 days a week or what?

Can't wait to see the finished product, Ken.
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Dude, do you work 8 days a week or what?

Can't wait to see the finished product, Ken.
6 usually haha, got to save up as much $$ as I can

We were able to work fri and sat 5hrs.
That's time and a half plus the holiday = more money for mods. I'm sick

But thanks.
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6 usually haha, got to save up as much $$ as I can

We were able to work fri and sat 5hrs.
That's time and a half plus the holiday = more money for mods. I'm sick

But thanks.
Good for you. I spent all of my mod money and had to go out to the scrap lumber in my garage to get my fix:

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Old 01-05-2012, 10:15 PM   #17
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I ordered the VDP stubby today. Since I'm planning on new bumpers but not sure if I want "regular" or stubby, I figured this was a good/cheap investment to see which I like better.
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Nice! Will look into. I like the clean lines. Thanks for the info! Barb

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