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Old 02-02-2013, 08:43 AM   #1
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What is the easiest bumper install?

Alright, so I'm looking for some aftermarket bumpers and have been going crazy comparing looks, weight, use, etc.

One of the things I'm having trouble finding is any advice on ease of install. Does anyone know of any list of bumpers ranked by ease of install?

Are there any bumpers that are truly bolt on, requiring no alterations?

I have a 2012 JKU.

Any help would be appreciated!

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Old 02-02-2013, 08:45 AM   #2
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Check out the mega front bumper thread on here.

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Old 02-02-2013, 09:04 AM   #3
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Bestop High Access is true bolt on. Factory fogs snap right in and the bumper bolts right on. No cutting, grinding, pump relocating, or other mods necessary. Total install time under an hour.
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Yep, did that and many more like it. On that thread there are a few "frame modification" descriptions and then a whole lot of blank ones.

It still doesn't tell me which is the easiest bumper(s) to install. It's also not clear if there are any that require absolutely no modifications whatsoever and install directly as a factory replacement.

I love some of the bumpers out there, but would like to do it in my garage myself and am not yet comfortable cutting, welding, grinding...
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Bestop High Access is true bolt on. Factory fogs snap right in and the bumper bolts right on. No cutting, grinding, pump relocating, or other mods necessary. Total install time under an hour.

Brilliant, thanks! Is that the only one?
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what is the easiest bumper install
The one you don't replace ;-)
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He wanted opinons not critisism on the bumpers and how the install was farnham, otherwise he would have asked what bumper will a dealer install or something of that nature. I did a RC stubby with fogs and it took 2 1/2 hours with minimal grinding to fit the winch plate and relocate the brake resovoir. Would have only taken an hour, hour and a half if it wasnt snowing out when I did it.
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The hardest part of the install might not be putting the new one on, it might be taking the old one off.
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On a serious not the smittybilt XRC MOD bumper is a straight bolt on and easy to do
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Well the answer is, the easiest way to install a bumper is have a trained professional do it. Is that a better answer sir?
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The hardest part of the install might not be putting the new one on, it might be taking the old one off.
Now lets stay with what Binx said... He did not ask what the easiest way to remove the bumper was
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Yep, did that and many more like it. On that thread there are a few "frame modification" descriptions and then a whole lot of blank ones.

It still doesn't tell me which is the easiest bumper(s) to install. It's also not clear if there are any that require absolutely no modifications whatsoever and install directly as a factory replacement.

I love some of the bumpers out there, but would like to do it in my garage myself and am not yet comfortable cutting, welding, grinding...
My smittybilt bumper was specific to 2012. I simply removed the OE bumper (needed a piece of pvc pipe as a beaker bar) and bolted it on. NO drilling, cutting, relocating, etc. I did mount a pair of Hella 500 fog lights in the pre drilled location and simply spliced the wires so they would operate off my factory fog light switch. I love it, its strong, looks nice, and is functional with the built in skid plate. The only potential issue is that it is considerably heavy at about 84 lbs.
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My Rampage was straight bolt-on, and didn't require moving the vacuum pump up front, either (for those with a '12+). However, leaving the pump in place required a little creativity to get the last bolt started...I had to put some double-sided tape on my socket to get the nut threaded.

Fitting the stock fogs was cake, and installing the Rampage fogs in the rear bumper was simple, too.

I did both bumpers myself using a pneumatic shop stool, no help or extra hands, and had both of mine installed in about an hour.
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The hardest part of the install might not be putting the new one on, it might be taking the old one off.
They only difficult part of removing my 13 bumper was getting the 4 inner nuts (two on each side) off and really only the ones on driver's side because the vacuum pump on the 2012-13's is slightly in the way. Removing the fog lights first give you a little more room and the proper length extension helps.
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:02 AM   #15
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So far Bestop, Rampage, Smitty... Anything else?

What about rear bumpers? rfortune, I notice you have an ACE rear - why did you choose to pair it with the Bestop?
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Rugged Ridge XHD was very easy with the right tools. Hardest part was getting the freaking air dam off.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:47 PM   #17
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I think a lot of the manufacturers now have direct bolt on bumpers. They also are more hard core crawling bumpers that require you to cut/grind on the crash bar or the frame. There are a few that require you to move a small vacuum pump (i think) and those provide the relocation bracket. Find the bumper that you like and download the installation instructions. That will be the easiest way to decide if the work required exceeds what you want to do to your jeep.
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My poison spyder brawler lite fit perfectly. I put it on the frame rails and it just slid on.
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My RR stubby tube was pretty simple. The hardest part was getting the grill back on and getting all of the bolts lined up on the frame rail. Three good whacks with a rubber mallet solved the problem.
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My poison spyder brawler lite fit perfectly. I put it on the frame rails and it just slid on.
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Eight nuts and washers and the job is done. Swapping in fogs is just as easy.
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The hardest part of the install might not be putting the new one on, it might be taking the old one off.
I second this. The Warn Elite I installed wasn't hard at all. Taking the old one off was a pain. Every single one of those screw clips fought me all the way. All of them had to be drilled out.
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Agree. RR XHD was cake.
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:04 AM   #23
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What about installing a winch after the fact? It seems like many of them should be installed at the same time. Any that just drop in?
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I did mine on my Warn Elite after the fact. It was the next day but... it could have been months later and wouldn't have been any different.
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Brawler lite was easy to install
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Highrock 4x4 was a breeze to bolt on. A little heavy so either use a jack stand or help haha
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what do you mean you dont want to take a saw to your frame?

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in my past experience the time consuming part is getting the factory bumper off and then being patient enough to test fit the new one, then take it down and paint it. so if time is a factor, get an aftermarket one that is coated and has a good reputation for exact fitment
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Poison Spyder Brawler Lite was a breeze!! Took me well over a hour to remove the stock one, that damn airdam!!! After that the fogs swapped over painlessly and bumper slid right in. 8 bolts later your done. Took maybe 20 minutes to go from stock off to done.

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Ace Pro Series w/ Tire Carrier. Stock one comes off effortlessly and weighs next to nothing for the size of it. This one requires drilling two holes on the frame cross member, so simple since Jeep had indents/dimples there already. Drill them both out and it slides right into the frame and bolts up using 4 bolts and existing holes. And the holes you drill out use a plate and 2 bolts and that's done. Tire carrier part is also easy just has a lot of hardware to get in order. Still nothing to complicated, just a little time consuming.

I'm not very mechanically inclined and almost always run into problems. But both of these bumpers went on without a issue. Even for someone as rookie as myself to Jeep mods.

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