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Old 11-28-2010, 03:28 PM   #1
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Bumper removal

Hello all, where would I find the tool to take the factory bumpers off and what size is it... Thanks

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Old 11-28-2010, 03:44 PM   #2
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Most of the stuff is held on with torx bolts. You just need to go to a hardware store of some sort and get a set for a couple bucks. You will end up using all of them eventually anyway.

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I want to say it's a T55 torx bit - but I'd have to check and I'm not near my Jeep's tool bag at the moment.

Use some PB Blaster or equivalent for a couple days on the bolts before you try taking them off or your chances of breaking the bit are pretty good.
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Old 11-28-2010, 04:14 PM   #4
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Most of the stuff is held on with torx bolts. You just need to go to a hardware store of some sort and get a set for a couple bucks. You will end up using all of them eventually anyway.
x2, Pick up a good set, you will need them for the life of the TJ.
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Confirming that it is a T-55 torx-bit adapter that you need for your ratchet wrench to get the bumper off.
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Confirming that it is a T-55 torx-bit adapter that you need for your ratchet wrench to get the bumper off.
Hah! And my wife says my mind is gone.
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Old 11-28-2010, 04:57 PM   #7
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Front are T55 torx I recommend a 1/2" drive for them the rear is 9/16" nuts
Front has 2 on top 1 under on each side rear has three on each side, between the bumper mount and the bode panel
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Old 11-28-2010, 04:59 PM   #8
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Thanks a lot guys...
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Old 11-28-2010, 05:05 PM   #9
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Just a heads-up: many people have problems with the bumper bolts being hard to get off. I didn't have any problems with mine, but I've seen people recommend spraying it with liquid wrench (or similar) and letting it soak for a day or two (this is what I did).
I've also seen where people put the T55 socket on the bolt and gave it a good whack with a hammer, to "jar it loose".
You may also need a tap & die set, I had to clean up the threads on one front & one rear bolt. I believe they're 1/2"x13 threads.
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I haven't messed with my rear bumper...but the bolts on my front bumper were pretty much eaten in half due to rust, although they still came out without stripping the threads in the frame or snapping off. I ended up going to Ace Hardware and getting some stainless steel hex head bolts to replace them.

I would second the suggestion to use a 1/2" drive ratchet on it...may need a small breaker bar too.
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Oh another thing with the bumpers, front or rear don't bother with WD40, go straight for the stuff cabbed PB Blaster, unless your in naval Aviation and can get Wintergreen, let the PB soak in over night and tap the bolts loose with a mallet hammer
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Uh, we been meanin' to talk to you about that Gus.
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definitely invest in a can or two of PB Blaster, stuff works amazing just took the bumpers off my tj and the bolts would never have come out without being sprayed first. get some "Never Seize" as well and put them on the bolts before reinstalling so next time they come out nice and easy.
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definitely invest in a can or two of PB Blaster, stuff works amazing just took the bumpers off my tj and the bolts would never have come out without being sprayed first. get some "Never Seize" as well and put them on the bolts before reinstalling so next time they come out nice and easy.
A can or two? if yall are like me ya got a CASE or two
As for Never seize, just do like I do make your own its cheaper, get a var of Vaseline, (generic will do) and a bottle or tube or graphite, mix them together until the look like antisieze. and your done, apply exactly as you would store bought graphite antisieze.

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