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Old 09-28-2009, 06:51 PM   #1
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front bumper removal ????

is it just the 6 bolts on a 2006 TJ that i need to remove to get the front bumper off... what else should i look for or keep in mind when removing it..

i ordered an aftermarket SB and will be changing it this weekend so i wanted to check with you all and see if anyone had a link (couldnt find one) that has pics or a good write on on what to look for and how to remove safely without breaking something important.

any help would be greatly appreciated..

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That's it, just remove those six T-55 bolts. Once those are removed, the bumper pulls straight off. They will likely be tight so you may want to give each bolt several healthy sprays over several days of a good penetrating lube like Liquid Wrench, Break-Free, PB-Blaster, etc. but not WD-40 which is not suitable for this job. Plus you'll probably need a breaker bar to provide a little extra leverage against the bolts which are often too tight for a standard length wrench. There's nothing to worry about breaking except be careful not to strip out the torx-opening on the bolts by allowing the T-55 to slip out. Keep heavy downward pressure on the T-55 and keep it square to the bolt head to help prevent that bolt head from stripping out which is not hard to do if you're not extra-careful.

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Hey Jerry, same holds true for a 97? I only see 4 bolts - am I missing a couple somewhere (are they hidden)?
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there are 4 on top and 2 under the bumper. and like jerry said, spray the bolts with some sort of penetrating fluid, you might need to tighten them a little to break them free, a breaker bar will be needed.
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They are hidden but not very well, they are on the bottom.
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How about removing the rear bumper? Looks a little more involved....
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I had to use a piece of pipe on my breaker bar to get mine loose.
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How about removing the rear bumper? Looks a little more involved....
Just as easy. Remove two nuts per side that are visible from the front side (closest to the driver) at the outside edges of the frame. Two bolts are underneath that also need to be removed, one on each side.
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Next question will be "Jerry help,the nuts behind my bumper are spinning"
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Thanks Jerry. Man, my nuts are spinning out of control!
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Hey jerry how do you get these nuts off?

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Hey jerry how do you get these nuts off?

Here on the farm we just use a razor knife and then dump a splash of alcohol on them.
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Here on the farm we just use a razor knife and then dump a splash of alcohol on them.
Do I sense a little masochism there?
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for help loosening the torx head bolts on the front bumper...and other heavy bolts you think will be hard to loosen...get a good HEAVY hammer, line it up dead center on the bolt head (after spraying with your anti stick whatever you want for a couple days) and let loose ONE good direct hit. This will jar the threads to make the breaker bar do it's job without giving you a hernia. Just ONE good hit-you don't want to mess up the torx slots!
Worked for us on several wranglers we installed custom front and rear bumpers on...and if you look INSIDE the frame tube on the front end, you can see the nut end and threads of those bolts-another good hit of spray on them if you didn't know they were visible under there. And if you do have trouble getting the bolts out, don't bother reuse them-get new heavy grade stainless steel bolts...look sharp!
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Thanks Roland!
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for help loosening the torx head bolts on the front bumper...and other heavy bolts you think will be hard to loosen...get a good HEAVY hammer, line it up dead center on the bolt head (after spraying with your anti stick whatever you want for a couple days) and let loose ONE good direct hit. This will jar the threads to make the breaker bar do it's job without giving you a hernia. Just ONE good hit-you don't want to mess up the torx slots!
Worked for us on several wranglers we installed custom front and rear bumpers on...and if you look INSIDE the frame tube on the front end, you can see the nut end and threads of those bolts-another good hit of spray on them if you didn't know they were visible under there. And if you do have trouble getting the bolts out, don't bother reuse them-get new heavy grade stainless steel bolts...look sharp!
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Worked like a charm for me, thanks for the tip!
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I would not use stainless steel bolts there no matter how cool it may look. Stainless steel bolts, especially when threaded into plain steel threads, can cause galling which can cause the bolts to seize or at least corrode more quickly. What might help reduce the likelihood of galling is to use antiseize on the threads and to screw the bolts at a fairly slow speed and not use an impact wrench to spin them down into place. Personally, I use anodized Grade 5 or Grade 8 bolts for that application, I would never use stainless steel.

http://www.estainlesssteel.com/gallingofstainless.html
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I would not use stainless steel bolts there no matter how cool it may look. Stainless steel bolts, especially when threaded into plain steel threads, can cause galling which can cause the bolts to seize or at least corrode more quickly. What might help reduce the likelihood of galling is to use antiseize on the threads and to screw the bolts at a fairly slow speed and not use an impact wrench to spin them down into place. Personally, I use anodized Grade 5 or Grade 8 bolts for that application, I would never use stainless steel.

Stainless Steel Galling / Locking Up / Freezing Up
Interesting...I'll have to pick myself up some new bolts soon. I went with stainless hoping they WOULDN'T corrode near as easily.

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