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Old 02-03-2013, 05:11 PM   #1
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Jeep bumper (self install/shop)

I recently purchased a westin trailblazer to install on my 2003 wrangler tj.
I tried self installing it but I couldn't remove the bolts that hold the stock bumper in place.

I was thinking of bringing it down to a shop and get them to help me remove the stock bumper and install the new bumper myself.

Would that be a good suggestion? Or should I just get them to install the whole bumper for me. I was hoping that by installing the new bumper myself, I could save some cash and learn more about my jeep.

What do u guys think???

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Old 02-03-2013, 06:33 PM   #2
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I recently purchased a westin trailblazer to install on my 2003 wrangler tj.
I tried self installing it but I couldn't remove the bolts that hold the stock bumper in place.

I was thinking of bringing it down to a shop and get them to help me remove the stock bumper and install the new bumper myself.

Would that be a good suggestion? Or should I just get them to install the whole bumper for me. I was hoping that by installing the new bumper myself, I could save some cash and learn more about my jeep.

What do u guys think???
Did you try using a penetrating fluid such as kroil? I'd suggest soaking those bolts in lube for a week and using a breaker bar.

If you take it to a shop you might as well have them install the bumper after removing the bolts.

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Old 02-03-2013, 06:35 PM   #3
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Do it yourself. It shouldn't be too hard and like you said, you'll learn a little something. The front bumper is pretty easy to remove. Just drench the bolts in PB blaster a day before and you should be fine.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:08 PM   #4
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Do it yourself with penetrating oil. Jack stands will help also...
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:14 PM   #5
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As far as removing the stock bumper, make sure you use a GOOD quality T55 socket/ bit. 1/2" drive, good ratchet or breaker bar, and even a cheater if need be. They'll come out.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:48 PM   #6
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I've heard of people giving those bolts a good whack with a hammer to help break them loose also.
Don't give in yet. Keep soaking those bolts daily with your favorite lube. Try turning them a little each day.
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I tried using wd40 for lubrication? Is that good?
And I have a good torque wrench to deal with it. But it seems that my t55 socket is not a complete fit. Not sure if its because the bolt on my bumpers are just too old and worn out.
I was putting my whole body weight on the torque wrench this afternoon but it didn't even budge abit.
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Go with PB Blaster instead of WD 40.
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I tried using wd40 for lubrication? Is that good?
WD-40 is great...for what it was designed to do. WD= water displacement.

A true penetrating lubricant will be much much better product to use. PB blaster or kroil as mentioned above work good.
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:53 PM   #10
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You are turning the wrench the wrong way....righty tighty lefty loosey
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Pb blaster, liquid wrench, etc, not wd40.

Also, a bit of heat might help.
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Also, try putting your purse down first. I kid, I kid.
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and you don't use a torque wrench to take off bolts or nuts
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:18 PM   #14
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Also, try putting your purse down first. I kid, I kid.
Lol. I took mine off with a standard 12" ratchet. A good breaker bar and a T-55 torx bit. Little tip, after you put the torx bit in the bolt give it a couple raps with a ball peen hammer then hold firm downward pressure on the ratchet head when u break the bolts loose!
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Mine were a pita. I had to use a 4 ft bar over the ratchet for leverage and then yet came out no problem
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Jack stand handle or for me and old lacrosse shaft slid over top of the ratchet did wonders. Got stuff out my buddies 1/2" drive air gun couldn't budge
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and you don't use a torque wrench to take off bolts or nuts
Totally correct.
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I tried using wd40 for lubrication? Is that good?
And I have a good torque wrench to deal with it. But it seems that my t55 socket is not a complete fit. Not sure if its because the bolt on my bumpers are just too old and worn out.
I was putting my whole body weight on the torque wrench this afternoon but it didn't even budge abit.
Just add a little more lever to your ratchet/wrench buy sticking a tube or something to the end of it so its longer that way it's WAY easier
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Heat was the trick for me. I soaked those t55 bolts for a week with PB blaster and it didn't do anything. One of them stripped and it was a nightmare.
Once I heated those suckers up, they came out fairly easily (at least the ones that still had a head on them lol)
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knock the bolts with the hammer, soak it like everybody else said and heat it up with a torch and they'll come out easy!
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Just soak them bolts with PB Blaster for a couple of days, press the ratchet head down (to prevent slipping and messing up bolt head), then slip a pipe over handle for more leverage and pull like hell. I just used this trick to get heavily rusted bolts off my tow hitch. Keep at it, they'll come off. PB blaster is great stuff.

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