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03-09-2014 09:55 AM
TripWagner
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Originally Posted by Taegee2 View Post
A friend and I just installed the Stubby Front Bumper Caps on our "11 JK's. Now they really look like Jeeps. The rest of our friends want them too now.

Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, consider yourself flattered!

Love the look, price, easy install and the fact that they are METAL!

Thanks!
08-09-2012 03:59 PM
karencz If I can do it, anyone can do it! I actually cut crooked and ended up next to the factory bolt on the backside and had to start over....but once all was said and done and the caps were on you can't tell...Love it!

08-09-2012 01:19 PM
joe buell I wanted to do this but was not sure abut adding a winch to the factory bumper I was told no plate was available for the 2012 went with the best top stubby $280 after all was said and done I found you could buy the winch plate for the 12 and I like the looks of yours much better Joe.
08-08-2012 07:39 PM
PbSlinger Super easy! Scary too, though. I used the VDP caps on my '12 JKU Sport S that I've owned since June 6th. It made the front look more tough for sure.

On a side note.....I had the fasteners vanish into thin air shortly after I opened the box (crazy story, maybe Casper the friendly ghost ate them :-)) and after the bumper was sawed off. VDP express mailed me new fasteners and charged me zero. Kick ass customer service!!!!!
08-08-2012 07:29 PM
1Topp
08-08-2012 03:59 PM
Jkduke i cut mine last week and instaled the short ends, need to seal with caulk and paint the bumper in bedliner spray.
08-08-2012 01:55 PM
Potts how the hell did you get the winch in the stock bumper like that? Now that is boss.

And I'm liking the DIY stubby jobs here fellas. great mod.
03-30-2012 07:41 PM
cdnroadwarrior Now that's getting as much as anyone ever will from the original bumper!
03-30-2012 05:40 PM
aelwero
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Originally Posted by fdnc2774 View Post
you cut about 3 inches of metal off. . to be honest. . you dont have to worry about keeping the line straight. . on my first side i was cautious and it took for ever. . the i realized the push pins for the caps only go into the plastic once on so the next side i just cut straight down . . used a hack saw myself. . not to bad to do. . i really like it. . just make sure when you cut you stay away from the factory bolts that hold the plastic bumper on on the back side. . other than that. . the whole 3inches from the crease is not a necessity
You CAN cut off the part with the bolts, but you'll have to either fab some other way to attach the plastic part (I originally used self tapping bolts in the center from the inside of the steel inner, but later removed em to install a winch in the bumper) or you'll have to live with the plastic being held on by tension only (mine currently is... there is nowhere left to attach the two, but the tow hooks keep it on fairly securely, and it cannot be removed anymore without unbolting the bumper entirely)

The end caps I bent up with a rubber mallet on a folded up towel to cup them a tad so they'd match the curve of the bumper. already had some scrap DP lying around, so they were basically a freebie
03-30-2012 05:19 PM
Rooster76
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Originally Posted by Up Hill Bill View Post
Yes.

But, in the interest of passing on completely accurate information, the fit at the front top bevel where it meets the stock bumper isn't perfect. I think it is because in bending 1/8" steel, they just couldn't follow the slight curve of the bevel like a plastic molding could. You can get a hint of the gap in the photo below.

Attachment 94981

I knew that was a probability from photo's of others installs, and may caulk the gap if it is a problem with catching mud and stuff.

But, I would certainly turn around and do it all over right now! I think it is a major improvement in looks and functionality for very little money and effort.
I think it looks really good. I'm wondering, do you think you could cut more off and make it fit better if you had it to do again?
03-30-2012 02:17 PM
GonzoBobH
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Originally Posted by 07XMan2Door View Post
Thanks. When I got done I couldn't stop staring at the rear. So I plucgged the sawsall back in & wacked it too. I capped it off with an old yield sign I had lying around.
Does anybody sell caps for the rear as well (don't think the fronts would fit)?
03-30-2012 11:10 AM
pluke the 2 ive been through some squeezes where you needed it all to be stubbied.

nonetheless, looks goood.





03-30-2012 11:09 AM
hbgirl Oh boy ... another mod goes on my list.
03-30-2012 11:01 AM
cdnroadwarrior
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Originally Posted by stevebanzai View Post
Ive been procrastinating on this. Something about cutting a perfectly fine bumper bugs me out.
I had the same feeling, even as I was getting ready to start installing the RC kit. Once I did cut off the bumper, I realised that I was not loosing any real protection. Of the entire lenght of bumper you cut off, there is only about 3 in. of steel, the rest is hollowed out plastic!

I like what you did to your rear bumper 07XMan2Door, looks good!

Here is a pick of my new budget front stubby:

02-04-2012 07:35 PM
07XMan2Door
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Originally Posted by Up Hill Bill View Post
Every bit as functional as the store-boughts. And, from a distance, depending on quality of work, just as good a look.
Thanks. When I got done I couldn't stop staring at the rear. So I plucgged the sawsall back in & wacked it too. I capped it off with an old yield sign I had lying around.



02-04-2012 07:17 PM
Up Hill Bill
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Originally Posted by 07XMan2Door View Post
Good to know. Thanks for the pic & info. I just cut the ends off my front bumper & riveted them back on lol. Doesn't look nearly as good as yours but it was free.

Every bit as functional as the store-boughts. And, from a distance, depending on quality of work, just as good a look.
02-04-2012 07:14 PM
07XMan2Door
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Originally Posted by Up Hill Bill View Post
Yes.

But, in the interest of passing on completely accurate information, the fit at the front top bevel where it meets the stock bumper isn't perfect. I think it is because in bending 1/8" steel, they just couldn't follow the slight curve of the bevel like a plastic molding could. You can get a hint of the gap in the photo below.

I knew that was a probability from photo's of others installs, and may caulk the gap if it is a problem with catching mud and stuff.

But, I would certainly turn around and do it all over right now! I think it is a major improvement in looks and functionality for very little money and effort.
Good to know. Thanks for the pic & info. I just cut the ends off my front bumper & riveted them back on lol. Doesn't look nearly as good as yours but it was free.

02-04-2012 07:06 PM
Up Hill Bill
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Originally Posted by 07XMan2Door View Post
You happy with yours?
Yes.

But, in the interest of passing on completely accurate information, the fit at the front top bevel where it meets the stock bumper isn't perfect. I think it is because in bending 1/8" steel, they just couldn't follow the slight curve of the bevel like a plastic molding could. You can get a hint of the gap in the photo below.

Attachment 94981

I knew that was a probability from photo's of others installs, and may caulk the gap if it is a problem with catching mud and stuff.

But, I would certainly turn around and do it all over right now! I think it is a major improvement in looks and functionality for very little money and effort.
02-04-2012 06:54 PM
07XMan2Door
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Originally Posted by Up Hill Bill View Post
Still just $60!
You happy with yours?
02-04-2012 06:22 PM
Up Hill Bill
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Originally Posted by 07XMan2Door View Post
Haven't seen these before. They are the same price as the plastic ones. hmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Thanks for sharing.
Still just $60!
02-04-2012 06:18 PM
07XMan2Door
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Originally Posted by Up Hill Bill View Post
More photo's for reference.

This is the new, Rough Country stubby cap. Now make of 1/8" steel with welded seams.
Haven't seen these before. They are the same price as the plastic ones. hmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Thanks for sharing.
02-04-2012 06:17 PM
PittJeep
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Originally Posted by 4fit
Haha. Still haven't decided man. Its between the 15" versions of the Level 8 Trackers, new MB TKOs, or, of course, the MB72s. There are 2 different members here who should be receiving their wheel shipments on Tuesday. They just happen to be the Trackers/Duratracs and the TKOs/Duratracs. I'm waiting to see how those look mounted up on their rigs before I commit.
Haha i hear ya... Just gotta pull the trigger!
02-04-2012 06:09 PM
4fit
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Originally Posted by PittJeep View Post
Which wheels did you decide on 4fit?
Haha. Still haven't decided man. Its between the 15" versions of the Level 8 Trackers, new MB TKOs, or, of course, the MB72s. There are 2 different members here who should be receiving their wheel shipments on Tuesday. They just happen to be the Trackers/Duratracs and the TKOs/Duratracs. I'm waiting to see how those look mounted up on their rigs before I commit.
02-04-2012 05:56 PM
PittJeep
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Originally Posted by 4fit
Ordering my wheels and tires next week and the RC stubby kit will be ordered shortly after. Really like the new metal version.
Which wheels did you decide on 4fit?
02-04-2012 05:26 PM
4fit Ordering my wheels and tires next week and the RC stubby kit will be ordered shortly after. Really like the new metal version.
02-04-2012 03:35 PM
strider_mt2k I ordered mine this morning. It's the start of a long period of small purchases that will end in a big modding session in the spring.

My current plan is to clean up the cuts then apply black primer and maybe paint to the edges prior to installing the caps.
I used the same technique on the modified washers when I did my Ace Rails install, spraying black primer into the boxes afterward to further discourage corrosion.

My wife isn't into the look, but maybe that super pricey setup with the winch she likes so much will happen a little faster as a result!
02-04-2012 02:56 PM
baytownbert It's not difficult to convert. Just pay attention and follow the simple instructions. It also helps if you have a second pair of hands, especially when you are drilling the holes.
02-04-2012 02:09 PM
ESP
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Originally Posted by stevebanzai View Post
Ive been procrastinating on this. Something about cutting a perfectly fine bumper bugs me out.
But it's not really a bumper so much as a piece of plastic. Once you cut through it you see how flimsy and cheap it is. Seriously, you can bend it by hand.
02-04-2012 02:04 PM
stevebanzai Ive been procrastinating on this. Something about cutting a perfectly fine bumper bugs me out.
02-04-2012 01:54 PM
Up Hill Bill More photo's for reference.

This is the new, Rough Country stubby cap. Now make of 1/8" steel with welded seams.

Attachment 94860

Attachment 94857

Attachment 94859

Attachment 94858
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