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10-09-2013 05:59 PM
johngp7 just installed the rugged ridge light bar on my 2013 Wrangler Sport... no cutting needed
06-10-2013 03:30 PM
mgola27 I agree. If you add the stubby bumper kit it really freshens up the front quite a bit.

With or without lights, it's a good upgrade to the front until a new bumper is added.
06-10-2013 01:43 PM
THW I ordered one of these just for the look, without the lights! I think it's a great improvement in appearance over the look of the stock bumper, and for less than $100 it's an easy upgrade. Maybe I'll hang some lights from it eventually but I imagine I'll be upgrading the entire bumper before I actually need offroading lights...
06-10-2013 01:31 PM
That Jeep Guy Thanks for the info, Panthermark.
I'm really wanting a solution to affix driving lights before the long, dark winter arrives - the stock headlights are less than brilliant.
06-10-2013 01:17 PM
panthermark
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Originally Posted by That Jeep Guy View Post
Are there any fellow EU jeepers here who know if this light bar works with our 'park bench' style front bumpers?
Rugged Ridge and Mopar instructions (they are the same)
http://www.quadratec.com/Assets/Installation/110409.pdf
http://www.quadratec.com/Assets/Installation/114880.pdf

Olympic instructions (basically the same as well)
http://www.quadratec.com/Assets/Installation/161963.pdf

I don't know if they fit, but they don't really mess with the bumper itself, it is the trim piece behind the bumper that could give you an issue. Maybe you can take pics of the top and sides of your bumper.

The instructions provided are actually incorrect to an extent.
You don't need to remove to bumper or do any trimming. Just remove the air damn (6 easy to grip tabs) and use a long wrench with duct tape to hold the nut.
06-10-2013 01:03 PM
That Jeep Guy Are there any fellow EU jeepers here who know if this light bar works with our 'park bench' style front bumpers?
06-10-2013 11:20 AM
panthermark
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Originally Posted by mgola27 View Post
I installed the Olympic one last year with no cutting. A little tight getting all the bolts aligned, but otherwise worked out nicely.

Just need to get lights...
I almost wish I would have gotten the Olympic bar...could have saved $20...Plus I would rather real bolts than hex/allen head bolts...and it would have been made in the USA.

But yeah, no cutting what so ever. A long wrench and duct tape made the install pretty quick and easy.

Not sure if I'm going to get a light or not. I wasn't planning on it because those flat LED's are EXPENSIVE. I'm thinking of cutting off the three mounts, that way, if I get into a slight wreck, they don't rotate back into my cooler/radiator.
06-10-2013 10:58 AM
mgola27 I installed the Olympic one last year with no cutting. A little tight getting all the bolts aligned, but otherwise worked out nicely.

Just need to get lights...
06-10-2013 09:59 AM
panthermark That install was really, really, really easy.

06-06-2013 12:49 PM
ItsMeKO3
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Originally Posted by panthermark View Post

How much did that run you?

While I doubt I add lights, I'm curious.

I just checked Amazon...my Rugged Ridge (Mopar) bar should be here today. I'm hoping it is the right version that will allow me to not have to cut anything. I also notcied the Olympic version is even cheaper....
You shouldn't have to cut anything. The light, wiring harness and switch I got were a little under $300.
06-06-2013 12:49 PM
panthermark
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Originally Posted by jkjeeper06 View Post
I didn't have to cut anything to install my RR light bar. It just squeezes around the bumper and plastic filler piece
Good to know.

As I read through the treads, some mentioned cutting the inner plastic, some said you didn't have to, others said it depends upon who made it.

I'm looking forward to putting it on...and I'm hoping this is not the start of some Jeep modding addiction.
06-06-2013 12:45 PM
jkjeeper06
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Originally Posted by panthermark View Post

How much did that run you?

While I doubt I add lights, I'm curious.

I just checked Amazon...my Rugged Ridge (Mopar) bar should be here today. I'm hoping it is the right version that will allow me to not have to cut anything. I also notcied the Olympic version is even cheaper....
I didn't have to cut anything to install my RR light bar. It just squeezes around the bumper and plastic filler piece
06-06-2013 12:34 PM
panthermark
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Originally Posted by ItsMeKO3 View Post
Finally got around to adding the LED bar.


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How much did that run you?

While I doubt I add lights, I'm curious.

I just checked Amazon...my Rugged Ridge (Mopar) bar should be here today. I'm hoping it is the right version that will allow me to not have to cut anything. I also notcied the Olympic version is even cheaper....
06-06-2013 12:12 PM
ItsMeKO3
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Originally Posted by The_Chief View Post

I like that idea.
Finally got around to adding the LED bar.


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05-31-2013 05:35 PM
panthermark Good to know the plastic does not have to be cut.

I think I'll go with this light bar (Rugged Ridge or Mopar...whichever I can find the cheapest) being that it can be had for under $100 shipped. Not sure if I should cut the tabs off, leave them empty or eventually install a flat LED light.
03-31-2013 10:59 AM
Landman No need to cut a hole in the trim piece. The bracket goes around it in an L shape. It is a lot easier to install if you remove the air dam. The dam is very easy to remove just by snapping out 5 or 6 plastic inserts. Holding the nuts in place is the hardest part. I finally taped them to a short piece of a coat hanger using masking tape. Once the nut was on the bolt I could just pull the coat hanger out. Here is a picture of mine.


03-30-2013 09:17 PM
The_Chief
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Originally Posted by ItsMeKO3 View Post
My plan is to mount an led bar upside down so its on the bottom of the bar. Between the bar and the bumper. Then mount 2 lights on the windshield like you have.
I like that idea.
03-30-2013 09:15 PM
ItsMeKO3 My plan is to mount an led bar upside down so its on the bottom of the bar. Between the bar and the bumper. Then mount 2 lights on the windshield like you have.
03-30-2013 09:10 PM
The_Chief
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Originally Posted by The_Chief View Post
Since I already have KC's on the windshield, I'm gonna leave this bare... I haven't seen an LED bar on this bar yet--not sure if that would look good...
03-30-2013 09:09 PM
ItsMeKO3 Lol I know. My brother in law is a salesman there. Only reason its still on.
03-30-2013 09:08 PM
The_Chief
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Originally Posted by hemiroid View Post
anybody feel like posting a pic or two???

Much thanks in advance!!!


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03-30-2013 09:07 PM
truthiness Unless Blevins is a family member, kill that plate frame.
03-30-2013 09:05 PM
ItsMeKO3 Only one I have right now. Planning on putting an LED bar on it soon.

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03-30-2013 08:54 PM
howabusa
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Originally Posted by ItsMeKO3 View Post
I almost made the same mistake 2 days ago when I put mine on. Then I went back and looked at the instructions once more and realized how it went. The brackets that mount to the frame are a huge pain in the ass though! I ended up using an allen wrench to hold the nut in place.
I used safety wire around the nut and then fished it in between the frame pieces. Pain in the ass!
03-30-2013 08:52 PM
Hemiroid Anybody feel like posting a pic or two???

Much thanks in advance!!!
03-30-2013 08:45 PM
ItsMeKO3 I almost made the same mistake 2 days ago when I put mine on. Then I went back and looked at the instructions once more and realized how it went. The brackets that mount to the frame are a huge pain in the ass though! I ended up using an allen wrench to hold the nut in place.
03-30-2013 07:55 PM
howabusa I bought a OEM Mopar light bar on ebay from a dealer in North Carolina. It is made by Rugged Ridge, the Mopar bumper light bar is made by Rugged Ridge? I had read somewhere on the interwebs that you had to cut holes in the trim panel behind the bumper. Not true, figured this out after I cut a hole in the trim piece. The brackets that mount to the frame were a pain, had to figure out how to hold the nuts while putting the brackets on.
02-27-2013 01:27 PM
jsudduth
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Originally Posted by Ttceccc View Post
Anyone have or install mopar bumper light bar that bolts to the frame and you have to cut the plastic behind the front bumper?have read does not fit on rubicon cause of e disconnect.Want to hear about any one on the forum that has a ruby. I have a 13 jkur

a little off the subject but..

Have you bought the light bar yet?
If not go to Quadretec and look it up and then hit instructions.
The light bar is made by rugged ridge and is marked up.
i was looking for mine and was flipping through the different ones and stumbled across this.
not much of a mark up but every little bit helps..
02-26-2013 09:57 AM
sclui56
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Originally Posted by CrispyB View Post
You do not have to cut the plastic.
Unbolt the plastic for the bumper so the back piece fits in/out easier.
Use a zip tie to hold and lower the top nuts into place. Tighten them from underneath before moving on to the bottom nuts and bolts.

Yes, use something to sort of hold the nut in place, I used a wire coat hanger. Absolutely no cutting of the plastic unless you chose to.
02-25-2013 10:46 PM
CrispyB You do not have to cut the plastic.
Unbolt the plastic for the bumper so the back piece fits in/out easier.
Use a zip tie to hold and lower the top nuts into place. Tighten them from underneath before moving on to the bottom nuts and bolts.
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