|12-16-2014 12:05 AM|
|DallasJKU||I can't believe I stripped a nut on the bumper. Only way I can see this thing coming off is in pieces by chopping it off. Its one of the main 4 nuts. Other three came off easily, but on this 4th one it felt like someone put butter on the nut. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?? Can't believe I F'd up removing the stock front bumper.|
|06-27-2014 12:11 AM|
|06-06-2014 09:18 AM|
|06-06-2014 09:08 AM|
This thread was a big help in removing my bumper last night. Worth noting, though... the 4 bolts that hold the end caps on are threaded into the plastic end cap itself. It isn't difficult to break the bolt loose but you may find that it sits and spins. If you can get a crowbar or something under the head of the bolt you can probably pop it out with a little oomph. I took a reciprocating saw to the plastic bumper at about the location of those bolts and simply cut the end caps off. Simple enough.
My bolts were rusted on pretty good. I hit them with PB Blaster about 30 minutes before working and they broke loose without any trouble (18mm for the main bumper bolts). The new bumper I put on required extending the fog light wires. The entire job took less than 3 hours having not done this before. Had I been less cautious up front it could have been half of that.
|03-02-2014 03:29 PM|
Took me an hour to get the factory one off and install new bumper. Another hour to install winch.
|02-01-2014 10:39 AM|
|Dwoodworker||What about vacuum pump? Does it have to be relocated ?|
|02-01-2014 09:35 AM|
|dmbarba||Great instructions....thanks for posting.|
|01-26-2014 01:47 PM|
Great, thank you.
|01-26-2014 12:40 PM|
|01-25-2014 09:49 PM|
Great write up, my bumpers arrived today so I will put this information to good use soon.
Can anyone tell me if the fog lights are just screwed to the backside of the bumper or how to take off, the factory fog lights are compatible with my new bumper so I will be able to use them.
|07-21-2013 08:18 PM|
Great thread...thanks to the OP.
Used it to remove my stock bumper.
|04-17-2013 06:37 AM|
The two on top (that hold the plastic peice down) are plastic themselves. That's why they stripped so easily. I did that, too. Pop a flathead under the head of the screw, tap it with a hammer a few times and voila!
The ones on the underside are a little harder, though. From my experience, they are metal screws held into plastic grommets. If you can get your hand to the backside and just squeeze the grommet a little tighter around the screw, sometimes you can get it to grip again and come out easily. However, I did strip out one of mine where that trick didn't work and just had to work the flathead/hammer technique until the screw and grommet finally broke. It was a bit of a PITA.
|04-17-2013 05:45 AM|
|Elithegreat||I was able to remove the bottom four screws however when I got the 2 screws behind the bumper and the 2 screws on top, I've only managed to immediately strip the screws!! Anyone have any advice on how to get those out?|
|01-15-2013 12:45 AM|
|RyanMcLovin||Is there anyway to keep your fog lights in without the plastic or is it the only way to go|
|01-14-2013 11:35 PM|
|mudslingr||are you selling those tow hooks by chance?|
|01-14-2013 11:25 PM|
Excellent write-up, which will come in handy when I swap bumpers in the near future. I hope one of the Mods will add this to the http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/wri...os-153626.html sticky before it disappears from the front page again.
|01-14-2013 11:07 PM|
|01-14-2013 05:05 AM|
OK, please hear me out. this is THE best explanation on the bumper on the entire internet. I know since I've seen every attempt in the last 24 hours. My issue is I want to flat tow my 2013 JK behind my RV and I want to junk the factory bumper. I know nothing about towing but from these pics, it seems that I could just bolt the tow bar adapter to the four-whole mounting point the bumper uses and then drag the mess off down the street. What am I missing here? If I use a decent bumper (the Oly 500) and a bolt through adapter, it seems to me that it would be stronger, or as strong, as the D ring set up normal Jeep guys use to pull Jeeps out of the mess; no? I didn't take physics or shop so this may be obviously stupid. Free shots; why shouldn't I do this?
OH, and seriously, I know of at least three aftermarket sellers that need this series of pics to make their product make sense.
|12-13-2012 10:00 PM|
|2013bluerubi||Wow what a great write up. Thanks for taking the time to give a thorough explanation of this task.|
|12-09-2012 09:23 AM|
|reade||Thanks for this, I will put it to god use very soon.|
|12-08-2012 11:05 PM|
|Kevin||Forgot to add, if you're going to use the factory tow hooks, look at them sideways and you'll see that it's tapered a little towards the bottom, so we used two 1/2" washers on each bottom bolt between the bumper and the tow hook to keep it vertical otherwise there would be a strain!|
|12-08-2012 11:00 PM|
I then used the new hooks and put them behind my old bumper.
My 08 JKU
My new 2013JKU w/200 miles ready for the transfer.
Finished project. You can't see the hooks because of lighting but they're in the same position as they were on picture 1!
|12-05-2012 01:24 PM|
|enjerhoo||to redirect this old post slightly, has anyone had any luck selling the OEM tow hooks? Other than bolting them to the wall for coat hooks I do not have much use for them but would hate to send them to the scrapyard just on principle.|
|12-05-2012 01:15 PM|
Absolutely Spot On Instructions
Just picked up my JK and am getting ready to add a Rugged Ridge XHD front bumper. These instructions were a great help getting the stock bumper off.
|11-06-2012 03:22 PM|
|Snowren24||Thanks for the great write up!|
|11-06-2012 11:29 AM|
|11-05-2012 11:03 PM|
|Bwana||whats the secret to those plastic screws? i turn the screwdriver but nothing happens. the central philips socket spins but the peripheral flange doesnt move..I apply prying pressure to the peripheral flange but the thing doesnt come out.|
|09-28-2012 01:46 PM|
|BlackOpsJeep||thanks! I've since removed that ugly grill guard and went with the stubby kit for now.|
|09-28-2012 09:03 AM|
Thanks for your time and effort in making this post. Super job!
|08-04-2012 11:30 PM|
Although, I'm not going to get nuts & bolts... seems like too much overkill to hold some plastic in place.
I'm going with some old-school nylon trim panel clips from the hardware store and call it a day. Should work fine.
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