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06-03-2012 08:03 PM
snochick
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Originally Posted by Daniel_M View Post
It doesn't rain in my state either..

-Dan
Well it does, just not very often, and when it does it's coming down so hard you can't see past the front of your hood anyway.
06-03-2012 05:42 PM
MTH
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Originally Posted by strider_mt2k

You think Rigid Duallies would fit underneath?
That's the only way I'd keep 'em is if I have actual plans to mount lights there.
Didn't see this until today . . . I have no idea unfortunately. I've seen lights mounted underneath though.

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Originally Posted by JeepGuy94
Love this forum because I will be doing the exact same mods has Strider. Did anybody come across any problems with cutting and installing the RC Bumper caps? Any other tips that y'all can think of before I tackle this little project? Thanks!
Nah, just draw a straight line and stick to it. Also, take a look at the backside of the bumper and you'll see some bolts you'll run into if you cut too close. Be aware of those.
06-03-2012 04:31 PM
1Topp Lots of good info here > Front Stubby Bumper
06-03-2012 03:57 PM
JeepGuy94 Love this forum because I will be doing the exact same mods has Strider. Did anybody come across any problems with cutting and installing the RC Bumper caps? Any other tips that y'all can think of before I tackle this little project? Thanks!
05-29-2012 08:53 PM
ORNGCR8 Will do Strider...I have the MBRP bull bar and KC Rally lights, now I just need the stubby kit. Also need to order the Rugged Ridge Pillar Switch mount and a switch and one of those Daystar firewall boots for the lights wiring. Once I get everything in, I will install and post pics.
05-28-2012 10:31 AM
strider_mt2k
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Originally Posted by MTH View Post
Yup, then just a little rattle can bed liner to cover the cuts.

That was a bit of a newb move though . . . in retrospect, I'd rather have lights.
You think Rigid Duallies would fit underneath?
That's the only way I'd keep 'em is if I have actual plans to mount lights there.
05-28-2012 10:21 AM
MTH
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Originally Posted by Cleric73
I believe MTH cut the light mounts though to make it look more like a traditional hoop?
Yup, then just a little rattle can bed liner to cover the cuts.

That was a bit of a newb move though . . . in retrospect, I'd rather have lights.
05-28-2012 10:15 AM
strider_mt2k
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Originally Posted by Cleric73 View Post
Very nice Strider. I like the lightbar/hop as well. I believe MTH cut the light mounts though to make it look more like a traditional hoop?

Can't wait to do this exact mod.
Thanks!
Interesting that you mention that, because I originally planned on cutting the tabs off, then thought I'd give them a chance and see what I thought of them, and now they are annoying me and I'm back to wanting to cut the tabs off again!
As I recall MTH used some spray-on bedliner on the grinds, which is also my plan. It should be easy enough to tape off the three work areas.

I bought a Harbor Freight grinder when I bought my Harbor Freight saw, so between the two of 'em I'm set for the metalwork.

I'll probably be doing the work when I install a filler plate that I'm fabricating to close up an annoying gap located between my Rugged Ridge skid plate and the bottom of the newly-stubbied factory bumper.
I'm going to primer/bedline the filler plate as well, so I'll just knock both jobs out together one weekend.
05-28-2012 09:42 AM
Cleric73 Very nice Strider. I like the lightbar/hop as well. I believe MTH cut the light mounts though to make it look more like a traditional hoop?

Can't wait to do this exact mod.
05-28-2012 09:31 AM
AdrianVall Nice! So glad I stumbled across this thread. I hated the look of the front bumper with it being so long. I ordered some rough country bumper caps not 5 minutes ago. I can't wait to get them now. LOVE THIS FORUM!
05-28-2012 07:25 AM
strider_mt2k
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Originally Posted by ORNGCR8 View Post
Gonna be doing the same mod on mine, but with the tapered stubby caps, and the MBRP Bull Bar with KC 8" rally lights attached.
Do it!

Post pics when you are done too because that sounds interesting.
05-27-2012 10:20 PM
ORNGCR8 Gonna be doing the same mod on mine, but with the tapered stubby caps, and the MBRP Bull Bar with KC 8" rally lights attached.
05-27-2012 08:52 PM
strider_mt2k Thanks guys!
It's gratifying to get some positive feedback.
Hopefully it will help encourage others to pursue making their JKs uniquely theirs too, whatever look they want to go for.
05-27-2012 07:20 AM
mgola27
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Originally Posted by strider_mt2k
I stubbied up my bumper this evening!
The job was surprisingly easy.
Instructions were very straight forward.

My harbor Freight Reciprocating saw made fast work of the cuts, although I did use two saw blades to avoid hassles with each cut.
(the HF blades are pretty crappy)
The cheap harbor Freight saw is easily good enough for this job, and seems to have survived it with plenty of life left for some more jobs in the future.
Considering i bought the saw JUST for this mod, I would say it is a great value, so don't hesitate if you are in the same boat.

I sprayed the cut metal edges of the bumper with some black primer before I fit the Rough Country caps into place.

Easy peasy, and it looks awesome if you ask me!!
VERY PLEASED!

Finally, props to member MTH, who's Jeep was the first one that I saw with this kind of look. When I saw it I knew I wanted something similar.
You might not be the first to do what you did, but you were the first one I saw do it. Props, MTH!

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Looks great! I like that light bar too. I've seen others (MTH) with it and I think it complements the stubby bumper kit nicely.
05-26-2012 07:33 PM
MTH
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Originally Posted by strider_mt2k
Finally, props to member MTH, who's Jeep was the first one that I saw with this kind of look. When I saw it I knew I wanted something similar.
You might not be the first to do what you did, but you were the first one I saw do it. Props, MTH!


Looks great--in my opinion, that's about the best you can do aesthetically with the stock bumper. Nice job.

05-26-2012 06:58 PM
1Topp Semi Stubby VDP...........

05-26-2012 06:17 PM
strider_mt2k I stubbied up my bumper this evening!
The job was surprisingly easy.
Instructions were very straight forward.

My harbor Freight Reciprocating saw made fast work of the cuts, although I did use two saw blades to avoid hassles with each cut.
(the HF blades are pretty crappy)
The cheap harbor Freight saw is easily good enough for this job, and seems to have survived it with plenty of life left for some more jobs in the future.
Considering i bought the saw JUST for this mod, I would say it is a great value, so don't hesitate if you are in the same boat.

I sprayed the cut metal edges of the bumper with some black primer before I fit the Rough Country caps into place.

Easy peasy, and it looks awesome if you ask me!!
VERY PLEASED!

Finally, props to member MTH, who's Jeep was the first one that I saw with this kind of look. When I saw it I knew I wanted something similar.
You might not be the first to do what you did, but you were the first one I saw do it. Props, MTH!

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After:



05-25-2012 10:22 AM
Seginus I just put the VDP caps on my stock Sahara this weekend. My dad cut through part of the air dam on the driver's side so we just removed it. Also, took of the silver applique on the front. Gotta take the bumper off the back at some point to get the rear one off, too. I like it. Good temporary mod until I can afford a real bumper.
05-25-2012 03:49 AM
strider_mt2k
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Originally Posted by karencz View Post
Want to do the stubby bumper mod to my stock bumper (cut and add end caps). What kind of saw will I need? I don't have much in the way of tools....a hack saw....but not sure what will work best, I read that there is a metal part under the plastic, is that the case?

Also, I hate the look of the plastic air dam under the front bumper. Mine hangs crooked! Can I just remove it and be done, or do I need to replace it with something else? Anyone removed it and experienced any problems?

As always, advice is appreciated!
I picked up a set of the Rough Country caps and will be using an inexpensive reciprocating saw I bought at Harbor Freight.
They had longer blades there too so I bought a set.
Not sure if I'll do it this weekend, but the install is coming.

I removed my air dam and replaced it with a Rugged Ridge skid plate.
One isn't a substitute for the other however, because the skid is heavy and isn't shaped the same as the air dam, so it isn't doing the same aerodynamic job.
-of course on the other hand, you can almost rip that air dam apart with your bare hands, so it's a trade off.

I wanted something that could withstand the impact of something more substantial than "air".
05-24-2012 07:04 PM
Jervboy
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Originally Posted by jplks2play View Post
I love my stubby chop. Now I want to do the hidden winch in it.

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Now your gonna start more trouble with the hidden winch and the bumper chop! I really like both of my mods, very happy with them.
05-24-2012 06:27 PM
jplks2play I love my stubby chop. Now I want to do the hidden winch in it.

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05-24-2012 04:40 PM
Daniel_M This was my stubby prior to getting my Rugged Ridge XHD bumper and prior to fender chop. My Oe bumper was sun faded pretty bad. Would have bedlined but bought a bumper instead.

-Dan
05-24-2012 03:41 PM
kjeeper10 2 words Cleric - Harbor Freight
05-24-2012 03:39 PM
karencz
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Originally Posted by Cleric73 View Post
OH and .... Sorry OP - HIJACKed. Back on track....stubby bumper cap mod is easy to do.
LOL, not a problem, I love seeing all the pictures and hearing all the opinions....ya'll crack me up sometimes...just gotta watch the diet coke consumption while I'm reading so it doesn't end up coming out my nose onto my keyboard!

Ordered the stubby conversion kit today...I figure for $60 and my time I can't go wrong
05-24-2012 03:32 PM
Cleric73 Yeah I read that thread earlier today. Chop + no lift vs Chop + Lift. Totally agree. I was going to do the leveling kit anyway....so that was sort of defacto on my mind.

I like yalls set ups. I just need an f'n garage and some tools.

OH and .... Sorry OP - HIJACKed. Back on track....stubby bumper cap mod is easy to do.
05-24-2012 03:25 PM
kjeeper10
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Originally Posted by Daniel_M

It doesn't rain in my state either..

Do you have a lift? If not it will look good. Even with a leveling or budget boost should look fine.

-Dan
I agree
05-24-2012 03:19 PM
Daniel_M
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Originally Posted by Up Hill Bill View Post
Your and MHT are right, of course. I should have said not street legal in about half the states....


Still creates unsafe conditions for those around you, especially in the rain, where your rooster-tails of spray can totally blind vehicles behind you. I've been there, no fun!
It doesn't rain in my state either..

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Originally Posted by Cleric73 View Post
KJeeper and MTH's rigs look great. I'll be doing the same mod. KJ I think you got good value for $300 (your own labor). A really nice stubby and hoop could easily run you $450 and up. The 35's help with the aggressive look of course...but MTH looks bad a$$ too with the 33's.

I'm wondering though...if you chop the flares if the 33's still look reasonable?
Do you have a lift? If not it will look good. Even with a leveling or budget boost should look fine.

-Dan
05-24-2012 03:18 PM
MTH
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Originally Posted by Cleric73

I'm wondering though...if you chop the flares if the 33's still look reasonable?
Only if you don't have a lift, IMO. For 33s, it's a lift OR fender chop, not both.
05-24-2012 03:14 PM
Cleric73 KJeeper and MTH's rigs look great. I'll be doing the same mod. KJ I think you got good value for $300 (your own labor). A really nice stubby and hoop could easily run you $450 and up. The 35's help with the aggressive look of course...but MTH looks bad a$$ too with the 33's.

I'm wondering though...if you chop the flares if the 33's still look reasonable?
05-24-2012 02:36 PM
Up Hill Bill
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Originally Posted by Daniel_M View Post
Not illegal in my state

-Dan
Your and MHT are right, of course. I should have said not street legal in about half the states....


Still creates unsafe conditions for those around you, especially in the rain, where your rooster-tails of spray can totally blind vehicles behind you. I've been there, no fun!
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