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AlpineOverNappa 03-08-2013 11:02 AM

My take on the DIY stubby front bumper (JK)
 
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Had some down time this weekend and put together a stubby front bumper. I should have taken pictures as i went, but I forgot :whistling:

Parts:
OEM bumper
OEM Fogs (stained yellow)
OEM tow hooks
6 1/4" bolts (cost $2 at Home depot)
8 1/8" bolts (cost $3 at HD)
Krylon Yellow glass stain ($5/can)
Rustoleum Truck bed liner ($7/ can)

Tools:
Sockets
Angle grinder with metal cutting disk
Table saw with metal cutting disk
Dremel (to smooth out edges)
Painters tape
Sand paper

What I did:

Grind off crash cans from front bumper
Cut bumper 1" past tow hook holes with angle grinder
From scrap metal, fabricate 4 'T' brackets to hold fog lights in
Put bolts thru stock bumper holes and stock fog light holes.
Use painters tape to cover fog lenses
Sand whole bumper, then apply 8-10 thin coats of bedliner (1 can)
(Each coat only takes around 5 minutes to dry)
Remount

**I opted to mount my bumper upside-down to have the lip on top, as well as the 4 holes to eventually mount additional offroad lights.

Total cost: ~$15
Total time: ~3 hours
Results: You tell me. I'm very happy considering the time and cost.

Feel free to PM me with any questions. I "eyeballed" all of the measurements, but I can go out and measure for you if needed.
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kjeeper10 03-08-2013 11:20 AM

Awesome job :thumb:

Hank the Tank 03-08-2013 11:37 AM

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Originally Posted by AlpineOverNappa

Looks great. I'm in VA as well-- don't know the bumper laws, but I assume you checked on this? Still street legal?

AlpineOverNappa 03-08-2013 12:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Hank the Tank (Post 3477202)

Looks great. I'm in VA as well-- don't know the bumper laws, but I assume you checked on this? Still street legal?

Haven't been in for inspection yet, but from what I can tell from the state laws I've read it should be. I'll update the thread if I have any issues with the law ;)

Hank the Tank 03-08-2013 12:15 PM

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Originally Posted by AlpineOverNappa

Haven't been in for inspection yet, but from what I can tell from the state laws I've read it should be. I'll update the thread if I have any issues with the law ;)

Right on. Nice plate, btw.

AlpineOverNappa 03-08-2013 12:16 PM

thanks!

TheyCallMeSnow 03-08-2013 01:35 PM

Best plate ever.

CCK 03-08-2013 01:56 PM

with regards to plate:
"**** yea"

Dew 03-08-2013 02:07 PM

looks good. now trim those fenders and you're good to go!

AlpineOverNappa 03-08-2013 10:36 PM

Thanks! the fenders are my next project. Would like to do a similar stubby (from an OEM front bumper) on the rear with large reverse lights in the fog slots for wheelin at dusk.

Tweak 03-08-2013 11:32 PM

wow, I may have to do this. I am having issues with my front tires hitting my bumper, plus I am broke, seems right up my alley! night see about installing some D-rings on the front of those hooks though.

CapsJK 03-09-2013 07:51 AM

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Originally Posted by AlpineOverNappa (Post 3477352)

Haven't been in for inspection yet, but from what I can tell from the state laws I've read it should be. I'll update the thread if I have any issues with the law ;)

Great pics and instructions. Brand new to the forum and plan to do the same...after I complete my first JK upgrade, new wheels/tires just came in. Too bad the lift will be a week late:(. Live in VA as well...are you a member of the Northern Virginia jeep club as well? Take care

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AlpineOverNappa 03-10-2013 11:08 PM

thanks capsJK! I havent joined any northern va jeep clubs yet, but need to. Figured i'd build a trail-worthy (in my eyes) rig before gettin involved in a club. Once i take care of that rear bumper and get a winch up i'll be close enough!

CapsJK 03-11-2013 08:21 PM

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Originally Posted by AlpineOverNappa (Post 3487120)
thanks capsJK! I havent joined any northern va jeep clubs yet, but need to. Figured i'd build a trail-worthy (in my eyes) rig before gettin involved in a club. Once i take care of that rear bumper and get a winch up i'll be close enough!

I hear you on that. It will never and with all the upgrades, that's why the Jeeps are the best. I'll shoot you some info once I figure more about this club. I hear they join up quite often and have some great excursions. Take care

tnjeeptj 03-11-2013 08:50 PM

Yep, I'll be doin' this one. Nice post.

TexasJeepGirl 03-23-2013 04:15 PM

My husband just did this on his jeep. He used the stock plastic to remount the foglights. Really neat little project. Thanks for the inspiration!

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bvanfossen 05-16-2013 08:49 PM

how bad are the crush cans to grind off?

thanks for the write up

ChopperCopper 05-19-2013 07:20 PM

I took a grinder to the welds on the crush cans and then used a BFH to knock them off.

colbert1775 06-03-2013 01:12 PM

I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how to mount these fog lights...

Leftoc 02-20-2014 10:49 PM

Love the look and like the cost! Thanks for the post

AlpineOverNappa 04-27-2014 07:56 PM

TexasJeepGirl that looks great! Very happy you all like it enough to give it a shot! I've had in on for 16k miles and a little over a year and its still holding up well. Have dragged two fellow jeepers out with it so far as well.

Karter01 04-28-2014 11:26 AM

Sweet mod!!
How exactly did you stain the fogs? From the outside or did you take them apart?


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