Here are some pics of my rear bumper. Tomorrow I will be installing a smittybilt rock crawler bumper with d-ring mounts. Here are the pics taken today. Additional pics are for speepdaedeesi
01-21-2009 06:51 PM
uuummmm, that must be that new invisible bumper.
where's the pics??:flipoff:
01-21-2009 06:54 PM
man i suck at posting pics
01-21-2009 06:56 PM
i said i will be installing it tomorrow. Additionally I will be installing a smittybilt xrc front bumper as well. I will reveiw the installs and post more pics of the installation for everyone.
01-21-2009 07:02 PM
You are going to be hating life during that rear bumper install:banghead:, but growing to love that Smittybilt rear bumper when all the dust settles...:D
01-21-2009 07:06 PM
why so. i seems fairly straight forward. i hope 4 years of vocational auto mechanics will get me through. I'm pretty sure i can complete the job in under 2 hours. i had the front bumper off a month ago and i haven't taken the rear off yet but nothing a little pb blaster and heat can't fix.
01-21-2009 07:34 PM
some rear bumpers require drilling into the rear cross member. not to sure on the smittybilt though.
01-21-2009 07:37 PM
there is some drilling required. i'm charging my batteries for my drill now. i only have to drill two 5/8 inch holes and i already went out and bought a really good bit. is it really neccessary to remove the rear body blocks for installation?
01-21-2009 07:50 PM
Originally Posted by infamousbliss
. is it really neccessary to remove the rear body blocks for installation?
I did not have too but, I have a 1.25'' bl. I believe you will have a much easier time installing the frame tie=ins and also getting to the upper backing plate bolts if you do remove them if the vehicle doesn't have a bodylift.
01-21-2009 07:53 PM
yeah i don't have a bl yet put future plans include a 1 inch one. a couple of my buddoes said they didn't have to remove theirs but one of them bought their jeep with the rear bumper already on it and the other has a 2 inch body lift.
01-21-2009 07:56 PM
thanks for the heads up, much appreciated. the instructions say it's not neccesary but it makes installation easier.
01-21-2009 08:00 PM
:wavey:If you have anymore questions let us know.
Also I highly suggest swapping out all the hardware that comes with the kit with Grade 8 bolts. ;)
01-21-2009 08:21 PM
i thought about doing that. i have a fastenal near bye me. i should swing through on my way to my buddy's house. they're pretty good down there. i walk in with a bolt or two and bam they have my new pieces in hand almost instantly. good store.
01-21-2009 08:36 PM
consider your stock bumper sold. speepdaedeesi=cheepdaedeesi=iseedeadpeeps
--edit:--payment sent--. send me a pm to confirm, and a pm when ya ship it if you dont mind.
thanks, and good luck with the new bumper! and dont forget the hardwarez
01-21-2009 08:40 PM
oh and wipe off that mass. snow before you ship. i dont want it co-mingling with my pure nny snow. it might form a new crossbreed of snowflake..
So today in the nicest of weather i installed a smittybilt xrc rock crawler front bumper and a smittybilt rock crusher rear bumper. the installs went fairly easy with the exception of one bolt on the front bumper , but a quick fix was to weld a nut on the torx bolt and wah la. it took me a total of 3 hours for both installed and of course that included smoke and beer breaks. here are the pics for you. sorry i didn't get many from the install but i was busy working and forgot to take the pics. oh yeah i purchased the d-ring mounts on the front bumper seperatley off ebay. i did save $30 of the rear bumper from smittybilt because i sold the d-rings that came with the bumper back to smittybilt. everything came out fairly easy and no busted nuckles. i know the winch is missing but it's in the mail. a smittybilt xrc8 ($325 on ebay). enjoy
01-22-2009 03:57 PM
all hardware was replaced with grade 8 hardware from fastenal. $14.40
01-22-2009 03:58 PM
That looks awesome! :punk:
01-22-2009 04:01 PM
the near future as in next week includes a 4 inch lift new mx-6 shocks, the winch, and new hella driving lights on the front pre-runner bar. i put the factory ones on just for looks till tues. i cut the wiring harnesses off them so i could figure out how to wire the hellas into the factory conectors. should look pretty sweet. still looking for some moabs.
also installing the tc drop kit but as soon as i get my sye and tom wood drive shaft i should ready for this season.
01-22-2009 04:03 PM
put a wranglerforum.com sticker on the sides of the hood and bam you got one sick wheeling machine.
01-22-2009 09:07 PM
Looks good bud. I notice the rear is not a swingout,, did it still come with the frame tie-ins?
01-22-2009 09:08 PM
looks good bud.
01-22-2009 09:16 PM
no frame tie-ins. i drilled two holes and then i didn't want to drop the tank. so i shorted it 4 bolts for today. next week it will be on a lift and we'll be taking it down. all bolt holes lined up front and back. smooth transition. the rear is accessory friendly. i need to get a hitch but not yet.