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nutmegger1957 08-26-2009 01:38 PM

Changing the Front Bumper
 
My 2008 JK "X" front Milk-jug bumper has to go!!! I'm so sick of that thing!!!!

I found and ordered a neat tube bumper here:

Rampage Products 86620 - Rampage Products Dual Tube Front Bumper with Hoop in Black for 07-09 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

I'm not running any fog lights or anything so it'll be just a straight-forward mechanical swap, but I'm wondering about what tools will be needed.

Is it just hex bolts or Torx or what, that's holding the milk-jug bumper on?

Can you give me a clue as to the total number of bolts I'll have to remove and their basic location? (I can see some of the bolts from the backside of the bumper, but I don't want to miss any in the removal. (heck,....if I miss any, it won't come off til I find em, but I'd like a heads up before I attack it).

This ought to be an easy job for me,......I have a ton of "backyard mechanic" experience behind me, so I'm just looking for any advice on unseen "watch out for this" kinda advice.

Thanks,

-Nutmegger1957

Hilldweller 08-26-2009 03:09 PM

You'll just need a socket set, some pliers, and screwdrivers to take the old one off.
And a few beers (and swear words).

This will show you how to take off your bumper:
Project-JK.com - Jeep JK Wrangler Resource » LoD Jeep JK Wrangler Signature Series Shorty Front Winch Bumper Installation Write-Up

89PBR96 08-26-2009 03:34 PM

I used a cut off wheel the bottom ones broke the darn clips:banghead:

89PBR96 08-26-2009 03:35 PM

*edit* the nut broke loose from the frame

rj5570 08-26-2009 03:37 PM

nice looking bumper! curious, can you put the fog lights on from the S package?

I was looking at this one.

It has space for a wrench, which I am not sure if I will be getting anytime soon ($$), I think I saw a none wrench plate version of this, but see how the fog lights fit in?

opps the wrench mount is not included in this, fyi.

but the one your getting is a bit cheaper. :)

nutmegger1957 08-26-2009 05:01 PM

I didn't need a winch setup or fog lights, (I have neither, and want neither), so it should be a basic install.

I'm wondering at the moment about how the airbag (yes, after all....it's a 2008), is hooked to the front bumper. Since it's activated by a front end collision, I wonder if there is a wiring issue with the milk-jug bumper, or if it is wired to a sensor behind the milk-jug, and will be a non-issue for this install?

-Nutmegger1957

Hilldweller 08-27-2009 08:36 AM

There's no "sensor" in the bumper at all.


Winches and auxilliary lighting can come in handy, btw, if you intend to go offroad. It's cheaper to think ahead than play catch-up...

Here's mine. About $800 for bumper, winch, lights, & mount. Took half a day to install and wire the entire mess due to de-installation of the existing equipment.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...n/100_3676.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...n/100_3516.jpg

nutmegger1957 08-27-2009 08:55 AM

Nice looking, and certainly functional............someday I'll do more "off road" but for now, I can't afford to keep replacing broken stuff.

Speaking of Fog Lights however, considering the hump tube my bumper comes with, what recommendations would you make for suspending fog lights from the top of the hump tube?

Hilldweller 08-27-2009 09:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nutmegger1957 (Post 430217)
Nice looking, and certainly functional............someday I'll do more "off road" but for now, I can't afford to keep replacing broken stuff.

Speaking of Fog Lights however, considering the hump tube my bumper comes with, what recommendations would you make for suspending fog lights from the top of the hump tube?

I haven't broken anything offroad; just go slowly and pick good lines. It's only as destructive as you make it.

Bazillions of mounts for lights; take your pick:
Light Bars - Quadratec

rj5570 08-27-2009 10:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hilldweller (Post 430204)
There's no "sensor" in the bumper at all.


Winches and auxilliary lighting can come in handy, btw, if you intend to go offroad. It's cheaper to think ahead than play catch-up...

Here's mine. About $800 for bumper, winch, lights, & mount. Took half a day to install and wire the entire mess due to de-installation of the existing equipment.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...n/100_3676.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...n/100_3516.jpg

how and where did you get a bumper, winch, lights & mounts for $800 bucks? I want that deal! :)

Hilldweller 08-27-2009 01:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rj5570 (Post 430254)
how and where did you get a bumper, winch, lights & mounts for $800 bucks? I want that deal! :)

4Wheel Parts during one of their one-day sale days. I walked in and said, "gimme a smokin' deal, please."
And they did.

The light mount came from Quadratec though. A to Z fab.

rj5570 08-27-2009 01:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hilldweller (Post 430360)
4Wheel Parts during one of their one-day sale days. I walked in and said, "gimme a smokin' deal, please."
And they did.

The light mount came from Quadratec though. A to Z fab.

are you freaking serious? FRAK thats awesome dude, you scored! would love to find a deal on a bumper and wrench.

or just to have the Jeep fairy drop off the parts :) she doesnt need to install them, I will do that lol

curious, do you have dual batteries set up to run your wrench?

iamagolfspaz 08-27-2009 02:10 PM

Ya really don't need dual batteries. I have a ProCal that lets me keep the RPM's up when i winch.

Foxy 08-27-2009 03:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nutmegger1957 (Post 429658)
My 2008 JK "X" front Milk-jug bumper has to go!!! I'm so sick of that thing!!!!

I found and ordered a neat tube bumper here:

Rampage Products 86620 - Rampage Products Dual Tube Front Bumper with Hoop in Black for 07-09 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec

I'm not running any fog lights or anything so it'll be just a straight-forward mechanical swap, but I'm wondering about what tools will be needed.

Is it just hex bolts or Torx or what, that's holding the milk-jug bumper on?

Can you give me a clue as to the total number of bolts I'll have to remove and their basic location? (I can see some of the bolts from the backside of the bumper, but I don't want to miss any in the removal. (heck,....if I miss any, it won't come off til I find em, but I'd like a heads up before I attack it).

This ought to be an easy job for me,......I have a ton of "backyard mechanic" experience behind me, so I'm just looking for any advice on unseen "watch out for this" kinda advice.

Thanks,

-Nutmegger1957




PLEASE post pictures once on....THANKS!! :punk:


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