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Yes, it's normal. There is a plastic spacer on the stock bumper that covers the gap. Whoever installed that bumper just didn't reuse the spacer.

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Thanks. I installed it---but had to drill out the clips on the spacer.

What can I use to reinstall it? Or is it okay the way it is?
 

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You could buy plastic rivets or something at any auto parts store to put the spacer back on. Depending on the new bumper, you may have to do some trimming on the spacer.

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I'd leave it off. So much easier to clean and dry the bumper without it. My gap's about the same, maybe a hair smaller, and I don't even notice it anymore.

Great looking bumper, btw. What do you mean it's not the best? It's on your Jeep, right? Then hell yeah, it's the best. Lol.
 

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I have the same bumper and it IS the best. I installed it and didn't feel like putting that dodgey piece of trim in.
 

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Same bumper here as well. I added a smitty 9500 winch and opted to leave that piece out b/c it made it way easier to access everything. I live in canada and specifically in an area that sees a lot of salt in the winter. That poor bumper didn't stand a chance and it lasted until spring - maybe 7 months before I had to remove it and spray the crap out of it with a few coats of rust primer, paint and rubberized rockguard just to help it out. The finish matches my fenders perfectly. I had checked out quite a few bumpers and like this one the best :)
 
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