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Unread 06-04-2013, 11:41 PM   #1
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Front Bumper Moldings

Sup everyone, long time since I been posting on the forums, though I check back and read some of the sick builds now and then. Life gets busy when babies are born I guess.

ANyways: Some jacka$$ decided it was worth it to steal my 20$ fog lights out of my driveway. They must have grabbed on to the lights and yanked on them until the plastic moldings of the bumper broke on each side.

It doesn't look completely terrible, but it does look bad in my opinion. I'm not sure if I should remove the rest of the plastic molding. The plastic piece that is underneath the bumper in the middle was not damaged.

How does the XJ look without any plastic moldings on the front?

Thanks in advance!

(No pic of the broken plastic, but mostly wondering how it'd look without.)

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Unread 06-10-2013, 10:44 PM   #2
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I'm about to work on the front end of my '99 XJ & was kinda wondering the same thing about the plastic pieces. I need to take the pieces off of the door panels still but the front is still in question.
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Unread 06-10-2013, 11:29 PM   #3
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I personally think it looks pretty bad without the bumper endcaps, and its kind of a pain to deal with on a stock Jeep. If you take them off, it'll look weird with the center valance hanging down and you will probably want to take that off too. The valance has rivets holding it on that need to be drilled out or ground off. Then once its all off, you have to deal with the fender liner flapping around and hitting the tire because the endcaps used to hold it in place. Also, your vacuum canister and lines will be exposed on the passenger side and the bumper itself is probably pretty crusty underneath where the caps used to be. I'd leave it all on, just my .02 worth...

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Unread 06-12-2013, 09:23 AM   #4
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I personally think it looks pretty bad without the bumper endcaps, and its kind of a pain to deal with on a stock Jeep. If you take them off, it'll look weird with the center valance hanging down and you will probably want to take that off too. The valance has rivets holding it on that need to be drilled out or ground off. Then once its all off, you have to deal with the fender liner flapping around and hitting the tire because the endcaps used to hold it in place. Also, your vacuum canister and lines will be exposed on the passenger side and the bumper itself is probably pretty crusty underneath where the caps used to be. I'd leave it all on, just my .02 worth...

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I actually was able to find some pics without the caps on the newer xj's and I have to agree it looks pretty ugly in my opinion.

If I cut the bottoms off the endcaps and remove the valance (which actually looks better than stock imo) I can then salvage the driver side.

I bought a passenger side endcap that should have been mailed out lastnight from a "part-out" classified through these forums. (I paid so he better! ) So once that comes I will be cutting that one as well to match.

Here is a picture of how I will be cutting mine. I think I will be using my sawzal with a wood cutting blade, what do you guys think? I have a dremel but never used it much, and never with a cutting wheel.
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Unread 06-12-2013, 08:14 PM   #5
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I trimmed the bottom off mine with a stout and very sharp razor/utility knife preheating with a hair dryer to soften the plastic a bit.

I just wanted to have good control of the blade as you can always shave a bit more off, but you can't put it back on. It also left a very clean finished cut.
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