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Unread 05-16-2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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what is this piece and how do I remove it? rear bumper

removed my rear bumper, getting ready to put new one on, but this is sticking out and I need to know how to take it out



its only on the passenger side. the hole is empty on the drivers side... I need to remove it to put a different piece in there for the new bumper. How do I take it out?

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Unread 05-16-2013, 08:11 PM   #2
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Hacksaw!!!!
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Unread 05-16-2013, 08:32 PM   #3
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Looks like the end of a nut-strip for a trailer hitch. As ConnerXJ said, hacksaw, recipsaw, grinder, etc. It is excess so there is no harm in cutting it off (just be careful not to damage the rear cross-member in the process).
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Unread 05-17-2013, 11:16 AM   #4
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There is a rivet (item #3) holding the nut strip in place. Grind or chisel off the rivet and the nut strip pulls out.

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Unread 05-17-2013, 02:09 PM   #5
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The rivet is aluminum and easy to break loose.
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Unread 05-17-2013, 09:13 PM   #6
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ok thanks guys. I noticed the "Gas tank skid" appears bolted to it as well. did all xj's come with the plate between the gas tank and the exhaust pipe?
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Unread 05-18-2013, 08:25 AM   #7
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If the Cherokee does not have a gas tank skid plate it has a gas tank heat shield.
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