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Unread 04-16-2010, 03:28 PM   #1
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Help With Install Please

Im trying to put on a new rear bumper on my 95 sahara and I'm running into two issues. First I can not find a way to reach the inside nuts on the insides 2 bolts on the bumperettes, there is a hitch also on there im trying to take off which has two bolts with nuts also on the back that I can not get to. Any ideas? I was thinking of taking the fuel tank guard off but on the back there seems to be two bolts that are at an angle and run right into the hitch Help please

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Unread 04-16-2010, 03:54 PM   #2
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The gas tank is held in by the skid so you can't remove just the skid without removing the tank also. Your best bet is going to be to remove the gas tank which isn't fun but will make your install much easier.
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Unread 04-16-2010, 08:05 PM   #3
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Good news got the them off, bad news is there is no way in the world I can reach in there to tighten the new ones on the inside holes just the 4 outside ones
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Unread 04-16-2010, 08:19 PM   #4
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how are the bolt configurations setup? do you have no way to get enough space to mount it? That sounds like a design problem more than anything.
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Unread 04-16-2010, 08:49 PM   #5
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No he is talking about the bolts on the inside of the frame. They are pita but they are doable.
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Unread 04-16-2010, 09:25 PM   #6
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Yea its the ones on the inside of the frame, I'll just wait till i can drop the tank and get those. I am just not having any luck with this jeep yet I just went to put on my new exhaust from dynomax since they are running an awsome deal $135 from summit with a $75 rebate well the pipe over the rear axle drops to much so the tip is too low I'm going to have to cut and reweld it.
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Unread 04-16-2010, 09:32 PM   #7
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well i know those bolts are a huge PITA but i managed to get them out and back in without dropping the tank. it costed me more time then it should of, some very cramped hands/arms, a little skin, and just a touch of blood but i did it. it would have prob been easier to just drop the tank but im stubborn
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Unread 04-16-2010, 09:40 PM   #8
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I can reach in there but its the fact of getting something else in there to tighten the bolts down lol
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Unread 04-17-2010, 12:10 AM   #9
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I jst did this myself 2 days ago. I built new bumpers, so i used a breakover bar with a socket on it. If you run it between the spring and the skid plate you can see the socket end from between the crossmember and body. I then just had to feel my way around until i hit the bolt. Also put the nut in the socket first. on the passenger side, I was able to hold the nut in between pointer and middle finger tips and was able to reach the bolt, and i have big hands so it wasn't too hard. Then use the break over bar again to tighten.
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Unread 04-17-2010, 04:31 AM   #10
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well i know those bolts are a huge PITA but i managed to get them out and back in without dropping the tank. it costed me more time then it should of, some very cramped hands/arms, a little skin, and just a touch of blood but i did it. it would have prob been easier to just drop the tank but im stubborn
Same here it was tough but I was able to get them tightened
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Unread 04-17-2010, 07:18 AM   #11
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I just pulled my bumperttes off the other day. They were sandwiched in between the crossmember and a trailer hitch.

I used a 3/8 ratchet and a deep socket to hold them from the inside. You can get at them, you just have to feel for them.
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Unread 04-17-2010, 08:29 AM   #12
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Yea its the ones on the inside of the frame, I'll just wait till i can drop the tank and get those. I am just not having any luck with this jeep yet I just went to put on my new exhaust from dynomax since they are running an awsome deal $135 from summit with a $75 rebate well the pipe over the rear axle drops to much so the tip is too low I'm going to have to cut and reweld it.
Are you talking about not being able to rotate the tailpipe into place? if so just jack the rear end up and you can get the tailpipe on.
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Unread 04-17-2010, 10:31 AM   #13
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well i know those bolts are a huge PITA but i managed to get them out and back in without dropping the tank. it costed me more time then it should of, some very cramped hands/arms, a little skin, and just a touch of blood but i did it. it would have prob been easier to just drop the tank but im stubborn
It's been a few years, but that sounds just like what I did!
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Unread 04-17-2010, 02:28 PM   #14
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I just droped my gas tank, to fix the frame. It's not that bad, I just loosened the exhaust to get the room I needed.
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