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post #1 of 19 Old 02-09-2013, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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Remove Front Bumper

I'm removing the front bumper to install recovery hooks. The fascia is secured in the wheel well with fasteners I haven't seen before. Does anyone know how to remove them? See uploaded photo.



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post #2 of 19 Old 02-09-2013, 12:05 PM
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pry underneath them with a flat screwdriver. they are just plastic body pins

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post #3 of 19 Old 02-09-2013, 12:15 PM
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See the smaller round part in the center? Use a small flat head screw driver and pry that center piece up. After that part is up or completely out the rest of it will come right out with little effort. Reinstall in reverse order. If you just pry it out before removing the center part they will basically be trash after that.
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post #4 of 19 Old 02-09-2013, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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I broke so much stuff on this mod. I suck. Thanks for the plastic rivet removal advice.
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post #5 of 19 Old 02-09-2013, 01:30 PM
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You should have just cut them with a pair of wire cutters in the first place, its almost impossible to get that old plastic off without breaking it.

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post #6 of 19 Old 02-09-2013, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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After I got the grille and bumper fascia off I found that the drivers side had been in an accident, the frame is bent and it seems impossible to get that tow hook bracket to line up for install.

The radiator and mounting brackets are also bent and in the way of progress.

Missing hardware, mismatched hardware...

Embarrassing...

I suck.
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post #7 of 19 Old 02-09-2013, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Advice to fix that bent unibody?
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post #8 of 19 Old 02-09-2013, 07:07 PM
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Advice to fix that bent unibody?
I would love to know this also, as my driver side got into a crash from previous owner... nothing fits that side now....
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post #9 of 19 Old 02-09-2013, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going to have to take the ZJ to an auto shop tat specializes in unibody repair.
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post #10 of 19 Old 02-10-2013, 12:19 AM
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I'm going to have to take the ZJ to an auto shop tat specializes in unibody repair.
Ouch, that sucks. Any pics of the bent uni? I know my zj has been in somewhere between 3-6 wrecks and has been rebuilt everytime. Everything lines up on it to. That to say, hope the shop can fix her up for you!

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After I got the grille and bumper fascia off I found that the drivers side had been in an accident, the frame is bent and it seems impossible to get that tow hook bracket to line up for install.

The radiator and mounting brackets are also bent and in the way of progress.

Missing hardware, mismatched hardware...

Embarrassing...

I suck.
And don't feel to bad, not your fault its bent up!

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post #11 of 19 Old 02-10-2013, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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post #12 of 19 Old 02-10-2013, 03:45 AM
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Is it just the metal support to the front bumper thats bent? Or is it bent where the frame connects to it too?

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post #13 of 19 Old 02-10-2013, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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I didn't take pictures if everything. But it's all bent. Even the radiator and brackets are out if position.

The steel behind the photo is all bent. The area where the tow hook bracket would mount with 4 bolts is all bent.
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post #14 of 19 Old 02-10-2013, 06:13 AM
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You should have just cut them with a pair of wire cutters in the first place, its almost impossible to get that old plastic off without breaking it.
I must have taken that piece off 50 times without breaking it lol.
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post #15 of 19 Old 02-10-2013, 08:12 AM
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Ouch, that sucks. Any pics of the bent uni? I know my zj has been in somewhere between 3-6 wrecks and has been rebuilt everytime. Everything lines up on it to. That to say, hope the shop can fix her up for you!



And don't feel to bad, not your fault its bent up!
^this.

Yeah, don't beat yourself up so much. Kind of hard to see any damage without removing the plastic fascia.
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