Finally got the rear bumper (AJ's Tanker w/tire carrier)
on this weekend. Ran into a bit of a problem while removing the gas tank skid bolts. The very last one on the driver's side (closest to the front) snapped off leaving most of it still exposed above the nut strip. This wouldn't have been a problem on the passenger side, but the fuel hoses run over the top on the driver's side and there's a little bridge of metal welded over the channel. The damn bolt was too tall and couldn't slide under it, so after trying a million different things, we finally dremeled the welds, pried up the plates a little and zipped off the top of the bolt with my angle grinder.
Everything else went pretty easy, except I can't reuse my stock gas tank skid. Its mounting 'rails' are too wide and interfere with the bumper's strengthened 'L'-shaped guide rails, (as you can see in the pictures of my previous post) so unless I trim the hell out of the skid's rails (too much effort) it's not going back on. I've been thinking about getting an aftermarket one anyway, so win/win. Stock skid for sale!
Just a few teasers until I get everything cleaned up a bit...
Timken tapered roller bearings for the hinge
And a sweet billet cap to cover everything up
1000 lb. adjustable latch handle
T-handle doing its job holding the open carrier in place. The hole also makes a great antenna mount location if you don't want to use it as a stop.
Rear quarter protection (I need a dry day to clean up the fender and hit it with some matched paint)
And thanks to AJ for the awesome bumper! I'm proud to have his stuff protecting every side of my XJ.