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Unread 05-05-2014, 11:42 AM   #1
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Should i take off my front bumper?

Hello all;

So planning a memorial day Moab trip (this is my first trip in my WJ)

I noticed that there are a lot of images of people with the lower fascia removed off of their WJ when they are off-roading.

I'm assuming this is to add clearances and allow a clear path to the tires but it also seems to me it exposes the radiator and supports to potential damage.

should I take mine off or leave it on?

My rig is a 2004 WJ with a 2" BB and 235/65/17's

The most difficult trail we are planning on going on is probably hell's revenge.

Thanks!

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Unread 05-05-2014, 12:00 PM   #2
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Hello all;

So planning a memorial day Moab trip (this is my first trip in my WJ)

I noticed that there are a lot of images of people with the lower fascia removed off of their WJ when they are off-roading.

I'm assuming this is to add clearances and allow a clear path to the tires but it also seems to me it exposes the radiator and supports to potential damage.

should I take mine off or leave it on?

My rig is a 2004 WJ with a 2" BB and 235/65/17's

The most difficult trail we are planning on going on is probably hell's revenge.

Thanks!
I took mine off and love it. Adds the clearance and I don't have listen to it scrape all day.
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Unread 05-05-2014, 02:47 PM   #3
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I highly doubt your tires will rub with that set up... no real point to take it off otherwise. Probably wouldn't hurt to take it off either since you will be going through light trails though. Do what you want
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Unread 05-05-2014, 03:44 PM   #4
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Yeah I don't foresee any tire rub. The only real reason for you to take it off is to stop it from being beat up by the trail, if you care about it that much. The radiator is open on the lower part of the bumper too, so even if it's off, I don't think you'd damage it, unless something really goes wrong on the trail
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Unread 05-05-2014, 05:13 PM   #5
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Cut it. No need to fully remove
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Unread 05-05-2014, 07:11 PM   #6
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I agree^ cut it, it looks good and the Jeep looks more lifted. Sometimes I miss my full bumper...when I see really clean nice 04's
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Unread 05-06-2014, 11:00 PM   #7
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I agree^ cut it, it looks good and the Jeep looks more lifted. Sometimes I miss my full bumper...when I see really clean nice 04's
I don't think I could bring myself to cut it. I know I will eventually need to cut the fenders as well, but the thought of body work for me is like having to get on a treadmill. I know it is better for me, but the thought of it brings feelings of inability, fear and shame...

That and this is a WJ (Wifes Jeep) and if I cut the fogs off she'll cut my clogs off.

I think I will take it off, I was mainly concerned with the radiator being exposed but I don't "plan" on going on any obstacles, but if she isn't looking...

Thank you all for the input.
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Unread 05-06-2014, 11:07 PM   #8
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Take it off. Cut it nicely. Put it back on and never worry about taking it off again, especially if you decide to go on another off roading excursion. Your welcome.
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Unread 05-07-2014, 09:56 PM   #9
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I don't think I could bring myself to cut it. I know I will eventually need to cut the fenders as well, but the thought of body work for me is like having to get on a treadmill. I know it is better for me, but the thought of it brings feelings of inability, fear and shame...
Such an emotional experience for treadmills and possibly the funniest thing I've heard all day
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Unread 05-07-2014, 10:53 PM   #10
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Cut bumper

I gave up trimming mine and just cut it. Haven't ever looked back.
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Unread 05-07-2014, 11:21 PM   #11
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Cut it here is mine 8-)


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Love the way it looks with my winch :-D
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Unread 05-08-2014, 09:10 PM   #12
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Just build one, the plans are on flatland4x4.com for $30.00.
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Unread 05-08-2014, 11:59 PM   #13
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just build one, the plans are on flatland4x4.com for $30.00.
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Unread 05-14-2014, 01:02 AM   #14
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Wish I had the skills to build a bumper like that. That's incredible. I need to learn to weld.. How much cheaper is it to build your own than to buy one pre made?

Also what roof rack you running? It looks great also.
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Unread 05-21-2014, 09:33 AM   #15
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Eventually I'll get there.

my eventual list

242HD transfer case
limited slip or lockers
6.5" lift with some bigger tires to go on my JK moabs I just bought.
Iceland style fenders
I really like the winch bumper from kevin's off road
or maybe ill get brave and try building my own. I can do welding its just been such a long time ill probably have to do some practice beads before I get into it

I went ahead and removed the bumper, a lot easier then I thought it would be.

Headed to moab tomorrow to take my first WJ on an expedition!

thanks again for the input!
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