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Unread 03-08-2012, 05:58 PM   #1
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Hopefuly installing new bumper this weekend, possible hangup from old bumper? pic

My current bumper is a rusted mess and half of it has been ripped off. I was goign to PB blast the bolts so hopefully this weekend I can install my new Crawler Bumper by Pro-Comp. I noticed that it looks like the bolts holding the previous bumper on have been welded? Also, is that black pipe supposed to be going across, connecting the mount points? Looking at the pics here http://www.jeephorizons.com/tech/jeepermanp2/ I don't see that. Thanks for any help!

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Unread 03-08-2012, 06:32 PM   #2
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You might be lucky, the bottom nut looks like its only welded on the front side. I would attack them with a small die grinder if you have one. A sawzall would work but would take a while longer, But worst case, you could torch them out and weldin some plates and use a longer bolt. All cheap fixes, just a pain in the butt.
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Unread 03-08-2012, 06:41 PM   #3
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I don't see where the bolts are welded. That weld on the square "nut" is supposed to be there. Don't cut it.

That black round pipe between the frame rails is the crossmember and is supposed to be there.
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Unread 03-08-2012, 06:52 PM   #4
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All is good, Vike. Nothing to cut, I don't think. The nut stays and the bolt unthreads. The cross member is normal. Start with the penetrant ASAP and squirt it a few times until you get to wrenching.
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Unread 03-08-2012, 07:37 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help everyone! Everything makes sense now.
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