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post #16 of 39 Old 07-12-2010, 09:13 AM
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I put on the smittybuilt rear with tire carrier, it was a pain, and took lots of drilling, but i dont have a body lift and didn't have to drop the gas tank. Look up the rugged ridge installation instructions, its the same bumper, but i used those instructions instead of what came with it as they were alot easier to understand and went into a lot more detail. Just make sure you buy extra grade 8 harware and lots of washers for the nut/bolts that don't offer much clearance (i.e. inside frame). I also suggest the rockmen frame tie-in's since you are under there anyway.

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post #17 of 39 Old 07-12-2010, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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Finally a good tip!

thank you very much.
I will try to find what you suggested.

Don't you have pics by any chance of the installation?

Thanks again!
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post #18 of 39 Old 07-12-2010, 11:43 AM
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"Well, on the TJ model, the first thing is to take off the gas cap, then push down on the little valve inside the gas filler neck to release any pressure in the tank.
1. There is no "little valve" inside the filler neck.
2. You just took the gas cap off, how would there be any pressure in the tank?...
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post #19 of 39 Old 07-12-2010, 12:04 PM
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Finally a good tip!

thank you very much.
I will try to find what you suggested.

Don't you have pics by any chance of the installation?

Thanks again!
Here is a link to the rugged ridge instructions...

http://www.omix-ada.com/instructions/11503.11.pdf

i didnt take pics of the install, but i can take a few for you of what it looks like on the jeep when i get home from work tonight...
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post #20 of 39 Old 07-12-2010, 12:24 PM
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$90/hour is insane.
I think that's a pretty normal shop and dealer rate for working on a vehicle.
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All you have to do is take a drill and elongate the holes in the rear support where necessary. It wasnt that bad - be sure and use the frame tie-ins...

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post #22 of 39 Old 07-12-2010, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Cyberiv:
Thanks but that is not the bumper I got.
Mine is the classic one, with tire carrier and D rings.
This one looks much easier to install cause you tighten the bolts from the outside into the frame.
In my case you have to tighten them from the rear part of the frame into the bumper.
That is why it is tricky.
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post #23 of 39 Old 07-12-2010, 08:14 PM
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I'm glad I have an LJ good luck getting that sucker on. You may need a little lube to get the bolts to run but just torque them down good and you should be set. All this is assuming you can get access to the frame though.
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post #24 of 39 Old 03-31-2011, 04:30 PM
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so what did you end up doing?
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post #25 of 39 Old 03-31-2011, 04:34 PM
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FWIW here is a write-up I did of installing my rear bumper - LoD Xtreme, an excellent product which I am Xtremely happy with.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/lo...lation-821783/

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post #26 of 39 Old 03-31-2011, 05:47 PM
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Thank you.
Before I attempt to drop the fuel tank, I d like to hear from someone that installed this bumper if they have any tip/suggestions.
I will check the video right now.
Dropping the tank takes about 15 minutes and saves you tons of time fighting to get your hands behind that cross member. Just put a piece of plywood on top of a jack and lower it, you do not need to fully disconnect the tank, just dont let the jack drop it. I did make sure my tank was almost empty. I only unscrewed the bezel around the gas filler neck, I did not have to undo any of the actual gas lines.
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post #27 of 39 Old 03-31-2011, 06:14 PM
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If I were you id save up a little more money, so when you drop the gas tank you can replace the old skid with a nice savvy one...

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post #28 of 39 Old 03-31-2011, 07:16 PM
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OK Not real happy! Just started dropping my skid and after letting the tank straps soak with PB blaster I snapped the straps. So whats next? Anybody know of a good write up on dropping a tank to replace these straps? Where do they even go? never dropped a tank before. Is there enogh play in the fuel line? I did remove the screws around the filler neck. HELP!
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post #29 of 39 Old 03-31-2011, 07:22 PM
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OK Not real happy! Just started dropping my skid and after letting the tank straps soak with PB blaster I snapped the straps. So whats next? Anybody know of a good write up on dropping a tank to replace these straps? Where do they even go? never dropped a tank before. Is there enogh play in the fuel line? I did remove the screws around the filler neck. HELP!
Now as I look around on the net I see I didn't even have to mess with those straps....Do they just hold the tank down to the skid? Can I get new straps?
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post #30 of 39 Old 03-31-2011, 07:23 PM
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Looks like its part of the tank in this photo.
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