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Unread 11-18-2012, 07:18 PM   #1
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AEV f/r bumpers installed

I installed the AEV front bumper with winch plate and skid plate. A Warn 9.5CTI winch and Recon turn signal lights were also installed.
I also installed the AEV rear bumper and tire carrier with LED 3rd brake light and hi-lift mount.

The finished product looks excellent. Each of the individual pieces were perfectly crafted and everything fit together like a puzzle.
I do have to say that the instructions were pretty awful, but common sense always wins. If they put as much effort into their instructions as the product, it would be an amazing package.

The rear tire carrier system is pretty smart. I like the design overall. The design allows the carrier to be rattle free; however, if it ever does develop a rattle, it is easy to adjust/tighten up.
The hi-lift/pull-pal mount is very cool, but a bit over engineered. I really am not complaining about that (because it is really cool), just mentioning it.

The Recon lights are pretty sharp.












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Unread 11-18-2012, 08:36 PM   #2
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Your Jeep looks great and yeah, that rear bumper/tire carrier is terrific. Do plan on getting the Fuel Caddy?
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Unread 11-18-2012, 09:07 PM   #3
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Looks good, thx for sharing.
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Unread 11-18-2012, 10:35 PM   #4
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Don't forget to install the fairlead for that winch.
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Unread 11-18-2012, 10:49 PM   #5
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Those are the same bumpers I'm planning on getting after I install the lift.

Oh, and that is one of the nicest looking Jeeps I've seen!
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Unread 11-19-2012, 02:14 AM   #6
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Awesome, whaddaya think about the tire carrier? I liked the AEV tire carrier so much, I bought it and buzzed it onto my Poison Spyder bumper. Best swing-out carrier on the market IMHO.
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Unread 11-19-2012, 05:53 AM   #7
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How was the install on the recon lights? Ive heard mixed reviews as far as needing to add resistors and the harnesses not matching up. Jeep looks great, really like that color
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Unread 11-19-2012, 10:58 AM   #8
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Your Jeep looks great and yeah, that rear bumper/tire carrier is terrific. Do plan on getting the Fuel Caddy?
It's actually not my JKU....just a friend's I did the work on (my blue TJ is in the background). He already has AEV wheels and 35s going on it in the next day or two. It has a 2.5" mopar lift (not sure who actually made it) that he is considering swapping out for the AEV 3.5".

I am not sure if he is getting the fuel caddy. I think he is on the forum, so he might chime in if he sees this.

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Don't forget to install the fairlead for that winch.
He actually has a syntheic winch line and thimble from Viking coming, as well as a hawse fairlead.

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Awesome, whaddaya think about the tire carrier? I liked the AEV tire carrier so much, I bought it and buzzed it onto my Poison Spyder bumper. Best swing-out carrier on the market IMHO.
I was very impressed with the engineering of the tire carrier. It definitely seems like a solid unit....and very easy to use.

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How was the install on the recon lights? Ive heard mixed reviews as far as needing to add resistors and the harnesses not matching up. Jeep looks great, really like that color
The Recon lights were easy to install. The fender flare lights are literally plug-n-play, once mounted in place. The grille lights were even easier to mount in place, but take a few more minutes to splice in the resistors (included in the kit).
For both sets of lights, you just pull the stock bulbs out and plug the whole harness and plug into the Recon lights. If they don't light up, you just turn the plug the other way.
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Unread 11-20-2012, 10:29 AM   #9
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Looks great! Yeah, I was about to ask about the wheels because there's 1 pintler in the first pic. Definitely post a new pic with the wheels.

Now I want that rear bumper!
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Unread 11-20-2012, 11:07 AM   #10
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The wheel/tire in the first pic is actually for another Jeep I am building (http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/20...32/index6.html)
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Unread 11-20-2012, 06:55 PM   #11
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Hey I was woundering what year of jeep that is and what colour? It looks sweet but I dont see it on the jeep website?
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Unread 11-20-2012, 07:14 PM   #12
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I believe it is sahara tan and only for 12 model year
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Unread 11-21-2012, 02:49 PM   #13
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^ correct. Very limited run of that color. Looks awesome with black accents.
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Unread 11-21-2012, 09:01 PM   #14
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Awesome, whaddaya think about the tire carrier? I liked the AEV tire carrier so much, I bought it and buzzed it onto my Poison Spyder bumper. Best swing-out carrier on the market IMHO.
I would really like to see a picture of your setup. I want to do the same thing because the PS rear tire carrier won't work with my AEV wheels.
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Unread 11-21-2012, 11:01 PM   #15
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How did the winch install go? I just did the same thing today to my rig, same AEV front premium bumper but I used the X20 Smittybuilt Winch and it was super hard to fit the grill on with the wires coming off the back of the control box. Took quite a bit of time (and some choice words) to figure it out and I am still not happy with the way the wiring bends right out of the control box...
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