I do not have a 13 I have a 12, dependant on the bumper you will have to relocate it. I accomplished it by taking one screw out and rotating the vacuum pump on the other screw. This may or may not be the best way to do it, but it was free and easy. Relocating it to another part of the Jeep, like under the hood will protect it from damage though, if you are worried about banging it on something. I have a JCR stubby bumper and it does call for relocation. Bumper manufacturers are pretty good about telling you whether or not you have to. Just ask once you decide on a bumper. Good luck, enjoy your new Jeep.
I installed a Smittybilt XRC Mod bumper on my 2013 with a X2O 8k winch and did not have to relocate the vac pump. Most bumpers with the winch mount on the top don't need the vac pump relocation. I really wanted a recessed mount for the winch so it wasn't sticking up in front of the grill. I am happy that the Smittybilt bumper has a relief in the winch mounting plate to clear the vac pump. Although, I am not impressed with Smitty's quality but nothing insurmountable.
I have been looking at many different front bumpers for my '12 JK as well. Seems that many (or some, depending on your point of view) really just need it to be moved on the bracket and using longer screws (3) and moving how it attaches to the same mounting holes is fine. I do like the ORFab relocation bracket above, though.
I snapped a quick photo of the bumper clearance around the vac pump on the XRC Mod bumper. As you can see, both the winch and bumper provide plenty of clearance for the vac pump. As you can also see, it leaves the pump hanging out and rather unsightly. The factory cover/valence will not fit with the bumper, even if cutting it down for clearance around the winch. I will start by hitting it with some black spray paint or even making a quick cover for the bump itself but I am sure it will eventually get relocated-- it is just a low priority on my to-do list at the moment. It seems as though the vac pump was an after-thought by Jeep and they left it up to an intern to locate it while they were away for martini-lunch and didn't bother to check the drawings.
I just bought a 2013 JK Sport 2dr Billit and will be replacing the OE bumper with an aftermarket plus winch.
I see a few resellers also have a bracket for Vacuum pump bracket.
Is this required on 13' for all bumper replacements or something specific to a venders bumper ?
Thanks in advance !
As mentioned above...some do and some dont. As a rule of thumb, if they have a "sunken" winch mount in which the winch drops between the frame rails...then they will require a relocation bracket. We make a sunk and a traditional winch mount "on top" of the bumper and include the relocation bracket with the "sunk" bumpers.
I have a LoD stubby on my 2012 - needed a relo-kit - I used one from LoD:
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I know it's a long shot, but anyone know if the Smitty SRC bumper requires it? They aren't answering their Customer Service #...
Bumper should be delivered tomorrow, Jeep should be delivered this weekend
EDIT: Finally got through to the HELP line. The Part # 76723 is a "retrofitted" design from last years design. It does NOT require relocating the pump. The previous version (Part #76722) DOES require relocation of the pump. Just FYI for anyone searching for the same topic I was...
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