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Unread 04-21-2010, 06:05 PM   #1
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Chop Chop, stock bumper mod

After installing my lift and getting larger tires (35ís), I needed to figure out how to mount my spare just like everyone else. Although I can fab-up my own bumper, itís taking a back seat for the time being. What I did to make the tire fit on the stock set-up was simple. I do not take the credit for this mod at all. I saw it on someoneís post and thought it was such great idea. I tried to find the post so I could give that person the credit but canít. When done, the tire just cleared the third brake light and the snubbers just touch the tire. So I bought the Daystar adj. snubbers but havenít installed them yet though. The pics show what I did.

First I marked where I wanted to cut and then clamped the bumper down so as not to move while cutting.






Tape removed and de-bured.


Ready for the new tire. Thats it.


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Unread 04-21-2010, 06:39 PM   #2
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How you going to keep water and stuff out of that big hole?
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Unread 04-21-2010, 06:50 PM   #3
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A hole saw on either side under the bumper will take care of that. Plus itís only temporary. The tire covers most of the gap and sits very close to the cutout. So itís not like trees are going to fall in.
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Unread 04-21-2010, 08:09 PM   #4
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I bought a spacer that bolts to the factory mount so it will clear. I don't have the b$@ls to start cutting my bumper up.
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How are you going to keep that heavy tire from pulling the spotwelds off the tailgate?
I had mine mounted there for a while and I can see where they were pulling loose.
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My 35" BFG KM2 on my blackrock wheels (17x8 with 4.5" BS) actually sat ON the bumper cut-out without me modifying it. It sat in there so snug it really couldnt vibrate up and down at all, and it took a lot of the pressure off the gate carrying it when closed, because it was resting on the bumper, in addition to hanging on the carrier.

I am running spareless now for the heck of it, with the vent covered up with a finisher plate. I have the spare in the cargo area (where its a very tight fit also), but I was comfortable with mine on the gate, except when I had to open the gate and let it hang there.
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Nice write-up, pics, execution, tools and work-shop! I've read that the stock bumper has it's advantages, it's light and the dings can be pulled out with the help of a heat-gun.
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Nice freebie mod.
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Unread 04-22-2010, 01:10 AM   #10
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I bought a spacer that bolts to the factory mount so it will clear. I don't have the b$@ls to start cutting my bumper up.
Since Iím going to be making a bumper and tossing the factory one I didnít want to spend the money for a spacer. Plus with a spacer the tire is sitting out farther, therefor putting even more strain on the tailgate.
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Unread 04-22-2010, 01:14 AM   #11
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How are you going to keep that heavy tire from pulling the spotwelds off the tailgate?
I had mine mounted there for a while and I can see where they were pulling loose.
Not everyone who has mounted there 35Ē spare on the tailgate has problems. Iím hoping that without the spacer and the addition of the Daystar bump stops that Iíll be one of the lucky ones.
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Unread 04-22-2010, 01:18 AM   #12
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My 35" BFG KM2 on my blackrock wheels (17x8 with 4.5" BS) actually sat ON the bumper cut-out without me modifying it.
I also have the 35Ē KM2ís. Theyíre mounted on AEV Savergre wheels. I tried to mount it on the tailgate but it wasnít even close to closing.
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Unread 04-22-2010, 01:23 AM   #13
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Nice write-up, pics, execution, tools and work-shop! I've read that the stock bumper has it's advantages, it's light and the dings can be pulled out with the help of a heat-gun.
Thanks for the kind words. I also read about that too. I do have a good size ding on the right lower side. I guess I should give it a try just to see for myself.
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Unread 04-22-2010, 01:28 AM   #14
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Nice freebie mod.
That it is, but remember that it wasnít my idea. I just wish I could remember who.
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Now that you mentioned it, yeah it does.
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