I looked around for a while at different front bumper options for a 2012 JK and decided to go with a JCR Offroad Crusader mid-width with Pre-Runner hoops and 1/2 sunk winch bumper
. One of the main reasons I went with this bumper is I got to reuse the factory fog lamps (need them since the factory headlights suck so bad) and I didn't have to cut/modify the factory fog lamp wire harness. Here is my adventure - this is really my first big "bolt" on part and project - to date I have had lots of little easy stuff but this was a big project for me. I'll also note there are NO install destructions for this specific bumper from JCR so I am kinda flying blind - there are a few other install write-ups that I reviewed online for other bumpers but not this one.
A Big Brown truck dropped it off on my door step - Jason at Krawl Off-Road
hooked me up with a deal and delivery (JCR had a sale).
Here it is unpacked with the optional 2012 vacuum pump relo kit
The welds are really nice and clean on the bumper and seams - I hardly had to do any clean up.
I considered rattle-can for a finish but John over at Dallas Custom Powder Coating
did the whole bumper and skid plate in matte black for $140.00 +tax!
While the font bumper was off getting a nice powder coat I rattled canned the vacuum pump relocation kit and bumper bracket with some etching primer and flat-black finish.
Picked up the finished powder-coated bumper (had to remove the jump seat from the Jeep - don't think it will ever get put back in)
Unloaded and inspected the coating job - top notch - high quality coating is all I can say! WOW!
Here is detail on the inside - they made sure they didn't coat the threads for the mounting!! (when I was cleaning up the bumper before I took it over to get it coated a bolt from the driver side fog light mount just fell out - bad weld on the bolt head it would seem - I know I raved about the welds before - they look great but the bolts look like they were just spot/tacked welded and this fog light bolt just fell out)
Here is the detail on the passenger side - very clean! (aside from the dust on the bumper in the photo)
Here is the factory POS bumper (there is no way this would have held up with a heavy hit on a trail)
First thing I did was remove the factory front air-dam - those plastic screws in those plastic mounts should be outlawed!! There is NO way they would ever un-screw - I tried - ended up prying them out/off with a flat-head driver - problem solved!! (screws noted in the red annotations)
Don't forget the two plastic screws on the front cross-member facing rear - they also had to be pried off.
Her is a detail shot of the one of the front cross-member plastic screws - did I tell you how much I dislike those #$%@#$% things!
Front air dam removed!!
Next I attacked the outside bumper nuts (not those bolt heads - they hold the plastic outer casing to the bumper - no need to remove those - besides the fog lamps are screwed into that plastic shell) here is the driver side outer two nuts ready to be worked on with an 18mm socket.
The outside bumper nuts are easy to remove on each side - I used a 1/2" drive and a 18mm socket to get them lose and then a cordless impact wrench.
Next I unhooked the factory fog lights - push in the little clip noted in the arrow and it unplugs from the lamp assembly
Here is the fog light unplugged - this is from the driver side - note the vacuum pump in the fore ground (sorry for the soft photo of the lamp assembly)
You can get at the other inside bumper nuts from under the jeep (I didn't jack mine up) - that is all but the top one on the drivers side - you will have to remove the plastic top cover and then use your socket wrench with a deep socket or short extension to get at that last nut by the vacuum pump
At last the stock front bumper is removed - note there is a fog-light harness tie-wrapped to plastic holders on the front bumper - I snipped those off to remove the bumper - cut just the tie-wrap not the plastic harness or the wires!!! - you can see the harness hanging by the front cross member.
Next I marked each fog-lamp with a sharpie noted the up position and P or D (passenger/driver side)
I use a square-bit to remove the factory fog light assembly from the stock front bumper - screws in plastic - they came off real easy!
Here are the two factory fog lamps removed to be re-used in the new bumper.
Next I inspected the factory vacuum pump here is the factory mount
Just a quick shot of the factory electronic sway-bar disconnect - this is part of what you get with a Rubicon badged Jeep - looks a little "exposed" but I think the JCR skid will cover that.
Test fit the factory fog lamp assembly on the JCR bumper - the mounting holes have to be drilled out.
I tried to drill out the lamp assembly with a 1/4" bit - but that is to small - from my research online I think I need a 5/16" bit - which of course I DON'T have (heavy sigh!!) and it is Sunday night - nothing is open so looks like I'll have to finish this up Monday night after work.
This is as far as I got with the install on a Sunday afternoon - the total time it took me from when I pulled the jeep into the garage until I was ready to re-mount the factory fog lamps was about 2hrs. Mind you this is my first install so all in all I didn't think it took that long to get to this point. Stay tuned I'll post the results when I finish up.