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post #106 of 295 Old 07-03-2012, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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The TJ bumper is close but I do need to make a few changes to it so it will work better.

So, this


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post #107 of 295 Old 07-03-2012, 06:54 PM
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The winch will just fit on there. I'll make the changes with the fabricator and then we can start making them. The hardest part is making the nut strips for inside the frame rails.

The cutting off the flat plates took me less than 10 minutes. Then I drilled the 8 holes for the nut strips.


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I've been driving the JK for the last week and am really impressed with the handling and performance.

The AFE air intake is a little loud under hard acceleration but not anything I can do about that as the PSC reservoir needed the space where the old air cleaner box was.

The Fox IFP remote reservoir shocks were a big surprise. I thought I was going to have to do a little valving but they are very nice right out of the box.

The Currie suspension is in a class by itself and needs nothing.

After driving with 4.88 gears I'm glad I didn't go any bigger as it would have suffered on the freeway. 80mph is around 3200rpm and I would not have liked any higher rpm for freeway driving. Performance is kick a$$ with 35's and I'm hoping the 37s will be as good. I have a feeling they will be as it shifts out of 1st gear quick.

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gerald, is your trail brush guard still going to fit on the JK version?

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Sure will! I'll have pictures tomorrow. I painted one today and will put it on tomorrow.

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The winch will just fit on there. I'll make the changes with the fabricator and then we can start making them. The hardest part is making the nut strips for inside the frame rails.

The cutting off the flat plates took me less than 10 minutes. Then I drilled the 8 holes for the nut strips.

I was just measuring to see if a TJ bumper would fin the JK frame with the ends cut off. That is the best looking bumper I have seen on a JK. I can't wait to get my hands on one.

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I was just measuring to see if a TJ bumper would fin the JK frame with the ends cut off. That is the best looking bumper I have seen on a JK. I can't wait to get my hands on one.
Thanks! Contact me and we can discuss getting one for your JK. I'm so not into the big bumpers available for the JK. I like simple and clean lines. Very little welding on the 6061 maintains it temper. Though you do have to do a little work to put one of these on I believe they just look great. We are also going to provide an optional attachment points/skid/tow bar attachment that utilizes the OEM the non structural crossmember below. On the 2012 the vacuum pump is in there as well as to protect the electronic sway bars on the Rubicons

This is a TJ bumper but the production bumpers need to be changed to better fit the JK. The back lip needs a radius to match the grill. The holes need to be pushed back and centered.

The OEM bumper mounting plates were removed and I retained as much of the frame possible.

I'm hoping 3-4 weeks and they will be available.


It is as tight as you can get with the winch on. I forgot to take pix when I mount the winch on.





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Do you see any reason why You couldn't cut the grill for the winch and push the bumper back another couple inches? Assuming you use the front 3 bolts like you have pictured and cut the TJ swaybar tabs off that look like they are against the body mount.

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Do you see any reason why You couldn't cut the grill for the winch and push the bumper back another couple inches? Assuming you use the front 3 bolts like you have pictured and cut the TJ swaybar tabs off that look like they are against the body mount.
If there is room back there I don't see why not. I don't have the stomach to cut my grill. You can push the bumper back as far as you like. Just have to cut the frame a little bit more. That would be a cool mod for DIYs. The TJ sway bar tabs are being deleted so you have plenty of room to push it back.

As it is this is not a bolt on kit. But, I think it just looks so much better. I also plan to put two holes in the front for the stock lights. I'll offer both versions.

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Just waiting for the new winch before I mount everything up.

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Here is what I have with winch guard and fairlead mount. I sent everything out to be powder coated.


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Only made it to page 4 so far, but crawled and subbed. Usually not a fan of JKs but this looks like it's gonna be reeeal nice!! Liking what I'm seeing so far!

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Love that look of the bumper and trail guard Gerald! I agree with you about the simple and clean lines vs huge massive fugly bumpers. I still need to get in touch with you soon and order my ARs and bilsteinds

Keep up the progress, looking forward to watching this build.
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