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post #1 of 6 Old 01-20-2020, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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JK bumper

I have a 2011 JKU and I bought the smittybilt xrc bumper. I’m having a lot of trouble with getting the factory bolts to release after 9 years. I tried a break bar, pb blaster, Box wrench, socket wrench, 20v impact gun, pneumatic wrench can’t get them to bust loose. I did get one to love but I think I just snapped the head and stripped the treads because it just spins in place, it won’t come out and it won’t retighten. Can I take a dremel and cut them off? Or any ideas how I can get the stock bumper off with so I can get my new on on.

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post #2 of 6 Old 01-21-2020, 11:01 AM
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That is what I would do. Gotta love salty NY winters. You won't be re-using the old hardware so have at it.
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They do get rough. Thanks will updated when I get this done.
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-22-2020, 04:24 PM
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The following sequence has worked for me for years on lots of vehicles (not just Jeeps).

Heat up the nuts with a torch. Try to loosen. If they don’t come off, apply PB Blaster liberally and then wait a day. Re-apply PB Blaster and try again. If they still won’t come off then heat ‘em up and go after them with the proper wrench & a big @ss breaker bar! If that doesn’t work, just cut them off. Good luck.

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post #5 of 6 Old 01-24-2020, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks again guys for the advice I did have to get the dremel and cut a few off but for the most part I went back after it with the breaker bar and got the rest off that way, good little arm work out in there. Here’s the finished product.
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-24-2020, 03:57 PM
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Looks good. Mine has held up well. Third NY winter. For those tough bolts I have a three foot piece of steel conduit that I can slip over my ratchet. Hasn't been many bolts I can't get off. Clearance is an occasional issue.
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