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    JL JOURNAL : BADASS BUDGET BUMPER & How to Flip the Sway Bar Disconnect

    Maybe it's because Cindy and I came from humble beginnings and pretty much every modification we made on our first Jeep either came from the Pennysaver or was something I had to make but when it comes to things like bumpers, we still prefer to keep things simple. I think it's for this reason that we were so inspired by the "Jeep King" JK Wrangler concept that was revealed way back at the 2007 SEMA show and it's why much of Moby and Rubicat were built up the way they were. Needless to say, now that we have JET Li, our 2018 Jeep JL Wrangler, we decided to move more in that direction as well - first by removing his rear bumper and now, by minimizing things up front as well. In other words, we wanted to give him a no frills - no thrills, badass, basic front bumper that could be had on a budget. Now, to do this, we installed a WARN winch plate that we had originally bought for our factory steel front bumper and just left the bumper part off. To secure it in place, we recycled D-ring mounts that we still had from a previous JK bumper and just bolted everything to the frame rails. That's it - just the essentials and nothing else. In this short video, you'll get to see what we did and just how easy it is to install. As an added bonus, we'll also show you how to flip or clock a Rubicon electronic sway bar disconnect motor and for cheap. While we weren't able to keep this setup with our new WARN winch plate, it is something that we do hope to make work out with some day. Of course, depending on your front bumper setup, it may still be something you can benefit from.



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    Definitely love the simple, clean, and functional look.


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    I really like that setup. Super clean, simple, and affordable. This setup might be going on our next build.

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    I wished we had saw this before buying the Mopar stubby last month lol . This looks so badazz

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    I like the minimal look, I spend way too much time trying to find the 'right' bumper

    The easy install part would be an issue not being able to garage park my Jeep.

    The winch would be gone unless I welded or used security bolts all around.

    Dealing with a bumper is enough of a pain in the ass I haven't had issues with my JK winch - that or maybe because it's a Quadratec winch and thieves took pity on my the last 2 times

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    I like that idea and now that I have a new JLU--I think I'll give that a try--

    Thanx

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    Quote Originally Posted by aust249 View Post
    Definitely love the simple, clean, and functional look.
    Thanks! In a sea of big and gaudy bumpers, I think the change is quite nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    I really like that setup. Super clean, simple, and affordable. This setup might be going on our next build.
    LOL - I'll be honest and say that I wasn't 100% sure how it'd come out but once installed, I really like it now.

    Quote Originally Posted by aai View Post
    I wished we had saw this before buying the Mopar stubby last month lol . This looks so badazz
    Well, there's a big demand for the Mopar bumpers

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeeeep View Post
    I like the minimal look, I spend way too much time trying to find the 'right' bumper

    The easy install part would be an issue not being able to garage park my Jeep.

    The winch would be gone unless I welded or used security bolts all around.

    Dealing with a bumper is enough of a pain in the ass I haven't had issues with my JK winch - that or maybe because it's a Quadratec winch and thieves took pity on my the last 2 times
    Sucks that you live in an area where that would be an issue. I wonder if a tamper proof security bolt on at least a couple of points would help to be an adequate deterrent.

    Quote Originally Posted by JIMBOX View Post
    I like that idea and now that I have a new JLU--I think I'll give that a try--

    Thanx

    JIMBO
    Awesome

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    The best modifications are the simplest ones. I think it is a compliment to Jeeps past history of minimalist/simple bumpers. Just look at the C channel piece of metal on your Jeepster, CJ5 or that flat stock on the CJ3B.

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    Love that look! Nice work!


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    nice super simple look and functionality...

    So basically JK D ring brackets work? In other words any simple JK bumper could go on with minor modifications?
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