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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt_Zoom View Post
    So any ideas on how to retain the stock for lights or would one have to go top mount like the TJ?
    You mean fog lights??

    Personally if i ran a bumper like this I would just get a couple of amber LEDs from Rigid or Baja Designs and mount them atop the bumper, wiring them into the factory fog light switch.

    You’d probably get better light output then the factory anyway, especially in poor weather.


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    I will say I don't miss my fog lights at all. And the led fogs on the JL are awesome. But the headlights are amazing and haven't thought once that I need more light. Longarmwj makes a good point about adding the amber light

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    Quote Originally Posted by benatc1 View Post
    I will say I don't miss my fog lights at all. And the led fogs on the JL are awesome. But the headlights are amazing and haven't thought once that I need more light. Longarmwj makes a good point about adding the amber light

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    I miss mine sometimes. I had the JW Speaker fogs and they were serious. I plan on getting two Rigid amber pods and mounting them on a light bar/pod capable fairlead when I get a winch


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    Quote Originally Posted by longarmwj View Post
    I miss mine sometimes. I had the JW Speaker fogs and they were serious. I plan on getting two Rigid amber pods and mounting them on a light bar/pod capable fairlead when I get a winch


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    Like these on my 1999 TJ
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    Quote Originally Posted by benatc1 View Post
    I will say I don't miss my fog lights at all. And the led fogs on the JL are awesome. But the headlights are amazing and haven't thought once that I need more light. Longarmwj makes a good point about adding the amber light
    This right here ^^^^

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    New bumper

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    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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    Thanks for the inspiration Eddie . Picked up an M10x 1.5 - 95mm bolt and washer from Home Depot and did the sway bar motor flip today .. not sure I need the skid anymore — seems nicely nucked away . B4 and after


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    Quote Originally Posted by danford.lau View Post
    Thanks for the inspiration Eddie . Picked up an M10x 1.5 - 95mm bolt and washer from Home Depot and did the sway bar motor flip today .. not sure I need the skid anymore — seems nicely nucked away . B4 and after
    Nicely done

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    Looks great!

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    I went ahead with this set up on my Rubicon that was factory plastic bumper. I really wanted the EVO 1/4 pounder bumper and like the minimal look. With the cost of that bumper and similar I thought it would be better to put the money into my own garage welder and build one later. I purchased the Warn mount because it was the only one rated at 12,000 lbs that I could currently find. The winch I have coming is a 12,000 lb winch because when I get stuck, its always better to have more power. I had to add some hardware for the winch plate because the skid plate mounts different with the plastic bumper. When I removed the bumper I found the narrow metal pan that sits in front of the sway bar disconnect. I decided to tweak this plate a bit to remount it underneath the winch mount for a little more protection. It is thin metal, but better to hit it instead of the SBD. Here are a few pictures of it installed without the winch installed.
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