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

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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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    That looks really clean. I like it. I'm trying to picture it on a blue jt truck.
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    Minimalist look...can’t get any lighter either...

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    I like it for all the reasons you mentioned. Is it just me or have stingers lost their coolness factor? Wonder if an EVO stinger could be added for a little more, ya know, ruggedness.
    2013 JKU Sport "Spider" with some EVO goodies and a chop here and there

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    I like it! Do you thing it could take a pretty good front impact hit and keep the winch safe and the tray in current shape?

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    Love the look! Thanks for the video!

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    Vey functional and definitely an easy way to go especially if want to get read of JL standard bumpers


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    Question for you guys, I have been told by a few people that the JL and JK front ends are the same and you can mount a JK bumper on a JL. Is this true or fake news?

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    Looks awesome! Certainly a great, cheap alternative option

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    Nice and clean! I’m glad I’m not the only ADD person that likes to lay all the parts out per each side of the Jeep and double check everything before I dig in...


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