Installed Mopar Rubicon Steel Bumper on a Sahara. Here's what we learned

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    #1 Aug 28, 2018
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    Just a heads-up!! I ordered a Rubicon steel bumper for our Sahara. I was "supposed" to bolt right up with no other parts needed. Because it was a new JL aftermarket production part from MoPar, it took forever to get it and I'd kind of lost interest as the original bumper worked fine with my fire department lights......but I gave my word and I honored it with the dealer. The bumper finally came in and the dealer mounted it this morning.

    Here's what we learned;
    • a) the bumper bolts right up - no problem at all
    • b) the original Sahara LED fog lights work perfectly in the Rubicon steel bumper (moderator edit: although there are others that say an adapter bracket is needed - see post #33)
    • c) the skid plate and air dam between the bumper and grill (from the Sahara with a plastic bumper) will NOT work, you have to order a new, steel skid plate and air dam for a Rubicon
    • d) The changeover took twice as long as the dealer work sheet said......though it was their first such effort so I assume there will be an improved learning curve.
    Benson Jeep (Greenville SC) took very good care of me and we worked out a mutually agreeable deal to get the rest of the parts and finish the job. It's GOOD to do business with a good dealer!

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    Thanks for the feedback. It looks really good and tough!
     
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    Great info for prospective buyers. I bought one on the second hand market and it came with the lower skid plate but not the piece between the grill and bumper. I have a friend at an offroad center keeping an eye out for the gap piece. I too had a learning curve on the install and could do it in half the time, next time. Hope I never need to again.
     
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    Any Rubi owner that installed a winch should have a filler piece. I'd give you mine but I already trashed it, assuming no one would want it.
     
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    I have to come up with a way to mount my strobes....I picked my Rubicon from Big O this weekend..

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    Looks great , looks like you added a Rubicon Hood , where you able order it from the dealer
     
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    Seconded...
    Curious how much you had to pay for the hood, painted...
     
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    I also like the euro Sahara hood that was in some posts not long ago. I think it may be the euro turbo hood? Looks tough!
     
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    I have a Rubicon too, but mine has the plastic bumper so yesterday I called a few Morpar sellers online and none of them could tell me if the bumper comes with the skid plate... So in a round about way you answered my question... Thanks for that and it looks real good on yours
     
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    My dealer told me the steel bumper group did not come with a steel skid plate which is why I did not order it....I still have time to add it on I think...

    Does the steel skid plate come stock on the rubicon with the non-steel bumper package?
     
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    Yes. I had it installed before I even picked up the car. We're buying a second Sahara for our home in AZ and will do the same thing.
     
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    You're correct that you have to order the steel skid plate and spacer if you change to the Rubi steel bumper. Additionally, there is a bracket you need to mount the skid plate.
     
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    Many thanks! I went back to the dealers today to get the skid plate installed.........there's a bracket to mount the skid plate and MoPar shipped the wrong part. I'll have to go back again.
     
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    Yes!
     
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    How much was the hood, painted and installed?
     
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