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I’m a complete novice at all things mechanical...and I was advised not to.
Challenge accepted!
In fact I took my time, did it real slow and careful, made sure I had all the tools etc I needed.
The installation guide is really, really good.
Overall, there was nothing problematic and I think the loops look great.

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I’m a complete novice at all things mechanical...and I was advised not to.
Challenge accepted!
In fact I took my time, did it real slow and careful, made sure I had all the tools etc I needed.
The installation guide is really, really good.
Overall, there was nothing problematic and I think the loops look great.

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Well done!
 

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Does anyone have a photo of these with the Rubicon standard bumper (vs steel)? I saw another thread where these were installed on a Sport and there appears to be more clearance between the loops and bumper (which would be a good thing for me).
 

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Nobody else seems to have installed these on the standard plastic Rubicon bumper. I went ahead and installed mine yesterday and took a few pictures. The bumper is mostly plastic but has a metal frame in the middle. The tow loops line up perfectly with the outermost indents on the bottom of the plastic bumper. I used a 1 1/8" hole saw instead of the recommended 1.5" because I was trying to keep the plastic around the indent intact. I found I needed to cut a little more of the inner metal frame on the inner edge (towards the middle) of the bumper to make room for the tow loops.

My tow loops arrived with a few chips in them. I was a little bummed after paying $200 for the pair, but it wasn't a huge deal. I bought a can of https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p...ed-8-oz-bcc0419/99984936-P?searchTerm=BCC0419 and fixed it right up. The paint is a perfect match for the red. Both of my loops had chips in them like this:
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Here you can see where the holes need to be drilled on the plastic Rubicon bumper. I placed the center of the drill bit where it would just grab a full bite of plastic:
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The project took a bit longer than I'd hoped because my bumper and plastic skid plate did not match the ones in the directions. There was no way for me to know what measurements I needed to follow so I had to measure 20 times, cut once, then do a bit of adjusting with a grinder. All in all it is easy enough for any Youtube certified mechanic. :rock:
 
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@dgreen1069 thanks for posting about your experience. Sorry that your parts showed up chipped, we would swap them out. Reach out to us and we will take care of you. We designed the tow loops around the factory steel bumper, but we are glad to see people are adopting them to the plastic bumper.
 

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@dgreen1069 thanks for posting about your experience. Sorry that your parts showed up chipped, we would swap them out. Reach out to us and we will take care of you. We designed the tow loops around the factory steel bumper, but we are glad to see people are adopting them to the plastic bumper.
@Maximus-3 , thanks for the reply. I was bummed by the chips, but it wasn't a big deal. Advance Auto had paint that matched perfectly for $10.79 and I had primer at my house. I sanded the chips, primed them, and got them painted while I was removing the bumper and taking measurements.

One piece of advise to anyone looking to install these. Get one of those small touch up paint kits (in black) for before you start this install. I had rattle can black paint in my shop, but decided it was overkill (and likely to make a mess) for the cuts in the bumper. The paint chip kit came with a small brush that was perfect for covering bare metal exposed by the cutting. The paint is also primer and paint in one so it's quick to apply.
 

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My loops came very well wrapped in bubble wrap and cardboard. Quite impressed by that.
The only difference I found was that the skid pan I have is a little smaller than that in the instructions. But there weren’t any issues and cutting it was easy.

I used two coats of black vehicle paint...the anti rust kind that doesn’t need a base paint, on the metal where I cut it.
 
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My loops came very well wrapped in bubble wrap and cardboard. Quite impressed by that.
The only difference I found was that the skid pan I have is a little smaller than that in the instructions. But there weren’t any issues and cutting it was easy.

I used two coats of black vehicle paint...the anti rust kind that doesn’t need a base paint, on the metal where I cut it.
Nothing to be ashamed about...some people have big skid-plates, some are smaller.
Just kidding. Thanks for posting @PatrickM, enjoy the loops! Hit us up if you need anything,
 

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My loops came very well wrapped in bubble wrap and cardboard. Quite impressed by that.
My loops came well packaged also. They had foam and plastic wrap around them so I have no idea how they were both chipped when they arrived.
 

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Let's see some more pics of the rear loops!
 

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Thinking of adding this in the spring.
What is the best tool for cutting the bumper/plate ?
I want to make sure i don't end up with something that looks like crap. The gauge of what needs to be cut looks pretty thick.
 

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Thinking of adding this in the spring.
What is the best tool for cutting the bumper/plate ?
I want to make sure i don't end up with something that looks like crap. The gauge of what needs to be cut looks pretty thick.
I used a jigsaw with a hard metal cutter, and a rotary blade on an angle grinder. Plus a 1.5” metal hole cutter ... that’s listed on the installation sheet. I’ve never done anything like this before, but the instructions are clear. Read them several times and be prepared. Rubicon steel bumper and skid pan.
 

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