What did you do TO your Jeep JL today?

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Which bumper? I just bought a RR Arcus for my JK and am looking for a skid plate to go under it. Not sure RR makes one, but this doesn't bode well for them if they did.
It's the full width HD bumper.

I'm not sure, and I'm not going to go look it up, but this may be the same skid plate that fits the Arcus. It fits like three different bumpers.

I finally got it to fit. I remembered that air powered die grinders are a thing, so I broke my cardinal rule and went to Harbor Freight. $100 later, I went at this bastard with carbide burrs, and this was much more satisfactory than trying to do the job with an angle grinder. I also got some bungee straps so I could hang the damn thing from the bumper while I dick around with the bolts.

I didn't realize where I was aiming. I had to keep scooping out the fog light cutouts until I could lift the thing into place while making zero contact with any fog light component. I didn't even realize I was messing up with my earlier attempts. I'm waiting on the paint to dry for the fifth time. I managed to get two of the bolts to thread last time, and I'm hopeful.

I'm not going to get to hit any trails today either, since I didn't install any nice bright lights yet. My son said, "Dad, even though you are burning vacation days dicking around with this, at least you are not working through this job one Sunday at a time for three weeks." He's right. I still have the weekend to hit trails. I really want the skid plate before I hit the next one I'm aiming for.
 
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Put these rubber trim between the hood and fenders. Lots of debris gets in there I found out fast.

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Dude how bright are those lights and do you have any pics of them downrange?
They are extremely bright. Amber floods (21’s) and clear spot (32’s) lights. Perfect for going fast in the night. Or in my situation, going slow for our Search and Rescue Team.

As for pictures, I’ll take some new ones soon and share them.
 

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I was going to throw my Rugged Ridge skid plate onto my HD bumper and go hit the trail, but I ended up spending over six hours dicking around with the install. Rugged Ridge keeps saying "it's all explained in step 4" and step 4 doesn't even show a bumper installed, let alone one with the factory LED foglights. The bumper is great, and this part will work with the bumper very well, but it does not fit for jack shit.

The worst problem is that I really have no neat way of making this kind of cut. I can't use my bandsaw on a piece this huge without rearranging my entire shop. I can't use my mill, because the piece chatters all to hell, and I'm guaranteed to break an expensive endmill if I persist. If I took the vise off and used those two slots in the center to bolt it to the table, I don't think I would have enough Y axis travel. I don't know. I just thought of that, and I'm going to go eyeball it tomorrow. I would rather use my mill, and make neat, precise cuts, and I need to make these cutouts yet again larger still. While I'm at it, I should mill out the mounting holes to turn them into slots, and enlarge the access holes for the lower bolts. I'll just wreck the shit out of ALLLLL the nice powder coat.

I paid almost $200 for this piece of shit, and I'm really not happy. Yet I REALLY like how it's going to look, and I could really use the front end protection too.

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You clearly have more experience and tools than I do; I would just waste a bunch of time with an angle grinder and a flap disk, and call it a day :LOL:
Could you use something like this?
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Could you use something like this?
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It's hard to say without trying hands on. Maybe. It depends on if you could get it worked around to scoop out the bottom without hitting the housing on the work.

I ended up using a cutoff wheel in an angle grinder, and I made a series of slits down to a chalk line. Then I put it up on my anvil and beat the shit out of it with a rounding hammer, to bend the teeth over, then I cut them off from the back side with a cutoff wheel. The procedure worked okay, but I didn't have the right outline. I think I ended up removing 2" of material. Not even close to fitting.
 

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Took mine to the dealer to have the Steering Gearbox TSB done, Night and Day difference! And to also have the passenger side sun visor replaced after it broke.
 

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Removed the stock muffler yesterday.
This arrived today.
Borla S-Type axleback will be mounted tomorrow.
I had a Borla axleback on my ‘00 TJ and I loved it!

cheers/B

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