JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
Today, I jumped in the deep end of the pool! I gave myself less than 2 hours to swap out my rear bumper. I know, I know...some are thinking pshh...easy! Others...Uhhh Ohhh!! I tend to fall on the later view usually.
I started on out of the gate on a mission! Within 30 minutes my old bumper/tire carrier was off! Surprisingly easier than one might think.
Now the unboxing...I love unboxing new Jeep parts! Out of the box the bumper install was only 4 bolts! There is really only one way this thing can go on, so screwing it up isn't an option. It was a very snug fit, I struggled a bit lining it all up. Wasn't bad, just took a few extra moments.
(Now, here's a good tip...if you're sporting the Body Armor Safari Rack, disconnect the lower leg BEFORE you try bolting on the bumper. Makes it much easier.)
Coming from the older model, I found the tire carrier swivel and latch is a huge upgrade! They seem a lot more sturdy and secure.
Just over an hour in and the old bumper was off and the new one was on! So far...I'd say EVERY jeeper could take this project on! From the comfort of your home...with a few hand tools.
Time for the tire carrier! It really is as easy as pop in the bearings and place the tire carrier on the bumper. (Make sure you pack the bearings properly with grease. There is a right way of doing it.) Screw down the carrier, and add a cotter pin. It is done! Well, the install anyway.
Just barely over 2 hours! Easy peasy though! Remember...if there's a hole with some threads, there must be a bolt for it. Just a little tip.
Seriously guys...you can do it...just give it a shot.
Sorry about the bad pics there, I just wanted to show a before and after kind of thing.
Now, the bumper/tire carrier itself is a nice heavy bumper. The wrinkle finish powdercoat gives it a heavy duty, rugged look, and the plate steel construction assures a tough, durable build. Like I said before, the newer latch is much better than the previous model.
It cost about $850 bucks for both the bumper and tire carrier as a set. The look, and easy install makes it worth every cent though!
Lastly, I want to point out 2 really important things:
1. The customer service I received from the Body Armor crew was second to none. I had some issues with that prior model latch, and they worked with me to get everything fixed up. I never have an issue finding a problem, things happen. What I hate is companies that don't stand behind their customers when they should. I assure you...these dudes, did it right! Those of you who know me, know that if there isn't a good customer experience...I ain't buying! I don't care what it is.
2. The word is, Body Armor will be sporting the Made in the USA label very soon! I can't WAIT to have products like these, that are made in the USA!
If you're in the market for some good ol' Jeep customization...check out the many products Body Armor has to offer. I think you will be pleased.
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