Recently made my first couple of modifications to the Jeep. First I removed the backseat.
The Jeep has a big front bumper these days, wider than the basic metal strip that came on the YJ I used to have. I prefer the shorter bumper on the JK too because it looks better and allows for larger tires. I also prefer the d-rings to the old style tow hooks. So I put a new front bumper on.
To put on most of the aftermarket bumpers with recessed winch mount you have to remove a pump that is hidden behind the factory bumper on the inside of the driver-side frame rail. You can see the little silver canister just right of center here with the bumper removed.
And here’s a close to the end result. It was raining yesterday afternoon and getting dark so I had to hold off on routing the battery cables to the winch until today. The bumper is a Rugged Ridge XHD. The kit came with a relocation bracket for the pump but it mounts it under the frame rail at the the sway bar bracket which I didn’t like.
I didn’t take too many pics during install because there’s not a lot to see. I made a little movie though. Unfortunately Flickr requires the Flash player to play it… so I’m not embedding it here. But you can watch it on Flickr if you want. Also the last minute or so was cut off by Flickr for some reason. Will probably have to move to YouTube.