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Old 03-17-2016, 10:58 AM   #15
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I will eventually get the Rockhard bumper, but was in a hurry to get setup.
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:05 AM   #16
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We installed the Blue Ox base plate and Blue Ox wiring kit on our '15 Wrangler. The most time consuming part was cutting the plastic bash plate to fit around the base plate so it looked good. Whatever size hole needed to be drilled in the frame I did not have that size drill bit and NAPA needed to get one from their warehouse. A minor inconvenience. New bit made the drilling easier though.

Also the back up emergency cables are supposed to be wrapped around the frame but we could not find a way to do it so they ended up around the sway bars.

I did have a torque wrench so we could torque the bolts to the recommended tightness.

The diode wiring harness was a little tricky to install since it is one piece. I had to feed the wires under the back where the storage compartment is. I put split tubing over the wires to the front then made a bracket to mount the plug on the base plate.

We also moved the ReadyBrake from the old toad and replaced the rusted cables with stainless steel ones.
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:08 AM   #17
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Nick--me too. The Blue Ox baseplate option was fast and easy and quickly got me on the road, but I regret not having spent the money on a nice after-market bumper the first time.....
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:40 AM   #18
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... I made some mounts out of "L" brackets to mount the break away switch and umbilical cord so they fit behind the grill. Really cleans up the front end.
Really like the unobtrusive, low key, AND protected location of your connections!

Need to do that to mine
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TeeHee - ^^^^ obviously not mine
one I saw at 4 Wheel parts.

Where my connections are mounted it makes me shy away from some fun looking jeep stuff since it's so exposed right below the bumper.
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I liked the looks of the Currie base plate and almost used it but opted for the Demco instead. As for wiring, the Mopar harness does not require any cutting of the harness. It's totally plug and play.

On your brackets, you might look at your breakaway switch mounting. With it pointing down, it very well could pull the ring out or break it without pulling the pin on the switch. The switch really should be pointed forward so the pin will pull straight out. Just my opinion, others may vary.
Dan, the switch rotates up so it is a straight pull when the lanyard is attached.

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Dan, the switch rotates up so it is a straight pull when the lanyard is attached.

Outstanding! That's a nice setup then, may have to copy it.
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This is the bumper I built for my wifes JK. Total cost was under $200.00 with all the brackets. I ordered the tow bar brackets from Blue Ox and the D ring tabs from 4WD Parts. My safety cables go into the D Ring Tabs.

http://www.cnyjeep.org/phpbb3/downlo...cd7cff3bb77b8e

http://www.cnyjeep.org/phpbb3/downlo...cd7cff3bb77b8e
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