How difficult is it to install aftermarket bumpers?

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There was a thread previously on the difficulty of installing the modular front bumper and it seemed like a real pain, possibly because of the skid plates.
Are all aftermarket bumpers going to be this difficult to install? Just curious.
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There was a thread previously on the difficulty of installing the modular front bumper and it seemed like a real pain, possibly because of the skid plates.
Are all aftermarket bumpers going to be this difficult to install? Just curious.

Cant imagine all of the aftermarket options would be a pain and require much. Keep in mind, adding a winch, lightbar etc... is only going to complicate things. I know as well on these trucks, the intercooler location could play a role as well.
 

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Manhandling the sheer weight of "offroad" bumpers is the hard part.
That was my first thought, install wouldn't be that bad but getting in place to tighten everything would.
 

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Depends on who makes them in my experience. On my jeeps I've had some that go on pretty easily, exluding the weight, which is always something to keep in mind. I've also has some be a total nightmare (looking at you smittybuilt). One I had to take to my friends machine shop and heavily modify/weld parts of it together (still looking at you smittybuilt, never again). On even the best ones, keep weight in mind, especially once you add a winch.
 

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Well... that depends.

If you get a direct bolt-on bumper—it is super easy—minus the part where you feel like you need 6 hands actually put it on.

But sometimes bumpers require fabrication work to assemble, sometimes they require you to cut into the factory body panels or skid plates. Sometimes you have to weld on new mount points to the frame, etc. etc.
 

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Installed Best Top Hard Rock Series bumpers on my 06 Rubicon. Was not hard, If you know someone with a transmission jack helps with the weight
 

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many of the bumpers say it's a direct bolt on so I am guessing they can't be that difficult. I was wondering this myself since I eventually want to replace my rear bumper
 
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