Swapping the Mojave plastic bumper with the Mopar steel bumper

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I scored a slightly used JL Rubicon bumper off craigslist, a couple scratches on it but nothing some touch up paint cant fix. I tried trimming the Mojave skid as others have done, but I have *no* idea how this would ever work. I would have to trim off the top 1/2" of the entire skid, as well as the mounting brackets. Fortunately the bumper I got came with the Rubicon skid, and that fit just fine. I liked the look of the Mojave skid but I think this works ok!

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So I got my knockoff from Ebay delivered, and took me quite a bid of modifying both the bumper and the factory Mojave skid in order to get everything to install and marry up. I will be installing a winch shortly. I replaced most of the hardware with grade 8 from Napa Auto Parts. Other than that, I plan on using the included winch plate, which also took some modification in order to fit, which I will show pics of below.

Overall, It has been a huge pain, but for the price, I'm not complaining too bad. Finish wasn't bad, but after all the cutting, I opted to prime the whole thing and then cover with Rustoleum Bedliner out of a can. I have used it a lot before, and like that when the inevitable scratch or whatever occurs, I can spray back over, good as new.

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This is where I had to cut a notch in the fog bracket in order to fit flush against the frame horn. The winch plate blocked the bracket from marrying up completely against the mount.

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I had to cut notches in the bottom lip of the bumper in order to fit it against the skid plate mount. Did no one else run into this issue?

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And here is where I trimmed the skid plate, just on the outside, but from the bend up.

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Like I said, for the price, I am happy. But it was a big pain to make work.
 

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I had the same issues with an OEM Rubi bumper, and decided to just use the Rubicon skid that came with it. I kept the Mojave skid if I ever get motivated to cut it up to fit.
 

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I scored a slightly used JL Rubicon bumper off craigslist, a couple scratches on it but nothing some touch up paint cant fix. I tried trimming the Mojave skid as others have done, but I have *no* idea how this would ever work. I would have to trim off the top 1/2" of the entire skid, as well as the mounting brackets. Fortunately the bumper I got came with the Rubicon skid, and that fit just fine. I liked the look of the Mojave skid but I think this works ok!

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I am tackling this next week. I have the steel bumpers and have already swapped the front Orange hooks. I too, believe the Rubi skid is the cleanest way to approach this. Nicely done and thanks for putting these pics up!
 

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Bumper is easy fit. I used the Mojave skid as it covers the shock reservoirs much better, just my opinion. Only takes minor trimming to fit the Mojave skid.
 

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Bumper is easy fit. I used the Mojave skid as it covers the shock reservoirs much better, just my opinion. Only takes minor trimming to fit the Mojave skid.
I'm not sure why people are still trimming. Do a quick forum search, guys. Someone on here installed the steel Rubi bumper with Mojave skid and didnt trim a thing.
 

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I'm not sure why people are still trimming. Do a quick forum search, guys. Someone on here installed the steel Rubi bumper with Mojave skid and didnt trim a thing.
Not sure,, but mine needed minor trimming to fit flush.
 

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I'm not sure why people are still trimming. Do a quick forum search, guys. Someone on here installed the steel Rubi bumper with Mojave skid and didnt trim a thing.
I'm pretty sure that the "no trim" post was one of the ebay steel copies, not an OEM bumper. There is *no way* I could have made the Mojave skid without heavy trimming, with the JL Rubicon bumper I used.
 

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I used the factory steel bumper and only had to trim a very small notch on each side of the bumper to clear the Mojave skid plate. I did use a Rock Hard 4x4 winch plate which spaces the bumper forward a small amount (I didn't measure at the time). I suspect the spacing forward may be the key to clearing the Mojave skid with only a few minor cuts to the bumper.
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Have any of you guys that have added the Mopar steel bumper to the Mojave noticed any difference in the driving characteristics of the Mojave with the extra weight of bumper and winch?
 

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Have any of you guys that have added the Mopar steel bumper to the Mojave noticed any difference in the driving characteristics of the Mojave with the extra weight of bumper and winch?
I have not noticed any difference in handling or driving. Only had about 1/4" drop in suspension after 3 days driving.
 

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Another picture showing the only spot where the steel Rubicon bumper and Mojave skid interfere.
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I agree, the center section will not need any trimming. Just the area circled needs to be trimmed.
 

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Not a Rubicon Bumper but I installed a Rugged Ridge Arcus and it went on without any issues or trimming and the factory skid bolted right up.
Since I am not installing a winch, I hacked the middle out of the factory bumper and made a plug to fill the void in the bumper then painted the silver skid black to match. Overall I am very happy with the results.

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Not a Rubicon Bumper but I installed a Rugged Ridge Arcus and it went on without any issues or trimming and the factory skid bolted right up.
Since I am not installing a winch, I hacked the middle out of the factory bumper and made a plug to fill the void in the bumper then painted the silver skid black to match. Overall I am very happy with the results.

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Very cool! I was wondering if that Arcus bumper worked with the Mojave skid. Great to know!
 

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