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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old 11-30-2016, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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RESZ Fab Bumper Prep

Hopefully, in the next week or two I should be getting in a V2 single hoop bumper and I want the process to go as smoothly as possible. I wanna hear some feedback and tips from people that have already installed this bumper and maybe even see some pictures of what specifically needs to be cut or painted.
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Re: RESZ Fab Bumper Prep

Great! I'm sorting thru my pix now...and there's plenty of overlap with other bumpers regarding installation.
But because the Resz V2 has greater corner clearance (awesome for tight trails and access for maintenance ) more "guts" are exposed and in need of black paint prior to install. You'll be removing a LOT of OE pieces in front!

These corner areas need paint and trim of inner fender plastic:
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Re: RESZ Fab Bumper Prep

Then cut the fender flare away at the plastic trim. You can tuck the piece of fender well lining into the trim and secure it with a small screw. Any burr left from cutting can be smoothed with heating.
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Re: RESZ Fab Bumper Prep

We used a hoist to position the bumper, then did final trimming of fender well plastic and popped the two little body panels adjacent to the headlights back in. I, like many others, broke the clips on these removing them so they don't seat quite right anymore. There IS a correct procedure for removing them - but don't ask me! In the lower L corner you can see how that fender trimming job is turning out (not finished yet).
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Re: RESZ Fab Bumper Prep

You can see how that little silver panel under the headlight is slightly misaligned...and I have to keep pushing it back in place Also notice the fender trim with plastic neatly tucked into it, lower L. Finished that off with a small screw to hold it all in place. Good luck!!
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Re: RESZ Fab Bumper Prep

Not doing lights and winch will make your job a LOT easier, but it may be very, very difficult to resist installing them later . You're gonna love this bumper!!
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Re: RESZ Fab Bumper Prep

G'day,
To remove the 1/4 panel under the headlight is easy, but care is needed so as not to snap the clips... as Deb found out...

Using a plastic pry tool at the outside vertical edge. Slide it in and down the edge and the two hard plastic claws will pop. wiggle them forward to clear the clasps on the fender.
See the two hook clasp holes in the first picture Deb posted... right under the indicator ..

Then pull the 1/4 panel sideways ...NOT forward .. and the front soft plastic clip will release the panel.
Study the back of the 1/4 panel when off and see how it aligns with a U shape holder at the front..
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slide the front U shaped holder over the soft clip from the side ... and once in push the panel back ..flexing the panel slightly so the two hooks clasp the holes... and you are done.

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Re: RESZ Fab Bumper Prep

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Great! I'm sorting thru my pix now...and there's plenty of overlap with other bumpers regarding installation.
But because the Resz V2 has greater corner clearance (awesome for tight trails and access for maintenance ) more "guts" are exposed and in need of black paint prior to install. You'll be removing a LOT of OE pieces in front!

These corner areas need paint and trim of inner fender plastic:
What kind of paint did you use to paint that body piece?

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Then cut the fender flare away at the plastic trim. You can tuck the piece of fender well lining into the trim and secure it with a small screw. Any burr left from cutting can be smoothed with heating.
What did you use to cut the flare away from the trim?
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Re: RESZ Fab Bumper Prep

Because it's already painted silver I just hit it with several coats automotive enamel. And the black plastic cuts easily with a small skill saw, though you could probably do it with a Dremel tool or Rotozip and appropriate blade/attachment.
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Why did you need to remove the two body pieces that are under the headlights?
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