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Jeep Wrangler YJ Bumper

Maintenance Tips You can Use for the Jeep Wrangler (YJ) Bumper

The bumper is one of the more visible parts of the Jeep Wrangler (YJ), so if the bumper is dirty and riddled with scratches and dents, it will have an adverse affect to your Jeep's value. And because it is located at a position where it is highly exposed to the elements, this is a very likely scenario. Thankfully, this can often be averted with regular maintenance of the Jeep Wrangler (YJ) bumper assembly. With proper use and care, the bumpers of the Jeep Wrangler (YJ) will remain at their best for many years.

Maintaining the Jeep Wrangler (YJ) bumper is relatively easy, so there's really no good excuse for you not to do so in your spare time. In this guide, we've listed down some key maintenance tips for you to follow:

  • Wash the bumpers regularly.

Periodic cleaning of the bumpers is still the best way to keep the bumpers looking at their best. Car-washing products typically sold in hardware and auto parts stores are effective in removing dirt and stains from bumper surfaces, although simple liquid detergent works just as fine. Just make sure not to use products that contain ammonia as this can damage the paint. We also recommend using soft-bristled brush or a sponge as this is less likely to scratch the bumper surface.

  • Remove mineral deposits with vinegar.

Mineral deposits tend to build over time on the bumper surface, especially if you wash your car with hard water or use your Jeep on off-road applications quite often. If standard washing doesn't get rid of these spots, you can try rubbing undiluted white vinegar on the bumper with a rag. The acid from the vinegar is strong enough to dissolve the mineral deposits but weak enough not to harm the coating of the bumper itself.

  • Invest in some vinyl cleaning gel.

Often found in auto parts stores, bumper and vinyl cleaning gel is a combination of waxes, solvents, and oils that can help restore the color of painted bumpers. After washing the bumper, apply the gel using a clean soft cloth. You can also use a toothbrush if the dirt is particularly stubborn.

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  • Handy Installation Tips for the Jeep Wrangler (YJ) Bumper

    Replacing the bumper in the Jeep Wrangler (YJ) is often a task that requires bringing your truck to the nearest mechanic, but nowadays it's quite easy to buy and install a new bumper in your own garage. In this guide, we've listed down some helpful tips you can use when installing a Jeep Wrangler (YJ) bumper.

    Tip #1: Prep the bumper for installation.

    Chances are, your brand new bumper is already pre-painted with black primer. Sand the surface of the bumper with 600-grit sandpaper to remove bumps and rough spots, then wipe it down with wax and grease remover. If you plan on painting the bumper, do so during this step as you will have a harder time painting the bumper once it is mounted onto the front or rear of your Jeep.

    Tip #2: Make sure the vehicle is secured before starting.

    Removing and installing a bumper will require spending a lot of time under your Jeep Wrangler, so it's important that the truck doesn't go anywhere while you're under it. Place a chock on the rear wheels, and make sure that the emergency brake is on and the transmission in gear or in park. We also recommend locking the steering wheel to prevent the wheels from turning inadvertently while you work.

    Tip #3: Pre-fit.

    Prefitting is important, especially in the case of aftermarket bumpers, as this will determine whether the bumper will mount properly onto the vehicle and for you to make adjustments as necessary. Lift the bumper on both ends - you may need to have someone help you on this - and orient the bumper guides onto the frame; if the fitment is correct, you may begin mounting the bolt fasteners, but if it is not, you will need to find out what's stopping it from doing so. Above all do not forcibly mount the bumper onto the front of your truck, as this may damage the entire bumper assembly and compromise its integrity.

    Tip #4: Tape the bumper absorber onto the frame.

    If your bumper assembly comes with a foam absorber, tape it onto the structure for the meantime to prevent it from falling out while you install the bumper.