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Gladiator Rear Bumper on a Comanche


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Since I first saw a Gladiator is person, I had wondered if the rear bumper could be modified to work on a Comanche. Well, as fate would have it, one appeared for sale on Facebook Marketplace for super cheap. I jumped on it and figured it was worth getting my hands on. Worse case, I could just sell it if I didn’t think it would work. Please note, this write up is for a Gladiator Bumper only. I do not know if a JL bumper will fit the same way.


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I picked it up and sat in on a sawhorse at the back of the Jeep. The width was roughly the same as the stock MJ bumper and was pretty solid (more so than a stock Comanche bumper). I would just need to trim some of the steel and plastic to fit around the harder corners of the MJ. 
 

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I removed the plastic caps and started to trim small sections of metal until it it fit around the MJ to my liking. 
 

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I built brackets off of the bumper using the stock studs in the bumper. I used 3/16th thick angle iron and 3/16th plate to make brackets that would bolt from the bumper and allow it to sit on and wrap around the stock bumper brackets. 
 

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I then was about to drill and bolt the new brackets onto the stock frame bracket. I used bolts to hold everything together and it felt very sturdy. I will probably go back and add welds for extra strength.

 

once I had my final fitment, I pulled the bumper back off and reinstalled the plastic caps. I then trimmed the plastic back to match the steel and covered the cut plastic in a flat black edge trim that I purchased from Orielly’s. 
 

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I feel a certain level of blasphemy going on here. I remember when the JT was first announced. The first thing I went and did was waited for its parts diagram to be launched into starparts, looked at the bumper and went, well that ain’t gonna mount up. 
 

But well done! 

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23 hours ago, eaglescout526 said:

I feel a certain level of blasphemy going on here.

I feel like this is more of a "wearing the skin of your slain enemies" kind of thing here.

 

No joke, I think this looks really good. Especially from the side.

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