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Old October 24th, 2020, 08:18
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Circle S bumper brackets

Just got a set of these in,I figured its just cut till they slide in frame but anybody have an install write up?
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Old October 24th, 2020, 10:12
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Re: Circle S bumper brackets

That's pretty much it. I used the dirtbound offroad braces. They are bit less stout, so didn't require a full rectangular cutout. You'll get the idea here though



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Old October 24th, 2020, 14:58
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Re: Circle S bumper brackets

Def looks like a different bumper bracket
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Old October 24th, 2020, 15:28
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Re: Circle S bumper brackets

If this is what you bought then you just need to trim the whole pocket out.
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Old October 25th, 2020, 19:53
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Re: Circle S bumper brackets

Man what a pain,had to enlarge just about every hole in the frame for the bolts to line up, there was also a exhaust hanger piece in the passenger side frame rail that was welded in that had to be removed for the bracket to sit flat in the frame,still worth it and I’d do it again,very beefy set up
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Old October 26th, 2020, 03:56
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Re: Circle S bumper brackets

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Man what a pain,had to enlarge just about every hole in the frame for the bolts to line up, there was also a exhaust hanger piece in the passenger side frame rail that was welded in that had to be removed for the bracket to sit flat in the frame,still worth it and Id do it again,very beefy set up
What year Jeep did you do this on?
The piece I think you are talking about inside the uni-body is just a nutstrip in my '00 that the exhaust hanger bolts too.
It is just riveted in place.
Also when you cut the holes in the back to slide the pieces in it did not line up with the existing holes in the uni-body?
I ask cause I am thinking about trying to put a '96 and down factory tire carrier on my '00. And even though will just be using stock tire on it thinking it might not be a bad idea to beef up the rear bumper support with those things anyway.
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Old October 26th, 2020, 06:10
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Re: Circle S bumper brackets

It sounds like they "missed" the bolt pattern when they made them. My dirt Bound brackets aligned/bolted up perfectly.
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Old October 26th, 2020, 06:20
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It sounds like they "missed" the bolt pattern when they made them. My dirt Bound brackets aligned/bolted up perfectly.
That is what I figure they would do.
The reason I am considering these is there is 5 places for bolts like a factory nutstrip.
And I run rear factory tow hooks.
Not all not factory looking aftermarket nutstrips or HD bumper brackets do.
Now that I compare Circle S brackets to a factory looking nut strip it looks like they don't line up.
Which makes no sense.

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Old October 26th, 2020, 07:04
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Re: Circle S bumper brackets

Mine is a 1996,the piece of steel was welded in
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Old October 26th, 2020, 10:50
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Man what a pain,had to enlarge just about every hole in the frame for the bolts to line up, there was also a exhaust hanger piece in the passenger side frame rail that was welded in that had to be removed for the bracket to sit flat in the frame,still worth it and Id do it again,very beefy set up
Have you reached out to Circle S to inquire with them about this? They might appreciate the feedback.

I've been eyeing the Circle S brackets to reinforce my rear bumper as part of replacing a rusted-out OEM gas tank skid, but having to enlarge the holes concerns me a little. How far off were the brackets from the frame holes, and in what directions?
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Old October 26th, 2020, 10:54
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Have you reached out to Circle S to inquire with them about this? They might appreciate the feedback.

I've been eyeing the Circle S brackets to reinforce my rear bumper as part of replacing a rusted-out OEM gas tank skid, but having to enlarge the holes concerns me a little. How far off were the brackets from the frame holes, and in what directions?
If you look at the links I posted and trying to remember from when I put in new factory type nutstrips when installing my gas skid is that the 4 closest to the bumper are in a row. The fifth, farthest away from the bumper is off towards the center of the Jeep.
Those ones in the Circle S pictures don't even look close to that IMO.
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Old October 26th, 2020, 14:41
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Re: Circle S bumper brackets

It actually looks like there is an extra threaded nut in the Circle S brackets. Nut strips generally have 4 captive/welded nuts inside the frame rail, but those have 5.

....the 4th in the Circle S brackets is not included in normal nut strips, and looks like it would be right where the stock exhaust hanger mount goes. It's likely included to provide for a new exhaust hanger (you had to remove your existing ones, so this makes sense) and is offset just like the normal nut strip's 4th nut (in line with the 5th nut of the circle S).

Dumb question to cover all bases....are you sure that you put the brackets on the correct side of the Jeep?


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Old October 26th, 2020, 14:49
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Factory nutstrips have 5 nuts in the strip.
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Old October 26th, 2020, 15:36
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If you look at the links I posted and trying to remember from when I put in new factory type nutstrips when installing my gas skid is that the 4 closest to the bumper are in a row. The fifth, farthest away from the bumper is off towards the center of the Jeep.
Those ones in the Circle S pictures don't even look close to that IMO.
I did look at the images, and I do see differences. That's one of the reasons I suggested the O/P reach out to Circle S - they do say to contact them with questions.

Gearwhine's thought about the brackets being side-specific is also interesting.
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Gearwhine's thought about the brackets being side-specific is also interesting.
That is probably correct. Cause with factory nutstrips they are left and right so.....
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