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I recently installed a hitch and when doing the wireing I scratched the plastic bumper when I removed the taillights.



I bought a $2 floor mat at Autozone and after tracing out the shape I needed, transferd it to the mat and cut with scissors. My first attempt was to use the computer and cutting table I use at work. That did not come out so well so that is why you see the other cuts.



I used 3M spray adhesive to stick them to the bumper after cleaning said bumper.



Here are the little pads in place.




Yes, I know I have to do a little clean up. The spray needs to cure for a couple of minutes before applying the pad to the bumper.
 

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I scratched mine in the same place when I took off the tail lamps to install the tail lamp guards, I cannot believe how easy it is to scratch the bumper. I might have to go with your fix, but my scratch is much smaller so I might just live with it.
 

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I have a XJ Cherokee also and have been looking into protection for the back bumper like is on the Commander. I wonder where I could find a piece of rubber that is long enough for the entire length of the back bumper. A floor mat would not work. Any ideas?
 

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walkjon said:
I have a XJ Cherokee also and have been looking into protection for the back bumper like is on the Commander. I wonder where I could find a piece of rubber that is long enough for the entire length of the back bumper. A floor mat would not work. Any ideas?
I've seen inexpensive cargo area liners at KMart or WalMart that were basically just a gigantic rectangular floor mat with a ridged pattern. One of those might work.

I don't think spray adhesive would work for something so large. You might have to put quite a few holes in the bumper and afix it with bolts.
 

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walkjon said:
I have a XJ Cherokee also and have been looking into protection for the back bumper like is on the Commander. I wonder where I could find a piece of rubber that is long enough for the entire length of the back bumper. A floor mat would not work. Any ideas?
Try Lowes or Home Depot in the flooring department maybe?
 

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Now that you have experienced scratching the bumper when removing the taillight lens, do you have any suggestions on how to keep this from happening. I am sure at some time we all will need to change a burned out bulb.
 

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Quick Fix!

Cover the bumper area with 2 layers of blue painters tape before you remove the taillight. When complete the bulb replacement or hitch wiring, remove the tape.

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That would work perfectly and you know the tape will not move when you have the light in your hands.
 

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you know to prevent ever having to bother doing this man thing, when you go to take out the tail lights just cover the top of the bumper with painters tape, will prevent a scrach and will leave no sticky residue.
 
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