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Old 02-12-2013, 06:13 PM
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I've seen textured pieces painted successfully but it's more difficult. Also painting over chrome is difficult but can be done. You're best bet is to get the primered piece like they are talking about.

Also, it is possible to swap from the metal bumper to the sport bumper, I just did it this sunday.
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What was the reason for the swap? I do like both the chrome and the Sport bumper, just surprised that someone would want to swap and be left without the fog lights.

Was the harness there and it easy to hook up? And did you have to put in a manual switch or swap the existing one?
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hey snrusnack, thx that helps alot!! can i buy the sport bumper with all the hardware online if you know? im sure dealer will cost a fortune haha
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if i can just do the swap that would really make me a happy camper thx for the valued info guys!
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Hey I'll try to answer your questions, let me know if I missed anything.

First of all, the guy I swapped with actually had another metal bumper with fog lights that he painted white. So when he got home he swapped the chrome one for that one. He just preferred the metal bumper over the plastic. I prefer the plastic over the metal, so it worked out great for both of us.

If you were to buy all the parts to make the swap it is extremely expensive(like $1000+ expensive). Luckily I did a straight up trade with a guy locally and all I had to buy was a few pieces to get the fog lights working.

My truck does not have the harness for the fog lights but mopar makes an oem fog light kit that mounts fog lights in the metal bumper where the tow hooks go(you can google this for more info). So I bought this kit and used the harness from it to wire up the factory fog lights in the sport bumper. The harness connections are the same or the fog lights, and then you just plug two wires into an existing harness(they are already pinned so you just snap them in), then connect one ground wire, and it's all set up. It's EXTREMELY easy. Then you just have to have the dealer program the pcm with a certain code so the fog lights function. It's a lot easier than it sounds. The fog light kit was ~$175. I then had the xtra fog lights/brackets/hardware and sold those to a guy on the forum for $50. Oh and the kit comes with a replacement switch for in the cab(oem switch, really clean install). I can probably sell the old switch on ebay for $20 or so.

If I missed anything let me know...
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Hey snrusnak!

I have a white truck with the ugly black ST bumper. Do you still have your plastic white painted upper cover in good condtion? Or have you swapped it too?
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^Swapped it, sorry.
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Bummer...I went back and look at the pics and noticed your friend's truck had it on there. Thanks anyway. BTW...Your truck looks sweet. I like your wheels.
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Thanks! I'm actually eventually going to swap back to an oem wheel(the 2013 17" wheels) with street tires. I am on pavement 99% of the time so these just don't make sense.

You should be able to buy that upper bumper piece and get it painted for a few hundred bucks.
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Find a local truck accessories shop the usually have a lot of bumpers laying around from ranch hand or custom bumper installs
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i want to find someone to do a bumper swap but just isnt found where i am from
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