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Old 03-02-2014, 09:24 PM   #1
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Question Man I'm LOADED with questions

Hey all, first post, although I've been a voyeur here and a jeep owner since 97, I've upgraded again (although some may consider it a downgrade) to the '14 sahara unlimited in granite. I had a 2008 red unlimited rubi but I just wasn't using her to her fullest, mostly beach and trail rides, no real rock climbing, and our dealer gave me a great trade in deal. Anyway, I've got a plan for 2"lift, 35X12.5's with 17" rims, but I'd like this time to replace the bumpers. Here's the deal, although I love projects, I'm not a mechanic, and although I've drilled holes in my jeeps in the past for racks and such, it's not my forte, I'll admit that. I drive on the road 75% of the time, sand/brush/trail the other 25%. I don't need/want monster 100+pound bomb proof front and back bumpers. I won't get a wench, I'm not ballsy enough to get my self into a position where I need a machine to pull me out. So get to the point you're saying-First, tube bumpers? Recovery? Steel? How hard is the installation? Because they will be 75% cosmetic, and I don't need a wench, can I keep the bumpers under $400? I've been to the MEGA bumper thread-great picks but honestly no useful information for shoppers. How about a good rear bumper with a hitch? Is it a functional hitch? Next question. Do I need to spend $500 and more to put my 35" spare on the back requiring spending more for a bigger tire carrier? I also have a mtn. bike rack I used to place over my spare tire that I will have to replace. I'm with you, it's cheap, and it looks shitty, but in owning and offroading jeeps for 20 years I've never used my spare. I find it adds extra weight and expense. Can't I just put a freakin' tire cover over it and call it good? Any recommendations for a fairly easy bumper replacement? Should I just add a grill guard over the stock bumper? Please say no. And don't make me buy a boatload of new tools to drills holes in my baby. Thanks a ton.

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Wow, that's a long post.

First of all, before someone slams you, the item that attaches to the bumper is a winch. A slang term for a young girl or woman is a wench.

As far as the front bumper goes, you should first decide if you want a narrow, mid or full width bumper and go from there. Cosmetic bumpers you can get for under $400 and most all will just bolt on. I would suggest you decide on what you want and post a more specific question like "what's the best narrow front bumper for under $400?"

For the tire carrier, you can beef up the tailgate (new hinges, etc.) and you don't have to get a new carrier.

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Wow, that's a long post.

First of all, before someone slams you, the item that attaches to the bumper is a winch. A slang term for a young girl or woman is a wench.

As far as the front bumper goes, you should first decide if you want a narrow, mid or full width bumper and go from there. Cosmetic bumpers you can get for under $400 and most all will just bolt on. I would suggest you decide on what you want and post a more specific question like "what's the best narrow front bumper for under $400?"

For the tire carrier, you can beef up the tailgate (new hinges, etc.) and you don't have to get a new carrier.
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Probably going to catch some flak from this, but have you seen any of the Smitty bumpers/tire carriers ? They're made in China and made by machine, so sometimes the holes don't line up (I advocate the use of amazon in this so you can just return it and get another). They're cheap, effective, and fairly strong. But it really depends on what STYLE of bumper you want. Full width, partial, minimal. Stinger, hoop, brush guard, whatever. Do you want plate steel or tube ? For the TJ/LJ, smitty has a tube bumper (Which I have. I like the design of it and it's solid) and has a plate one with a hoop on it. My favorite bumper for JKs is the Rampage Recovery bumper... Wish they made it for TJs in the same style.

You can delete the spare from the back all together... A lot of people do it. There are covers for the holes left by the mounting hardware fairly cheap. You could always just throw your spare in the back of the Jeep if you do some serious offroading.

About the hitch... I've never seen a cosmetic hitch (that I know of). But just keep in mind that Jeeps aren't really known for towing capacity. Your Unlimited will have more than a standard. I think 3500 but I may be wrong.
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Wow, that's a long post.

First of all, before someone slams you, the item that attaches to the bumper is a winch. A slang term for a young girl or woman is a wench.

As far as the front bumper goes, you should first decide if you want a narrow, mid or full width bumper and go from there. Cosmetic bumpers you can get for under $400 and most all will just bolt on. I would suggest you decide on what you want and post a more specific question like "what's the best narrow front bumper for under $400?"

For the tire carrier, you can beef up the tailgate (new hinges, etc.) and you don't have to get a new carrier.
No, I actually do have an interest in tying a "wench" to the front of my jeep, maybe even a mermaid. I mean, anyone can just go purchase a winch......

Great info guys, thanks.

I want a mid or stubby, with a not to flashy grill guard. Yes, the rampage recovery looks like a great choice, but I too have heard crap about redrilling holes and shaving steel which I'm less than enthusiastic about. My thought on the hitch is not to tow, but to be able to put bike racks or other racks on.
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You have to get into the mindset that you are going to spend money with this Jeep. Some of the lower end stuff will be just that, some of the high end stuff is overkill. Overall you have to put the Benjamins down. If you are looking cosmetically then buy what "looks" good to you regardless of the price. Why bolt a turd to your prize?
Good luck on tying a wench to the front. Hopefully you are in a tropical climate for that!
I have a Rugged Ridge XHD bumper and love it. many variations you can make out of it and if you don't want steel you can get aluminum for more Bennies. It bolts on in a few hours with basic hand tools and no real drilling to speak of. Just a little relocating of the vacuum pump. That's my 2 cents but its YOUR Jeep. Good Luck.
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First of all, before someone slams you, the item that attaches to the bumper is a winch. A slang term for a young girl or woman is a wench.
What should I call a woman attached to my bumper?
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No, I actually do have an interest in tying a "wench" to the front of my jeep, maybe even a mermaid. I mean, anyone can just go purchase a winch....
I'm digging the mermaid idea
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I would go to this route if I were you and remove the spare tire, patch the holes and call it a day. No need to spend $ on bumpers save that for your lift, wheels and tires. I mean that alone will cost you 5-6k with installation.

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