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Old 06-18-2013, 04:25 PM   #1
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ARB Front Bumper

Is anyone running or know much about the ARB deluxe bull bar front bumper?

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Old 06-18-2013, 04:35 PM   #2
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I am running the full width ARB bumper. What are your concerns. I have a winch installed and I have put my Hi-lift jack on the upper bull bar mounts. I have no complaints on or off road.

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Old 06-18-2013, 04:37 PM   #3
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I am running the full width ARB bumper. What are your concerns. I have a winch installed and I have put my Hi-lift jack on the upper bull bar mounts. I have no complaints on or off road.
Just the usual BS that it was hard to install and the quality was mild to some bumpers so I was curious and wanting to ask someone first hand
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Old 06-18-2013, 06:22 PM   #4
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I can't comment on much as I haven't installed new winch yet or really even used my jeep since install. BUT I can say that install is not difficult. I have the stubby but I'm certain it mounts the exact same way. The quality is fine upon initial thoughts but I haven't scratched it yet to see how it reacts. The toughest part of your job will be taking the factory bumper off and even that is quite easy.



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I can't comment on much as I haven't installed new winch yet or really even used my jeep since install. BUT I can say that install is not difficult. I have the stubby but I'm certain it mounts the exact same way. The quality is fine upon initial thoughts but I haven't scratched it yet to see how it reacts. The toughest part of your job will be taking the factory bumper off and even that is quite easy.
Thank you I like the looks of the ARB how much does the stubby weigh ?
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Thank you I like the looks of the ARB how much does the stubby weigh ?
I'm pretty sure it's listed at 66lbs.
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I'm pretty sure it's listed at 66lbs.
I have bounced around all types AEV, LoD, etc but for the money and looks I like the ARB
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I have bounced around all types AEV, LoD, etc but for the money and looks I like the ARB
I agree. I had the warn elite on and decided to make some changes. Weight was a big issue but I also like the gloss look of the ARB bumpers.
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I agree. I had the warn elite on and decided to make some changes. Weight was a big issue but I also like the gloss look of the ARB bumpers.
That was another I was looking at is the Warn are they heavy?
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That was another I was looking at is the Warn are they heavy?
In regard to a full length steel bumper I wouldn't consider the Warn heavy. I think it was 101lbs. I liked the looks of the ARB stubby and knew that I could sell the warn for what I paid so I made the switch. Again, weight was the factor. I changed my winch and wheels as well.
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In regard to a full length steel bumper I wouldn't consider the Warn heavy. I think it was 101lbs. I liked the looks of the ARB stubby and knew that I could sell the warn for what I paid so I made the switch. Again, weight was the factor. I changed my winch and wheels as well.
I like the Warn the only thing that looks odd on the elite is the size of the bull bar it looks skinny I know it is just looks lol
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I like the Warn the only thing that looks odd on the elite is the size of the bull bar it looks skinny I know it is just looks lol
Compared to the ARB bar it is definately skinny.
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Just throwing my .02 in if you are looking for a full width I just got a JCR full width in and it is built like a tank, It weighs in at 85 lbs

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Just throwing my .02 in if you are looking for a full width I just got a JCR full width in and it is built like a tank, It weighs in at 85 lbs
That is good looking too - I love the ability to mod a jeep but it is like giving a kid $5 in a candy store
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That is good looking too - I love the ability to mod a jeep but it is like giving a kid $5 in a candy store
haha isn't that the truth, I struggled with the same decision a couple of months ago, Good Luck!
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haha isn't that the truth, I struggled with the same decision a couple of months ago, Good Luck!
Lol have had the jeep since February and my wife wants it to look good and doesn't care what I put on it as long as she can get in it -so that makes it even harder because she will let me
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What kind of splash guards are you using in the front??
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What kind of splash guards are you using in the front??
A fellow electrician I don't have any splash guards front or back
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I also run the full width. No complaints so far besides that the downfall of the polished look is that it scratches easily. May buff out, idk haven't tried. Also, ill try to get a pic in the morning, but where the crush cans would be on left and right, the plates that are in between those and the bumper are rusting on the edges. Again hard to explain ill get pics up in the morning
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:45 AM   #20
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I also run the full width. No complaints so far besides that the downfall of the polished look is that it scratches easily. May buff out, idk haven't tried. Also, ill try to get a pic in the morning, but where the crush cans would be on left and right, the plates that are in between those and the bumper are rusting on the edges. Again hard to explain ill get pics up in the morning
Thanks waits to see them
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I had a dealer install the bumper so I'm not sure if those plates came with it or what not, but as you can see they are starting to rust on the edge and one is even worse and chipped away some.

But I think it won't affect anything integrity wise.
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I had a dealer install the bumper so I'm not sure if those plates came with it or what not, but as you can see they are starting to rust on the edge and one is even worse and chipped away some.

But I think it won't affect anything integrity wise.
Ok I can see the rust
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Those are not ARB mounting plates.

ARB steel components are all heavily powder coated. Hardware is well plated.
I've run their full width bull bar on my past 5 4x4's and never once seen an uncoated steel plate for installation.

Dealership must have put those plates in on thier own.

If you've evr hit a full grown buck at 80 MPH you understand the need for a full width steel bumper with radiator guard. Same reason that call them "Roo bars" down under.
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Those are not ARB mounting plates.

ARB steel components are all heavily powder coated. Hardware is well plated.
I've run their full width bull bar on my past 5 4x4's and never once seen an uncoated steel plate for installation.

Dealership must have put those plates in on thier own.

If you've evr hit a full grown buck at 80 MPH you understand the need for a full width steel bumper with radiator guard. Same reason that call them "Roo bars" down under.
Loves the name Roo Bar
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Old 12-21-2013, 09:43 AM   #25
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I had a dealer install the bumper so I'm not sure if those plates came with it or what not, but as you can see they are starting to rust on the edge and one is even worse and chipped away some.
But I think it won't affect anything integrity wise.
ok - I just finished mounting a new ARB Deluxe Bumper on my wife's 2014 Wrangler Sahara Unlimited.
Those "plates" are actually the crush cans from your original bumper that must be cut out as part of the install. Where your dealer FAILED is that they cut those off your original bumper - which is right, but the did not paint them.
Get rustoleum rust converter - kill the rust - then get a can of spray undercoat or spray bedliner and seal that joint - problem solved. Lazy dealer - would have a talk with them.
This bumper is incredible - Although some parts of the installation are a real PITA because of tight conditions - also the nuts/bolts all come together in one big bag - easy to accidently use the wrong bolt so read ahead in the instructions and separate the bolts. I used smaller bolts on the foglight mounts by accident - no problem but the larger bolts I should have used are too big to mount the plate holder - so had to redo.
It's well engineered and I'm extremely pleased - lifting advice if you are solo - build a platform in front of the jeep - lift the bumper up - it's about 150 lbs I think, then - here's the trick that would have saved me an hour if I had figured it out sooner - grab a 2x4 and go under and onto the jeep frame and lever up front your platform from one side - get a bolt in - do the other - so easy I was smacking myself after reaching muscle failure trying to hold the bumper with one hand and get a bolt in.


It's a long process to install but again - ARB does a fantastic job with their fit and finish - more to come - I'm finishing the hardware and electrical today and slapping a warn 8000 on it. Will post pics when done
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Is anyone running or know much about the ARB deluxe bull bar front bumper?
Not much to know. Its a very high quality bumper. If you like the look, go for it.
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Looked and my dealer did the painting as per milspace's suggestion..agree with him, not a big deal and easy to fix. Very happy with the quality of the bumper and it is airbag certified....the only other brand other than the OEM ones I found to be such was aev.



No rust and the coating seems pretty high quality. The bumper is BEEFY...did full size deluxe...3 months and very happy. Have a 10k winch and light forces on it...works superbly for my needs and looks like it matches the lines of the Jeep well.
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Looked and my dealer did the painting as per milspace's suggestion..agree with him, not a big deal and easy to fix. Very happy with the quality of the bumper and it is airbag certified....the only other brand other than the OEM ones I found to be such was aev.

No rust and the coating seems pretty high quality. The bumper is BEEFY...did full size deluxe...3 months and very happy. Have a 10k winch and light forces on it...works superbly for my needs and looks like it matches the lines of the Jeep well.
Yep the matching lines Is what sold me.

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Looked and my dealer did the painting as per milspace's suggestion..agree with him, not a big deal and easy to fix. Very happy with the quality of the bumper and it is airbag certified....the only other brand other than the OEM ones I found to be such was aev. No rust and the coating seems pretty high quality. The bumper is BEEFY...did full size deluxe...3 months and very happy. Have a 10k winch and light forces on it...works superbly for my needs and looks like it matches the lines of the Jeep well.
Can you give me details on your setup, what lift? Tire size?
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I had the ARB full width on my 07 JK, loved it. It's not heavy at all, installed by myself in less than an hour.
Does a great job of protecting your Jeep and it's occupants. If you live in deer country I'd reccomend the full width.



Went with the ARB stubby on my 12. I plan on running flat fenders in the near future and thought the full width might look wierd. Not as much prtection in the front but very light and extremely well made.


I think the ARB bumpers sit higher than most. You can see the factory cross brace about 6" below below the ARB bumpers.
I notice most aftermarket bumpers sit at or even below that brace. Just an observation.

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