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Old 08-06-2013, 09:49 PM   #1
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Best Off-Road Bumper

So I really want to get an off-road front bumper, but there are so many choices and so many different price ranges.

I want one that has a tubular grille guard of any size and isn't huge enough that it will lower mpg significantly.

So any thoughts or statements will be greatly appreciated. Thanks ahead of time!


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Old 08-06-2013, 09:51 PM   #2
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bumpers are bumpers,

whats best for you depends on your overall build plan. Flat fenders or stock? stubby or full width?

There is no right answer to your question.

No one ever said, "man i had the wrong bumper for that obstacle"

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Old 08-06-2013, 09:54 PM   #3
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I like to look at Quadratec's bumper page to get an idea of what's going on as far as Jeep bumpers go. They don't sell all the choices but it's a good window shopping page.

Jeep Bumpers, Jeep Tire Carriers, Jeep Towing & Cargo Racks - Quadratec

I would go rear bumper first IMO as you're more likely to drag your butt off a drop or something than need to use the front bumper.

If you want to look at front bumpers look at the sticky on this forum http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/meg...ad-134959.html
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:59 PM   #4
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Thank y'all so much for the help! It's very much appreciated.
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bumpers are bumpers,

whats best for you depends on your overall build plan. Flat fenders or stock? stubby or full width?

There is no right answer to your question.

No one ever said, "man i had the wrong bumper for that obstacle"
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it all really depends on what your plans are if you are going to play on the rocks a lot or run tires that are over the 35-37 range then a stubby is the way to go. I personally like the overall protection of a full width bumper and I am sure there are times when I will be wheeling and it will get in the way but that is out weighed in my eyes by the deer protection it provides on a day to day basis. I got a JCR Crusader full width with a pre-runner bar and it is built like a tank. I lost 1/8 th of an inch with the bumper alone(on 18 springs) and I haven't noticed a drop in mpg's yet but I have not had it for long.
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So I really want to get an off-road front bumper, but there are so many choices and so many different price ranges.

I want one that has a tubular grille guard of any size and isn't huge enough that it will lower mpg significantly.

So any thoughts or statements will be greatly appreciated. Thanks ahead of time!


P.S. I have a 2013 JKU Sport S
What are your plans for your rig? You will hear a lot of arguments about full width vs stubby, aluminum vs steel, etc. Your plan for your rig will dictate what style of bumper is right for you.

For me personally, and for my needs, full width is the only way to go, since it fits my needs and my style of offroading. Your style may differ. Be honest with yourself so that you end up with the correct style. My bumper (Rampage Recovery) is actually minimally intrusive as far as tire clearance goes, so it gives you the protection of a full width with the benefits of a stubby.

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Have you checked out the mega bumper thread? http://www.wranglerforum.com/f33/meg...ad-134959.html

I went with a Poison Spyder brawler lite. There stuff is highly respected, and trail tested. There welds and construction are really nice. You could find something cheaper that would get the job done. If you shop around you will find places with free shipping.

VAC PUMP
A number of bumpers are going to require you to relocate your vac pump (2012+ issue). Mine did not, though it wouldn't be that huge of a deal to do it.

WHY STUBBY
I bent the stock bumper going through a rather deep ditch at 45 degrees. That was one reason I went with a stubby. I also like the look better, like that it is lighter, and there should be no issues with larger tires when turning.

Stubby bumpers are illegal in some states. Im not sure if its going to get you pulled over, but maybe something to consider.

Full width bumpers that hug the fenders don't look as good if you decide to go with flat fenders down the road.

RECOVERY POINTS
You need front recovery points. Even if your getting a winch. It will help if you use a snatch block in that case, or if it breaks for some reason. A good number of tube style bumpers don't have hooks or D-ring locations.

BAR TERMS
The bar that comes up to protect the grill is called a bull-bar. If it tilts forward a bit the bumper would be referred to as a "prerunner" style. If it goes up to a point, it's called a stinger. A stinger is used to prevent forward roll overs and protect the radiator in case of a side rollover. I have heard that stingers can make some engine work (oil changes) more challenging. I would assume it would make tight trails a pain.

BARE STEEL
My bumper came shipped bare steel. I had it powder coated (with zinc primer) for $170. JCR in addition to PS also ships bare. You should test fit before powder coating or spray painting. Bare has advantages of being able to choose a color or finish you want. It also is less likely to chip in shipping. It added a week before a could install mine.

WINCH
Some bumpers are more winch friendly than others. Some bumpers will put the winch on top and others will have it sunk lower. The on top will likely be a stronger bumper construction. That may not be a huge deal. Much like the wind blocked to the radiator on a top mount would be of little consequence. I personally would not want a super hidden winch that would be hard to spool or use.

INSTALL TIPS
The stock bumper has plastic screws that are not going to screw out. Start a metal screw into them, and pull them out with pliers. Don't forget to wear safety glasses because of dirt. I have a swivel head ratchet that will work at an angle. I highly would recommend getting one for the install. Here is an example.
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I saw the JCR full width in this thread,

Thats throwing the gauntlet down if ive every seen it.

Here's my JCR crusader mid width. This bumper is unique because I think you can go stock fenders, OR flatties.

I've got the stock flares now, and will be switching to flatties in a few weeks. I think it will still look good.
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Yea man, I believe this is the first forum I've ever been on where "noobs" (including myself) don't get bashed for starting new threads.... I'm mind blown actually.
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Yea man, I believe this is the first forum I've ever been on where "noobs" (including myself) don't get bashed for starting new threads.... I'm mind blown actually.
I'm right there with ya bud. I'm totally a newbie to this. This forum is an awesome place.
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I saw the JCR full width in this thread,

Thats throwing the gauntlet down if ive every seen it.

Here's my JCR crusader mid width. This bumper is unique because I think you can go stock fenders, OR flatties.

I've got the stock flares now, and will be switching to flatties in a few weeks. I think it will still look good.
Man that looks nice. I was going to get their Dagger series in the stubby version (only stubby I actually like the look of, something about the contouring of the ends) but that mid looks good. I'm keeping stock flares for a bit, but had eventually planned on the MC Overland ones unless I get cheap and go with Bushwhacker flatties.
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