ok about 2 weeks ago i was involved in an accident. nobody was hurt but it messed up the front bumper pretty bad. since it was in the shop I went ahead and took this chance to put on a set of 35in nitto trail grapplers, moto metal 959 rims and a 3in lift. now the only thing left to do is choose a bumper setup. i am putting serious consideration into the rugged ridge modular bumper with a winch mount. does anybody have any experiences with this bumper and know of any good deals?
For the price your not gonna beat it. Looks and functions well. Not a huge fan of there coatings but there bumpers and sliders work and are cheaper than most. Dont waste your money on the storage ends.
Dont be scared of the RR XHD bumper, its good quality and mounts to the frame nicely Enjoy it, I'm gonna make my own winch set up for what I got, I like my XHD bumper. I just got the RRC rear rock crawler bumper and like the construction of that as well, really heavy for what it is, I was surprised when the freight truck showed up to deliver it.
I love mine. It is very well built too. One thing I really like about it is if you get tired of it, all you have to do is change out an end piece or go to a pre-runner (what I am considering later). Just a little change makes it into an entire different bumper.
__________________ 2010 Dark Charcoal Pearl Jeep Wrangler Sport S Automatic
4.88 Yukon w/Trac-Lok rear and Eaton ELocker Front - Synergy Gussets - B&M 70264 Trans Cooler
BDS 3" lift - BDS Fox 2.0 Racing Shocks
XHD front Bumper - Trektop NX - Goodyear MT/R w/Kevlar 35X12.5X15 on MB Chaos 5 Wheels - Thrush Turbo Muffler
RR is what I chose and I love it. As has been previously stated, they are excellent quality. The front is held on with 8 1/2" bolts... I'm sure you could hang the whole Jeep from that thing.
I don't trust the rear as much as it only has 5 points of attachment and unlike the front bumper, the rear bolts will experience a shear load as opposed to tension but I would think that because of the Jeep's design this would be the case with any rear bumper you buy.
The tire carrier is quite robust as well and only about $400 more. With 35s I would highly recommend getting that as well. Matter of fact I held off on my 35s in order to get the rear bumper and carrier first.
I installed the front bumper and the winch when I still had my stock suspension and I noticed no lowering of the front end so no need for leveling. I have a 4" lift now and she’s still level. The only thing I have noticed is with the addition of the rear bumper and tire carrier with a big a$$ 35" tire the extra weight is apparent.
Good luck. With all the mods you are considering all at once, your bound to drool when you get it back.