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Old 04-10-2011, 07:24 PM   #1
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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?

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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.

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Old 04-10-2011, 08:32 PM   #3
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yeh i plan i on keeping it as a stubby and im gonna put a xrc8 winch in it
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:39 PM   #4
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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.
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Don't forget the skid plate to finish it off. I got the full XHD bumper, with storage ends. I have to do a lift next, because I dropped 3/4", with no winch.
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i have a 3inch lift that is going on at the same time as the bumper so it shouldnt sag too bad i dont think
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:59 PM   #7
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ok i know this is off topic but will the weight of the spare tire make the rear gate warp? i added 35in tires trail grapplers and they weigh a good bit
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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.
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yeah it will you better get a spare tire carrier
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if you get the XHD rear bumper, you can add a tire carrier to it. I haven't done it yet.



And this is the front:

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^ the rear bumper was the result of a rear end accident. basically free. But i added the front, because I got a bonus at year end and spent it before the missus saw it. The UPS guy hated me that week.
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I went with the RR XHD front and rear bumpers as well. I got the ends but not with the storage option. I also aded a loop on the front and mounted my smittybilt winch.







I agree completely that they mount well and easy. Also just an all around looking good bumper.
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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.
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