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Old 10-23-2011, 08:40 PM   #1
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Bumper upgrade without lift?

I'd like to add front and back bumper upgrades to my '11 Sahara. I'm thinking of the ARB or AEV. Problem is that I'm reading that due to the weight, I can expect sag with the stock coils.

Aside from an RK 2.5 coil lift, which I have been considering, are there any other options to install a bumper upgrade without a lift that will last long term? As a side note, I may look at 33's in the future once the stock tires wear out, but I'm not in any hurry.

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depending on what springs you have, you can move to an up rated coil to help with the added weight.

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Yes, you can do that. AEV and ARB though do make some of the heavest bumpers on the market today. You will see some sag but it will not be a ton. Are you wanting to do a lift? I say, especially if you go with lighter bumpers, I would just wait on the lift until you can do the coil lift. Everything else will be worthless long term once you do the coil lift.

What kind of time frame are you working with?

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Thanks for the responses. I currently have an '11 Sahara. Not sure what the stock coils are. Based on my model, what coils would be a more heavy duty of a replacement/upgrade to handle the weight of the bumper long term and still maintain the same stock height?

In regard to a lift, i was originally looking at the RK Stock Mod lift to begin with, but wanted to limit my outflow of cash, as the bumpers are not cheap, especially AEV. What's the rough price differential between a stock coil upgrade and the lift kit?
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The best thing to do in my opinion would be to measure the height of your Jeep before the bumper then measure after the install. That way you can figure out what size front coil spacer you will need. They are cheap and easy to install and they will not change how your Jeep rides at all.
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Thanks. Anyone know what the stock coil size is and what is available for a simple upgrade to accommodate the bumper? I like the idea of coils better than pucks, but what do you guys think?
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Thanks. Anyone know what the stock coil size is and what is available for a simple upgrade to accommodate the bumper? I like the idea of coils better than pucks, but what do you guys think?
Look at the top of the front and rear coils, there's a tag with a serial number on it.

The last 2 numbers will tell you what your coils are rated at.

Upfront they go from 13, lightest, to 19, heaviest
Rear they go from 55(56??) to 60
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Hi

The new New Rugged Ridge JK HD light weight rear bumper has the same weight as the stock bumper.

Google "New Rugged Ridge JK HD light weight rear bumper" and You find pictures

You will also find the new front bumper on google
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The new New Rugged Ridge JK HD light weight rear bumper has the same weight as the stock bumper.

Google "New Rugged Ridge JK HD light weight rear bumper" and You find pictures

You will also find the new front bumper on google
Any idea when these bumpers will be available?
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Look at the top of the front and rear coils, there's a tag with a serial number on it.

The last 2 numbers will tell you what your coils are rated at.

Upfront they go from 13, lightest, to 19, heaviest
Rear they go from 55(56??) to 60
I like the rear bumper, but the front is lacking compared to AEV or ARB. Will they have different fronts to choose from or is that it?
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I like the rear bumper, but the front is lacking compared to AEV or ARB. Will they have different fronts to choose from or is that it?
I just found this on another forum:

It can be ordered as just the bumper with the cover plate or with the winch plate and you just remove the cover.

Front bumper has a modular design like the XHD regarding future product expansion for end designs.
The bumper will be sold in two main configurations. (One) center section only, but comes with the winch opening top plate
(Two) Center section with cover and winch plate. At a later date the base bumper can be converted to the winch version
simply by removing the winch cover plate and purchasing the winch plate at a later date.

Add on items are.
(1) Stubby ends
(2) Bumper specific over rider
(3) Winch plate
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The new New Rugged Ridge JK HD light weight rear bumper has the same weight as the stock bumper.

Google "New Rugged Ridge JK HD light weight rear bumper" and You find pictures

You will also find the new front bumper on google
I wonder what that new bumper weighs. I know the OEM plastic jug weighs only 17 pounds, give or take a pound.

The RR HD bumper will lower a JK about 3/4".

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