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Old 07-25-2011, 11:38 AM   #1
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Front Bumper Replacement

I just bought my 08 Jeep Wrangler X last week. Someone decided to not look where they were going and hit the passenger side of the front bumper while it was parked and scraped up the plastic and put a stress mark on the bumper. I've been looking at other front bumpers before this happened but this definitely pushes me to replace it. How hard is it to remove the OEM bumper and replace it with something like one of these?

Rampage Part 86620 - Double Tube Front Bumper with Hoop by Rampage for Jeep

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Pavement Ends Part 4391001 - Front Bumper by Pavement Ends

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Old 07-25-2011, 11:42 AM   #2
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It's fairly easy. a bunch of plastic push screws to take out and the 8 bolts holding the bumper on. Here is a write up that helped me remove mine.
Factory bumper removal

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Old 07-25-2011, 11:51 AM   #3
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The stock bumper itself is not difficult at all to remove. Most of the aftermarket bumpers simply bolt right on with no drilling or grinding required. Some manufacturers have mixed reviews and are "hit or miss" as it concerns fitment (Smittybuilt comes to mind - read both good and bad as far as fitment).

I made the mistake of grabbing a bumper for mine when I first got it. Six months later, I realized it wasn't the right bumper for what I wanted to do with my rig, so I changed it out - again. Bumpers, like the rest of your rig, become a personal choice that depends on what YOU like for looks and function.

Look through this forum, there are hundreds of photos of rigs and their bumpers and plenty of reviews to draw your own conclusions from. Take your time, do your homework and you only have to spend your money once.

Chances are I really didn't answer your question directly did I?
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:57 AM   #4
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Deffenetly dnt get the rampage bumper. sorry but i think those double tube bumpers are ugly the other one is better
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Old 07-25-2011, 12:03 PM   #5
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I recommend the bestop high acess. I have it and it looks great has light tabs and is winch ready. Installs directly to the 6 OEM bumper mounts. It's the perfect bumper for functionality. Protects sheet metal drastically increases ground clearance infront of tires.
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It's fairly easy. a bunch of plastic push screws to take out and the 8 bolts holding the bumper on. Here is a write up that helped me remove mine.
Factory bumper removal
Thanks for the link. The removal looks pretty easy and straight forward.
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Thanks for the link. The removal looks pretty easy and straight forward.
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I recommend the bestop high acess. I have it and it looks great has light tabs and is winch ready. Installs directly to the 6 OEM bumper mounts. It's the perfect bumper for functionality. Protects sheet metal drastically increases ground clearance infront of tires.
I like the look of this bumper. Very clean looking. Where did you order it?
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:24 PM   #10
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Here is a Rugged Ridge XHD bumper. This is just the center section, without any of the other add on stuff.





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Old 07-25-2011, 11:42 PM   #11
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If you are looking for something with a little style to it, I love my Westin Trailblazer bumper:





And I got it for about $215 shipped!

Can't go wrong there.

Also the XHD system seems pretty good because it's modular so you add various pieces as needed/money allow for.
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Without trying to hijack this thread, and while everyone is discussing bumpers, would there be a reason why any bumper would be better or worse for mud riding or basic trail riding (little to no climbing)? I've read almost everywhere that certain bumpers claim to be great for climbing, but I have no clue as to whether any bumper would be better for brush and mud.

...and now that I've reread that, it looks a lot like an offtopic hijack. I'll save it by adding that I like the OP's "Pavement Ends" bumper. Not a huge fan of tubes. My two cents.
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:29 AM   #13
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Without trying to hijack this thread, and while everyone is discussing bumpers, would there be a reason why any bumper would be better or worse for mud riding or basic trail riding (little to no climbing)? I've read almost everywhere that certain bumpers claim to be great for climbing, but I have no clue as to whether any bumper would be better for brush and mud.

...and now that I've reread that, it looks a lot like an offtopic hijack. I'll save it by adding that I like the OP's "Pavement Ends" bumper. Not a huge fan of tubes. My two cents.
If you are just going through brush and mud I wouldn't think that clearance would be as much of an issue so pretty much whichever bumper fits your style I would think would work. Probably one that has spots for lighting on it. Correct me if I'm wrong guys. That's pretty much my situation is that I will be going through brush and mud etc but not a lot of rock climbing.
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Rugged Ridge has a mail in rebate deal this summer. I got my new front bumper with end caps and bar (no lights). Total 548.93 after 50$ rebate and no shipping because I picked it up at my local store. `
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Does anyone know if the storage ends for the Bestop bumpers are available alone, I am considering going stubby with the factory and using them as ends
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Does anyone know if the storage ends for the Bestop bumpers are available alone, I am considering going stubby with the factory and using them as ends
You can do this if you want factory. I've been thinking about it myself.
Vertically Driven Products 31550 - VDP Stubby End Cap Kit for 07-11 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK with OE Bumper - Quadratec

Anyone else have experience with this conversion?
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:33 AM   #17
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I saw that too, but I really like the storage ends, the idea of having a place for some kit is appealing.
Okay, sorry EDIT here. Rugged Ridge makes it, XRD end. Has anyone tried to mate them to factory?
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If you are just going through brush and mud I wouldn't think that clearance would be as much of an issue so pretty much whichever bumper fits your style I would think would work. Probably one that has spots for lighting on it. Correct me if I'm wrong guys. That's pretty much my situation is that I will be going through brush and mud etc but not a lot of rock climbing.
Thanks, that was kind of my train of thought as well. I like the look of the Bestop 4x4 narrow rock bumper (on my phone, no links sorry), but I was also thinking that for brush and mud I may need something guarding the wheels. Idk, maybe just being paranoid about my first Jeep.
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Old 07-26-2011, 09:45 AM   #19
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After doing a bunch of research it looks like the pavement ends bumper is made by bestop and is good quality. I've seen some installed pictures on other forums and good reviews. For the price you just can't go wrong with it so I'll probably pick one up in the next week or so. I'll post pictures once I get it all installed.
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Sry, but need to hijack for a minute.

Sorry to hijack, but I can't post a new thread, and this one is relevant to my issue...

Anyone know the difference between the '05 bumper and an '11 bumper?


I am looking to put this bumper onto my new jk and it only fits tj style wranglers.

Can I mod my bumper to fit this, or should I look for a new bumper?

Does anyone have this bumper and recommend it?

I live in AZ, new jk is also DD, but also wheel atleast every weekend in the rocks and sometimes more.

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Picture I found of the Pavement Ends bumper installed. Looks pretty clean. I will be ordering mine soon and will post pictures.
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The XHD ends are sweet, but does anyone know if they can be adapted to the factory bumper if cut down?
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How durable is the xhd bumper in the first place? It seems like the modular build might make the caps more prone to breaking off.
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Sorry to hijack, but I can't post a new thread, and this one is relevant to my issue...

Anyone know the difference between the '05 bumper and an '11 bumper?

I am looking to put this bumper onto my new jk and it only fits tj style wranglers.

Can I mod my bumper to fit this, or should I look for a new bumper?

Does anyone have this bumper and recommend it?

I live in AZ, new jk is also DD, but also wheel atleast every weekend in the rocks and sometimes more.

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if you have access to a welder you could make a bracket adaptor I suppose. I would personally just look for a jk bumper. I think ace makes a stinger
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Thanks Gringo, will do, but man, I am really digging that stinger look. I'll give ace a shot.
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The xhd endcaps attach using 3 bolts each, into 3/16" steel. They should hold up pretty well.
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Sorry to hijack, but I can't post a new thread, and this one is relevant to my issue...

Anyone know the difference between the '05 bumper and an '11 bumper?


I am looking to put this bumper onto my new jk and it only fits tj style wranglers.

Can I mod my bumper to fit this, or should I look for a new bumper?

Does anyone have this bumper and recommend it?

I live in AZ, new jk is also DD, but also wheel atleast every weekend in the rocks and sometimes more.

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so does anybody know what bumper this is? or where to get one? i want it lol and i drive a tj so itll work fine haha
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so does anybody know what bumper this is? or where to get one? i want it lol and i drive a tj so itll work fine haha
I'd suggest sending subzero2931 a PM, along with a copy of the photo from his original post.
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so does anybody know what bumper this is? or where to get one? i want it lol and i drive a tj so itll work fine haha
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