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Old 01-09-2014, 02:53 PM   #1
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JK Noob - Full Width Bumper or Stubby for New JKUR?

Just bought my first JKUR - kids talked me into it now I wish I'd bought one years ago....

I'm in the process of modifying and want to start with front/rear bumper and winch (have added 3" lift, 33's and rock rails to start). I have friends telling me to go full width front (mainly for protection) and friends telling me to go stubby (approach and looks). I do want to add a winch and would prefer recessed - would also like to keep fogs on bumper (I know there are several stubby models that offer this).

So I turn to the forum, can you help a Noob out?? I've spent a month looking at all of the models and need help. Love this site....thanks in advance.

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Old 01-09-2014, 04:44 PM   #2
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I'm in the process of getting a front bumper and decided on a full width. We had a LJR and were in a near head on collision, I can't say for sure but I'm betting my full width bumper helped. I was unable to look at the Jeep afterward but I know my wife is all for a full width. I really want to go back to a Hanson but the LoD is looking good.

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Old 01-09-2014, 05:24 PM   #3
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I like the look of a stubby more but a full width generally will offer more protection. If you are going with aftermarket flat fenders or plan on cutting yours go with a stubby.
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:30 PM   #4
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I love my PSC brawler front bumper. Although its not as narrow as some others in the market.
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:44 PM   #5
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Check out the JCR off road prerunner stubby with half sunk winch. Looks great and is supposed to be light I think.
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Old 01-09-2014, 06:06 PM   #6
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I like the look of a stubby more but a full width generally will offer more protection. If you are going with aftermarket flat fenders or plan on cutting yours go with a stubby.
This, I want flat fenders and it will look goofy with the full width bumper I have now.
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:38 PM   #7
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I second the stubby with cut fenders.. Looks much better. I just cut my fenders and now I have the stubby bumper kit from Rough Country on the way because I don't want to spend the money on a new bumper..
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Here's a good thread you may want to check out:

MEGA Front Bumper thread
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:57 PM   #9
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I went with full length for protection and to keep the fog lights (Quradec Smittybuilt combo w/10.5K winch) after having 4 other jeeps and trying all kinds of front bumpers, too often hit things on the trail, these new jeeps are super lightweight metal and not nearly as forgiving as my others....cutting down fenders just increases splash/rock nicks, etc... and I am one of those practical sorts. It's your jeep and do what you like, looks for me are secondary.
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:59 PM   #10
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I was in the same debate forever.. But looking at the stock/aftermarket full width bumpers they (to me) look like they would be more prone to just folding back into your front tires if you got into a big enough fender bender. Main support are the frame rails the bumper attaches too. I'm sure some aftermarket would fair better than others....but dammit....stubby bumpers look damn good.

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Old 01-09-2014, 08:09 PM   #11
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If you are going to wheel your jeep you will really want the stubby bumper. It really improves your clearance, approach, etc.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:31 PM   #12
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You could go with a modular bumper and remove the end caps when you go wheeling.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:33 PM   #13
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Have fun researching. I spent months researching mine, changing my mind a bunch of times in the process. Lots of great options out there. I ended up with a mid-width front and a full-width rear. Full-width rear because personally I think it looks better than a stubby rear. For the front, I went mid-width because I wanted a sunken winch and to be able to make use of the stock fogs without them sticking out in front of the winch.

I've done lots of rock crawling, and haven't had many approach/departure clearance issues. Mostly contact is with the full-width rear bumper, but usually I'm just sliding off the rock at that point, so it's not that it's hanging me up. All-in-all, no regrets.
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I like full width but stubby comes close

Here's mine with front smitty built front atlas bumper
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Old 01-10-2014, 01:38 AM   #16
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what is this bugshield type thing and where do I get one?!!
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what is this bugshield type thing and where do I get one?!!
http://www.wildboarproducts.com/grill.php

Its called- Aggressive grille by Wild Boar
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:14 AM   #18
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If you plan on keeping (or trimming) stock flares we really like the looks of the fullwidth and mid width bumpers.

If you plan on running flat fenders, or doing a more aggressive fender trim, stubby bumpers are a hard look to beat!
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Old 01-26-2015, 12:31 PM   #19
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I was in the same situation. Wanted to put the winch between the frame rails and also wanted to keep the factory fog's. I went with the LoD shorty.
If you can't decide between the two, have you considered the mid-with bumpers?
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Old 01-26-2015, 07:44 PM   #20
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Same issues. I just decided and ordered the orfab mid and full width rear bumper. Still deciding on flares, leaning toward warrior but looked at Aries and the the plastic bushwhacked. Thoughts on flares?
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Old 01-26-2015, 08:58 PM   #21
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JCR Full Vanguard. Love the bumper. Don't plan on cutting fenders.
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Old 01-27-2015, 12:16 AM   #22
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I put the Poison Spyder Brawler Mid-Width on mine. I'm very happy with it.


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