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.
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.
2005 LJR - Flame Red - Deceased
2014 JKUR - Flame Red
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..
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.
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.
Coal keeps the lights on.
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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