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Old 06-04-2013, 12:51 PM   #1
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LoD Ful Width Bumpers, comments anyone?

I am seriously looking at the LoD Signature Series Full Width bumpers for my 2013 JKUR. They seem to have what I am looking for. The winch sits low in the front bumper, the ends come up close to the fenders and there is a provision for fog lights. At the rear there are provisions for gas cans, lights and a place for a High Lift. From the pictures they seem to look good, but I am looking to see what experience people have with these bumpers in the ‘real” world. We off road the vehicle, but nothing crazy. We have 35 inch tires, so I want to get the weight off the tail gate, and we want to put on a winch. I don’t like the look of the shorty bumpers and don’t see that level of clearance as needed for what we do. Any comments on the different finishes they offer would be good. They have a standard “textured black” and a more expensive (by about $100 per bumper) “zinc enriched 2 stage textured black”. I am in Northern California, so we don’t have a big rust problem, but then again I don’t mind spending more money for a better product.

Pictures would be great, but any comments would be much appreciated.

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LOD makes quality parts. If you like them, I wouldn't hesitate to run them. I have seen them run on trails and they take beatings VERY well.

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I was looking at the LOD and ended up getting the Bestop Linked bumper and carrier.. Like you the LOD had everything I was looking for. Tucked hitch, solid spindle,linked tailgate options..

I was limited to what my supplier could obtain so i could use my in store credit. Bestop was in there inventory and hand the majority of what I was looking for..

I did however really like the LOD light provisions and mounting abilities.. was considering the shorty but decided I wanted to protect my body more than having that tucked look..

happy hunting....

as far as the front bumper I went with the Bulldog Shorty for later fender options.. but full width in the rear for bumper dragging..
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:38 AM   #4
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I am seriously looking at the LoD Signature Series Full Width bumpers for my 2013 JKUR. They seem to have what I am looking for. The winch sits low in the front bumper, the ends come up close to the fenders and there is a provision for fog lights. At the rear there are provisions for gas cans, lights and a place for a High Lift. From the pictures they seem to look good, but I am looking to see what experience people have with these bumpers in the ‘real” world. We off road the vehicle, but nothing crazy. We have 35 inch tires, so I want to get the weight off the tail gate, and we want to put on a winch. I don’t like the look of the shorty bumpers and don’t see that level of clearance as needed for what we do. Any comments on the different finishes they offer would be good. They have a standard “textured black” and a more expensive (by about $100 per bumper) “zinc enriched 2 stage textured black”. I am in Northern California, so we don’t have a big rust problem, but then again I don’t mind spending more money for a better product.

Pictures would be great, but any comments would be much appreciated.

So, what did you end up doing? Did you buy the LoD Signature Series rear bumper with tire carrier?

I'm looking seriously at that product and hope to get some first-hand feedback on the bumper and the company.
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I would echo what NFRs2000NYC said...quality proucts and good customer servce. I run mid-width front and full-width rear without tire carrier. Well-made and good customer service. I was (I think) first to order a front needing a different cutout for Zeon winch when they first came out, and they adjusted design and shipped with no delays.
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Old 09-19-2013, 02:26 PM   #6
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Yes I have the full width front and the rear with tire carrier. They went on without much trouble, the quality seems first rate, but they took a lot longer to get than they first said. The 4th of July holiday may have screwed them up.

This is from another post a couple days ago to save me from typing it all again.

I have pretty much the same set up. The only difference is that I have the full width bumpers. I have the rear lights and the Rotopax 3 gallon gas cans. I also have the front skid plate. Call them and ask about the Zeon winch. On the full width they said that they could build it special for that. I have the XD9000 winch so I went with the standard bumper. I think they just move some mounting holes since the Zeon is symmetrical and just about every other winch out there is not.

The front went on in an evening after work. Just me and my son with the help of a neighbor kid when it came to setting the bumper in place. The only thing that was hard was one of the bolts for the skid plate was hard to get in because the nut needed to be slipped in a narrow spot. I have a 2013 so maybe the 2012 is different. Rewiring the fogs was a minor pain, but I expected that. We installed the winch three times, but that was just not seeing the problems before we put it in. The Zeon will not have the issues since it has an integrated contactor.

The rear was a Saturday morning. A little harder since you need to drill a few 1/2 inch holes. The alignment was not a big deal. Just eyeball it and you should be okay. Things to look out for. The rear lights are a little cheap. Also remember to rotate the lens so the top is at the top. I forgot and you have to have the bumper off to reach the lights. There are two plates that have two 1/2 inch holes in them that are not on the instructions. They go on the frame side of the 1/2 inch bolts you put in. It will make perfect sense when you look at it. The plastic piece that protects the bumper from the pin that locks the bumper open came off the first time we cycled the bumper. I called Chris at LoD and he implied that part has not worked out for them. It does not seem to be a critical part and Chris said that he would send me another one if I wanted.

I have had several complements on the bumpers. Most importantly, my wife likes them. They seem well built and they look very well finished. Not bad for a bunch of farm boys from Indiana. I was surprised when I found out where they were located since Indiana is not what I think of when going off roading. They all seem to be Purdue grads, so that must be it. My son scoffed at that since he goes to another engineering school in Indiana that looks down its nose at Purdue. Pretty funny since you could fit his whole school into one of Purdue's dorms and have a whole lot of room left over.

Also note that LoD does not sell the gas cans or the mounts. I got those directly from Rotopax. I went with the locking mounts since those cans are crazy expensive. I also did a modification to the High Lift mount to carry a shovel instead. If or when I get a High Lift I have a provision for that too. I did the wiring for the rear lights to come on with the backup lights, stay off or turn on with a switch.

I just did the installation this summer while my son was home from school so it is all still fresh in my mind. I have some pictures and can take more if you need to see something.
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Old 09-28-2013, 10:06 AM   #7
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I called and talked to Chris at LoD yesterday and got some good information about the company and their products:

* He's a Mechanical Engineer and he and another guy do all their design work on SolidWorks or AutoCAD which is a good thing
* They do all their own work in-house and they have 2 laser cutting machines that they keep running about 12 hours a day
* They've engineered the Gen III full width rear bumper (as pictured above) to secure to the vehicle using 12 bolts 4 on the left and right frame rails and 4 on the cross member
* The version that swings separately from the Jeep rear door (as pictured above with the latch) can have all the accessories including trail rack, gas cans (can customize for your cans) and lights, etc.
* The trail racks, tire and gas cans all can be adjusted vertically to suit your personal preference
* Lights, if desired, are either Rigid Flush Mount Dually 2's or the Pilot Auto, a 55w halogen (which looks to be the lights in the above rear bumper pic)

And they have a new version coming out soon using High-Strength Steel which will result in the rear bumper weighing 30 lbs. less

I'll be ordering front and rear bumpers from them soon. And I ordered their awesome rocksliders / rails yesterday (SRS1004).

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