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Old 09-12-2013, 11:10 PM   #1
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**Need Help** deciding on a new front bumper

I need some help making a decision on the type of front bumper upgrade to go with on the 2009 4door JK:

I know I want to get a stubby bumper and I have narrowed it down to either the WARN Rock Crawler Stubby Bumper or the Rugged Ridge Front Base. I think they both offer about the same options, except when it comes down to the d-ring set up. The Rugged Ridge d-ring set up is different than most I see with 4bolt set up to the bumper instead of making the recover part of the bumper mold like WARN seems to do. Also, the d-ring its self looks as though you would always need a socket wrench to get the ring off the bracket for recovery. Insight on either? Pros & Cons from current or previous users of either?

I want to be able to eventually put lights on a grille guard no matter what route I take, but the reason I focused on these two primarily was because I also want to keep my fog lights built into the bumper. Would either bumper prevent me from putting a center hoop with lights on it or are the hoops interchangeable with the bumpers?

I left smittybilt out just because from what Ive seen and read they just dont really do it for me, but if Im over looking, please correct me.

Thoughts?

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Old 09-13-2013, 12:04 AM   #2
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I"ve had the rugged ridge on mine for about a year and I'm very happy with it so far, the finish is holding up very well, I also added the center hoop and mounted lights on mine and am very happy with the result. The d-rings are a nut and bolt attachment which I actually prefer as they cannot easily be stolen as the normal hand screw type can. I just carry another standard d-ring to attach through them if needed

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Old 09-13-2013, 12:34 AM   #4
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That is one sweet looking bumper. How much the whole set up cost you including the lights? And did you connect those lights to factory fog lights narness? Is this bumper direct bolt on, no drilling or so? Your feedback would be appreciated
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That is one sweet looking bumper. How much the whole set up cost you including the lights? And did you connect those lights to factory fog lights narness? Is this bumper direct bolt on, no drilling or so? Your feedback would be appreciated
The bumper was $400, the grille guard was $70 I think, the lights were around $120... I wired the lights using the supplied switch so they are controlled separately but will only work when my sidemarker lights have power (this way there's no forgetting them on or turning them on during the day accidentally) and yes it is direct bolt on however mine didn't come with the vacuum pump relocation bracket (needed for 2012+) so I had to come up my own mounting solution for that
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The bumper was $400, the grille guard was $70 I think, the lights were around $120... I wired the lights using the supplied switch so they are controlled separately but will only work when my sidemarker lights have power (this way there's no forgetting them on or turning them on during the day accidentally) and yes it is direct bolt on however mine didn't come with the vacuum pump relocation bracket (needed for 2012+) so I had to come up my own mounting solution for that
Thank you. Last question, what brand and model are the lights? I would like to get the same ones.
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They're the ipf 968, pretty happy with them for the price I paid
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so Marslim, if I went with the Rugged Ridge, I can attach the standard drings to the bumber? Also, how difficult is it to access the drings it comes with? Remove? Put back on? etc.
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Just carry an extra regular d ring or two to attach your strap to your non removable d rings on the bumper. I have a buddy with welded on rings n that's what he does. Seems to work.
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The d rings are attached with a bolt and but, a couple wrenches would get them off and you could get the proper sized d rings to fit the wholes in the brackets, although I would just leave them on

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Just carry an extra regular d ring or two to attach your strap to your non removable d rings on the bumper. I have a buddy with welded on rings n that's what he does. Seems to work.
This is all I do... Works great for me and stops anyone from stealing the d rings off the bumper
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People steal D rings?? That sucks. And is ridiculous.
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Yea unfortunately there's some pretty low people around... I had my entire truck stolen and torched last summer
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