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Old 01-19-2014, 02:11 PM   #1
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Newb Bumper Questions

Thinking of adding a bumper pretty soon, I do have a few concerns. First off does anyone has either one of these bumpers and if so, what is your experience or opinion on either or the brands Rugged Ridge and OR-FAB? Second off, how heavy are these things...will I need to regear or will they weigh down my front end? Last question would be, is there a frame cover for these or can I use the stock one to cover the gap between grill and bumper? Thanks and sorry for the newb questions

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RR steel but there's the aluminum bumper.
I forget the weight ... 75-80 lbs maybe

Great bumper, very well built IMO.
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:03 PM   #6
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I have a RR XHD bumper and winch combo. I have the storage ends with shackles and stuff in them. I love the bumper. Easy to install if you are half way handy. It was packaged great and works excellent. I am happy with it. Now I will tell you that if you put a heavy bumper on stock springs you will eventually sag. I lifted my Jeep so its not an issue anymore but I lost an inch before it was teraflexed.

I would have bought from a company like JCR as their stuff is solid but I am not sold on the do it myself finish. If you are good at that or want to spend the extra to have someone do it for you then JCR is good stuff. You cant beat a guy that is on the forum who you can talk directly with.

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Thinking of adding a bumper pretty soon, I do have a few concerns. First off does anyone has either one of these bumpers and if so, what is your experience or opinion on either or the brands Rugged Ridge and OR-FAB? Second off, how heavy are these things...will I need to regear or will they weigh down my front end? Last question would be, is there a frame cover for these or can I use the stock one to cover the gap between grill and bumper? Thanks and sorry for the newb questions
Try Body Armor 4x4 bumpers ordered through a third party like Truckaddons. I negotiated the front bumper to $329 (list $379) and rear bumper to $299 (list 339). Nice look, solid steel, I didn't need to regear, etc. Needs two guys to install although I'm stubborn and did both on my own.

Really struggled with Body Armor about the tire swing arm so if you're going that route avoid Body Armor, period. You'll be either living with their design flaws or spending a few hundred at a custom shop to fix the flaws. See my earlier post.

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I Now I will tell you that if you put a heavy bumper on stock springs you will eventually sag. I lifted my Jeep so its not an issue anymore but I lost an inch before it was teraflexed.
I spent so long just deciding on rock sliders lol I have not even advanced to considering bumpers yet. But I will. And I had that same concern about sagging with hanging many heavy things on my Jeep, and wondered if I wouldn't at least have to do a level if not a small lift just to carry all these attachments and stay close to stock height even. My son told me that even if I do new front and rear and whatever else that it wouldn't really be an issue over a few hundred pounds by the time you add it all up. (Sliders, bumpers, winch, skids, and who knows what other kind of metal parts may eventually find their way onto my Jeep lol!) Perhaps he was wrong?
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I wouldn't at least have to do a level if not a small lift just to carry all these attachments and stay close to stock height even. My son told me that even if I do new front and rear and whatever else that it wouldn't really be an issue over a few hundred pounds by the time you add it all up. (Sliders, bumpers, winch, skids, and who knows what other kind of metal parts may eventually find their way onto my Jeep lol!) Perhaps he was wrong?
Yep depending on what you get it will add up quick. I always know I was going to lift mine so I did the Ace Sliders then Bumper and winch. It initially was ok with a little less than 1/2 inch sag but after about 3000 miles of driving with it my headlights were pointing to the ground. There are aluminum bumpers at a premium but I am looking for steel so I bought steel. The winch is heavy too and I have synthetic line, braided steel is heavier. I am absolutely pleased with my lift so far. No issues and the Jeep looks like a Jeep now although the duratracs help lots too.
My advise is to lift it a little. My springs from Teraflex are no comparison to the stock springs. Your weight runs on the springs so even with a level you will be stressing the springs somewhat. I know it costs a little more and there is more involved but to me its absolutely worth it. I just figured that I never really see dollar bills going to the mods, I just see a Jeep that gets better and better.
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anyone have experiance with this type of bumper?
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Also take a look at the Ace Engineering Pro series aluminum.
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...will I need to regear or will they weigh down my front end? ]
Really no one is going to answer the OP's most important question. The one that can save him thousands of dollars???

Way too much importance put on regearing IMHO.
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Remember they will REPLACE the stock bumpers. What is the difference in weight? Ie a 100 pound bumper if replacing an 80 pound one is only 20 pounds net gain. I dont know what any of these weigh but just a thought. I put 150 or so of rock sliders and armor on and cant tell a difference, but of course that is on the sides.
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I have a RR XHD bumper and winch combo. I have the storage ends with shackles and stuff in them. I love the bumper. Easy to install if you are half way handy. It was packaged great and works excellent. I am happy with it. Now I will tell you that if you put a heavy bumper on stock springs you will eventually sag. I lifted my Jeep so its not an issue anymore but I lost an inch before it was teraflexed.

I would have bought from a company like JCR as their stuff is solid but I am not sold on the do it myself finish. If you are good at that or want to spend the extra to have someone do it for you then JCR is good stuff. You cant beat a guy that is on the forum who you can talk directly with.

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I also have this setup... RR XHD bumper with RECON 10.5K winch and storage caps and the RR Sway bar skid. the storage caps are pricey but at the time I bought this it was for my 2DR and the storage ends helped... there's not a ton of room but enough...I transfered this bumper to my 4Dr and still like the storage area that the bumper gives me.. the bumper is built solid and I have several dings on it, and the end caps... I have come down hard on the bumper and no issues... etc... sway bar skid is a must if your going to be wheeling it.. it pretects several items in that area.. although I did have to do a little grinding omn part of the frame to get it to fit flush... (frame over lap didn't to be removed.. not wsure what else to call it.. this didn't casue weakness to the frame.. I can add pictures if needed..)
the XXHD stubby with a Winch dropped my front end down by over an 1"..rubi springs if that matters.. when I installed a teraflex lift I got that back plus the 2.5" lift spec....
so I would except any bumper combo to sag the front by ~1" before a lift

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