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Old 06-19-2012, 07:26 PM   #1
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Pros and Cons for a stubby bumper

I've been reading on how to do the stubby bumper mod, but I would like to know the pros and cons for doing the mod if you don't take your jeep off-road...

Any inputs would be appreciated...

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I cant really think of any cons...pros I guess would be looks (depending on the owner).

This is only if you dont plan to take it offroad.

Offroad is a different story. A stubby is less to hang up/smash on the trail. Also a stubby will expose more of the front of the tire, making it easier to put your tires on or against something taller than your bumper.

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I would think an on-road con would be the exact opposite of the off-road pro... Tires more exposed... (Those Zombies will get hung up there in the wheel well!!!! )
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One con I have noticed is the cap color might not exactly match the color of the bumper, especially if your stock bumper has seen a lot of sun. Not a very big con, all things considered.
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Beyond aesthetic preferences, there really aren't any cons onroad IMO--I'd rather have my tire bump into stuff than my bumper anyway, given how easily the stock bumper crumples.

And offroad it's definitely all pros for the reasons Cons Table stated above.

I put the RC caps on mine months ago and I'd do it again immediately if I suddenly ended up with a new jeep.
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w00t! I am putting mine on the 21st.
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My main reason for going stubby....

After just 1/2 mile on a gravel road after rain, here's what you get:

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Ooh, I like that a lot. How much were the end caps?
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My main reason for stubbies!









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^ That's a pretty mean parking lot.
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^ That's a pretty mean parking lot.
Lol. Thanks. Was trying to find milk...
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Lol. Thanks. Was trying to find milk...
Could happen I suppose but I think if you found a cow out there you'd be better off just grilling em up.
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Could happen I suppose but I think if you found a cow out there you'd be better off just grilling em up.
Or just go through the drive through

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Oh ya repping both stubbys on both our jks

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We were going to do this on ours but opted to do the fender chop and buy the bumpers we liked. Same functionality, just a personal preference on looks really.

But that stock bumper sticking out has gotta go. We've both got wear marks inside from the 35's rubbing it on the inside while disconnected. So much more clearance after getting rid of that and chopping the flares.
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Thanks for all the info, I like the VDP stubby end cap look myself, think I will be looking into doing this mod then. I still have the factory tires, I wonder if it will look weird until I upgrade the tires....
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I ordered my VDP stubby kit today, for obvious reasons...

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It's on my list

The only (cosmetic) con that I have run across is if you have painted/bed-lined your rims only on the outside then the unpainted side would be easier to see.

I'm wanting to try this method with the stock bumper


Here is a link to how he did the stock DIY stubby (this seems to be the best description from that thread.. It starts before this, and the picture is from one page before)
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If you had the stubby and got hit like DakotaBuck did ^^^^ i would imagine it could screw up your tire if somthing hit it straight on
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If you had the stubby and got hit like DakotaBuck did ^^^^ i would imagine it could screw up your tire if somthing hit it straight on
Ha Ha, I didn't get hit - It was a big rock that got hit, by me!
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If you had the stubby and got hit like DakotaBuck did ^^^^ i would imagine it could screw up your tire if somthing hit it straight on
This might work when considering various aftermarket steel bumpers, but I don't think it works with regards to the stock bumper.

Have you actually looked at the ends of the stock bumper? Either by sticking your head under your jeep, or by actually cutting them off and handling them?

They're just pieces of lightweight extruded plastic. If you hit something hard enough to actually damage your tire or steering components, whatever it was would easily go through the flimsy plastic of the stock bumper.

At most, I'd say that at low speeds the crushing of the stock bumper could provide you with an AUDIBLE clue that your tire is approaching an obstacle. But otherwise, I don't think it's going to offer any "protection" for the tire behind it.

To put in another way, I'd expect those stock bumper ends are about as good at protecting your tires as a tissue box taped to your forehead would be at protecting your face while being punched by a heavyweight boxer.
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To put in another way, I'd expect those stock bumper ends are about as good at protecting your tires as a tissue box taped to your forehead would be at protecting your face while being punched by a heavyweight boxer.
I LOLed at that anology!
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maybe con: you might throw a few more rocks at the stuff in front of you
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My main reason for going stubby....

After just 1/2 mile on a gravel road after rain, here's what you get:

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Yeah that is annoying and one of the reasons I did mine too.

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At most, I'd say that at low speeds the crushing of the stock bumper could provide you with an AUDIBLE clue that your tire is approaching an obstacle. But otherwise, I don't think it's going to offer any "protection" for the tire behind it.

To put in another way, I'd expect those stock bumper ends are about as good at protecting your tires as a tissue box taped to your forehead would be at protecting your face while being punched by a heavyweight boxer.
I'm looking for information on getting a new bumper after finally got a check from a valet company who drove my Jeep into another car. Only the corner, exactly the plastic piece end you guys hated, got dent and cracked. I think both sides will be worse if without that plastic piece.

I think that plastic end does function more than said here. Just like most plastic bumper, it will do the job to deflect high speed flying objects kicked up by the cars in front, it happened a lot on the freeway here, rather than it will go straight to your wheel or wheel well. And I think it will cause less harm to the pedestrians than hitting them with the hard part or a rolling wheel.

Anyway, I'm more leaning to get those modular ones so I can customize it whenever I like
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Some states require you to have a full width front bumper. NJ is one of them but I have never had a problem. The state also requires an

elevated vehicle approval certificate for tires 4 inches larger than stock, body lift, coil lift

no wheel spacers

full width bumpers

fender flares covering tires 100 %

limit to the amount of lights you have and a height restriction

Point is... I know a bunch of guys, myself included that go against these regulations. Check your states lift laws and be aware of it but you shouldn't have a problem.
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Some states require you to have a full width front bumper. NJ is one of them but I have never had a problem.
Wow I never thought about something like that. Surprisingly, I just checked the California vehicle code, and CA one of the worst states for modding your vehicle says nothing about the width. Just that all vehicles must have a front and rear bumper unless originally sold without it.
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one pro I can think of for full-width bumper is deer protection
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Wow I never thought about something like that. Surprisingly, I just checked the California vehicle code, and CA one of the worst states for modding your vehicle says nothing about the width. Just that all vehicles must have a front and rear bumper unless originally sold without it.
Yeah... The lift laws are usually something I check up on whenever I plan on doing anything. Even though I have never had a problem, certain parts of NJ have cops that are , well you know, asses. My vote goes to the stubby.

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