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Old 03-02-2014, 08:39 PM   #1
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Question So I've got some newbie debates regarding spares and bumpers

Hey all, first post, although I've been a voyeur here and a jeep owner since 97, I've upgraded again (although some may consider it a downgrade) to the '14 sahara unlimited in granite. I had a 2008 red unlimited rubi but I just wasn't using her to her fullest, mostly beach and trail rides, no real rock climbing, and our dealer gave me a great trade in deal. Anyway, I've got a plan for 2"lift, 35X12.5's with 17" rims, but I'd like this time to replace the bumpers. Here's the deal, although I love projects, I'm not a mechanic, and although I've drilled holes in my jeeps in the past for racks and such, it's not my forte, I'll admit that. I drive on the road 75% of the time, sand/brush/trail the other 25%. I don't need/want monster 100+pound bomb proof front and back bumpers. I won't get a wench, I'm not ballsy enough to get my self into a position where I need a machine to pull me out. So get to the point you're saying-First, tube bumpers? Recovery? Steel? How hard is the installation? Because they will be 75% cosmetic, and I don't need a wench, can I keep the bumpers under $400? I've been to the MEGA bumper thread-great picks but honestly no useful information for shoppers. How about a good rear bumper with a hitch? Is it a functional hitch? Next question. Do I need to spend $500 and more to put my 35" spare on the back requiring spending more for a bigger tire carrier? I also have a mtn. bike rack I used to place over my spare tire that I will have to replace. I'm with you, it's cheap, and it looks shitty, but in owning and offroading jeeps for 20 years I've never used my spare. I find it adds extra weight and expense. Can't I just put a freakin' tire cover over it and call it good? Any recommendations for a fairly easy bumper replacement? Should I just add a grill guard over the stock bumper? Please say no. And don't make me buy a boatload of new tools to drills holes in my baby. Thanks a ton.

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You'd get more input if you posted this in the JK forum which is for 2007 and newer Wrangler JKs instead of the TJ forum that is for 2006 and older Wrangler TJs.

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Old 03-02-2014, 10:51 PM   #4
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What kind of bumpers are you looking at? Full, mid, or stubby. I've got a body armor rear and a rampage stubby front and I love them. Very easy install. Rampage also has a nice looking full size one. Check prices on amazon.

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Sorry, yes, thought is was JK.....newb
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Like those a lot. Mid or stubby would be great. What's the word on these e-autogrilles you see on ebay?
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I'm not to sure about those I haven't heard much on them. I'll also say that a stubby would probably be easier to install because you can get to the bolts easier. My front was $400 with D rings included and rear was $300 with out rings. If you have factory fog lights make sure your new bumper supports them, and I'd look for one that doesn't require you to relocate the vacuum pump. Then get some steel D rings and paint them your body color and your set.
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Old 03-03-2014, 02:02 AM   #8
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I found a long thread on the e grills on an other jk forum. Lots of info you should check out.

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