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Old 01-13-2014, 02:47 PM   #1
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Warn Bumpers

I'm thinking about purchasing Warn Elite Front and Rear Bumpers with the Tire Carrier. Anyone have any experience with these bumpers that could give me a review?
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:07 PM   #2
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I just bought the rock crawler rear used, its a beast! I also just ordered a front elite bumper. The guy I got the rear from had the elite on the front and it totally sold me. Very nice stuff! Hope install isn't too bad too bad. There's some stuff on YouTube. a few videos.

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Thanks for the reply! I'll let you know how the install goes and post some pics!
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:26 PM   #4
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I'm thinking about purchasing Warn Elite Front and Rear Bumpers with the Tire Carrier. Anyone have any experience with these bumpers that could give me a review?
Bumpers will make you nuts thinking about all the options. I liked the look of the warn bumper. I have had it for 2 years and it great.
Installing it will take 2 hours or so if you have some help a little faster. I used a hoist to put it on if I had help I wouldn't needed the hoist. It's pretty easy to install.
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:56 PM   #5
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I installed an Elite recently. I had an issue with the relocation for the booster bracket it came with. Ended up making my own. The hardest part was installing the fog lights. I did it all by myself using my hardtop hoist.

It's very solid and made in the USA.








this bracket didn't work due to that silver line
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I was on the fence about getting a winch but I see theres a huge hole there without it. It would be nice if they gave you coverplates with it. Next thing is if you have warn bumpers it would look kinda cheesy getting another brand winch. And those warn winches are $$$.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:40 AM   #7
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Looks has nothing to do with it go to steel seller in your town and get a piece of steel to cover the hole up. I need my winch,jeep is a 2012 the winch is 9 years old came off another jeep. I use my winch often for all kinds of things. I need a winch that will work every time even after it's been under water. I see all the time guys buying much cheaper winches. When wheeling alone your winch just may save your life, I no my winch will work every time for me.


Krawdaddy-- I put some primer and some black paint on my bolts
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I have a warn winch on my atv. Never lets me down. I know if i was doing a lot of off roading they're a must! I wouldn't buy another brand winch. Just gotta save up some more money for the right one.
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Krawdaddy-- I put some primer and some black paint on my bolts
excellent idea!
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I've had mine for 6 months I love it. I went with the bumper without the hoop I thought it seemed to small for the bumper just my opinion though. I think I'm going to put a light bar where the hoop would have been. Northridge was the best priced for the bumper. Good luck
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I agree with the new vacuum pump relocation bracket. I had a bear of a time making it fit, had to move the aluminum pipe up out of the way and wrapped it with electrical tape to help avoid the rubbing of the bracket with the pipe. Called Warn customer service about the poor fit and they replied that they heard of this happening before. They further responded by saying they will look into the issue, but it might take some time. In the meantime, I've ordered a teraflex pump relocation bracket that plan on installing this weekend. Why Teraflex, because it mounts on the firewall and allows the installation of a s-pod unit int it's intended location on the drivers fender. I do like the bumper a lot and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. It takes longer to remove the existing bumper than actually installing he new one. I lifted mine into place, it's only about 100 pounds, so you really don't need a lift or jack to get it in place.
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I made my own bracket.. cost nothing but a piece of scrap.


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Looks good krawdaddy. Nothing is turn key on mods. Gotta outsmart the directions and make it your own
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:42 AM   #14
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Installed the bumper over the weekend. Important piece of info when installing this bumper...ignore the installation directions that come with it. Warn has an updated version online. Dont try to make that bracket that comes with the bumper for the vacuum pump work, it will rub your a.c. line. Buy a 90 degree bracket from hardware store and drill it out. See Krawdaddys photo above. keep all the bolts loose until the very end. Jack the front bumper up in the middle. Measure gaps between front fenders to make sure they are the same. It was an all day job for my dad and me and i consider us to be mechanically inclined. Kudos to Mcgee10 for being able to do it in 2 hrs! This is at least a 12 beer per man job!
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I've got the warn elite with an Engo 9k winch and I love it!
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Check eBay for the the best price. I got mine brand new for $630 with free shipping
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I've had mine for 6 months I love it. I went with the bumper without the hoop I thought it seemed to small for the bumper just my opinion though. I think I'm going to put a light bar where the hoop would have been. Northridge was the best priced for the bumper. Good luck[/QUOTE]



I have to agree, just seems like the hoop diameter needs to be a little thicker. Doesn't look proportioned.
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I've had mine for about a month and a half and really like it. I have a warn power plant and I wanted it to fit and sit low, plus I really liked the look of the Warn Elite. Took me about 4 hours to install with a friend and a lunch break. Assuming you like the look of it, I think you'll be happy with the function.
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I just put mine on last night...winch hasn't made it to the doorstep yet...won't ship for a couple of weeks.

It took me a few hours, but I do believe it would only take a couple of hours. Didn't need to winch it on or anything special. The biggest pain I thought was the small cap screws for the fog light assemblies...particularly the one in the top inside corner. Those alone added 60 min to my install. Not to mention the temps in the teens last night.

I did put that bracket on...I see what you guys are saying about it rubbing on that line. I'll be modding that in the next couple of days as you guys have shown. Thanks for the info.
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I've had mine for 6 months I love it. I went with the bumper without the hoop I thought it seemed to small for the bumper just my opinion though. I think I'm going to put a light bar where the hoop would have been. Northridge was the best priced for the bumper. Good luck
The first deer I blasted that little bull bar save my grill. All I had was some deer hair on the bull bar so now after 3 deer I know it does the trick.
I live in a heavy deer area, on our road we see deer everyday.
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Defensively a stout bumper but the install of this bumper was horrible. I went with a elite front bumper with grille hoop and a Zeon 8, first off the vacuum pump relocation kit with the bumper is complete garbage, it rubs into your ac line as well as the Zeon winch would not even fit as there was no clearance between the grille and winch itself. You have to cut the corners of your frame rail brackets in order for the winch to fit and I had to add a 1/2 steel spacers between the bracket and bumper so the winch would fit and the vacuum pump would not hit. I would recommend this bumper if warn fixed the quality control issues.
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I've had mine for 6 months I love it. I went with the bumper without the hoop I thought it seemed to small for the bumper just my opinion though. I think I'm going to put a light bar where the hoop would have been. Northridge was the best priced for the bumper. Good luck




I have to agree, just seems like the hoop diameter needs to be a little thicker. Doesn't look proportioned.[/QUOTE]

This is probably the reason I haven't pulled the trigger.
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Someone should let Warn know that their (well at least my kit) does not come with the 4 spacers 88889 it lists. I wasted about 20 min trying to locate them. Guess where I found them, yep right on my stock bumper (which had not been removed as I am awaiting Speaker fog lights and I determined that I did NOT want to try to put the fog lights in w the bumper installed).

As previously noted the fog light bezel screw location in the upper inside area, well, let's just say it could be re-engineered....a lot. My seven year old son's hands were too big, so we called in my 5 year old daughter for assistance.

The standard fairlead plate 87526 is notched on both ends of one slide of the plate. I'm not sure which direction the notched side is supposed to be, top or bottom.

I am REALLY looking forward to hacking up my frame. Should be fun for some attorney down the line to drill me about why I decided to modify the frame of my vehicle. Especially if State Farm gets involved, I'm sure they'll hose me somehow.

I will keep folks abreast of the progress.

Wow, I sound really grouchy.
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Good solid one piece bumper. Warn winch fits down low.

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Good solid one piece bumper. Warn winch fits down low.
I love that bumper. Dude, you need more lights!
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I've got the warn elite with an Engo 9k winch and I love it!
do you have a lift? How much did you droop once you added the winch? I'm going to get a winch one day and didn't really want to lift, but will probably have to since it has already settled about 1/2-3/4" since install.

isn't it kind of weird installing a non-warn winch in a warn bumper?
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do you have a lift? How much did you droop once you added the winch? I'm going to get a winch one day and didn't really want to lift, but will probably have to since it has already settled about 1/2-3/4" since install. isn't it kind of weird installing a non-warn winch in a warn bumper?
I didn't have a lift when I installed it but now I have a teraflex leveling kit with an extra 1/2 inch spacer up front and everything seems to be level. As far as the non warn winch. At one third of the price I figured you gotta save money somewhere
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