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Old 07-12-2010, 04:32 PM   #1
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54 or 59 Inch bumper???

So I have been doing A LOT of looking around at front and rear bumpers (pics and posts), and have been wondering what are the benefits/ disadvantages to a 54 over a 59 or vice-versa. Anyone out there know what the main difference is??? thanks guys/ girls

p.s. this is the one im looking at Xtreme TrailGear 59" Front Bumper with 2" Center & 1.5" Light Guard Hoops by Body Armor and Other Jeep Parts and Jeep Accessories by 4 Wheel Drive Hardware-RH1

also if anyone has opinions/ experience with this let me know, or recommend something that has the same style that is made better????....idk

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Old 07-12-2010, 04:44 PM   #2
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Personally I like the look of a shorter bumper. Plus it will generally weigh a little less. I guess you could make a case for the longer bumper giving more protection, but I think it is more likely to get in the way. Personal preference really. I like a front bumper that slopes up on the ends for clearance. I really like the Rokmen Mercenary winch bumper and it's the one I will probably be getting.
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x2 on the shorter bumper. I like the look better also and the fact that it exposes more tire for more clearance. The mercenary bumper is a sweet bumper. I really like the one that has the grill guard, and small front stinger/winch guard

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x2 on the shorter bumper. I like the look better also and the fact that it exposes more tire for more clearance. The mercenary bumper is a sweet bumper. I really like the one that has the grill guard, and small front stinger/winch guard

I thought about that one, but I'd really like to keep the weight to a minimum.
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I thought about that one, but I'd really like to keep the weight to a minimum.
Good point. It looks good, but I am sure it is pretty heavy.
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Old 07-12-2010, 05:48 PM   #6
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here's a sideways view.

I like the longer ones, why? simple. they look better, and more finished...rather than the "I took a hacksaw to my bumper." look of many of the shorter ones.

I don't see a longer one getting in the way for most people...except those that crawl on very large rocks...



Hey I said it was sideways. But to me, when I see one with a short bumper here(on the street), I say to self "really? I wonder if its ever even been off the pavement?...
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My bumper is barely wider than the frame, and love it. Allows me to put my tire right on top of an obstacle. When I get a new bumper, I want it as skinny as possible.



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According to one poster on this forum, a shorter bumper will improve your "approach angle". He's of course forgetting that the rest of the bumper (along with a few other things) will affect approach angle more.
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According to one poster on this forum, a shorter bumper will improve your "approach angle". He's of course forgetting that the rest of the bumper (along with a few other things) will affect approach angle more.
Hey whos making fun of my choice of words?
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Not making fun. Just stating that the length of the front bumper has nothing to do with approach angle. The classic definition of approach angle has to do with the amount of OVERHANG in front of the wheels. In other words, something sticking out 3 feet in front of the tires will decrease approach angle more than something sticking out 2 feet. Check it out at Google if more explaination or pictures of approach or departure angles is needed.
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I know the difference I just screwed up the words and went with it

Bumpers increase approach angle just like stickers increase horse power, Its a scientific fact
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I know the difference I just screwed up the words and went with it

Bumpers increase approach angle just like stickers increase horse power, Its a scientific fact
So, are you saying my stickers won't increase my approach angle?
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So, are you saying my stickers won't increase my approach angle?
Only if you put them on the bottom of the bumper
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IMO it depends on what kind of 4 wheelin your going to be doing. If rock crawling is in your plans, go with the 54 (or shorter). If rocks aren't being considered, go with 59. It going to end up your taste in looks and offroading areas.
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Personally I like the look of a shorter bumper. Plus it will generally weigh a little less. I guess you could make a case for the longer bumper giving more protection, but I think it is more likely to get in the way. Personal preference really. I like a front bumper that slopes up on the ends for clearance. I really like the Rokmen Mercenary winch bumper and it's the one I will probably be getting.
ive got that bumper and love it and you cant beat the quality or price
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I love the shorter 54" bumpers i want fabtechs tubular front bumper id post a pic but im too lazy to do so right now. Its the same width as my frame and i also think that itd go better with the tubed fenders i would like to get from genright as well....this is of course after i get this new motor in
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IMO it depends on what kind of 4 wheelin your going to be doing. If rock crawling is in your plans, go with the 54 (or shorter). If rocks aren't being considered, go with 59. It going to end up your taste in looks and offroading areas.
There ya go, that's my opinion too. Shorter bumpers get hung up on rocks & trail obstacles less but if you don't do the type of trails where that would be an issue, it doesn't matter which size you go with. But if you do tougher trails with obstacles that need to be crawled over, you'll appreciate the shorter bumper's better approach angle since it doesn't protrude out in front of the tires.
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I like the shorter bumpers. I just installed a set (front and rear) of Blue Torch Fab bumpers. Here's a couple of pics of mine after I installed them.



They were $440 shipped from 4wd.com. Got them 4 days after I ordered them....

Since I did my LED taillight conversion, I don't have any reverse lights. No big deal since I live in Kansas where laws aren't ever an issue, but since I got my new rear bumper with the laser BTF cut-outs, I'm going to be installing reverse lights to the backside of the bumper so that they shine through the cut-outs. Keeps the LEOs happy if I take the Jeep out of state where they care about stuff like that.......

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