I know, I know this has been asked a million times but it never get old especialy if you are finally in the market. I need some solid jeep bumpers with a good rep. I like lod but i want to keep my options open. This is what im looking for. Rock crawler style, with clevis mounts up front, and clevis mounts and reciever in the rear. I dont plan on going above a 31 inch tire for now so i dont need a swing out carrier. I also dont have much to spend around 400. thanks in advance guys and gals....
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You should also keep in mind most after market bumpers w/ a hitch are NOT rated to tow, only for accessories. Take a look at Tomken.com, theirs are tuff, the price is good, and they have plenty of options & accessories.
Warn makes a decent priced front bumper, I have two of them, Warrior makes a pretty decent rear one, both are in the $200-$225 range. The warn has a good finish, D ring tabs and pre drilled for fogs, it also mounts the front hooks with no washers. The Warrior rear has the 2" recevier.
The warn should be carried by almost any warn dealer which will save on shipping a 70lb bumper, Warrior is carried by quadratec. My rear bumpers were custom built by I don't know who, I bought them used, stripped and repainted, I like them becasue they have 1x1 tapered extensions that go under the rear corners, 2" receiver and D ring tabs.
The warn is pretty stout, at 40mph they will break a saturn 4 door coupe in half that makes a oncoming left turn in front of you when you are only 60ft away and you T bone it. Only damage was a slightly bent bumper end, crinkled passenger fender chin where it went thru the window and broken fender flare and marker lights.
I made my own, cost me $35 and will hold the weight of my Jeep. Didn't like any of the bumpers on the market. Either they were too wide or wrong style. Learn to weld and make your own. I know that doesn't help much but it's the best route.
What about nates 4x4. Hes got some stong looking bumpers for almost half of what everyone else wants for theirs. Does anyone else have any experience with these.
He wants 85.00 for the front of couse add 25.00 for clevis mounts, and 110.00 for the rear add 50.00 for clevis and reciever. Pretty sweet if you ask me. I talked to 2 other guys that bought them and they have had no issues and they said these are solid. I was gonna go with LOD but i have heard some really bad feedback about customer service and ship times. Let me know what you think guys. Also i would learn to weld but there is more involved than just welding right????
Those are pretty good looking and the price is excellent, order them and see how they look. I'm assuming they come 'in the white' or unfinished but thats no big deal, just some prep and rustoleum or something. I think though with the method he uses to mount the front bumper I'd stick with frame mounted tow hooks instead of shackle mounts, there are only 4 welded tabs holding that bumper on so pulling with it or getting pulled could cause a problem if one or two let go. If those mounts were wrapped around the front face of the bumper I'd trust it more.
When building your own bumper there is indeed more to it than just welding. But if you learn to do that then you have the hard part dealt with. Everything else is just measurments, cutting, drilling and grinding. If you can do some math and mark a point on a piece of steel than you could probably build a bumper for a TJ or YJ. Luckly for us these bumpers are pretty easy to make. Try dealing with a ZJ. When I was driving one I built a rear bumper for that thing and it wasnt the easiest project. Comparibly they are easily twice as hard. Still, for a price like that it makes more sense to buy that one. Since the cost of metal+your time to build it wouldnt be worth while.
The building your own is attractive and really not that hard if you have any clue how to weld, however keep in mind you will need more than a 110v 'buzz' welder for $99 out of harbor freight. Figure you are going to cough up about $300 for a decent entry level Lincoln 220V, some steel blades for your sawzall, a grinder and that stuff. Long term it is worth while and is an investment. If you are going to do any burning or cutting with gas you have that part of the investment to deal with as well.
I've always wondered if those small oxy/acc tank kits that come in the cases are any good, ones I used in shop in HS and in the Navy were all pretty hefty and high quality, don't know about the small kits sold at Sears.
Might want to look at signing up for a nite class at your local votech or school in basic metal work or automotive or body shop work. Then you can see if you like it or not before spending any cash on the tools.