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Old 07-28-2009, 10:53 AM   #1
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good sidebars/ bumpers?

im new to the whole jeep thing, but i don't havea side bars...and its difficult for a few of my shorter friends to get in and out of my new jeep.

i like the double tube look for the front and rear bumpers and the tubular side steps...i just don't know what brands are good.

is quadratec the only supplier for this stuff? or are there other better websites?

also what do you guys suggest brand wise for good quality seat covers, and floor mats.

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Old 07-28-2009, 10:55 AM   #2
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Exclamation also

currently i have a smaller tire on the back, i would like to be able to put my matching bigger spare tire on the back, so i would need a bumper that would allow me to put it back there...as well as some sort of solution for mounting the brake light higher. any suggestions will be appreciated.

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Old 07-28-2009, 11:34 AM   #3
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Ryan - welcome.
The things you're asking about are all popular items with a huge range of manufacturers. So the biggest task is just sorting through all the side steps, rear bumpers and whatnot available.

Quadratec is a good web site, and they carry an amazing range of stuff. They also have a nice catalog that you can get at the store - it's easier to flip through and dream.

There are other sites - JC Whitney, Four Wheel Drive parts (they also have stores everywhere), and lots and lots of others.

You can go to this page on my site to see some retailers - local and online. It's Bestop oriented, but most of these people sell everything. Where To Buy - Tops and Accessories for Jeep & GM, Ford, Dodge Trucks by Bestop

Spare tire carriers - you can get a bumper mounted one, a replacement for the factory one, or a "frame mounted one" (ask Jerry Bransford). I know at least some of them include kits for moving the brake light up.

Bumpers are a "fashion trend" item - and the double tube look is a bit out of fashion right now. So you'll see a lot more chunky square options. But tubes are still there. And it's your Jeep!

Tube side steps are still very common.

So my recommendation would be to buy the catalogs, and get a better idea of what's available, then ask for opinions on specific items.

Oh, and that top looks nice!
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One of the catalogs, either 4WD or Quadratec, does this neat thing with "stages" - a Stage one jeep is lightly modified for fun weekends and trails., stage two is more lifted, stage four is crazily built-up.

It's a nice way of looking at things, since you can make a better plan for what types of equipment you need.
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The best ones to get are UN-CHROMED!!!! Other than that, you really can't go wrong!
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Old 07-28-2009, 12:36 PM   #6
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Those tube bumpers are very thin 1/8" steel. If you get them, don't consider them "tough". They are far from it.
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There is a place in Northern Indiana that was selling really nice tube bumpers for "cheap". They were advertising them on Craigslist out of the Fort Wayne area. The website is New JEEP Parts and Accessories at Baseline 4x4 Outfitters - Jeep TJ Jeep CJ YJ XJ Jeep JK Jeep Wrangler Parts Cherokee and 4x4, Replacement Jeep Parts. I haven't bought anything from them because I haven't decided if I'm keeping the ol 4 banger or purchasing a 6 cylinder model. Anyway, go to craigslist, click on Indiana, click on Ft wayne, and type in Jeep bumper. It's the sixth one down. Front bumpers, rear bumpers and side bars. Good Luck
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Arrow thanks!

well thanks for all the input.

given that the tube bumpers are very thin and out of style... what do you guys suggest?

im not going to do any serious off-road driving (for now) but i plan of keeping the jeep for a long time so i want good quality products.

im not against keeping the existing front and rear bumpers, i just need side steps, and i need to figure out a good way to mount the bigger spare tire effectively, and safely. i guess i can just get some sort of heavy duty mounting system with an adjustable brake light.

i drive at night lot as well, so i plan on overhauling the lighting system. is the stock front bumper worth keeping?

im going to order a quadratec catalog so i can flip through it.
the website has a lot of stuff. but their user interface is kinda clunky.. not enough category refinements, or advanced search options and such. i guess im just picky.
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Bumpers are a "fashion trend" item - and the double tube look is a bit out of fashion right now. So you'll see a lot more chunky square options. But tubes are still there.
As Geoff says, tube bumpers are still selling but they can make mounting a lot of accessories like tow hooks difficult if not impossible. Plus they can interfere with some winch mounting plates or their hawse/fairlead mounts. Personally, I'd avoid tube bumpers just because they can make future upgrades difficult or sometimes even impossible.
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currently i have a smaller tire on the back, i would like to be able to put my matching bigger spare tire on the back, so i would need a bumper that would allow me to put it back there...as well as some sort of solution for mounting the brake light higher. any suggestions will be appreciated.

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Geoff will appreciate this...

I purchased the Bestop Highrock Tire Carrier and I am very happy with it.. I was looking to retain as much of the stock look of my wrangler as I could, so it was the only option (pretty much). It comes with all the hardware required (as well as the 3rd brake light extension) and great directions.. You have to drill two holes in the rear of the Jeep, but just wipe the sweat off your brow and do it.. I am nothing close to a mechanic and I had the carrier installed in about 1.5 hours..

Here is the link: Oversize Tire Carrier - Tops and Accessories for Jeep & GM, Ford, Dodge Trucks by Bestop

There is one very important point I would like to make about bestop with regards to Jeeps.. It is almost like they actually test their products on the model year Jeeps which are specified. I have dealt with a TON of companies (some I will never deal with again) since purchasing my Jeep and trust me when bestop states its a "Bolt-on" application, they mean it.. Warn knows a thing or two about this as well.

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well thanks for all the input.
im going to order a quadratec catalog so i can flip through it.
the website has a lot of stuff. but their user interface is kinda clunky.. not enough category refinements, or advanced search options and such. i guess im just picky.
I am with you there Ryan.. Quadratec and 4WheelParts websites are horrendous.. I suppose I am just picky too..

I have had great luck with 4 Wheel Parts "Free Shipping to Store" option.. I would recommend this if you have one near by.. I cannot stand Quadratec because of their graduated shipping charges.. The more you spend; the more they charge and that is ridiculous..
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Timberman - I do appreciate it, of course. I was just trying to be a little less mercenary. We'll get Ryan's money eventually! We always do.

Web sites like Quad's are great for transactions. I still like printed books for dreaming.

You can't flip through a web site and browse.

You can leave catalogs open where your spouse will see it, say something like "no way are you getting a $1200 bumper" and then agree to compromise on the $700 one. Or something like that.
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Timberman - I do appreciate it, of course. I was just trying to be a little less mercenary. We'll get Ryan's money eventually! We always do.

Web sites like Quad's are great for transactions. I still like printed books for dreaming.
ABSOLUTELY!! I am giddy like a school girl when the new catalogs arrive!!!! Nice bathroom material if you ask me.
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I think the tubular side steps are a good choice If you want a nice side step...Im not a fan of the bumpers though.
Most people who do lots of offroading take there sidesteps off for more ground clearance. I leave mine on. I rather scrape up the step than the rocker of my tub. Until I have enough $$ for a nice set of sliders.

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