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Old 01-16-2013, 03:37 PM   #1
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Newb Question Please HELP

In the process of making my new to me 2000 TJ mine. When I got it, it was basically stock with the exception of bestop flares, new 32x11.50's on Mickey Thompson Classics, and a 3" BL. I'm planning to do away with the 3" BL and replace with a 1.25 BL accompanied by a 2.5" SL and a 1" MML. Aside from the lift change im planning, I've started changing some things cosmetically such as bed lining my chrome accents, taking off the stock side steps, and doing away with the bumper Jugs. Here comes my real question. My next mod will be replacing the front and rear stock bumpers with aftermarket ones. I've got my front one picked out but I'm having a hard time deciding on the rear. From what I've researched, I could get one that replaces the stock and wouldn't have to mess with the stock tire carrier or the third brake light. I could also get one that has a latch system designed to accompany a new tire carrier. And last but not least, I could also get one that replaces the stock one and then get a seperate tire carrier that bolts to the rear hatch and doesn't need a latch on the bumper to accompany it. I'm just curious what the best route to take is. I'd like to get a new tire carrier and relocate my third brake light so do they sell the bumpers and carries in sets or do most people buy them seperatly? Whats the cheaper option? Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 01-19-2013, 09:13 PM   #3
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I would buy a bumper/tire carrier together. The stock tire carrier will hold a larger tire for a while, but I would get both at the same time. Most tire carriers ride on a spindle that is welded into the bumper. "BESRK" on JF makes and sells some VERY strong bumpers/TC's. I built mine from his design. If you buy an aftermarket one make sure your getting a beefy bumper that will hold up. At least 3/16" thick. Also I have seen spindles bend over time, again if you use strong stuff and pay a little more, it will last a long time.

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Old 01-20-2013, 04:29 PM   #4
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I have the HighRock back bumper and tire carrier combo. It was more than I was expecting to spend, but I'm really happy with it. It's beefy and very sturdy. I also picked up the stubby front bumper, too.

There are a surprising number of members on the forum who fabricate bumpers, too, and they've got some pretty loyal followers. Poke around the forum and you'll find a thread about custom bumpers.

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... if you use strong stuff and pay a little more, it will last a long time.
Seconded. I'm a firm believer in "you get what you pay for." Jeeping is no different. Getting something "cheaper" might help your bank account now, but having to replace what turns out to be a crappy part will hurt you in the future.
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