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Old 11-05-2013, 02:25 PM   #1
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Stubby vs Stinger?

I've been looking at some new mods for my jeep and one that came to mind was whether I should keep my stocks Stubby with a winch or put a stinger on it? If anyone can post pictures with of either their stubby or stinger and a reason why you chose it that would awesome! Thanks everybody much appreciated. Below is a pic of my stock cut stubby.

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Old 11-05-2013, 04:15 PM   #2
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Stingers look cool, but unless you're a hardcore wheeler that verges flipping, and climbing up 90 degree walls, they're just for looks. The point of the big stingers is to prevent you from flipping forward, and to help prevent you front getting stuck upside down if you do flip. They're 90% for show, but they sure do look badass. I'd spend your money on some rock rails before a stinger though, not sure if you have them or not. But it's not a high priority item at all

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Old 11-05-2013, 04:19 PM   #3
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You will have to get a winch plate with your stock though, I think I paid about 150 for mine. A nice cheap front which bumper might run you about 100 bucks more than that, so that might be the way to go. I know the smittybilt xrc stinger does not come with a winch plate, so if you want a winch, make sure the bumpers winch compatible, or you'll be buying a winch plate anyways
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Old 11-05-2013, 04:45 PM   #4
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Engo has a good solid winch plate for like $70.

But contrary to what was said above, stingers are NOT just for front flipping.
It can be butted up against an obstacle so that you can spin the back end of the jeep around the object, and can also be used as a high mount tow point. I even know a guy who broke an axle, and they winched his back end up in the air so that they could creep back to camp to make fixes. BUUUTTT that being said, those were all purpose built stingers, the smittybilt stinger would not provide the strength required for any of these purposes
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:34 PM   #5
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You will have to get a winch plate with your stock though, I think I paid about 150 for mine. A nice cheap front which bumper might run you about 100 bucks more than that, so that might be the way to go. I know the smittybilt xrc stinger does not come with a winch plate, so if you want a winch, make sure the bumpers winch compatible, or you'll be buying a winch plate anyways
I have rocker guards already hence why I am starting to play around with the front. I was looking at the poison spyder trail stinger and the quadratec q series winch with their plate.
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:35 PM   #6
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Engo has a good solid winch plate for like $70. But contrary to what was said above, stingers are NOT just for front flipping. It can be butted up against an obstacle so that you can spin the back end of the jeep around the object, and can also be used as a high mount tow point. I even know a guy who broke an axle, and they winched his back end up in the air so that they could creep back to camp to make fixes. BUUUTTT that being said, those were all purpose built stingers, the smittybilt stinger would not provide the strength required for any of these purposes
I would never put anything smittybuilt on my jeep lol. I'm debating on the poison spyder trail stinger.
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:01 PM   #7
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I have a stinger and I'd say it larger depends on the terrain you are wheeling. I do mostly woods and tight trails and the occasional big rocks where it would be most needed IMO. At times on the trails it is definitely the limiting factor when making tight turns or trying to squeeze by stuff. Either way though I love mine and don't regret it! This is the Metalcloak full 26" stinger on their frame built bumper





I have more pictures available upon request. There is also a halfway point with a "brawler bar" (see PSC) or the metalcloak "mid" stinger. I had the opportunity to mount the mid stinger on my rig and didn't like the flattened look at the top of the stinger hoop
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:27 PM   #8
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I have a stinger and I'd say it larger depends on the terrain you are wheeling. I do mostly woods and tight trails and the occasional big rocks where it would be most needed IMO. At times on the trails it is definitely the limiting factor when making tight turns or trying to squeeze by stuff. Either way though I love mine and don't regret it! This is the Metalcloak full 26" stinger on their frame built bumper I have more pictures available upon request. There is also a halfway point with a "brawler bar" (see PSC) or the metalcloak "mid" stinger. I had the opportunity to mount the mid stinger on my rig and didn't like the flattened look at the top of the stinger hoop
Love that look man and ya I can see where the tight trails could be an issue and where I wheel there is a lot of tight and technical stuff.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:20 PM   #9
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I have more pictures available upon request. There is also a halfway point with a "brawler bar" (see PSC) or the metalcloak "mid" stinger. I had the opportunity to mount the mid stinger on my rig and didn't like the flattened look at the top of the stinger hoop
More pictures of that stinger please. I'm in between on the full and mid stinger if I decide to go with metalcloak for my bumper. I thought I saw one of their full stingers this weekend but it look like it maxed out hood line.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:47 PM   #10
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The stinger has a few purposes, not just preventing from flipping over. It gives you a sight line to help you approach things. For example have you ever pulled up and parked close to something, the gotten out and seen that you were 3-4' away. With the stinger being the forward point you can inch right up next to it. This can be the same with a ledge when wheeling.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:52 PM   #11
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This is what I have. I know people will knock smittybilt, but this bumper has been a great purchase for me.
Smittybilt SRC Stinger Front Bumper JK w Winch Plate 07 13 Jeep Wrangler | eBay
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I have a stubby and I wish I had the full length. That sight line is important and you don't get that with the stubby.

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Having had a stinger and stubby (Savvy) bumper on my previous TJ and just another stubby Savvy bumper on my current TJ, I soon came to the opinion the stinger was useless for me. I take advantage of the significantly greater tire clearance of the stubby bumper nearly every time my TJ is offroad. Having that additional clearance in front of both tires can often make the difference in making it up an obstacle or not.
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I have the Poison spyder BFH stubby with the brawler bar. I think it is just right right height.
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Having had a stinger and stubby (Savvy) bumper on my previous TJ and just another stubby Savvy bumper on my current TJ, I soon came to the opinion the stinger was useless for me. I take advantage of the significantly greater tire clearance of the stubby bumper nearly every time my TJ is offroad. Having that additional clearance in front of both tires can often make the difference in making it up an obstacle or not.
Being that this is my first jeep in almost 18 years and I'm still getting back into it, I can certainly understand that it does help with the clearance. My own uncertainty is why I want the 26", so I have a point of reference. But now that you mention it, I do have a lot of room by having the stubby, I can see your point.

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