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Four Real Steel Krusher Jr. 3 9.68%
Toys By Troy Rock Bumper 4 12.90%
Fabtech Prerunner 7 22.58%
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Old 04-22-2007, 01:35 AM   #1
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Bumper Time

Ok - I though I had my mind made up with the Four Real Steel: Krusher Jr. bumper... but a few others have caught my eye.

Four Real Steel Rocker Krusher Junior Front Bumper

Toys by Troy Front Rock Bumper

Fabtech Prerunner Front Bumper in Black

Rugged Ridge Heavy Duty Off-Road Front Bumper

All have the space for future winches, and only 2 have tabs for D-rings, and the TbT bumper has that handy radiator-hoop just in case... but does anyone have 1st hand experience with any of these?

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Old 04-22-2007, 01:43 AM   #2
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I like the Rugged Ridge. All tub just looks too much like a desert runner. The Rugged Ridge looks like an ARB bumper, which I like too.

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Old 04-22-2007, 02:14 AM   #3
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Personally and I can speak from experience. Troy's stuff is junk. That bumper very rarely fits most winches and Troy is a huge PITA to deal with.

I like the Fabtech bumper and have been thinking about picking that up or building something similar.
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Old 04-22-2007, 02:22 AM   #4
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I agree on the tube bumper, I like a bigger bumper, not a big fan of the tubes
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I'd choose any of the other three before I'd take the Rugged Ridge. Too big/massive appearing for the front of a Jeep for me, even though I realize it does a better job of protection.

For rock crawling which is popular in your home state of Arizona like it is here in SOCAL, I prefer a stubby that gives a better approach angle. I had Zach at AtoZ Fabrication make up this one... 44" long, stinger, built-in winch mount, shackle tabs, and light tabs. It turned out great, Zach does great work.
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Old 04-22-2007, 06:19 PM   #6
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Ok - I've been doing some more lookin' and am liking the looks of the Hanson 52" bumper with the hoop... but I can't see spending $600 on a front bumper

I think I'm leaning twords the Fabtech now because of zero tire interference.

Anyone else have pics of what they are running?
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This is my homemade fabtech/foureal obviously my pick!

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Old 04-22-2007, 07:15 PM   #8
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its just the bottom thats the FRS right? I can't remember, but did you fab the whole thing or chop 2 bumpers up?
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Old 04-22-2007, 07:15 PM   #9
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Here, I'll confuse you some more. How about the Currie with the radiator hoop.

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I don't think I'd like the front of my jeep looking like an arrowheard.
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i fabbed the whole thing mostly FT looking except for lower hoop is FRS looking
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Ok - I've been doing some more lookin' and am liking the looks of the Hanson 52" bumper with the hoop... but I can't see spending $600 on a front bumper

I think I'm leaning twords the Fabtech now because of zero tire interference.

Anyone else have pics of what they are running?
The best top High Rock looks similar to the Hanson but for less money.
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meh... yeah, but I don't like it stretching all the way from the outside of the fender to the other....
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Old 04-23-2007, 12:46 AM   #14
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I've got the Fab-tech bumper and I like it. It's solid, and well built the only thing is that you need to purchase fog light extensions for about $25. Trail Gear has a similar bumper (like the Fab-Tech) and I think it's cheaper price wise but their quality is top-notch
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Check out the bumpers at 4x4xplor.com - Jeep TJ Wrangler, JK, CJ and XJ Cherokee Write-Ups I really like the looks of the LOD stuff.
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Old 04-23-2007, 01:31 PM   #17
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ARB makes a nice front one, I'm on my second one, daughter broke a saturn in half with the first one.
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Old 04-23-2007, 02:24 PM   #18
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if I'm not willing to spend $600+ on a Hanson, then an ARB is outta the question.
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Old 04-23-2007, 03:18 PM   #19
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I just bought the Model SRC from Rugged Ridge. Nice all around, it has excellent protection, spots for extra stuff and is rugged. I'm adding a Milemarker winch this weekend so I'll let you know if it goes wrong. (I do not forsee any issues, I already installed the mounting plate without any problems.)

ABS has a similar unit but is much more expensive but can knock down a house. Pocket the extra cash and buy a winch...that's what I did .
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Old 04-23-2007, 04:21 PM   #21
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hmm..... ... now thats on the list. Cheaper than most of the others of the same style. But I'f I can have something custom built and powdercoated for under $450, I think I'm gonna have one built.
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I dont know what labor rates are in AZ ? our fab shop is 75 hr thats only 6 hrs to build it from scratch that would be tough to do unless they have a pattern/parts lying around? just a thought
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Well I'm giving my friend a call tomorrow to order my lift and stuff so I'm gonna see what he has to say about a custom one.
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this does look good.
http://www.4x4xplor.com/images/LoD-Winch/LoD-Winch.jpg

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comes out to about 390, so i guess maybe the mercanary would be better, they look almost identicle
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Save money, keep stock bumper add winch and tow hooks, take 300-500 you would have spent and get a front locker...if you already don't have one...
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Old 04-24-2007, 01:12 AM   #27
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Anyone ever hear anything about TrailGear? They have a complete setup for $800... but I'm taking notice of thier bumper thats a Fabtech look alike for only $300.
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Anyone ever hear anything about TrailGear? They have a complete setup for $800... but I'm taking notice of thier bumper thats a Fabtech look alike for only $300.
Yeah, I've seen them before. Look pretty good, but I still prefer the Fabtech one. However I've heard rumor that the Fabtech one isn't going to be made anymore. I guess I need to make up my mind and pull the trigger if I want to pick it up.
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if I'm not willing to spend $600+ on a Hanson, then an ARB is outta the question.
I don't know why I typed ARB, I meant 'WARN', the winch people. Nice part about it you can add a winch tray later on if you want.
I got the warn for $200 at local 4x4 shop here in the poconos, the second one cost me $220 5 months later...
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Those are nice bumpers, but I think I'm going Shrockworks when I get the cash to pull a new bumper.

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