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07-07-2012 05:35 PM
1SAS LSUpilot,

I graduated LSU in 1988. Geaux TIGERS!!
Anyway, a front bumper is designed to protect the grill, the engine and the tires (hubs) from frontal impact. As was mentioned, if your tires are protected from impact while on a trail, you should be fine. All bumpers protect the grill and engine from front impact, just by being on the jeep. I have seen some jeeps with some very narrow front bumpers. If you need this for clearance while rock climbing, I understand but I would never use such a bumper in the field or trail If you hit your tire, it may go flat... you can change it, BUT if you hit it too hard and tear up the front hub the tire sits on, then what are you going to do? I would rather have the protection of a bumper that extends out to protect my tires from impacts with shrub bushes, trees, logs, etc.

After reading this thread, it seems "thenorsepole" gave some great advice and wise advice that no one paid attention to. Well, I want to thank him personally for it. The fact is, when you first get a jeep, you go crazy with all the stuff you are going to do. Then, when you "settle down" somewhat, you get an idea of how you are going to use your jeep MOST OF THE TIME. Then you start building it for that, or you keep it stock. Either way, it is your choice. Don't be in a hurry. Figure it out objectively what you want to do with your jeep. Leave the "looks great" thing out of the equation. How are you going to use your jeep? Truly. Once you figured that out, then figure out what you need and what you can afford. Now re-evaluate the "looks great on my jeep" thing and figure how this helps or hinders your build. Make a decision and get jeeping.

Remember: How you use your jeep will determine how you build it. How you build your jeep will determine how you use it. For example: I had a WWII jeep that I drove in the field for years. Could it rock climb? No... but I could drive around the rocks. It was simple and dependable. I did not want to modify the jeep for driving in the field because I decided it was fine just like it was. I knew the jeep. I knew its limitations and I worked within them.

Take care,
07-07-2012 02:13 PM
jeepkingtn
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Originally Posted by GOJEEP007
Picture I found of the Pavement Ends bumper installed. Looks pretty clean. I will be ordering mine soon and will post pictures.
Do the factory fogs fit in it?
11-07-2011 05:04 PM
ROBDOG1
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Originally Posted by GOJEEP007 View Post
You can do this if you want factory. I've been thinking about it myself.
Vertically Driven Products 31550 - VDP Stubby End Cap Kit for 07-11 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK with OE Bumper - Quadratec

Anyone else have experience with this conversion?

Did mine this weekend and it was cheap, easy and looks GREAT!!!
11-07-2011 04:32 PM
TrueNorth If you plan to use your JK off road look for something with a good approach angle.
I've seen way too many "aftermarket" bumpers that sit just as low or even lower than the stock bumper.
After catching my stock bumper on stumps, rocks and just about everyting on the trail I decided it was time for something better and safer.

As for removal it's easy. 4 bolts on each side attach it to the frame.
Did mine by myself with camping cooler as a rest for the new and old bumper.


Before;

After; Note difference in protrusion and height. Much better approach angle.
11-07-2011 02:08 PM
jkaufman_95
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Originally Posted by InfernoGirl

Smittybuilt.
X2 it's defiantly a smittybuilt.
11-07-2011 02:07 PM
InfernoGirl
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Originally Posted by carpediem View Post
so does anybody know what bumper this is? or where to get one? i want it lol and i drive a tj so itll work fine haha
Smittybuilt.
11-07-2011 09:53 AM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by carpediem View Post
so does anybody know what bumper this is? or where to get one? i want it lol and i drive a tj so itll work fine haha
I'd suggest sending subzero2931 a PM, along with a copy of the photo from his original post.
11-07-2011 09:48 AM
carpediem
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Originally Posted by subzero2931 View Post
Sorry to hijack, but I can't post a new thread, and this one is relevant to my issue...

Anyone know the difference between the '05 bumper and an '11 bumper?


I am looking to put this bumper onto my new jk and it only fits tj style wranglers.

Can I mod my bumper to fit this, or should I look for a new bumper?

Does anyone have this bumper and recommend it?

I live in AZ, new jk is also DD, but also wheel atleast every weekend in the rocks and sometimes more.

Thanks














so does anybody know what bumper this is? or where to get one? i want it lol and i drive a tj so itll work fine haha
07-27-2011 11:37 AM
WilliamGray The xhd endcaps attach using 3 bolts each, into 3/16" steel. They should hold up pretty well.
07-27-2011 06:11 AM
subzero2931 Thanks Gringo, will do, but man, I am really digging that stinger look. I'll give ace a shot.
07-26-2011 11:05 PM
El Gringo
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Originally Posted by subzero2931
Sorry to hijack, but I can't post a new thread, and this one is relevant to my issue...

Anyone know the difference between the '05 bumper and an '11 bumper?

I am looking to put this bumper onto my new jk and it only fits tj style wranglers.

Can I mod my bumper to fit this, or should I look for a new bumper?

Does anyone have this bumper and recommend it?

I live in AZ, new jk is also DD, but also wheel atleast every weekend in the rocks and sometimes more.

Thanks






if you have access to a welder you could make a bracket adaptor I suppose. I would personally just look for a jk bumper. I think ace makes a stinger
07-26-2011 07:06 PM
LSU.pilot How durable is the xhd bumper in the first place? It seems like the modular build might make the caps more prone to breaking off.
07-26-2011 04:43 PM
spankinkopita
Xhs

The XHD ends are sweet, but does anyone know if they can be adapted to the factory bumper if cut down?
07-26-2011 04:31 PM
GOJEEP007 Picture I found of the Pavement Ends bumper installed. Looks pretty clean. I will be ordering mine soon and will post pictures.
07-26-2011 02:36 PM
subzero2931
Sry, but need to hijack for a minute.

Sorry to hijack, but I can't post a new thread, and this one is relevant to my issue...

Anyone know the difference between the '05 bumper and an '11 bumper?


I am looking to put this bumper onto my new jk and it only fits tj style wranglers.

Can I mod my bumper to fit this, or should I look for a new bumper?

Does anyone have this bumper and recommend it?

I live in AZ, new jk is also DD, but also wheel atleast every weekend in the rocks and sometimes more.

Thanks














07-26-2011 10:45 AM
GOJEEP007 After doing a bunch of research it looks like the pavement ends bumper is made by bestop and is good quality. I've seen some installed pictures on other forums and good reviews. For the price you just can't go wrong with it so I'll probably pick one up in the next week or so. I'll post pictures once I get it all installed.
07-26-2011 09:54 AM
LSU.pilot
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Originally Posted by GOJEEP007

If you are just going through brush and mud I wouldn't think that clearance would be as much of an issue so pretty much whichever bumper fits your style I would think would work. Probably one that has spots for lighting on it. Correct me if I'm wrong guys. That's pretty much my situation is that I will be going through brush and mud etc but not a lot of rock climbing.
Thanks, that was kind of my train of thought as well. I like the look of the Bestop 4x4 narrow rock bumper (on my phone, no links sorry), but I was also thinking that for brush and mud I may need something guarding the wheels. Idk, maybe just being paranoid about my first Jeep.
07-26-2011 09:33 AM
spankinkopita I saw that too, but I really like the storage ends, the idea of having a place for some kit is appealing.
Okay, sorry EDIT here. Rugged Ridge makes it, XRD end. Has anyone tried to mate them to factory?
07-26-2011 09:20 AM
GOJEEP007
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Originally Posted by spankinkopita View Post
Does anyone know if the storage ends for the Bestop bumpers are available alone, I am considering going stubby with the factory and using them as ends
You can do this if you want factory. I've been thinking about it myself.
Vertically Driven Products 31550 - VDP Stubby End Cap Kit for 07-11 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK with OE Bumper - Quadratec

Anyone else have experience with this conversion?
07-26-2011 09:00 AM
spankinkopita Does anyone know if the storage ends for the Bestop bumpers are available alone, I am considering going stubby with the factory and using them as ends
07-26-2011 07:53 AM
Park_Wrangler Rugged Ridge has a mail in rebate deal this summer. I got my new front bumper with end caps and bar (no lights). Total 548.93 after 50$ rebate and no shipping because I picked it up at my local store. `
07-26-2011 07:29 AM
GOJEEP007
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Originally Posted by LSU.pilot View Post
Without trying to hijack this thread, and while everyone is discussing bumpers, would there be a reason why any bumper would be better or worse for mud riding or basic trail riding (little to no climbing)? I've read almost everywhere that certain bumpers claim to be great for climbing, but I have no clue as to whether any bumper would be better for brush and mud.

...and now that I've reread that, it looks a lot like an offtopic hijack. I'll save it by adding that I like the OP's "Pavement Ends" bumper. Not a huge fan of tubes. My two cents.
If you are just going through brush and mud I wouldn't think that clearance would be as much of an issue so pretty much whichever bumper fits your style I would think would work. Probably one that has spots for lighting on it. Correct me if I'm wrong guys. That's pretty much my situation is that I will be going through brush and mud etc but not a lot of rock climbing.
07-26-2011 01:17 AM
LSU.pilot Without trying to hijack this thread, and while everyone is discussing bumpers, would there be a reason why any bumper would be better or worse for mud riding or basic trail riding (little to no climbing)? I've read almost everywhere that certain bumpers claim to be great for climbing, but I have no clue as to whether any bumper would be better for brush and mud.

...and now that I've reread that, it looks a lot like an offtopic hijack. I'll save it by adding that I like the OP's "Pavement Ends" bumper. Not a huge fan of tubes. My two cents.
07-26-2011 12:42 AM
El Gringo If you are looking for something with a little style to it, I love my Westin Trailblazer bumper:





And I got it for about $215 shipped!

Can't go wrong there.

Also the XHD system seems pretty good because it's modular so you add various pieces as needed/money allow for.
07-25-2011 10:24 PM
WilliamGray Here is a Rugged Ridge XHD bumper. This is just the center section, without any of the other add on stuff.





07-25-2011 04:10 PM
KidRock171 Q tech
07-25-2011 04:05 PM
GOJEEP007
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Originally Posted by KidRock171 View Post
I recommend the bestop high acess. I have it and it looks great has light tabs and is winch ready. Installs directly to the 6 OEM bumper mounts. It's the perfect bumper for functionality. Protects sheet metal drastically increases ground clearance infront of tires.
I like the look of this bumper. Very clean looking. Where did you order it?
07-25-2011 01:10 PM
tysalem
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Originally Posted by GOJEEP007 View Post
Thanks for the link. The removal looks pretty easy and straight forward.
Your welcome.
07-25-2011 01:06 PM
GOJEEP007
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Originally Posted by tysalem View Post
It's fairly easy. a bunch of plastic push screws to take out and the 8 bolts holding the bumper on. Here is a write up that helped me remove mine.
Factory bumper removal
Thanks for the link. The removal looks pretty easy and straight forward.
07-25-2011 01:03 PM
KidRock171 I recommend the bestop high acess. I have it and it looks great has light tabs and is winch ready. Installs directly to the 6 OEM bumper mounts. It's the perfect bumper for functionality. Protects sheet metal drastically increases ground clearance infront of tires.
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