|04-16-2012 06:02 AM|
|04-15-2012 11:05 PM|
My neighbor is selling a brand new Smitty XRC8 for 300 bones. 100ft synthetic, alluminum polished fairlead, remote, cover, to winchplates. He has a TJ so the plates might not work. I'll take bumper off tomorrow & see if it fits. I learned that these are made in China, that sux.
Would you guys get it? Any bad experiences with these Smitty's?
|04-12-2012 09:10 PM|
|farmcapt05||If you are going with a stubby bumper I believe the only time approach angle is going to be a problem is if you are going head on into a wall.|
|04-12-2012 08:47 PM|
I don't think it matters too much, the non-recessed bumpers I think are higher so you have a better angles in the front for off-roading. The bumper I just bought is an on top mount
|04-12-2012 08:45 PM|
|Marce1||Which one would be more practical to have? I'm assuming the recessed one? So I should go with the dagger?|
|04-12-2012 08:42 PM|
|04-12-2012 08:31 PM|
|04-12-2012 04:55 PM|
Well to me if it is your vehicle and your money then you should be able to do what you want. I am married, with a child and my wife doesn’t have any say in what I do with my Jeep, she doesn’t attempt to either. She knows it’s my toy. Other things in regards to our family, of course, it is compromise and mutual decisions. But it is your life and no knock on you, just different ways of thinking.
As for the bumper, I like both the JCR’s you posted. One is recessed winch mount and the other top mount. The dagger has a better approach angle due to its slimmer design, contributed by the top mount winch, but it is strictly personal preference at that point. My Rugged Ridge XHD is wider too since the winch is recessed.
You can find a powder coater and have it powder coated but If it were me I would use Rustoleum truck bed coating/liner in the spray can.
|04-12-2012 02:20 PM|
As for the bumper, I think I'm gonna go with the Crusader instead. The dagger is really nice but the crusader looks like a more bad@ss version of it. Now all I need to find is a way to get it coated (either black, or something similar). Would the whole spraypainting thing work on it? I don't remember the name, but many use it.
|04-12-2012 01:57 PM|
JCR is one of the newer WF vendors. PM them and see if they can do anything for you in regard to shipping...
I'm with Dan. The JCR dagger rocks.
|04-12-2012 01:47 PM|
IMO of the above JCR Dagger hands down. As far as your GF not "approving" of a stinger, grow a pair and get one if that's what you want. Unless of course it is both your vehicle, and you only have the one.
|04-12-2012 12:17 PM|
JCR CRUSADER $511
JCR DAGGER $470
SMITTYBILT XRC $510
|04-12-2012 12:13 PM|
After lots and lots of research, I finally found a thread I deemed worthy of noting. It's quite a shame that it is not located on our forum, but nevertheless proved to be very useful:
The thread is located HERE (jkfreaks)
Anyhow, I've narrowed my choices down to 3 options:
1- JCR Dagger Front Prerunner $470
2- JCR Crusader Front Prerunner $511
3- Smittybilt XRC $510
(I don't believe any of them include shipping, so that's an extra Benjamin towards each)
I can't decide between the 3 of them, but am leaning more towards the Crusader. I will post pictures of the 3 bumpers in a second.
|04-12-2012 09:13 AM|
I have the JCR Dagger Pre-Runner bumper and the Smittybuilt X20 Comp 10k. Can't really give too much feedback right now as they are both sitting in the garage waiting to be installed. Too bad I am out of town this week, so they have to wait.
One thing that I like about the JCR's is that they come bare metal. Gives you the freedom to either paint it, bed line, or powder coat it. I have a friend of a friend that does powder coating, so the choice for me was easy.
As far as the winch; I wanted something with synthetic line and something that could get dunked in water. Living in the PNW, we have a lot of water around. First time out with my Jeep, I went through a lot of water bumper deep, so I don't want to have to worry about it. I believe the manual said it was rated at IP68; 8 meaning it can be submerged underwater and still run.
I hope to get this installed next week when I am back home from work.
Next I want the JCR Rear Bumper and Tire Carrier; though that's gonna have to wait for my wallet to catch up.
|04-12-2012 08:53 AM|
So I found 2 at JCR, both of which meet my expectations, and therefore look tremendously similar:
1- The Crusader Series (I think my favorite)
2- The Dagger Series
Would anyone have any comments on these two? That includes likes/dislikes, advice, defects, preference in looks, and all kinds of ideas and thoughts.
Also, if anyone knows anything about getting them for cheaper, please let me know Cost is always an issue... I'm not sitting on a fountain of gold here
|04-12-2012 01:55 AM|
|JKralph||ha and I just now noticed the picture I posted of the JCR bumper features a winch with what appears to be steel cable, but with a hawse fairlead. Wonder who set that picture up...|
|04-12-2012 01:47 AM|
JCR makes some nice front bumpers, too (pic below)
I went with RR XHD (I also went with WARN, but I got a ridiculously good deal on it)
|04-12-2012 12:49 AM|
Ok, so I think I'm gonna go with the cheap American smittybilt XRC8
Now for a nice bumper. Anyone wanna share some info?
ACE JK Stubby bumper is nice
I've also heard the following are nice:
ShrockWorks Mid Width
Rugged Ridge Modular HD
Anyone got pictures/links to any of them and maybe a price?
|04-11-2012 09:56 PM|
|04-11-2012 09:19 PM|
|04-11-2012 08:21 PM|
|RedBones||How much do you off road?? I go maybe eight to ten times a year, for me to drop a lot of money on something that I might use once or twice a year is something I can't justify for myself.|
|04-11-2012 06:52 PM|
|04-11-2012 06:50 PM|
I'm new as well, just ordered mine today
I got a HighRock bumper for 400$
I spend 730$ on the winch though, but you can go slightly cheaper, I got a Warn VR1000 with synthetic cable, you can get a VR10000 with metal cable for 600 or less (plus 50$ rebate)
|04-11-2012 06:49 PM|
|Marce1||ACE's stubby bumpers, I don't mind it|
|04-11-2012 06:46 PM|
|snikt||400$ bumper and 600$ winch|
|04-11-2012 06:40 PM|
|04-11-2012 06:38 PM|
My budget for a winch is about 1k.
I have two options: either I go with factory bumper, and a nice $5-600 winch, and have some cash leftover for something new, or I buy a nice and fresh little stubby bumper along with the winch for $4-500 and have nothing left over for other mods.
I agree with 3JKs1H1, chinese product scares me. For $300, I'm a little skeptic, but nevertheless leaning towards it for the cheap price.
For about $4-600, what winches would you suggest? I'm thinking 8k-9k max, and the whole synthetic thing isn't impressing me much... In my eyes, it's a waste considering steel is more durable and cheaper to replace. Safety-wise, I can keep my distance and put a dampening cloth.
Smittybilt XRC8 a good idea? Also very cheap ($300)
On another note, would anyone suggest (either from personal experience, or second hand experience) a specific bumper? My gf doesn't approve of a stinger, so I'm stuck with a stubby bumper. I have a white Sahara '12.
I'm looking for everyone's 2 cents! they pile up to make terrific ideas
|04-11-2012 06:03 PM|
I would go with Smittybilt XRC-8 or 10 with the syn winch line.
I do not off road a lot so can't justify spending the money on a Warn or Ramsey.
Just my 02.
|04-11-2012 04:59 PM|
Although, I can see why YOU run Warns and Ramsey, cause you have had the bargain brands crap out on you. It is a slippery slope.
|04-11-2012 04:53 PM|
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