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elclipo 03-15-2013 05:35 AM

Tube or stock bumberps
I have a set of chrome smittybuilt bumpers installed by the PO. I found a set of stock ones on CL for $20 a piece and am wondering if they would be a better choice.

Does anyone have a picture of how they mount on the frame?

And, are they strong enough to build on top of them? Nothing big, but I would like to take a shot at putting shackles on them.


Wattapunk 03-15-2013 06:06 AM

both are weak bumpers that won't absorb much impact. Unless you plan on installing the shackles on the Jeep frame, it will be useless to have them anywhere on either 2 bumpers. Save and go aftermarket that will have the D-rings mounts.

Rubicondon53 03-15-2013 07:02 AM

I've been running stock bumpers forever.. Seeing no sense having a battering ram up front or out back ,,, if ya like the d ring look, I'm sure someone makes a set that bolts up to the frame, using a stock bumper.. Get that smittybilt off ASAP, stop embarrassing yourself.. ;). Just kidding!!

03Ruth 03-15-2013 08:28 AM

X2 on the stock bumpers. I cut my front bumper at an angle added a grille guard and left the back bumper alone. And instead of adding a swing away tire carrier/bumper I put on a bestop tire carrier. I just can't see adding all that weight and spending the extra cash unless you drop on rocks or are just going for a certain look. Just my .02

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