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Old 12-05-2010, 09:23 PM
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aev vs. arb vs. xhd. bumper decisions


Thinking of putting a new bumper on blue and am torn, please keep in mind that blue is my daily driver.

Aev, love the look and the fact i can run a winch with aux lighting.

Arb, like the look, but does not have tow points.

Xhd, like that i can buy it in parts and pieces and the options, does not have crush cans for slow speed inpact.

I would love to hear thoughts and/or see pics of your bumpers. Were any difficult to install or did you have to put stiffer springs due to weight?

Thanks for all the help and advise!


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Old 12-05-2010, 09:35 PM   #2
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Here is my jeep with a Lod bumper

I would definately get a bumper with tow points whatever you choose.

I like the look of the AFN too

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Old 12-05-2010, 09:39 PM   #3
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I think that the AEV is the best looking any offers solid functionality. I will be adding the premium bumper to my 2010 rubi after the holidays.
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Just had the XHD installed Friday. I also like that I can add to it later or change the look just with a tube add-on or end cap. Your other choices are great too. I was actually surprised at how stout this bumper is. The pictures didn't do it justice. Only wish the hoop was a tad taller. If I had thought about it I wish I had the factory hooks mounted behind the d-rings.

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Old 12-06-2010, 12:19 AM   #5
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I love my XHD bumper. The added weight on the front makes my Jeep drive better too with the lift.

4" Superlift, 35" Nitto Tera Grapplers, 18" Moto Metal wheel's, front XHD Rugged Ridge bumper, 10000 lb SuperWinch, rear XHD Rugged Ridge bumper with tire carrier, ACE rock rails.
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