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Old 05-12-2017, 04:35 PM
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Rough Country Hybrid Stubby front Bumper 1062 on the way...

Long front bumper search has just culminated in this choice. Now, I know there are probably more front bumper choices for Wranglers than any other accessory so I'm not trying to do anything here but start a thread with info for any future searches considering this bumper.

My criteria:

1) light weight -- under 60 pounds
2) stubby -- I hate working around the bumper ends to disconnect my end-links
3) will mount a Zeon -- 24.25" wide, so many of the recessed or slightly recessed options don't work.
4) recessed -- not imperative, but a nice feature if possible
5) accommodation for OEM fogs -- I own 'em, I paid for 'em, I'd like to keep 'em
6) tabs for my 6" KC side-of-road lights
7) prefer no bull or stinger, but as long as weigh goal is reached I'd consider one with this
8) Cheapish -- under 600 clams

The Hybrid Stubby hits on all the cylinders:
1) under 40 pounds
2) stubby, with removeable end caps to house the lights. Even with the endcaps installed it's just barely wider than the grill
3) RC confirmed it will mount a Zeon, and my visuals of photos verify this
4) Nicely recessed. This was very hard to find in any bumper that also makes provision for retaining the factory fogs.
5) Yup, fogs fit right in.
6) No tabs for KCs, but with lots of flat real estate on top of the bumper I'll just drill holes and mount them up there.
7) No bull or stinger. Neither is even offered, but I read about people buying the RC stinger or bull that fits their Modular series, drilling the top of the bumper and just bolting it on.
8) Ultra Cheap. $189 with the no-foglight end caps. $229 with foglight endcaps. $80 more for bolt-on bow-shackle mounts for either model. So $309 for my order. Except I also paid them 12 bucks for a brake booster relo bracket. I also ordered an amazon foglight extension harness for 20 bucks rather than splice them myself. So all in, $341, delivered and taxed.

Here's my current set-up: (OEM bumper, VDP endcaps, Maximus3 winch plate)



Here's a picture of the RC Hybrid. I'm planning to paint it Anvil, so it will be a few days before I get it painted and installed. Because of the weight, installation is said to be a one-man job.





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Other than meeting my 8 criteria, I liked this one because it doesn't visually take the Jeep in a different direction than I want to go. I'm building a sort of tribute/reimagining of a WWII-era US Navy Jeep, much like FCA has done in recent years with army Jeeps in green or one of the desert tans. Ultimately the bumpers, grill, wheels and fenders will be Anvil, along with my Elements half-doors. I ordered a quart of paint (that's stuff's expensive!!!) and hopefully it will be enough.

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Nice bumper.

How many front license plates do you have? Didn't I see a WY plate in another pic of your rig?

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Nice bumper.

How many front license plates do you have? Didn't I see a WY plate in another pic of your rig?

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LOL, I mix it up between a 2006 (iirc) Utah, a 1968 Wyoming, and a 1968 Colorado. Utah didn't get good looking until the Centennial plate with Delicate Arch on it (1996?).
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Did we ever get this installed? Interested in it myself. Also curious how the paint job on it turned out.
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Hi Mct,

It arrived early this past week. We had heavy rain till Wednesday, and even though I will be painting them in a small shed, I don't like to spray with all that humidity. Plus, I'm planning to spray the steel fenders on the Jeep, and I'd like to do it all at the same time, and I'll just do that in the driveway.

Bottom line: I'm back at the beach for about 10 days so this will be a June project. Spray 5 new wheels, both bumpers, 4 fenders, Elements half-doors and mirrors. After those items get primer, paint, clearcoat, then dry sufficiently, I'll get the new KO2s mounted on the wheels and I'll mount the bumper. So it will be awhile. I'm infamously lazy...

And by the way, I just skimmed back over my first photo and realized I posted the photo I took when I was comparing my trail tires to my street tires. So the right side of the photo (driver's side) is on a tire that measures 35.5" as it sits, and the left side is a tire that measures just a hair over 33". That's why the Jeep looks a bit askance.
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Can't wait to see how it turns out.

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