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I have been looking at bumpers for my Rubicon. I made myself a master list and figured that the info I collected could help others. I know that I don't have every single front bumper offered for the JK (2012 in my case), so if you guys want to contribute to this thread I think it could be a really useful research tool. The parameters I entered for each one were important points for me, but feel free to add additional info, especially in the areas that I could not get, like the weight or modification needs in some cases. Also, the pricing are rough numbers. I'm sure in some cases that a lower price can be had, I was just doing general searches and the majority of the time was using the prices from a handful of companies. Enjoy.

Full Width

AEV Premium
• Construction: 3/16” steel substructure, 1/8” steel outer shell, 3” tube, polyethylene (crush can covers), Stamped perforated stainless steel
• Weight: 116lbs
• Finish: Textured black powder coat
• Frame Modification: Air Pump relocation and bracket cutting
• Airbag Approved
• Price: $1199



AEV Premium Tubeless
• Construction: 3/16” steel substructure, 1/8” steel outer shell, polyethylene (crush can covers), Stamped perforated stainless steel
• Weight:109lbs
• Finish: Textured black powder coat
• Frame Modification: Air Pump relocation and bracket cutting
• Airbag Approved
• Price: $1099



ARB Rockbar
• Construction:
• Weight:
• Finish: black powder coat
• Frame Modification: Bracket cutting if installing winch
• Price: $697



ARB Deluxe Bar
• Construction:
• Weight:
• Finish: black powder coat
• Frame Modification: Cutting of crush cans, Bracket cutting if installing winch, fog light wiring modification
• Airbag Approved
• Price: $912



Aries
• Construction: 3/16" Steel
• Weight: 110lbs
• Finish: black powder coat
• Frame Modification: Air Pump relocation
• Price: $595



Bestop highrock 4x4
• Construction:
• Weight:
• Finish: black
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $599



Expedition one Trail Series Front Bumper
• Construction: 1" steel, 0.12 inch wall tubing
• Weight: 105lbs
• Finish: Option
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $1,029 (no coat) $1109 (black powder coat)



FabFours Lifestyle
• Construction: 3/16" steel
• Weight: 115lbs
• Finish: black powder coat
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $1,330



Hanson Full Size FenderBar
• Construction: 3/16” steel, winch bar is constructed of 1 ¾” diameter x .120 wall tubing, fender bars are constructed of 1 5/8” x .120 wall tubing
• Weight:
• Finish: powder coated black
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $899



Hanson Euro Spec Full Width
• Construction: 3/16" steel
• Weight:
• Finish: powder coat black
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $899



MetalCloak
• Construction: 3/16” steel
• Weight:
• Finish: satin black powder coat
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $309(base) $299 (70" flare caps 3/16" steel) $129 (winch guard)



Rugged Ridge Modular XHD
• Construction:
• Weight:
• Finish: Textured Black or Stainless Steel
• Frame Modification:
• Price: BASE $399 (non winch) $409 (winch) $929 (SS non winch); HOOP $59 (black hoop) $129 (SS hoop) $209 (stinger) $389 (pre-runner Guard); END CAP $179 (black) $259 (Storage) $159 (Tubular) $369 (SS end) $289 (SS Tubular)
 

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ACE JK Mid Width (Bully Bar)
• Construction: 1/4" Steel
• Weight: 136lbs
• Finish: textured black powder coat
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $475 (lifetime warranty)



Hanson Medium Basic
• Construction: 3/16” steel
• Weight:
• Finish: black semi-gloss powder coat
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $669



Hanson Medium WinchGuard
• Construction: 3/16” steel, winch bar is constructed of 1 ¾” diameter x .120 wall tubing
• Weight:
• Finish: black semi-gloss powder coat
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $769



Hanson Medium Fenderbar
• Construction: 3/16” steel, winch bar is constructed of 1 ¾” diameter x .120 wall tubing, fender bars are constructed of 1 5/8” x .120 wall tubing
• Weight:
• Finish: black semi-gloss powder coat.
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $869



MetalCloak
• Construction: 3/16” steel
• Weight:
• Finish: satin black powder coat
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $309(base) $199 (60" Light Cap 3/16" steel) $129 (winch guard)



M.O.R.E with tube
• Construction: 3/16" steel
• Weight: 113lb
• Finish: NONE
• Frame Modification: air pump relocation and bracket grinding
• Price: $784



Poison Spyder Brawler Lite
• Construction: 3/16" Steel, optional bar NC bent 1 3/4" .120" Tubing
• Weight: 73.6 lbs, Skid Plate 29.6lbs, fairlead mount 4.2lbs; Total = 107.4 lbs
• Finish: NONE
• Frame Modification: recommend Skid plate ($209) to cover exposed crush can plates and sway bar disconnect
• Price: $479



Teraflex RockGuard epic
• Construction: 3/16" Steel
• Weight: 100lbs
• Finish: black
• Frame Modification: Airpump relocation bracket needed, no frame cutting, extend fog light wiring
• Price: $921
 

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Stubby

ACE JK Stubby (Bully Bar)
• Construction: 1/4" Steel
• Weight: 103lbs
• Finish: textured black powder coat
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $435 (lifetime warranty)



Bestop Highrock Narrow
• Construction:
• Weight:
• Finish: black
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $249



Expedition One Basic DX Bumper
• Construction: 1/2 inch steel
• Weight: 24lbs
• Finish: Optional
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $239 (no coat) $269 (black powedercoat)



FabFours Stubby
• Construction: 3/16" steel
• Weight: 65lbs
• Finish: black powder coat
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $630



Hanson Stubby Basic
• Construction: 3/16” steel
• Weight:
• Finish: black semi-gloss powder coat
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $669



Hanson Stubby Winchguard
• Construction: 3/16” steel, winch bar is constructed of 1 ¾” diameter x .120 wall tubing
• Weight:
• Finish: black semi-gloss powder coat
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $769



Hanson Stubby Stinger
• Construction: 3/16” steel, 2" stinger
• Weight:
• Finish: black semi-gloss powder coat
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $789



Kilby Trail Boss Stubby
• Construction: 3/16” steel
• Weight: 45lbs
• Finish: black texture powder coat
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $309 (Base)



MetalCloak
• Construction: 3/16” steel
• Weight:
• Finish: satin black powder coat
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $309 (base) $135 (38" stubby caps) $129 (winch guard)



Olympic Rescue Stubby
• Construction: 1/4" steel
• Weight: 30lbs
• Finish: High gloss black or textured black
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $356



PureJeep Stubby Basic
• Construction: 3/16” steel
• Weight: 77lbs
• Finish: semi-gloss black powder coat
• Frame Modification: none
• Price: $489



PureJeep Stubby Crawler
• Construction: 3/16” steel
• Weight: 97lbs
• Finish: semi-gloss black powder coat
• Frame Modification: none
• Price: $549



PureJeep Grill-Guard
• Construction: 3/16” steel, 2" x .120" wall tube guard
• Weight: 107lbs
• Finish: semi-gloss black powder coat
• Frame Modification: none
• Price: $669



Rugged Ridge Modular XHD
• Construction:
• Weight:
• Finish: Textured Black or Stainless Steel
• Frame Modification:
• Price: BASE $399 (non winch) $409 (winch) $929 (SS non winch); HOOP $59 (black hoop) $129 (SS hoop) $209 (stinger) $389 (pre-runner Guard); END CAP $179 (black) $259 (Storage) $159 (Tubular) $369 (SS end) $289 (SS Tubular)



ShrockWorks Stubby
• Construction: 3/16" plate steel bumper & skid plate, 2" x .120" high strength tubing
• Weight: Skid Plate 27lbs, Bumper 44lbs
• Finish: Optional (semi gloss $65, texture black $75, anthracite metallic $120 pictured)
• Frame Modification:
• Price: $597
 

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I am not a fan of full width bumpers, especially AEV. On your list, hands down the Poison Spyder Brawler Lite, i would opt for the hoop or stinger though. In the full width category I would choose Expedition One or Hanson. For Mid width probably Hanson again.

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Thanks for the contribution Mike.
 

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i'm working on that one ;)
 

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Thank you everyone, I'm glad it proved to helpful. For the guys posting bumpers, I know its hard, but if you could please post more details other then just price. Weight is a big concern for some and wether or not any frame modifications are needed, etc.
 

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not to rag, because it is fun to see all the pictures, but i don't know how "worth it" a thread like this is. if anything, its better to start a bumper review thread. there are almost a hundred different manufacturers for the JK, and they all make at least 5-10 different front bumpers. alot of them look the same (even in this thread with such a tiny list). Folks looking for a bumper should really just pick a style, pick the features they want, and pick a price point, and then sort the 20-30 bumper options from there. and the thing that will help sorting easier? reviews!
 

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Thank you everyone, I'm glad it proved to helpful. For the guys posting bumpers, I know its hard, but if you could please post more details other then just price. Weight is a big concern for some and wether or not any frame modifications are needed, etc.
I do know the weight on the highrock 4x4, which is what I have is about 72 lbs with grill gaurd and d-rings also no need to relocate the pump for install ...the RSE I posted there was no weight posted on mnfr site..sorry
 

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not to rag, because it is fun to see all the pictures, but i don't know how "worth it" a thread like this is. if anything, its better to start a bumper review thread. there are almost a hundred different manufacturers for the JK, and they all make at least 5-10 different front bumpers. alot of them look the same (even in this thread with such a tiny list). Folks looking for a bumper should really just pick a style, pick the features they want, and pick a price point, and then sort the 20-30 bumper options from there. and the thing that will help sorting easier? reviews!
I don't know. What do you say about a bumper in a review?
This?:

"It looks like the one in my pics and the pics on the manufacturer's website. It hasn't rusted yet, but it's less than two years' old. (So check back with me in a couple more years). It has NOT fallen off. When I banged it into a rock, it scratched the powder-coating a bit."

Not sure how helpful that's going to be.
 

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I don't know. What do you say about a bumper in a review?
This?:

"It looks like the one in my pics and the pics on the manufacturer's website. It hasn't rusted yet, but it's less than two years' old. (So check back with me in a couple more years). It has NOT fallen off. When I banged it into a rock, it scratched the powder-coating a bit."

Not sure how helpful that's going to be.
I dunno, I think even that would be helpful. Other useful review information would be weight, how well it was packages and shipped, if it came with instructions and if so how good they were, how difficult of an install it was, what if any advertised features it didnt come with (d rings, hardware, license plate brackets, fog lights ect). Plus pictures of it actually installed. I mean, alot of the bumpers out there look the same, you might as well get some of the details on each to figure out what separates them.
 
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