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View Poll Results: Which bumper?
Rigidco winch bumper 25 58.14%
C4x4 winch bumper with tapered ends 18 41.86%
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Unread 02-23-2008, 11:46 PM   #1
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Rigidco winch bumper or C4x4 Tapered winch bumper?

I need some outside opinons on this, I have searched this topic waaay to much and I think I'm starting to lean more towards the rigidco bumper.

The rigidco looks like it has had some changes when comparing it to some older rigidco styles...
http://www.rigidco.com/web3_FbW_left...c_P6230018.JPG

Heres the rigidco...
http://www.rigidco.com/FbW.htm

Heres the C4x4 tapered...
http://www.custom4x4fabrication.com/photos_xjfront.htm

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Unread 02-24-2008, 12:29 AM   #2
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Andrew, Im pretty sure they changed the rigidco design....

I think the new rigid winch bumpers look more like this http://naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=934866



I was debating between those two bumpers too, but I kinda like how the C4x4 one hangs a little lower. For as much around town driving as I do, I know something with a little more 'accident' prevention is the better way to go.

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Unread 02-24-2008, 12:40 AM   #3
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I would have to agree with Chris. I like the C4x4 better. I like the way it fits, looks a little more flush, everything looks clean. Which is what I like. But its your jeep, you gotta go with what your feeling. Good Luck choosing.
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Unread 02-24-2008, 06:39 AM   #4
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I have the c4x4 I like it, it was very easy to install and was well packaged. It was designed to fit the pre 97 flares better, but the rigidco looks the same. The just don't come back far enough to look right, but if you have 33-35 tires you have to have that area cut out anyway. My 32's at full flex are close. I also don't like the two piece bumper and winch holder of that design, uses way thinner metal than the c4x4 and I like the lead holder better on the C4x4. Mine is all in one and didn't move an mm when winching last weekend.



I also have the rear bumper that I personally think is the best out there that looks correct, because of the extra side pieces. If they built a class 3 hitch in it it would be perfect. But I guess if you are willing to cut off the lower panels the rear bumper on the Black XJ would be my second favorite.

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Unread 02-24-2008, 06:54 AM   #5
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Unread 02-24-2008, 07:05 AM   #6
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Rigidco by Faaaaar, it mounts in 19 places and it just looks better, its more slimline and has some contour to it, not just some fat blocky cheap bumper:



Bulkhead mounted up:









I had ordered a rear one, but then I got sick and had to cancel.
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Unread 02-24-2008, 07:14 AM   #7
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Andrew, Im pretty sure they changed the rigidco design....

I think the new rigid winch bumpers look more like this http://naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=934866
Yes, thats how they rear bumper looks, so sexay
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Unread 02-24-2008, 08:51 AM   #8
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I hate making these decisions

I like the rigidco because...
-D-ring Tabs are in the bumper and don't hang low
-Mounting system is amazing!
-Looks higher clearance(I don't want to be dragging it on every rock on the tail)

but

I like the c4x4 because
-It hides the winch inside the bumper
-It has more coverage...I don't know if that rigidco would be legal in PA.



I'm still leaning more towards the rigidco. That mounting system has pretty much has me.

Does anyone know for sure what the newest style of the rigidco looks like?
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Unread 02-24-2008, 08:57 AM   #9
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I've got the most recent iteration of the rigidco FWB2 sitting on the basement floor. I'll snap a pic later.

I voted for the rigidco BTW. It looks and mounts better. What more do you want?

edit: BIGNUTT's pics look to be the most recent design, obviously a bit more shallow than the winch bumper. Mine has the bolt on brush guard as well.
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Unread 02-24-2008, 08:59 AM   #10
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I've got the most recent iteration of the rigidco FWB2 sitting on the basement floor. I'll snap a pic later.

I voted for the rigidco BTW. It looks and mounts better. What more do you want?
Thanks, that would be cool
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Unread 02-24-2008, 09:18 AM   #11
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I would go RigidCo. You will not find a better built bumper system. Here is a link to pictures of all of Terry's products:

http://flickr.com/photos/rigid/sets/
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Unread 02-24-2008, 09:42 AM   #12
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Pardon the toys.




I'm not too excited about the approach angle it kills. Especially since I won't be running 37" tires. Referring to the 'fore mentioned UNCC civilengineer build: http://naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=934866 Definitely a nice setup.

question, for those that have this bumper. Did it come with the plate covering the "cable hole"? The hole isn't perfectly straight, so it may be a little aesthetic addition until I put a fairlead on. That little observation is the worst of my complaints.

The little bit of surface rust is my fault. It's been too cold to paint outside and my wife won't let me por-15 indoors any more. Something about fumes and kids or something... I wasn't listening.
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Unread 02-24-2008, 09:45 AM   #13
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The Rigidco bumpers are quality. Well made, STRONG, have great mounting systems, etc.

I run one on my XJ and when I totaled it, the bumper only came out with powder coating scraped off. This is after the front end more or less got torn off of the bottom of the Jeep. I'd recommend the bumper to anyone. I play a lot in the rocks as well and never have had a problem, even when doing hard winch pulls.

Rigidco makes quality stuff I have no experience with C4x4 however. In my honest opinion, the Rigidco is a lot more eye pleasing when compared to the c4x4
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Another vote for RigidCo
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Unread 02-24-2008, 10:07 AM   #15
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If I were to go with no winch then I would go rigidco nothing looks better, but if you were to go winch go with c4x4, that plate system looks like the harbor freight winch plate. The rigidco plate that has all the extra mounting bolts only attaches to the core support that is 20 gauge steel so it is not adding any strength. The c4x4 becomes a single strong system with heavier metal and internal gussets.
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