Originally Posted by ahhdrjones
Basically This is what I am trying to achieve. If anyone can guess where this truck is from you get bonus points. I understand the stock bumper is not the strongest thing in the world so I may have to go with a bumper/grille guard combo if I cant find this.
Just keep your eyes peeled on CL for a Warn Trans4mer brush/grille guard. If you keep looking, you'll eventually find a "deal".
This is my XJ work-in-progress with my VERY recent just-last-week CL Trans4mer "find" ($100: score!
), and it appears to be the one in the picture that you're wanting, too:
And here's a link to a factory pix of it:
I got it because I wanted a cheap, simple
way to add a winch to the front (and it took about 10 months of searching: I'm a patient guy, and definitely have to work from a very
thin budget). I simply couldn't afford a decent bumper, even on CL (yeah, I looked).
One thing to keep in mind about the Trans4mer's is that the parts are interchangable by Warn part number. For example, the winch carrier (which I don't have yet), is Warn part number 29394 ...that part is the same for almost all the 32 inch wide Trans4mer's. So if you're looking on Craigslist, and come across a super deal on CL on say a Chevy pickup version of the Trans4mer, you might want to pick it up for the swappable parts.
As far as looks go, I think none of the others I've seen for XJ's look as good. It uses substantial steel, and it beefed up the front frame probably about what the factory "hidden winch"
would have (similar parts, similar engineering).
It's Warn. It ain't junk.
...as for the winch: I don't really wheel (mostly fishing, camping and FS roads), but for me the winch is cheap insurance in snow country.
Oh. And about mounting the Trans4mer: if you get one, follow up about it. - There's a trick to aligning the mounting plates, that I can probably help out with to make the installation go a lot
FOLLOWUP: You know, I finally enlarged the picture of the one the OP posted, and it seems to mount TO the middle of the bumper, and the [headlight] brush guards don't appear to extend to below the front turn signals. So it's not a Warn Trans4mer after all. My bad (should have been paying more attention to the details). That said, the Warn should be on your list if you can find one cheap enough, and you're going this route. Plus with the Warn you get the option of adding a very well-engineered winch mount (especially in the XJ's case) at some point, if you wish, too. Or a front hitch. The biggest downside (to almost any bolt-on brush guard) is the awful approach angle penalty of the design if you off-road a bunches (I don't so I don't much care about this, but I like the "insurance" a winch gives to my peace-of-mind). Well, hanging that weight out there is problematical too (I've pretty much decided to go with a set of ZJ coils
to offset that, but still).