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Unread 01-28-2014, 06:32 PM   #1
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anything better than these bumpers?

Been looking at some bumpers for a while. For the money spent on a pre-built bumper, there just doesn't seem to be better than an ARB delux front winch bumper and a KOR tire carrier "stealth" rear bumper that I've been able to find. Is there really any bumpers better than those? I see costs of ~$1,300 shipped for KOR rear plus ~$1,100 for ARB front shipped. There's a local dealer in ARB parts, I can see if I can get it through him, knock that to around $960. I'll be doing the install so no labor costs there.

Is there anything that's better protection vs dollars spent in a prebuilt package that's a bolt on? I've found a few better but they just about guarantee needing to do modifications before they mount up and I don't have the time or tools for some of them. Keeping in mind I want full coverage to help both in a traffic crash(most likely lower speeds) and to help safeguard my front end from a beam blinded deer and the like. Departure angles are of little concern right now, I'm mainly focused on high levels of protection and long term worth.

Also, with those bumpers, I'm assuming I'll have .5-1" drop in front and around the same to the rear(without spare tire, gas can, etc mounted), correct? That seems to be the avg drop people see on similarly weighted bumpers. I also plan on getting some skids to mount up under the zj alongside these, probably starting with the gas tank. Is there any interference or limits as to what will fit when combined with these or are they all cross compatible for the most part? I hear it's best to mount the skid plate on the gas tank while doing the bumper as they mount together as one basically, right?

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Unread 01-28-2014, 06:58 PM   #2
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The ARB is a very strong well built beast and it's guaranteed to fit. Nice powder coating on it too. You will not be disappointed in it. Only negative is that is hangs down a little more than other bumpers.
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Unread 01-28-2014, 07:05 PM   #3
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I was debating getting some rhino liner and coat the whole thing thick in that. I knew a guy with a modified f250 super duty with the 7.4L(?) diesel, used for a lot of farm work and construction like hauling. That rhino liner was absolutely indestructible, even with hauling heavy tractor components, having dozens of pounds of hot brass landing everywhere on the range days, etc. so I figure that should make it just that extra bit more indestructible. Definitely better than the powder coating would, that's certain. meh.. wandering mind..

Think there's much better out there that's bolt on and doesn't cost leaps and bounds more than the ARB? I'm pretty stuck on that combo so far but am always willing to listen to those wiser than I.
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Unread 01-28-2014, 07:14 PM   #4
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Rhino liner looks like a burnt turd, the powder coating is very durable and thick on that bumper. Hot brass isn't even an issue. Hansen, KOR, Trail Ready, Protofab, ARB, JCR( have a shop weld it up) are all great choices. I probably left out a few.
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Hansen was a good close second place choice for me, I just couldn't like the styling of their bumpers as much over the ARB. I looked pretty hard at the rest of those as well as others, except the JCR. Good choices
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Unread 01-28-2014, 07:35 PM   #6
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Can't post pics right now, but look at Rockhard for the rear. ARB stands up to all sorts of nonsense without messing with the coating.

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Unread 01-28-2014, 08:06 PM   #8
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ok, gotcha. ARB = fine as is.
That rockhard looks about the same as the KOR but a few extra features for a few Jacksons and a Grant cheaper. Does it tend to squeak or rattle much for the tire carrier version? The TJ version looks solid but I can't find any reviews on zj's
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Unread 01-28-2014, 08:16 PM   #9
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huh, sweet. ARB is finally producing a bumper i can put on my truck =D
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Totally agree. Kevin's is on sale right now. Can't beat that.
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Unfortunately I won't have anywhere near the money for them soon but I want to be sure the money will be well invested when I do have it. Living payday to payday makes owning a jeep a huge challenge but it will be done. Besides, the safety of my family trumps everything else. Thanks for the input everyone!

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why in the heck are jz bumpers so $$$$ and why a limited amount of manufactures
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