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Unread 05-27-2014, 03:26 PM   #1
i6zombiejeep
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My Bumpers Keep Falling Off

So every time I go off road and into some brush or onto some rocks or into a snow bank, my bumpers will find a way to fall off, crack, or bend. They are being held on by way of zip ties now and I think it is time I invest in some metal.
What is the best cheap aftermarket bumper I can get for my Jeep? I don't have the greatest fabrication tools or skills and would like to be able to bolt something solid on.

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Unread 05-27-2014, 10:28 PM   #2
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i paid 820$ for mine, custom built how i wanted it . everywhere i looked i could find nothing similar that cost
$200-$700 more
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Unread 05-28-2014, 10:05 AM   #3
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That thing is massive and hangs down really low. It looks like it should be on a Ford F250 diesel.

Something that is more low profile and has a good approach angle would be better off road. Here are a couple custom builds.

This one is really nice.
http://www.jeepsunlimited.com/forums...tion-Five-nine

http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthread.php?t=257971

Go into google pics and search for ZJ custom bumpers. There are plenty of ideas.
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Unread 05-28-2014, 10:18 AM   #4
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cheapest?...just remove the plastic fascia and run it

next cheapest...remove all the plastic 'bolts' and reattach it with real nuts and bolts. Then it will just crack
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Unread 05-28-2014, 10:25 AM   #5
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Take the bumper cover off like HL said and paint it black. Looks fine and plenty of clearance lol. Here's my old one.
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Unread 05-28-2014, 03:57 PM   #6
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^ my zj looked like that for six months after hitting a bridge due to snow. Wish i had gone with a steel bumper instead of replacing everything to factory, lesson learned... for next time
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