I actually like the first 3 images.. and dislike the Euro style swoop designed end caps.. thou many of the Euro Jeep do have a current swoop type of design.. I've attempted to create what I call sling guards.. basically a forward mud guard which keeps the bumper clean or cleaner than if left open.. the one draw back i found what they the jeep had an extreme nose dive based on the aerodynamics or obstruction of air flow around those areas.. Thus the project was canceled and I'll just have to scrub harder when removing those mud stains from the end caps. about the only thing I'll give credit on the Euro design is that they have incorporated the fog light at the end cap location.. slimline and semi hidden.. add the Sahara center fogs and I'd be very interested.
I do agree that the bumpers are sort of an after thought..and should have or could have been replaced with an alternative. Can't the JK bumpers be altered or even stubbed?.. The current Jk on the TJ seem to be sticking out and I doubt the owner would cut to make stubs.. thou if the wings could be altered or shaved to fit the body.. this out suit the TJ styling better.
I am not sure if you can modify the JK bumpers like you can the TJ bumpers. The JK bumpers have that horrible rough plastic outer skin on the extension from the center section. Modifing them would take some serious thought to have a completed bumper that didnt look like a preschool hack job.
I may be wrong there, but I still think for the cost of buying (if the owner did) the JK setups, that person could have purchased a off-breed set of aftermarkets that would have fit the form and lines of the TJ much better.
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JK bumpers are ugly... not that TJ bumpers are much better, but at least they are steel and don't look like a Rubbermaid container. Id run a TJ with no bumpers before I was seen driving the one in the pic
There's a large portion of society that feels insecure if they don't have the latest and greatest. There was a TJ on the local Craigslist that went even further. Not only did they put JK bumpers and wheels on, but they also incorporated the ridiculous fender flares and painted it a JK only color. That's not taste, it's insecurity.
I think every other Wrangler and CJ bumper looked great. Simple and unobtrusive.