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post #1 of 5 Old 07-06-2009, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Xj brush guard or bumper with hoop

I just got my first car and its a 2000 XJ and i already love it! I already want to beef it up and want to start looking for a brush guard but i've read in a forum that a bumper with a hoop of some sort would be better. Is that true? Also either way what are some good names or types. I don't really know anything about either so it would be great if someone could point me in the right direction. Thanks for the help guys!

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-06-2009, 08:30 PM
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Brushguards are more or less useless. I'd go with an aftermarket bumper with recovery points.

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-07-2009, 02:05 PM
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brushgaurds do exactly what their name says... gaurds the lights and such from small bushes and branches when driving through the woods. They are kinda useless though as far as beefing up the jeep. They mount to the factory tow hook points so they don't really have enough strength to provide any protection. Steel bumpers are really thick and can protect the jeep better from damage since they are stronger than stock. Some aftermarket bumpers have hoops in them which look similar to brush gaurds that protect the headlights and grille.

heres an example of an aftermarket bumper with a brush hoop above it.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-07-2009, 02:16 PM
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Brushgaurds are great for going off trail, and smashing through some bushes. Hit something substantian, and it will push back, breaking your lights, bezel, and other plastic parts.

A real bumper will protect the weak fiberglass bezel and front end of your jeep, while also allowing you to slide up and around rocks. ALSO, it will tie into the body, making it strong enough to be used as an anchor point.

I'm running a trimmed factory bumper, and I scraped it and cracked the caps hitting rocks.

Go to and check out the stage 3 bumper.

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