It's a little bit bigger profile than some of the other bumpers out there from the front. The reason for this is that i didn't want the winch to sit in front of the radiator. Cherokees have a tough enough time cooling, don't need a giant monument in the way blocking airflow. So i tucked it just underneath the support as tight as possible. The second reason is that while viewed from the front, the JCR bumper looks good, but i hate how it looks from the side :
I personally think it sticks too far out there. But they do make a quality looking product, nothing against them, just don't like that look.
I call that doing the best you can with the cards you are dealt. As aforementioned, the XJ doesnt leave much options for winch bumpers vs. the Wrangler crowd, but this definately looks to be a good way to go. Looks very nice, and very functional. Perfect.
- '88 MJ Pioneer -
Build In Progress - '04 Sierra Z71 Crew Cab -
I bought an axe and a shovel, but was running short on ideas of where to put them. I didn't want them just banging around inside the vehicle. I know a lot of guys run them mounted on a roof rack. I contemplated making a roof rack. It would give me a place for extra storage, a spare tire, and mounting of tools. But then i would take a big hit on MPGs (hah, a lifted cherokee, what MPGs?), and the big ticket, I couldn't fit in the garage Plus a roof rack does nothing to prevent zombies from getting into the vehicle and devouring my flesh.
Enter plan B.
A piece of scrap shelving rack
Cut them into sections.
Painted and mounted up into the window areas using conduit clamps.
And now I've got a mounting system for tools, a place to hang random stuff, and protection for the impending apocalyptic hordes.
I should also be receiving my JCR DIY rear bumper tomorrow, and some CB goodies too.