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Unread 11-14-2012, 09:25 AM   #61
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Yeah, I am not a fan of the JKs. I would never consider owning one - they are big and clunky. I cant imagine they perform nearly as well as older jeeps off road. I did try looking for a hard top to buy from a person, but I didnt see much point into paying $2,000 for a used hardtop when I could pay $2400 for a nifty looking new one.

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Unread 11-14-2012, 09:39 AM   #62
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I agree with you on that. I don't know why people think there 6 or 7 year old tops should be as much as a new one one. I tried to buy one from a guy around this area and when I offered him 1500 he said I offended him lol. He said the lowest he would go would be 2200. I was like whatever.
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Unread 11-14-2012, 01:53 PM   #63
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I think its because the LJ hard tops are so hard to find, people figure they can mark them up so much. Still though, you gotta be mad to buy a used broken hardtop for 90% current retail- even if it does save you $400.
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Unread 11-15-2012, 11:48 AM   #64
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Ok, so today is payday. After doing my budget (getting paid monthly is the devil) I have figured out that I have only about $800 to spend this month. So... Ill be going with just a front bumper and winch. Ill have to save the back bumper and rock sliders for another day. I think I picked out the ones I want- smittybuilt XRC bumper and a superwinch 9,500lb tiger shark winch. Any comments/suggestions or reviews?
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Unread 11-15-2012, 11:51 AM   #65
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Looks awesome! got to love a khaki Jeep Rubi with a lift! here's my 2004 TJ with a RE 3.5" lift and Bilstein 5100's and BFG KM2 33" tire on stock rubi rims

Looks beautiful- how do you like the Bilsteins? Mine are getting put in today
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Unread 11-15-2012, 12:13 PM   #66
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I would stay away from ****tybuilt, err I mean Smittybuilt, the finish on their products is not the greatest. Good for a budget, but you may find yourself replacing it eventually. Superwinch is a good choice, haven't heard much on the Tiger Shark myself, I think its newer, but overall great company.
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Unread 11-15-2012, 12:24 PM   #67
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I would stay away from ****tybuilt, err I mean Smittybuilt, the finish on their products is not the greatest. Good for a budget, but you may find yourself replacing it eventually. Superwinch is a good choice, haven't heard much on the Tiger Shark myself, I think its newer, but overall great company.
Yeah, I have heard the powdercoat peels off rather easy on their stuff. But, I really like the looks of it- and it comes with a grill guard, KC Apollo lights and an integrated winch mount plate for the same as a competitors bumper. I can always refinish it down the line.
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Unread 11-15-2012, 08:45 PM   #68
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Yeah, I have heard the powdercoat peels off rather easy on their stuff. But, I really like the looks of it- and it comes with a grill guard, KC Apollo lights and an integrated winch mount plate for the same as a competitors bumper. I can always refinish it down the line.
You 100% get what you pay for . I know a guy who won their bumpers and still sent them back .
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Unread 11-16-2012, 05:04 AM   #69
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My TJ came with one of there bumpers it was the first thing to go. I bought a Rokmen bumper and never looked back. Its a great, tough bumper.
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Unread 11-16-2012, 05:56 AM   #70
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Is there any reason other than just the finish being shoddy? I dont mind paying for the best- but I dont know if I could justify paying double for a bumper that is more or less structurally the same.
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Unread 11-16-2012, 06:08 AM   #71
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you would be hard pressed to compare a smittybuilt bumper to a Rokmen one. no contest. The Rokmen one will take some abuse; it just leaves your fenders exposed to trees. but thats more driver error than the bumpers fault.

not that Rokmen is the only bumper out there that will work, but its a nice piece.
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Unread 11-16-2012, 06:48 AM   #72
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Smittybuilt seems to be hit or miss . Some of it looks good , some of it is terrible . The bumpers I saw recently had terrible fitment and porus welds , your not going to see that from Rokmen or most of the other domestic vendors .
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Unread 11-16-2012, 07:23 AM   #73
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Hmm... I did notice the welds on the smittybuilt looking a little iffy. Ill have to put some thought into this.
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Unread 11-16-2012, 08:32 AM   #74
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Beasley said it perfect, you get what you pay for. Looking at pictures dont always explain the big picture of why one brand is better then another.
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Unread 11-16-2012, 09:04 AM   #75
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I like the Olympic rockslider bumpers because they sit higher than factory and if you do decide to climb over things it doesn't drag like most lower sitting ones do. I love the ARB bumpers but, those baby's are expensive but, I hear they are stronger than crap and heavy too.
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