Up until this point I have been running a Tomken Winch plate with my Ramsey Patriot 9500 on top of my OEM bumper with stock bumper ends (to everyone's dismay). So I decided I wanted to put on a new bumper with integrated winch plate. So I spoke with Bill over at Grant4x4 and discussed some of my concerns based on my previous review
Features of this Bumper:
-56" length (also available in 48")
-2x4 Rectangular Tubing as base, closed/welded ends
-Integrated Winch plate that fits all standard winches
-Center 2" Reciever (Can be omitted at request)
-Welded Thru Clevis Blocks
-4 lighting tabs (2 on top of hoop, 2 at OE fog lamp locations)
One of my main concerns with Grant4x4's bumpers was the finish, well they have changed this process entirely. They are now shipping bare steel or with a their new paint process using an epoxy primer and a Satin Black Polyurethane paint both of these products are from Sherwinn Williams.
After order of the bumper it took only a couple days for the product to ship, and DHL delivered the product in about 5 days. The box was slightly torn and crinkled from what appeared to be water damage. No rust, scratches or chipped paint. Upon reciept of the bumper, I inspected the bumpers finish.... a vast improvement, full coverage on all areas even in hard to inspect areas, and no runs/drips just smooth as satin. The welds also seem to be of a good quality.
Install was pretty straight forward and took me about 40 minutes to complete. Those running OE bumpers without winches or winch plates the install should be quicker. The spacing of the fog light tabs allows a person to also run their OE tow hooks as well as the clevis tabs. Which is nice if you are using the towbar option that makes use of the clevis tabs.
I noticed that with this setup over my previous Tomken that my winch sits far enough away from my grill that I can now actually clean between the grill and my winch. Another benefit of this seperation for some is that I have read of others in the forum having problems with their winch rubbing against the grille causing damage, this shouldn't be a problem with this bumper.
An option for this bumper is a tow bar so you can tow your Jeep behind your RV or Pickup. This I can see as a real advantage for snowbirds or those who have a need for towing their Jeep from one location to another on a regular basis. However, the one draw back with this towbar and bumper combination is that the Towbar cannot be folded up as the Pre-runner bar is in the way. So I'd go with the straight up hoop style that Grant 4x4 offers.
I'd give this product
out of 5