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Unread 08-07-2014, 05:31 PM   #1
hibbies
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Set me straight on new bumper

OK so I've been reading and doing some research. Here is what I have and what I think I know .

I have a stock 2014 4 door rubicon. I don't really want to lift it and put bigger tires as this is my daily driver. I do however would like to add a aftermarket bumper with the option of a wench someday.

I want it for looks and added protection.

I have read a few things and want to confirm if they are true.

If I add a new bumper my stock rubicon springs and suspension will not be able to handle extra weight and I should add spacers and new springs.

Also existing bumper only weighs about 40 lbs so I'm looking at a potential 100 lb difference in bumper etc.

Will spacers mess up the way it drives?

What about aluminum bumpers any thoughts?

Thanks in advance

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Unread 08-07-2014, 08:34 PM   #2
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I mounted the AEV front bumper, rear bumper, and a warn 9.5cti and lost an inch more off the front (compared to rear) of my 13 4 door Rubicon. I used a teraflex 1" coil spacer up front until I wear out these tires and lift it. AEV's bumpers are full width and steel so it one of the heavier bumpers.

Generally you will do spacers or new springs, not both. With the spacers on mine it handles as normal.
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