I'm posting this for a couple reasons. There is a lot of interest in this forum (including myself) on these bumpers and how they can be configured and what they look like set up. The second is to relate the experience I had working with Eddie (another forum member) during my build.
For background I needed a Rear Bumper with Tire Carrier on a '03 TJ. I wanted basically a full configuration, along with some customizations. I looked around and did comparisons for a number of weeks before deciding on GroundPounder Fab and their offerings. The below is what I ordered:
- Rear bumper w/ tire carrier (inc. 2" hitch)
- Frame Tie ins
- Lower corner protectors
- Antenna mount
- Shackle / Clevis mount points
- Gas can mounts (I didn't want the Blitz setup, so I found true Jerry cans and a lockable carrier which I shipped directly to Eddie for configuration)
- Axe / shovel mount
- Pair of Light tabs for my rear fog lamps
When I got the items unboxed here's what they looked like (minus the lower bumper portion, cause I got too excited and started painting it elsewhere). I've labeled the main parts for reference.
I did the recommendation of doing a pre-mount to ensure fit, as well as to mark the 4 additional holes recommended to be drilled in the frame aft of the gas tank for maximum tow support. I then degreased all the parts (do this right, you need a good base for your paint). Being from farm country I opted for an oilbased 'tractor paint' that I foam brushed a couple coats on. Not as pretty as rattle can, but certainly durable and IMO a lot easier to maintain when it gets gouged and scratched (which it will). After a couple days cure time I did the assembly.
Here are some perspectives of the full setup without any peripherals to see what it looks like.
Once done I started adding in my accessories (fog lights, jerry cans, shovel / axe mounts, shackles, etc). Here's what it then looks like:
See next post for my thoughts on the ordering process and build quality.