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Unread 09-09-2015, 07:25 AM   #1
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Bumper/matrix/keystone...??

I will be buying some type of front end armor, for my WK, in two weeks. I am still undecided as to what I want. I don't really like the matrix or the keystone, but especially since they're both very close to the cost of the crawl offroad WK bumper.

My only hold back on the CO bumper is the lack of protection for the bottom area. A lot seems to hang down below the bumper with that design, are there options to add a slotted plate to cover the radiator/washer bottle that anybody has came up with? I'm not worried about hitting stuff on a trail, since my jeep is mostly a PP, but I drive in an area with lots of critters and deer. That's what i'm most concerned with in regards to the bottom of the radiator and washer bottle.

And i've yet again talked myself out of the matrix, I don't feel that it's worth the cost versus a whole bumper when I don't see any upside to decent front end protection. ARB bumper is basically out of the question, too expensive for my needs and it's just a big ugly SOB. If I could find a used one, then i'd consider it.

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Unread 09-13-2015, 03:44 PM   #2
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Nobody has some input?
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Unread 09-13-2015, 06:17 PM   #3
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Personally the windshield wiper bottle i wouldnt be top concerned with. I really like CORs bumper and would love one.
I currently have a matrix with the "wings" and the side pieces don't offer any real protection from anything. Imo.
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Unread 09-13-2015, 07:05 PM   #4
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I really want the co bumper, but the lack of protection down low is concerning for me. My favorite bumper is the tag off road one. But their horrible customer service is a huge red flag for me. I wish theyd realize if they werent so dishonest more people would buy their products...
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Unread 09-13-2015, 08:28 PM   #5
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Personally the windshield wiper bottle i wouldnt be top concerned with. I really like CORs bumper and would love one.
I currently have a matrix with the "wings" and the side pieces don't offer any real protection from anything. Imo.
I don't mind the COR one, but as of what I know, there isn't any option to add in extra skid plates to protect the bottom of the bumper, which is part of the point of getting an "off-road" bumper; to add protection. There isn't an option for fog lights either. Plus, they just upped the price about $250


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I really want the co bumper, but the lack of protection down low is concerning for me. My favorite bumper is the tag off road one. But their horrible customer service is a huge red flag for me. I wish theyd realize if they werent so dishonest more people would buy their products...
I was actually just looking at the TAG wincher bumper, I do like all the options they give you, from simple to complex. Heck, it'd be worth it to buy just the base bumper and build what you want. I didn't think to look into their customer service, are they supposed to be really bad?
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Unread 09-13-2015, 09:49 PM   #6
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From what I've read, they're extremely dishonest about building the bumper. (saying it will be at your house in a week and it shows up 6 months later)
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Unread 09-13-2015, 10:04 PM   #7
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Well, CO never even called me about a mishap I had about a 3rd party order on their website. I'm so glad to see a new player.
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Unread 09-15-2015, 09:17 PM   #8
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I'm still up in the air about what to get.

I know I want a bumper, but I don't want to go through TAG, and CO hasn't emailed me back, I emailed them over the weekend. Two business days should have been plenty to answer a simple email.

No ****ty grill guard, no matrix (entirely too much money for a place to stick lights). So either CO if they get their **** together, or I may just go with ARB and modify it to look more pleasing to me.
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Unread 09-15-2015, 09:47 PM   #9
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Have u asked a local off-road fab shop?... The nicest rear I've seen was a local fab shop. Heck, don't be shortsighted and only check jeep shops but ones that do Nissan, Chevy , ford, etc...
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Unread 09-16-2015, 07:51 AM   #10
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There isn't any off-road shops near me, i'd probably have to drive to the other side of the state to find any fab shops, at least decent ones. I know of a guy that does trailer and welding work. He rebuilt two trailers for me, I might give him a call up and see what he would think about fabbing me up a bumper, and possibly a rear as well.
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Unread 09-16-2015, 08:20 PM   #11
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I know it isnt pictured online but the Crawl Offroad bumper does come with the lower skid plate to protect the radiator. The skid plate mounts to the bottom of the bumper and to the lower radiator support. We havent addressed the washer reservoir issue, mainly because we havent ran into an issue with it and we've wheeled some pretty difficult trails with this bumper. We've played around with the idea of relocating it with a smaller universal tank, we relocated the coolant reservoir, just need to find a tank and a place to put it.
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