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Unread 07-07-2014, 03:14 PM   #1
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winch or bumper??? help.

I'm going to buy a winch and a bumper but I'm not sure which one to buy first, any thoughts?

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Unread 07-07-2014, 05:08 PM   #2
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Well I would think a bumper first to bold the winch in place.
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Unread 07-07-2014, 09:50 PM   #3
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Well I would think a bumper first to bold the winch in place.
This...agreed
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Unread 07-07-2014, 10:17 PM   #4
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If it's a wrangler then get a winch and winch plate till you have enough to get a bumper.
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I have 2003 wrangler sport
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Unread 07-07-2014, 10:37 PM   #6
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Nice! Post a picture of it while you are here.

I had the same plans with my first wrangler (2000) so I bought a winch and cheap winch plate ($50) and ran that while I saved for the bumper I REALLY wanted which would take a while since it was near the 1 grand number. Eventually I realized that the stock bumper did everything I needed it to do (holds winch and hi-jack, and has hookups for tow hooks) and didn't weigh a ton so I never got the bumper. I used the $$ on a pair of lockers so I ended up winched and locked. I think it looks good in brown too!



Show me a bumper that weighs little and holds all this and I'll change my mind for my current 99 TJ build.
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Unread 07-07-2014, 10:47 PM   #7
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I love it! I currently have a light bar on mine, but the bumper I want (smittybilt src) have 4 light mounts, I wanna move the lights on the bar to the bumper and then get a winch for her, I'll added a photo tomorrow all the ones on my phone are a bit too big
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Unread 07-08-2014, 12:24 PM   #8
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Bumpers have to be the most over rated aftermarket piece put on Jeeps. Do as above: winch and a winch plate. There are much better things to spend your money on that will actually improve the performance of your Jeep.
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Unread 07-08-2014, 01:12 PM   #9
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Bumpers have to be the most over rated aftermarket piece put on Jeeps. Do as above: winch and a winch plate. There are much better things to spend your money on that will actually improve the performance of your Jeep.
I think a good rear bumper is worth it but I agree with you about the front one.

I cut my stock bumper down so I can get my tires on the obstacle without the bumper in the way and have just a plate for my winch.

Use the money you save on the bumper and get a good winch.

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Unread 07-09-2014, 05:09 PM   #10
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Bumpers have to be the most over rated aftermarket piece put on Jeep.
I know a couple of folks with arb bumpers who have had a few run ins with some deer who would beg to differ that point. Guess it depends on where you live as to what you do.
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If deer is the only defense, I think I've made my point. The OP didn't mention anything about deer catching. I've actually hit a deer with my Jeep.

Bumpers are one of the first things people buy under the guise of offroad capability when many of them actually hinder performance. That money could be better spent.

I like some of the stout simple aftermarket bumpers out there. But for $700? No, thanks. 99% of offroaders out there aren't yanking on the frame mounted tow hooks enough to need additional strength.
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Unread 07-12-2014, 09:54 AM   #12
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I say buy a decent winch. http://www.amazonsupply.com/dp/B0030...ef_=sr_1_9_img and then build you a simple bumper. Add to it when needed. I have only 100 bucks in mine so far. not finished yet but it dont do too bad.
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Unread 07-12-2014, 03:51 PM   #13
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I got lucky and had someone else`s insurance pay for my winch and bumper which is about the only way I could afford an arb front bumper.
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Unread 07-12-2014, 06:11 PM   #14
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I say buy a decent winch. http://www.amazonsupply.com/dp/B0030...ef_=sr_1_9_img and then build you a simple bumper. Add to it when needed. I have only 100 bucks in mine so far. not finished yet but it dont do too bad.
I like that look.

I have a xj with a winch too but chose to keep the factory bumper and use Detour's winch holder:

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