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Unread 07-23-2012, 06:32 PM   #1
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Front Bumper Suggestions Stock TJ

Hello, recently i smashed my front bumper and fender flare in on the drivers side. I eventually wanted to replace it with a nice bumper winch setup down the road. I was wondering what suggestions you guys might have, i would like it to have full frontal protection with a bull bar and capable of handling a winch down the road. I have a completely stock TJ, and don't plan on lifting it for awhile. Will weight be an issue for me, if i was to go with an arb or similar bumper? Figured i would ask the pro's before pulling the trigger. Thanks guys

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Unread 07-24-2012, 10:01 AM   #2
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I have this one... http://www.skidplates.com/BumperFront_97_TJ.asp


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what is your intended use for said jeep?

rock crawling, mall crawling, mudding?

makes a difference in what bumper is appropriate for your future applications.
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Body Armor makes some great,heavy duty bumpers.The weight of the bumper with a winch would cause you to need 1.5" of lift up front because of the weight.

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Eautogrilles.com. Best product for the money hands down. Just swapped my poison spider front and rear for them. Great product!
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Eautogrilles.com. Best product for the money hands down. Just swapped my poison spider front and rear for them. Great product!
I wouldn't say best product hands down. I like mine, but the coating sucks. I received my stinger bumper in decent shape though. Lacking in their description of including a winch plate. I went to harbor freight and bought a universal one and trimmed it up to fit.

But for the money its a decent bumper and mine weighed around 75 pounds according to fed ex. They ship pretty fast too.
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Take a look at Bestop Highrock (High Access). I can't speak to the optional light bar, as I didn't get it, but the bumper's solid and comes winch-ready.
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Unread 07-24-2012, 11:08 PM   #8
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Agree on the body armor... it has a winchplate and is good quality, also has tabs for lights

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Unread 07-25-2012, 12:02 AM   #9
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If you want light weight check out undercoverfab or savvy. The UCF is under 340 with a winch plate and weighs less than 20 pounds. Aluminum FTW!

http://undercoverfab.com/bumpers/242...ler-tj-lj.html

Savvy's bumper is pretty sweet too

http://shop.savvyoffroad.com/product...0&categoryId=6

BTW if you have 3.07 gearing with non stock tires, you will notice 100lbs.
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I went metal cloak alum base with hoop and stubbie low caps
Base weighs 8.5 lbs
Caps maybe a couple
Hoop winch guard maybe 10 ish
So about 25 lbs total
And it had an integrated winch mount!
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Unread 07-27-2012, 02:34 PM   #12
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Right now using it for mall crawling. After i finish school it will be lifted and upgraded. Looking to make the right decision now in order to avoid having to re-buy a bumper in the future. I like the body armor design, but cannot lift it now. I like the bull bar with light tabs, would probably do some kc's right in the middle and a winch eventually. Anybody run a winch on a stock tj, or is it just too much weight?
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people throw winches on stock TJs all the time...

i wouldnt call it too much weight, but you will see a little sag.

Personally, if your mall crawlin right now, I would wait on the winch.
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people throw winches on stock TJ [bumpers] all the time... Personally, if your mall crawlin right now, I would wait on the winch.
Agree. If still in school.... stay w/ stock for now. If needing another bumper.... go to junk yards.
But you can spruce it up a bit. Remove the milk jugs and the bumpers, angle cut the ends to your choice of length and repaint.
Gives it an off-road look ..... see mine below.
Add a winch if you want but why carry extra weight till you start off roading? I just bolted on an inexpensive light bar.
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Unread 07-30-2012, 08:02 AM   #15
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If set on spending some money now.... I'm partial to JCR Offroad products.
Reasonably priced, great quality, very stout and Made in the USA!
I have their rear bumper and could not be happier.

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