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post #1 of 108 Old 07-31-2017, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Stubby winch bumper for a TJ

I'm looking for a good stubby winch bumper for my `99 TJ that is stoutly made by not heavy like a boat anchor. I would like it to not break the bank either. Have you got any recommendations? I noticed the bulldog bumpers are in an affordable price range. Anybody got any experience with them? Are they any good?
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post #2 of 108 Old 07-31-2017, 11:09 AM
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If you are concerned about weight look at aluminum options. There are several that are popular around here. They aren't necessarily cheap though.
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If you want light and don't want to spend allot of money. Cut down the stock one. Lighter that the original and cost nothing except maybe a blade for the sawzall. Then get a winch plate.
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LOD stubby is a nice bumper. Had it on my previous TJ. I believe around $200 now.

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If you want light and don't want to spend allot of money. Cut down the stock one. Lighter that the original and cost nothing except maybe a blade for the sawzall. Then get a winch plate.
thats what I did, lots of other places for upgrades before replacing something I hope to never use
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It's not cheap but it's real hard to beat the design and quality of Savvy Offroad's aluminum stubby bumper. Its higher cost is partially offset by the fact that it comes with a built-in winch mounting plate so you don't have to buy that in addition to the bumper.

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here is a pic of the LOD bumper on a YJ (off LODs site)

The link is below...looks like an extra $120 for winch plate, so $329 for complete.

http://lodoffroad.com/products/jeep/...umper-431.html
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post #8 of 108 Old 07-31-2017, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Hey, thanks for the input guys! You've given me several great options to consider.
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Is this the one you got?
http://shop.savvyoffroad.com/Savvy-O...3plqscsfapp005

Also, is it safe to use the aluminum bumper as a lift point?
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mine is cut wide enough to still hold lights. Mine has a Warn mounting plate.



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Also, is it safe to use the aluminum bumper as a lift point?
It's bolted to the frame and your winch is attached to it. Hmmm.... I hope it is strong.
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Also, is it safe to use the aluminum bumper as a lift point?
Since a winch mounting plate is actually only bolted through the bumper to the frame below, the bumper could be made of plastic or not even be there at all if you have a winch mounting plate.

Yes Savvy's bumper is more than strong enough for a winch, that bumper (with its integrated winch mount) is mostly used on trails where winch usage is common and actually expected.

Not to mention if you look at the stock bumper, to which many winch mounting plates are bolted through to the frame below, it is primarily made from thin sheet metal.
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I've got a stubby Currie bumper that id let go for $50. Looks very similar to the savvy bumper. Made out of steel. No winch mount. You would need to add the winch mount.

Bumper has been sitting outside for a number of years, but has never been mounted on a vehicle.

I won't ship it. Located in 91307 area.

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Since a winch mounting plate is actually only bolted through the bumper to the frame below, the bumper could be made of plastic or not even be there at all if you have a winch mounting plate.

Yes Savvy's bumper is more than strong enough for a winch, that bumper (with its integrated winch mount) is mostly used on trails where winch usage is common and actually expected.
Sorry I meant can it handle lifting the vehicle with a high lift jack. I've no doubt they are more than adequate to be used with a winch.

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I've got a stubby Currie bumper that id let go for $50. Looks very similar to the LOD bumper. Made out of steel. No winch mount. You would need to add the winch mount.

Bumper has been sitting outside for a number of years, but has never been mounted on a vehicle.

I won't ship it. Located in 91307 area.

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I'm in 84663 area code, so probably not practical to come pick it up since I'm guessing you're somewhere in California? Thanks anyway.

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Sorry I meant can it handle lifting the vehicle with a high lift jack. I've no doubt they are more than adequate to be used with a winch.

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Which creates more force pulling a stuck vehicle, potentially up an incline and at an off angle, with a 9k lb winch or lifting up with a high lift?
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