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Unread 07-01-2013, 11:32 PM   #1
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Buying a 2014 Rubicon. Mopar bumpers & Winch?

I'm looking at ordering a 2014 Rubicon JKU.
My dealer says it should arrive within 6 weeks of ordering. Assuming that is true, I want to take advantage of the late summer delivery and get some off-road action and as such want to have bumpers and a winch on the Jeep as soon as possible.
The dealer can get Mopar bumpers and a winch; $895 plus installation for the rear ($100 over what I've seen on the internet) and the front with winch around $2500 which is about $350 above what I've seen on the internet.

Assuming I can bring him down on price a bit, would anyone have any reservations about this setup? Anyone have any bad experiences with the Mopar equipment?

The Mopar front bumper isn't exactly the look I prefer, so another option is buying a separate front bumper and winch and either having the dealer install it , or install it myself.

Thanks in advance for any responses.

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Unread 07-02-2013, 12:35 AM   #2
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Avoid Mopar, they're overpriced - 9/10 it is just rebranded aftermarket stuff. Plenty of aftermarket options, shop around and do it yourself. You can outfit yourself with a front/rear 3/16" steel bumpers and a winch for less than $1500 if you look around.
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Unread 07-02-2013, 12:39 AM   #3
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X2 No Mopar bumpers
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Unread 07-02-2013, 12:43 AM   #4
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Or buy premium bumpers and a premium winch for $2500... it's your call! Mopar = lame.
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Unread 07-02-2013, 04:10 AM   #5
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As long as itís (Mopar bumper) not the tube type I think the Mopar front bumper is a very good one. I bought one for my í08 in late í07 and still have it; it now rests on my 2012. It is priced right and can take a beating. The only complaint I have is that the powder coating prep isnít the greatest but a couple cans of Rust-Oleum will fix that.

I did have to modify it so I could fit the PowerPlant and add factory fog lamps though. It was the first generation bumper and fog cut-outs didnít exist at the time. Hereís how I did it if someone would like to get ideas.


This is after the mods.

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Unread 07-02-2013, 02:06 PM   #6
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1222,
The Mopar front bumpers they are showing me are not the tube kind. They are similar to yours except that there are crush cans on the front where you have the d-ring mounts. I don't have the tools nor the experience to mod the bumpers the way you did, but that is one heckuva nice job. Instinctively I think the d-ring mount is more secure than an open tow hook.

Subatomicgenius, nice build!
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Unread 07-02-2013, 04:53 PM   #7
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I also had a Mopar bumper on my rig. It was a decent bumper.

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Unread 07-02-2013, 04:57 PM   #8
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Sorry, I hit the SUBMIT button too soon...

I was going to say, down the line, you could always mod it



(Yes, that's the same bumper.)

I'm sure you could find it for a better price, and install it yourself. It's not a hard job and you get to learn about howyour Jeep is built.
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Unread 07-02-2013, 04:58 PM   #9
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One more shot for good measure.

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Unread 07-02-2013, 08:41 PM   #10
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you get to learn about howyour Jeep is built.
Truer words were never spoken. This will be my first Jeep.
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Unread 07-03-2013, 12:17 PM   #11
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Definitely pick out your own and do it yourself... super easy to do, plus you can start making it your own without being the same one off a showroom floor. Most of the mopar jeep stuff lately has been AEV parts that mopar modded.
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Unread 07-03-2013, 04:33 PM   #12
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Truer words were never spoken. This will be my first Jeep.
The Jeep picture had 99% of the mods seen done in my driveway. The only things I needed someone to do was paint the doors and have a locksmith do the door and gas cap lock cylinders.
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Unread 07-04-2013, 08:54 PM   #13
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Thanks for the responses everyone. I really benefitted from your guidance because this will be my first Jeep.
I decided I am going to order the Jeep simply with the stock bumpers and then mod them myself with bumpers of my choosing.
For the front, I'm kind of leaning towards a Warn Elite Series bumper with the grill guard. But I have to wait and verify that it will fit the 2014 model.
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Unread 07-04-2013, 09:25 PM   #14
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I'd just source some better/cheaper bumpers and for 2500 bucks it better be a damn nice winch. For that money you could get a new 8274.
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Unread 07-05-2013, 08:01 AM   #15
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You'll learn as time goes by..... get what you want the first time.

In the long run it will save you money.
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