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post #1 of 11 Old 06-21-2021, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Factory Bumper Cover Value?

Just put steel front and rear bumpers on my WJ, are the factory take-offs worth anything? I haven't come up with much through searching. eBay shows new aftermarket stuff, internet searching shows aftermarket (mostly steel) stuff, couldn't find anything in the classifieds here. I've also had ongoing search alerts on my local classified sites which send me anything WJ/JGC related the moment it's posted, and I haven't seen any front or rear factory bumpers come up since I started that about 8 months ago.

Mine are from a garage-kept Overland, Inferno Red and the front has the fog lights. Are these worth trying to sell at all, or should I just sawzall them up and work them into the trash?

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-21-2021, 10:36 AM
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Dang it you are probably too far to think about shipping lol I actually need both bumper covers from p.o damage.
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post #3 of 11 Old 06-21-2021, 11:11 AM
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If you have the space, I'd hold onto them. Your WJ might someday meet the wrath of the tin worm, get totaled by someone else or it's just time to sell it.
If/when that occurs, swap back out the steel stuff you added, sell the old one and find another WJ.

Meanwhile, make sure to add them to the classifieds here on jeepforum too.

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Don't see where your located, could probably use a front bumper. i would think they are worth some money, the overland covers are unique for some model years.
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I have a limited and I like the look of the painted bumper.

When I do an off-road upgrade, I'm going to get something like an HK hidden winch front bumper, trim my bumper cover for driving around town and then pull off the cover when I think I might damage it.

Its harder to do that for the rear bumper, I think I'll probably just fab up a steel bumper with tire carrier and trash the stock bumper because it is already torn in one spot.
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I'm in the southwestern corner of Utah and the model year in question is '02.
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post #7 of 11 Old 06-25-2021, 07:36 PM
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my local jy gets 35 bucks for a bumper cover. they always have about a half dozen wj's in the yard.

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post #8 of 11 Old 06-26-2021, 11:53 AM
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So I am hedging my bets on the rear bumper. I found a matching Stone White Limited with a decent condition rear bumper cover in the salvage yard. The cool part about it was it did not have the fuel tank recall trailer hitch receiver installed and the bumper was uncut. It was about $61.

I want to do a fuel tank tuck eventually and then cut the receiver tube off of the bottom of the hitch receiver and weld it back on top of the cross tube. I'll probably add some D-ring mounts to the plates that attach the hitch to the chassis and trim the bumper so that the mounts can stick through and the hitch receiver tube sits flush with the bumper cover.

It probably will increase my departure angle and as I will do with my front bumper cover, if I think I'm going to take it somewhere that the bumpers will be damaged, I'll just take them off first.
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If I think I'm going to take it somewhere that the bumpers will be damaged, I'll just take them off first.

wait, so if you think the trail will wreck your bumpers, you'd rather transfer that damage to the frame and body panels, radiatior/condenser? interesting ....



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I mean unless the bumper covers are the 04 style with the round fog lights they aren't all that hard to find. The 04 style id be a little more concerned about. At least here in Canada they aren't all that easy to find.
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wait, so if you think the trail will wreck your bumpers, you'd rather transfer that damage to the frame and body panels, radiatior/condenser? interesting ....


I mean the bumper covers, they don't really add much protection and I'll probably put some little hidden brush guards on the sides where the chassis will be more exposed.

At the front ill have a HK Offroad style hidden winch mount bumper so the radiator and condenser will be fine. I'll probably have the fenders and nose trimmed by then so most of the vulnerable areas will already be gone.

At the back, I'm thinking of rebuilding the hitch receiver mount with a longer cross tube to act as a hidden bumper beam and structure to mount a swing-out tire carrier on.

Of course, I'm not planning to make a rock crawler, I just don't want to get stuck or damage my jeep driving slowly on BLM land in the desert. I don't want to get caught out in 116° heat, that would suck and possibly be deadly so it will be built kind of like a rock crawler but I probably will only use 10% of the capability unless I do something stupid and hopefully thats a rare thing.

I'm as much concerned about reliability as off-road capability too, I'll go over every system that can cause a break down and make sure everything is in good shape or I'll update and improve things to remove failure points.
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