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post #1 of 8 Old 09-04-2021, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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front vs stainless

Heya all, I have had a real problem finding a chrome front bumper for my 84 cj7. Some people have been super helpful, but the chrome bumper they have needs more work and knowhow than I can commit too, and others just don't really get back to you.

I have been looking at maybe getting a stainless replica, but have not experiance with how close they look to oem and quality. I would love to get your opinions on this, and if you have a chrome front bumper in good shape you are trying to part with.

Thanks for the always.

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-05-2021, 04:56 AM
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If you want an exact duplicate of stock, you can have a used bumper rechromed, but expect to lose a paycheck or 2 if you want a nice job. The Stainless is inexpensive but looks good, I have one on my '76. It is thinner than a chrome/steel bumper but it is shiney.
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-05-2021, 06:51 AM
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Stock bumpers are hard to find, even plain black ones. Took me 8 month's to find a decent black one that was dent and rust free and no "extra" holes in it other than OEM.

You won't like replacement bumpers that are out there as they are thinner, have larger mounting holes and the crimps on the end are not like OEM. That was my biggest pet peeve, inaccurate crimping on the ends of the bumper and why the one I bought over 15 years ago is still in the box. Posted a photo that shows the difference between the OEM and aftermarket versions here:

If you decide on stainless, go with one made by Kentrol. Here: They lack OEM holes for front license plate mounting and the holes on the end for the OEM extension bumpers though.

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post #4 of 8 Old 09-05-2021, 11:13 AM
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I recently had two done, straightened and rechromed. Cost $350 each and the are perfect

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post #5 of 8 Old 09-05-2021, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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As always Keith, thank you for the awesome information.

Scotty, I sent you a pm.

I'm not giving up yet, but I am kicking myself for getting rid of stuff when I first started this restoration.
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-05-2021, 03:53 PM
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I don't have any clue if this could help as I don't know differences in bumpers through the years, but I have an OEM front bumper from my 1972 CJ5. It is not bent or kinked but does have some blemishes from a PO using a cutoff disc to get the bolts off. If this one is of any interest I can snap some pics an send to you. It was originally chrome but was whiz wheeled due to surface rust etc. It is definitely a candidate to re-chrome or paint, but I went a different route and put Dirtworx front and rear bumpers on mine. I also have the rear trailer hitch that weighs about what the jeep weighs, that thing was built way stronger than the jeep frame etc. I believe it is the factory one also. Shipping charges would probably be a no go unless you are ever in Salt Lake City, UT.
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-05-2021, 09:40 PM
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I could not get good rechroming here, tried one and spent $120 but it was lousy. So I have painted the chrome black, to keep rust at bay until I find a good rechroming operation.

Stainless steel is an option but can be softer than carbon steel, and if thinner you know it will not take the bumps that an OEM did.

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post #8 of 8 Old 09-06-2021, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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I will keep looking. There is a place in Fort Worth that does chrome work, but I have no idea of the cost or anything. Im getting close to being what I would call "Done"...if that is even a thing. I just gave a few odds and ends to find.
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