ALUMINUM bumpers ONLY. Let's see them!

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I'm still debating the MP Concepts, waiting on a sale or something. It's still around $850 shipped, tax, etc. although it does include skid and winch plate, whereas the best I can find the OEM is $850 for the stubby, then another $450 or so for skid and winch. Anyone else install the MP Concepts and have any issues, etc.?

The other factor is I'm literally in sand/salt on the beach almost daily, basically wind-blown sand onto my Jeep. So......rust is definitely a factor with steel.
 

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It seems that the winch plate does not fit the swaybar disconnect mechanism on Rubicons without trimming:

https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/fo...um-bumper-trim-winch-plate-for-rubicon.97783/
Yeah, that's my concern. $850 or so by the time you pay tax, and you are taking a torch/grinder to it, not the end of the world, but that's equipment I don't have readily available. The OEM stubby is a thought, it's roughly $825 on BAM, but add the skid and winch plate and it's getting pretty costly, with a a chance of rust at some point.
 


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I was really curious to read through my thought process again -- starting on page 11 was when I got interested in front bumpers, but I think I had done all my research in "private" and was just deciding which Rock Hard one to do at that point. Thus I could share my spreadsheet for the front, but I now see I didn't look at the Aries for the front at all, and didn't fill it in as much on the rear that I post later, where I was thinking a lot more out loud on the process.

On the rear I wrote it better back then than I could now haha. You can start at the first one and read through, or these are the 4 main highlights:

Starting thought process on rear here: https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/fo...bumpers-only-lets-see-them.68595/post-1954342

Rear Spreadsheet here (note prices might be slightly out of date, as I found later RH went up in price even more, and some others were on sale): https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/fo...bumpers-only-lets-see-them.68595/post-1957575

Decision here on everything: https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/fo...bumpers-only-lets-see-them.68595/post-1983196

And install pic/notes on accessories: https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/fo...bumpers-only-lets-see-them.68595/post-1999638
Nice spreedsheet, do u have a frotn bumper ss?
 

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Nice spreedsheet, do u have a frotn bumper ss?
Thanks. The answer is yes and no to that. I had looked into the front bumper first, and had started making up my mind a bit more before I did the spreadsheet. Thus I had already figured out that I thought Rock Hard had the best price to weight to feature set for me (see the weight*price figure), and was mostly filling in all the bumpers for confirmation...meaning until I found until I hit a "deal breaker" and then move on (vs the rears I was much more unsure what I wanted, so filled in everything).

So I'd say see this as a work in progress that will never be finished, and likely a bit out of date on prices and vendors, but perhaps still a good start.

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I had started a steel one too, but when I saw the weights I knew I didn't want to do that regardless of cost (for example a Mopar steel system all in roughly 100lbs more than rock hard system)

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Thanks. The answer is yes and no to that. I had looked into the front bumper first, and had started making up my mind a bit more before I did the spreadsheet. Thus I had already figured out that I thought Rock Hard had the best price to weight to feature set for me (see the weight*price figure), and was mostly filling in all the bumpers for confirmation...meaning until I found until I hit a "deal breaker" and then move on (vs the rears I was much more unsure what I wanted, so filled in everything).

So I'd say see this as a work in progress that will never be finished, and likely a bit out of date on prices and vendors, but perhaps still a good start.

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I had started a steel one too, but when I saw the weights I knew I didn't want to do that regardless of cost (for example a Mopar steel system all in roughly 100lbs more than rock hard system)

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Wow that is pretty awesome, thanks for sharing. I did something similar for my research, but it was a whole bunch of messy notes and sticky notes all around my computer area haha. This is MUCH better!
 


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Wow that is pretty awesome, thanks for sharing. I did something similar for my research, but it was a whole bunch of messy notes and sticky notes all around my computer area haha. This is MUCH better!
Thanks! Glad I could contribute. If you're interested in the rear one, the link is embedded in a quote just a couple posts back. It's filled in quite a bit more than this one.
 

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For a while I considered silver to be an accent color on my Jeep, but recently I changed my stock Willys tires to ones with no white lettering. That made my chrome colored lugs stand out more on the black Willys wheels, so I changed those to black ones. That made the last silver be the bolts on the Rock Hard bumpers and the hard shackles I put on the bumper....

I finally got around to changing those to black. I just plasti-dipped the bolt heads and the shackles. I didn't hate the silver but I do like this more. For anyone considering it here's the difference:

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