ARB Bondi Deluxe Bumper as alternative to AEV and others?

  1. echo17

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    Hey peeps!

    Like many of you, I've been waiting on the AEV bumpers to arrive. But to my understanding from discussions with AEV during SEMA, they aren't even in production yet so guessing it won't be out till March. Having just picked up my new JL not long ago, I'm not sure if I want to wait till then as that also means I will either have to buy a "temporary" tailgate reinforcement and tire carrier or completely take the spare off since I will be running 37" tires.

    After searching for alternatives while trying to comply as much as I can to Australian Design Rules (equivalent to DOT in US), I've basically come decided on either a modular bumper or a full bumper. Any recommendations are welcome of course; but I've been giving the ARB US's Bondi Deluxe Bumper some serious thoughts for the following reasons:

    • The bumper looks like a tank! I won't have to worry about stray kangaroos in the middle of the night!
    • Recessed winch. Completely protects and hides it.
    • Has some nice corner lights at the outer corners of the bumper allowing for illumination of turns during those unlit roads.
    • Has a clean look. Also feel like the trend might be going this way from a design perspective? Look at the new Mopar Bumpers and the Land Rover Defender for example?
    • Recovery points are attached directly to frame instead of bumper

    Having done some thread searches, I think I've only come across one or two people who have said that they have gone that route. Perhaps there have been more who just hasn't spoken up? @Xzius

    So my question is this:

    • What are people's thoughts on the bumper? Is it too plain?
    • Is there a better alternative?
    • Build quality?
    • Am I locking myself in since it's not a modular bumper?

    Please note that I've just started a new thread here because I was hoping to get more people involved with the discussion which might encompass other bumper ideas.

    For reference, I've attached some photos and links. Looking forward to everyone's feedbacks and discussions! And thanks!

    https://www.jlwranglerforums.com/forum/threads/arb-4x4-jlu-wrangler-build-sema-2019.40941/

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    We installed an arb for a great guy from dallas and I was very impressed with its build quality and how stout it was

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    ARB is top notch—but I do presume it will be quite a bit heavier than what AEV comes out with.
    Also, I was told that the ARB bumper requires drilling into JL frame.
     
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    There wasn’t any drilling for me.

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    maybe it’s not required ? I was going to buy it ( I had it ordered and cancelled ) and was told by Northridge they asked ARB offices if drilling was required, they said in order to level the bumper they did require drilling. Maybe new versions don’t require it?
     
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    Did it two weeks ago. I think it turned out great. No drilling for me.

    Brett

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    i thought they Bondi was too big in the origin pics, but that looks really nice.

    do you happen to know off hand the lift size and tires on that white rubicon? I really like the whole look with stance, tires, and bumper.
     
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    I have not noticed any dipping. Obviously, I have added quite a bit of weight to my rig which I can definitely feel, and it has affected my fuel economy. I went from nearly 18 mpg avg to 16. I will be adding either the AEV 2.5" lift, or MC 2.5" lift eventually along with 35" tires. The pedal commander has been a nice addition, which has helped add a little pep since adding all the weight.
     
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    I happen to know that! We built that Jeep a week and a half ago. It has a hybrid 2.5f/3.5r metalcloak game changer lift with 315 tires on stock wheels with synergy wheel spacers. When I first saw pics I thought it was pretty big too, after seeing it, I really like it and the fit is balanced.

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    thanks so much for the information @rustyshakelford! I was worried the bumper proportionally was too big as well. But from these pictures, It seems like as long as you have 35 inch tires or larger, it should compensate for the added size. I’ve actually reached out to ARBUS last night (your morning) to ask a few questions I’ve come across as well. Will post their response. For reference as well, I believe this bumper weighs 143 lbs. the stock bumper weight is approximately 78 lbs. plus if you added a molar winch plate kit, it’s approximately 10 lbs. so you’re adding approx 55 lbs before a winch Is added.

     
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    great info to have and thanks! Did you end up going with the LOD destroyer rear as well? or did you ever consider the bondi deluxe rear bumper?

     
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    Sure, I considered it, but this LOD rear is the freaking bees knees. Love it
     
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    Folks, here are a couple of additional pictures of the white Rubi from a recent trip. @rustyshakelford aka Brett installed it for me aka the nice guy from Dallas (thanks Brett). You cannot go wrong with this bumper.

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    Was about to post about this same bumper, really interested, just not sure how it would fit with 37's. Been looking for a decent ARB style bumper instead of a shorty.
     
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