ARB Bondi Deluxe Bumper as alternative to AEV and others?

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Ive got mine on the way with LP9’s and a warn winch.

i have to have a bumper thags been crash tested, so my only options were mopar, aev, or arb.





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I installed the the badlands Apex in mine, I actually had to trim and paint the opening of the bumper for the top of the winch, looking back on it, I should’ve done the remote controller mount and put the cover on the bumper for a more sleek look and no trimming involved. The Apex comes with everything needed for remote mounting of it.
Thanks bud. I ended up going with a Warn VR EVO 10S. Perfect fit.
 

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Anyone have this bumper installed on their Jeep and happen to be near the Phoenix area? I’m trying to get a look at one of these in person but haven’t been able to find one.
 

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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/

New-Style-Mopar-Steel-Front-Bumper-for-JL-and-JLU-Wrangler-780x405.jpg


What's the bumper in this last picture? Looks like a cleaner version of the stock steel bumper. I'm also looking for something burly but lower-profile.
 
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What's the bumper in this last picture? Looks like a cleaner version of the stock steel bumper. I'm also looking for something burly but lower-profile.
That’s the second version of the mopar bumper. But it isn’t modular.
 

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