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I'm looking for some insight and ideas (and your photos if applicable :) on the best bumper w/ bar config for my use...

I have a 2020 Sahara Unlimited.

Every weekend I find myself out, deep in the forest and mountains of BC on FSRs. So far, some of these are 40 miles in length - and at times they are wide open, smooth gravel roads with very good line of sight and the speed can creep up there at times.

All is under control, except for the forest on the sides part. And that wild animals live in the forests lol.

I have the stock plastic bumper - and I 'd like a bumper with a bull bar (?) config that will help me if a deer jumps out on to the road and there is no time to stop or avoid it. Honestly where I live I've already seen Elk and Grizzlies - but let's just start with deflecting deer away from my windshield.

I'd like something that will allow me to use my stock LED fog lights, and maybe have the option for a winch one day - but - that is not necessary in this decision right now.

Thanks for sharing!

 

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I like L.O.D products, https://lodoffroad.com/products/jeep/2018-jeep-jl-products/front-bumpers.html, but they mostly just have a hoop. For a full grill guard check out the major parts houses like Quadratec, Morris 4x4, Northridge, extreme terrain, 4WP, etc. Not sure if you have any sensors in your stock bumper (safety package stuff), but it's something to consider when buying.
 

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I actually do have to check under the hood of my daughter's SUV in the morning. When the cold arrives for good, there's at least one or two neighborhood cats that take shelter in the engine bay overnight. There are telltale paw prints on the plastic valve cover trim. They reliably reappear within a day, no more than two, after I wipe the cover clean.

If the motion sensor on my Ring doorbell camera is filming the actual culprits, it's a slender orange tabby and a chunky calico. :camera:
 

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I actually do have to check under the hood of my daughter's SUV in the morning. When the cold arrives for good, there's at least one or two neighborhood cats that take shelter in the engine bay overnight. There are telltale paw prints on the plastic valve cover trim. They reliably reappear within a day, no more than two, after I wipe the cover clean.

If the motion sensor on my Ring doorbell camera is filming the actual culprits, it's a slender orange tabby and a chunky calico. :camera:
And you know they are doing dirty smelly cat things in there! It doesn't get that cold here, but I do have one that like to sleep on my hood solar panel and leaves paw prints on it. I haven't seen that one in awhile though, I think it got tired of waking up to an ice cold garden hose shower.
 


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Second @lodoffroad, and if you’re looking Canadian, TMR off road has a great bumper. It’s super stout, but only comes bare metal. They are out of Newmarket. Shipping to BC is likely similar, price wise. Import duties are the big hang up right now.

I’m waiting on the border opening to head to my US residence and partner so I can pick up the LOD kit. Have a look at their AL sliders too - good for us Canadians as it won’t rust.
 
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Not sure if you have any sensors in your stock bumper (safety package stuff), but it's something to consider when buying.
This i something I didn't think about... My Wrangler has all that safety stuff in it like the FCW Front Collision Warning - but isn't that up in the electronics box attached to the rear view mirror?

DOES ANYBODY KNOW - if there are any sensors in the stock plastic bumper? Any videos I've seen on bumper removal only talk about the fog lights... Would like to be sure :)
 

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This i something I didn't think about... My Wrangler has all that safety stuff in it like the FCW Front Collision Warning - but isn't that up in the electronics box attached to the rear view mirror?

DOES ANYBODY KNOW - if there are any sensors in the stock plastic bumper? Any videos I've seen on bumper removal only talk about the fog lights... Would like to be sure :)
I don't have that stuff so i'm not sure, better to know before you buy for sure.
 

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This i something I didn't think about... My Wrangler has all that safety stuff in it like the FCW Front Collision Warning - but isn't that up in the electronics box attached to the rear view mirror?

DOES ANYBODY KNOW - if there are any sensors in the stock plastic bumper? Any videos I've seen on bumper removal only talk about the fog lights... Would like to be sure :)
Think of it this way - if safety gear were in the stock plastic bumper - it would have to be replicated in the stock metal bumper. I'm going to say no - there are no sensors in the front bumper. All the safety stuff is in the big plastic box where the rear view mirror is located as well as the rear lights. The rear bumper does have sensors.
 

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Honestly where I live I've already seen Elk and Grizzlies -

Elk and grizzlies in Richmond...?

Can I have some of that...? :LOL:
 


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This i something I didn't think about... My Wrangler has all that safety stuff in it like the FCW Front Collision Warning - but isn't that up in the electronics box attached to the rear view mirror?

DOES ANYBODY KNOW - if there are any sensors in the stock plastic bumper? Any videos I've seen on bumper removal only talk about the fog lights... Would like to be sure :)
No sensors in the front bumper that I’m aware of.
 
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Elk and grizzlies in Richmond...?

Can I have some of that...? :LOL:
Thankfully I do need to drive out of Richmond to get to them LOL
 

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This i something I didn't think about... My Wrangler has all that safety stuff in it like the FCW Front Collision Warning - but isn't that up in the electronics box attached to the rear view mirror?

DOES ANYBODY KNOW - if there are any sensors in the stock plastic bumper? Any videos I've seen on bumper removal only talk about the fog lights... Would like to be sure :)
nope
 

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I've been bumper window shopping too and have similar requirements. One thing I noticed is there are a few ways bull bars are attached to the bumper - bolt on, single welded tube, and even double welded tubes. I'm opting for a single welded tube setup, right now this one is my frontrunner. Also consider steel vs aluminum, price and weight at opposition (I can't speak to strength and durability differences however)

https://www.rockhard4x4.com/product_p/rh-90248.htm

 

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