Front Bumper questions and thoughts

Jrbrannan

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I got a killer deal on a 10th anniversary Rubicon steel bumper that I installed on my JLUR. It looks great and works perfectly so far. I have been eyeing a winch and I have been looking at what the options are. Winch plates for the steel bumpers are around $200 so it has got me thinking about buying an aftermarket bumper. My thought is that I could probably sell the Stock Steel bumper somewhere around $3-400, and I would save $200 not having to buy a winch plate.

So that basically gives me around $5-600 to spend on an aftermarket bumper and be basically the same out of pocket over a stock bumper. Thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of aftermarket vs stock steel bumper? I like the look of the stock bumper so I have not looked too closely at aftermarket options so far.
 

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after picking up my rubicon with the steel bumpers, i feel the bumpers are quite thin and may bend very easily. especially if i were to jack it up using my hi-lift, so i'm just gonna sell mine and get a good set of aftermarket bumpers.
i have bought warn bumpers for all my other jeeps, and may look into a set for the JL.
 

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The Stock Steel bumpers are hefty when you consider most cars on the road use plastic and styrene foam backing, but like Caged said, I would never hi-Lift off of them.

I'd recommend looking at the aftermarket options if you choose to use the bumper as an offroad implement. I personally like the Genright offerings in both steel and aluminum.
 

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