I'm going with the factory steel bumpers first. Later, after I finish some other mods, I'm sure I will change them. Usually these factory steel bumpers have a pretty good resale value.
Mine didn't bolt onto the frame properly because the mounting holes were off. And yeah, the powder-coating flaked off on the corners by simply handling it. The rear was even worse. A lot of the bolts weren't the correct length, the latch for the tire carrier was questionable, and the spindle was already rusted. Luckily, I was able to return them and get a full refund.I had it powder coated when I got it. I don't care for the crackle finish. Other than that, it is stock. I haven't hit anything. Was yours a paint issue?
I am sure it would would bolt right on, so it would not be hard at all. But I am guessing it would be highly expensive buying it direct from MOPAR instead of getting it from the factory as an option.I don't think I saw this answered - if a Rubicon is ordered with the standard bumper, how hard would we expect it to be to later replace it with the Mopar steel bumper?
The paint finish when I got it was shit. Before I even mounted it I sprayed the entire bumper with a bed liner type of finish which held up well in the 2-3 years I had it. The original factory paint finish was so bad that the bumper, though never being installed before, was showing rust from just laying around an indoor shop.I had it powder coated when I got it. I don't care for the crackle finish. Other than that, it is stock. I haven't hit anything. Was yours a paint issue?