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Anyone running this bumper?

I am looking for the most basic of basic front bumpers. I am willing to sacrifice my factory fogs (after almost destroying one on an approach the other day anyways), and ran across this: http://www.expeditionone.biz/JKbasic.htm I was wondering if anyone is runing this and how they like it. I am looking for the absolute least amount of distance out from the front of the frame as possible and this seemed to fit the bill. Any input is appreciated!
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That's as basic a bumper as you can get. Other basics like that mount the winch on top. I like how they put the winch down between the frame. Personally don't like the tow hooks though.

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personally, i don't care for it.
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Definitely fucntion over form. I like it. Simple. Seen a few people make them like that. Cant be too hard (said the guy w/ no welding skills whatsoever).

Granted, I just bought a rear bumper w/ enough bells n whistles to open my own theme park back there.




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I have their full width and I love it. They are great folks to deal with and ship fast, nice rear bumpers too.
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That's as basic a bumper as you can get. Other basics like that mount the winch on top. I like how they put the winch down between the frame. Personally don't like the tow hooks though.
Looks like they're keeping the stock tow hooks. You could always pick up a pair of rugged ridge XHD d-rings and run the bolts through them. They sell 'em new in stainless, but for the powder coated ones you'll need to look for some take offs (they take off if using a prerunner or stinger on the XHD system). Of course by the time you add the rings you've about got a basic XHD anyway, and it retains the factory fogs.

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Definitely fucntion over form. I like it. Simple. Seen a few people make them like that. Cant be too hard (said the guy w/ no welding skills whatsoever).
I'm pretty much all about the function over form, that's why I am contemplating this one. Less bumper in the way for me to hit. Hell, I'd chop the frame back if I thought I could still fit a winch up there. (Hmmmm reciver mounted between the frame and reciever mounted winch)
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Looks like they're keeping the stock tow hooks. You could always pick up a pair of rugged ridge XHD d-rings and run the bolts through them. They sell 'em new in stainless, but for the powder coated ones you'll need to look for some take offs (they take off if using a prerunner or stinger on the XHD system). Of course by the time you add the rings you've about got a basic XHD anyway, and it retains the factory fogs.
Advantages of shackles as opposed to hooks (other than line falling off)? I have seen that there are many manufactures that sell shackle mounts that bolt into the factory hook bolt holes if I find a reason to do so.
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Advantages of shackles as opposed to hooks (other than line falling off)? I have seen that there are many manufactures that sell shackle mounts that bolt into the factory hook bolt holes if I find a reason to do so.
Interesting, to be honest I've never looked at other sources, I'm familiar with RR as I had take off's myself that I sold. As for the advantages of shackles, line coming off especially on awkward angle recoveries, overall strength, and appearance are all reasons to use shackles. The also make great no-slip jack points for a hi-lift. That's all I can think of

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