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Minimalist bumpers

I am looking for ideas on what some others have done. I am trying to save weight and increase clearance as much as possible. All of the aftermarket bumpers I've seen are way to freaking big, even the "stubby" ones. Might just trim frame rails down and cap the holes. Any ideas?
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I just saw Savvy's 2014 test mule for the first time today. That is pretty cool. And the Stitch concept and Porkchop before that is what I am trying to replicate in a real world scenario. I won't be adding structural fabric to replace sheet metal, but I will be cutting out as much lard as I can.
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I really like the Jeep Swag one. That is just what I am looking for and I thought I would have to get the Expedition One. Speaking of which that is another thought for a minimalist since you were originally asking about those.

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I love the stitch jeep. That front bumper is right on with what im looking for. .


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Out of all of them I think the Savvy one is the best looking option. Also their rear will have an option for a tire carrier. The only thing they are missing (in my opinion) is the option for welded in recovery points, but I think that their bolt in options would work with their mounting points.

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Looking for a minimalist rear bumper myself.

I was going to pull the trigger on the JCR Dagger... great looks, good price, free shipping, and incl recovery points. Only reason that I'm apprehensive is due to having to cut out the rear cross-member. Not a big deal for me but I have to consider that if I ever want to sell my Heep, that it might be a big negative for a potential buyer that they would have to carry the spare inside or get a new bumper/ carrier.

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River raider has their pro series front bumper which is extremely small. Also offroad evolution has a rear which basically is a fascia and recovery points off the frame. Are you looking to install a winch?

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Something along the lines of the Mopar projects. I really like the original 2006 Rubicon King's bumpers, or lack thereof.


And may copy this design. I have a set of bolt on HMMWV shackle mounts that I have, and I think I may use them for recovery points. I don't plan on running a winch though. I have no qualms over cutting the frame horns, and want to get things tucked in as close to the body as possible.
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Thanks for the comments, our bumpers are 6061T6, and the front weighs 12lbs., also all of our rear bumpers have a recovery point on each end of our unique crossmember... Our 2014 has the prototype...wich does not have the recovery tabs...
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Swapped out the Steel Smittybuilt armor (lower pictures) with the GR aluminum bumpers made of 6061 aluminum (upper pictures)....dropped over 200+ lbs of weight and decreased the spring compression contributing to a better on/off-road ride!


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Out of all of them I think the Savvy one is the best looking option. Also their rear will have an option for a tire carrier. The only thing they are missing (in my opinion) is the option for welded in recovery points, but I think that their bolt in options would work with their mounting points.
Here is a picture of the new crossmember that we provide for the installation. You'll notice the attachment points are just below the bumper skin. We are after a clean look as well as a functional recovery point that also helps to insure the hard drop offs roll off to ease the hurt to the frame rail.

As for the tire carrier. Right now I'm recommending the Teraflex tire carrier. I'm a firm believer of tub carrier or bumper carrier but not both as the tub and chassis flex differently.



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I've been reading the SWAG build on the dedicated thread, and I really like the bumpers. Especially the rear. I think that it does a good job of having something to protect the rear tub corners, without being in the way too much. Do you have a weight for the rear? And 12lbs for the front is right on the money. Great looking too.
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Is there a way to incorporate some form of a hitch into the savvy bumper?

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Is there a way to incorporate some form of a hitch into the savvy bumper?
You can use a OEM hitch with our rear bumper. The four holes to attach it to the new cross member are pre- drilled.

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You can use a OEM hitch with our rear bumper. The four holes to attach it to the new cross member are pre- drilled.
Sweet! Does the new crossmember bolt in place or does it have to be welded?

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Sweet! Does the new crossmember bolt in place or does it have to be welded?
It is designed to be welded. You cut off the rear cross member right in front of the rear body mount. The you adjust the bumper where you like it and tack it on. Take off the skin and finish welding the frame and gusset for the body mount. It take us 30 minutes to do the whole thing.

Our front bumper is actually 14 lbs and the rear is 18 lbs.

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The Pavement Ends bumper is about as simple as you can get.

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Something along the lines of the Mopar projects. I really like the original 2006 Rubicon King's bumpers, or lack thereof.


And may copy this design. I have a set of bolt on HMMWV shackle mounts that I have, and I think I may use them for recovery points. I don't plan on running a winch though. I have no qualms over cutting the frame horns, and want to get things tucked in as close to the body as possible.
Get the AEV winch/fair lead mount for $265 and add on a pair of clevis style recovery shackles and you will have that bumper.

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