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What features would you like to see in a front bumper?

Hello Everyone,

This is Jarrett with HD Customs LLC here, we are in the designing stages of a front bumper and would like to know what you guys think! What would you like to see built into a front bumper? What features?

Here is what they definitely WILL have:

-Stubby and Full-to-Mid width versions
-winch mount
-factory fog light compatible
-bolt on lower skid plate upgrade


Let us know what YOU think an ultimate JK front bumper should have!


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clevis mounts, couple hoop options, light tabs


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A winch bumper that you can actually remove the grille to replace headlights without taking the winch out. It may sound strange, but alot of vendors seem to overlook that when making a bumper. The winch sits so close that with the wiring routed to the solenoid box you can't get the griil pulled out.
If your front bumper looks anywhere as good as the rear, you'll have a great product!
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An EMP device that would disable the a-hole that just cut me off.


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A winch bumper that you can actually remove the grille to replace headlights without taking the winch out. It may sound strange, but alot of vendors seem to overlook that when making a bumper. The winch sits so close that with the wiring routed to the solenoid box you can't get the griil pulled out.
If your front bumper looks anywhere as good as the rear, you'll have a great product!
EXCELLENT POINT! Good Call Joker! Thank you for the compliments on the rear bumper, the front design should compliment the rear perfectly.


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An EMP device that would disable the a-hole that just cut me off.

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Not that I am a Smittybilt fan but I do have the front bumper that I have chopped up. But the reason for the choice was:
1. Integrated winch plate
2. I can remove front grill with winch mounted
3. E-disco motor is protected when flipped without having to add a skid plate
4. Bumper has a skid plate design to it. Good Angles in the front.

Things I would change

1. Being able to mount the winch after the bumper is installed. It is a PITA mounting a winch on a bumper then having to put the bumper on.
2. Making sure the holes line up when mounting the bumper. Sucks trying to put a bumper on by yourself and the holes don't line up!
3. Ability to add more than just one set of lights ie..multiple light tab option.
4. Lightweight. The winch is already heavy!


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Stinger, winch mount thats all I need hurry up and get one built before I move back home
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Aerial mounting tabs, strong enough to support HF antennae like this -

Provision for mounting rock lights in the ends of the bar

No D-rings on the front surface, pedestrian safety laws are making these illegal over here - so recovery points need to be underslung or recessed in some way

Light mounting points that don't interfere with the operation and servicing of the winch.

Tube work that can be pressurized and used as an air tank

Non-slip upper surfaces so that it can be walked on

Hooks on the back of the hoops so that recovery straps/winch cable can be coiled onto the bar if needed.
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nor sure if it would be possible, but a mount to hold a Viar 2.5 tank INSIDE the bumper would ROCK! On the bottom side of the winch plate maybe??? Alot of us would be happy with that! out of the way and protected.
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If the bar work is capable of holding pressure then you will have around 3 gallons of air tank capacity without needing to find space for the tank
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If the bar work is capable of holding pressure then you will have around 3 gallons of air tank capacity without needing to find space for the tank
see thats what i was thinking, something that could hold some air etc.
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nor sure if it would be possible, but a mount to hold a Viar 2.5 tank INSIDE the bumper would ROCK! On the bottom side of the winch plate maybe??? Alot of us would be happy with that! out of the way and protected.
I mounted my tank inside the Red Rock Fab bumper, under the winch plate. It worked very well.... until I started hacking my Jeep apart.
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nor sure if it would be possible, but a mount to hold a Viar 2.5 tank INSIDE the bumper would ROCK! On the bottom side of the winch plate maybe??? Alot of us would be happy with that! out of the way and protected.
+1 on this!

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+1 on this!
We will look into both options for air tanks, building one into the bumpers and external mounting of an auxiliary tank.

We really like the idea of rock lights built into the bumper.

Light mounting options will be plentiful.

Miraz I'm assuming you're in Australia?

This is good!! Keep 'em coming!


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to be able to take out any ______ (insert your least favorite vehicle here)
with one good ramming.
rocket launcher?
okay seriously, some cool ideas, Air and compressor, lights good stuff.
options, options, options. stinger, hooks, storage spot (tow ropes etc.)
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about 4 light tabs clevis mounts,nice stinger or hoop
winch mount
if not a air tank combatible thing a coupler to hook your air hose to that goes to the air tank,


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a receiver for a hitch, along with everything else mentioned here

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Some way of strapping/attaching shovels, axes, jacks, etc. securely so they don't slip around to block the lights and such.

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Miraz I'm assuming you're in Australia?
Damn, rumbled.....in that case you'd better also add a beer locker...

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a receiver for a hitch, along with everything else mentioned here
aaah i say pass on the receiver hitch.....not a fan

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Simple, Stubby, light tabs a plenty, clevis mounts, factory fog option, if you do a hoop to protect the winch throw some light tabs on that as well.....
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I really dig the recessed triangular holes that take a high lift in them.

Makes using the jack that much safer.
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Strong but light. I like the aluminum bumpers that are starting to show up. That is IF they can hold up with some occasional rockage.

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