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post #1 of 33 Old 01-20-2018, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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Suggestions for a minimal front bumper?

Hello everyone,
I've had my 09 JKU for several months now (first Jeep) and I'm honing the way I like it. Basically, I like the classic 'skipped leg day' sort of look. Straight bumpers, minimal flares, regular sized tires, etc.
I'll be taking off the damaged black painted fender flares and putting on inexpensive metal ones. I might save up for some nicer tube flares down the road but these'll do for now.

I've ordered a VKS rear frame cap to replace the rear bumper (that's also somewhat damaged). Rear Frame Cap - VKS Fabrication

And I'd like a front bumper to match. I'm not opposed to the idea of just taking the plastic off and bed linering the beam but I want a solid way to use my fog lights in the factory placement. I don't have or want a winch so I'm just looking for a plain, basic, fog lighted option.

I've spent a whole lot of time scouring the internets and there are some home made options that I like and some aftermarket options I like. But I wanted to get input from ya'll. (also not wanting to spend much $)
(this is an example of one of the ideas I like: Jk front bumper mod - Jeep Wrangler Forum but I'm not sure how to mount the lights.
And the Olympic bumper is a consideration too but I'm not sure I want to spend that much money on it. https://www.quadratec.com/products/12006_320X_PG.htm

There are a few others out there to consider like: Naked Jeep JK Crawler Extreme Stubby Bumper | JeepSWAG and Winch Recovery Kit for Jeep Wrangler JK but without the provision for a winch.

Any help?
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Build your own, it's pretty easy.

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VKS V2 is a great bumper.
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Mine is pretty minimal. Not sure you can get it anymore but I am running just the GenRight winch tray sans bumper.
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If you want it to match I'd buy a VKS front. The product quality that comes out of Vick's shop is hard to beat and you're already half way there. His bumpers don't look bad without a winch on them and he's got fog light options as well.
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post #8 of 33 Old 01-22-2018, 05:26 AM
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I like the crawler concepts front bumper and the motobilt bumper. requires cutting some on the front frame but the most minimal with fitting a winch on them if you ever go that route just in case. I have the motobilt and my friend has the crawler.
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Thanks very much guys! I would love to make something myself but I have no access to necessary materials and tools and not much time to figure it out. I Really like the VKS option as well as the Genright, Olympic and a few others.
I'd be completely happy with a simple one like this but with placement for the fog lights.
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I'm still chewing on this and am possibly leaning toward making my own.
The Olympic with the light pods is still a good possibility but I just don't want to spend the money on something I'd want to cut the pointy ends off of.
I found this article with their build out of exactly what I want, except for the provision for the lighting and sans winch. 2013 Jeep Wrangler JK - Project Private JK - Jp Magazine



I might just get some channel and see what I can do. I don't have the ability to make the light holes though.

anyway, still processing!
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I might just get some channel and see what I can do. I don't have the ability to make the light holes though.
Give it a shot, you have nothing to lose.
For the lights, you just need a drill and a hole saw for the hole, and you could use some bolts from home depot for the studs to mount the fog lights.
I made my bumper from the thin metal under the plastic stock bumper. Used a harbor freight winch plate attached below the frame rails.
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VKS Fab is a great choice.

If you can stand the wait times, a Shrockworks stubby with no winch hoop could fit the bill as well.


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If you can't drill or weld, how about a RR modular bumper without end caps? It's simple, can use the fog lights and can get winch or no winch in several versions
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Just take the plastic off and call it a day.
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Thanks very much guys! I appreciate the thoughts.
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Just take the plastic off and call it a day.
I'll probably do this first and drive it around like that to see what I want to do next. I took the rear off recently when I installed a Garvin rack, and in preparation for the rear frame cap from VKS and really like the look. Those polished Sahara bumpers just don't seem right to me.

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If you can't drill or weld, how about a RR modular bumper without end caps? It's simple, can use the fog lights and can get winch or no winch in several versions
$ and time wise this might be my best option and I might end up going that way.

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Give it a shot, you have nothing to lose.
For the lights, you just need a drill and a hole saw for the hole, and you could use some bolts from home depot for the studs to mount the fog lights.
I made my bumper from the thin metal under the plastic stock bumper. Used a harbor freight winch plate attached below the frame rails.
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I really like what you did! Inspiring, clean and practical - just the way I like it.

Like I said above, I'll probably take the plastic off when it warms up a little and run it like that for a little bit to see what I think.
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I don't have the means to make my own, I went with this one from Teraflex. The recovery points can be mounted inside the bumper for a flush look, I chose to mount outside.



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Somebody suggested C-channel. This one was made of 8.2 C-channel.


I remade it in 6061 last year.
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I don't have the means to make my own, I went with this one from Teraflex. The recovery points can be mounted inside the bumper for a flush look, I chose to mount outside.



For some reason I haven't noticed that bumper from Teraflex. I really like it! Yet another to add to the list!
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Somebody suggested C-channel. This one was made of 8.2 C-channel.


I remade it in 6061 last year.
I like how that turned out!
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I just hacked the stock steel bumper flush with the rails, removed the silly cans, and welded some steel strips and nuts to the back to fill in the center holes, add material to mount the stock fog lights, and the nuts hold the fog light wiring with zip ties. The fogs stick out a little but they're still alive after 3 years. Don't really need a super strong bumper without a winch.

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I just hacked the stock steel bumper flush with the rails, removed the silly cans, and welded some steel strips and nuts to the back to fill in the center holes, add material to mount the stock fog lights, and the nuts hold the fog light wiring with zip ties. The fogs stick out a little but they're still alive after 3 years. Don't really need a super strong bumper without a winch.

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Sweet! I like it.
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After trying to order a few different options the past few days, I discovered the Pavement Ends bumper at a suggestion from someone on another forum. After a little research it looked and sounded just right to me so I've got one coming. The price is right too at under $200.
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