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JcrOffroad JK Dagger Review by Krawl-Offroad

As a new dealer of JcrOffroad, we recently had the chance to take a detailed look at their new Dagger Series front bumper lineup for the Jeep Wrangler JK. These guys are new to the JK market but not to the offroad world, they’ve been one of the largest names in the Cherokee bumper market for nearly 9 years! We were pleasantly surprised when we got the chance to see what they came up with first hand as JCR sent us out one of the first ones off the line to test fit on our very own 2007 KrawlOff-Road.com JK. We were sent their JK Front Stubby Dagger Stinger Winch Bumper with the taller stinger option that includes supports.

Delivery Day: This is how it came off the brown truck, wrapped up in packaging material. Nothing fancy but just enough to protect it during shipping.



One of the BEST stickers on the outside of the packaging was this one:



All of JCR’s products are handmade in Kalamazoo Michigan and they are built very well. All of JCR’s products come shipped in bare steel. This way, you can finish it off as you see fit. Here is what it looked like all unwrapped:



The welds throughout the entire bumper are nice and clean. Pictured below is one of the shackle tabs that come standard on every JCR bumper. They did a great job with cleaning up all the areas of the bumper so there was minimal that needed to be done prior to powder coating/painting.





On the back of the bumper you can see the provisions for the winch, factory fogs, and the bumper mounting locations. It uses the same 8 bolts to mount as does the stock JK bumper. One nice thing (as you can see) it comes with all hardware to mount the bumper and the fog lights with.

Next step, was a simple test fitting! Here, we got to see how nice the lines of this bumper flowed with the stock lines on the JK. Also, the fit of the factory frame rails was spot on! No adjusting or guess work here. It went right on without any issues!



Here is where you can see what some would call a downside to the bumper. With the slim design, you can see the stock crash bar is still on our JK. This bumper does not interfere with it at all but it does not hang as low as the crash bar. So, if you don’t cut it off, you will be able to see it. Another option is to opt for the additional lower bumper skid offered by JCR. We will deal with that one later… next up, paint!

There are many finish options; Powder coating, bedliner, automotive finish or good old spray paint, to name a few. We opted to rattle can the bumper as we use our JK on the trail and it is not a mall crawler. It wouldn’t make sense for us to spend the money on the powder coating if we are just going to have to go back in and touch it up or refinish it. We put down 3 coats of self etching primer followed by 3 coats of textured flat black. After leaving it to dry overnight, the next step was mounting the fog lights. This is where the second issue came in. We had to enlarge the mounting holes on the fog light housing just a bit to make them fit on the Ľ” mounting studs on the bumper. Here is what it looked like all mounted up!



Here, you can see what we ended up doing with the crash bar for now. We cleaned it and painted it to match the bumpers finish.

We are quite pleased with the outcome. This is a great addition to the JK. It has the aggressive lines that most guys look for with a fit and finish to match. JCR did their homework with this one and looks like they have found a nice spot in the JK market! We find that this bumper will be a good deal at $399.00 (+$50 for tall stinger and gussets). JCR also has flat rate shipping on all there items. This bad boy ships for $90.00 anywhere in the USA! Also, this is just one of the few that JCR has just released. If you would like to see more, or have any questions fallows these links: WWW.jcroffroad.com or www.KrawlOff-Road.com.

Also, special thanks to Brian and the crew over at JCROffroad for giving us the chance to check out your new offerings to the JK world!

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Wow! If they'd had this out two months ago I very well may not have a PSC Brawler Lite!

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One of the nicest bumpers I've seen.Please let everyone know when they appear on your site. Interested as to how many variations will be offered, I'm sure they must make it without the stinger.
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Ringo, check the site- they offer numerous options. I can attest to JCRs quality from past experience with their Cherokee products. Very good company and Jason can surely get you ordered on anything they offer with no hassle!

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I like the look of this one. Another US made product, that's very cool.

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I just want to add that along with the obvious quality seen here, they have great service. They have communicated with me through the entire build, they honored the 5% off coupon code two days after order, and have already shipped my bumper. Ordered last Friday, already shipped! Unbelievable! Big kudos to these guys!

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Website appears to be down. Just a heads up. Bumper looks awesome!

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Can I get a side shot of that bumper installed? curious to see how far out it extends from the front. Looks nice though!


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One of the nicest bumpers I've seen.Please let everyone know when they appear on your site. Interested as to how many variations will be offered, I'm sure they must make it without the stinger.
Sure thing! We are working to get all of their new items up on our site. We have quite a bit there already. JCR has them up on their site though. If you see something there, we can most certainly get it and maybe even help you out on the prices! We can get anything they make...

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Website appears to be down. Just a heads up. Bumper looks awesome!
Ours or JCR's? If it is ours, the server has been having trouble keeping up with the traffic! LOL I need a IT guy.

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Can I get a side shot of that bumper installed? curious to see how far out it extends from the front. Looks nice though!
Sure, let me see what I can get for you!

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Here, see if this helps...



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No problem! If you need or want to see anything else, please let us know!

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Just checked out the dagger with pre-runner bar. I've been thinking a brawler lite was in my future, but that thing is tits!

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They definitely seem to be a top notch company. I'm looking at picking up an XJ as a DD, I'll be giving them a call for sure.

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Wow, pretty sweet looking bumper and I agree with the post above...this will give the PSC stuff a run for their money.

What's the downside to cutting off the lower crash bar???

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I HAVE a PSC Brawler Lite with a custom stinger and grill hoop... and I'm very strongly considering selling it to go with the JCR bumpers front and rear. This is a very nice piece of work.

Jason, can you please get a shot from farther back so we can get a better idea of a panned-out view?

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Wow, pretty sweet looking bumper and I agree with the post above...this will give the PSC stuff a run for their money.

What's the downside to cutting off the lower crash bar???
Yes, I think it might just do that! The crash bar is there to help keep cars from going under the JK when in wreck, or to keep them out of the motor. There is a lot of compaines that ditch the crash bar. In the begining, it stuck out like a sore thumb with all the mud that was on it but when we cleaned it up and painted it, it really didnt look that bad!

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They definitely seem to be a top notch company. I'm looking at picking up an XJ as a DD, I'll be giving them a call for sure.
They make nice XJ stuff as well! Let me know and we can make it happen. I am trying to get the rest of there stuff up on our site...

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I HAVE a PSC Brawler Lite with a custom stinger and grill hoop... and I'm very strongly considering selling it to go with the JCR bumpers front and rear. This is a very nice piece of work.

Jason, can you please get a shot from farther back so we can get a better idea of a panned-out view?
Sure, my friend! How about something like this:



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That stinger looks great! Thanks for all the pictures! Mind if I add mine to your review when it comes next week?

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That stinger looks great! Thanks for all the pictures! Mind if I add mine to your review when it comes next week?
Sure, feel free to post them up!

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they make great stuff! have been looking at purchasing bumpers for my xj and was going to go with something else for my jk. but now with this new line up of jk bumpers i think i'm just going to go with them for everything! plus everything is very reasonable priced.

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Looking at it on my laptop (instead of iPhone) it really doesn't appeal to me as much. The stinger is too upright for me. If it leaned forward a few more degrees this thing would be 10x more appealing.

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Looking at it on my laptop (instead of iPhone) it really doesn't appeal to me as much. The stinger is too upright for me. If it leaned forward a few more degrees this thing would be 10x more appealing.
Really? I can try to get a better picture of it to show the angle. It is about average I would say...

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