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
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!