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Stout Fabrication: Front Mid-Width Bumper with a DIY Option

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We are excited to have wrapped up and started production on our mid-width bumper. We were able to spend some time really beating on this bumper in Moab recently and we were able to find, what we feel, were a couple of minor changes that needed to be made to make it an excellent all around bumper. THIS WILL BE OFFERED IN BOTH A WELDED AND A DIY KIT.

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Features:


-Mid-Width design allows for an excellent approach angle where you would otherwise contact a full width bumper, yet, provides much better protection over a stubby design

-Multiple contours give you a sleek look while keeping everything nice and tight on the front end where approach angle matters

-Recessed winch gives you all of the air flow over the radiator that these Jeeps really need in the hot summer months

-Clevises or D-Ring mounts provide anchoring points to allow for easy recovery when they are needed the most

-Reinforced internal structure give you the backbone that bumpers really need when pushed hard and relied upon to be able to push through an obstacle


What changes were made from the prototype shown above:


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-The first major thing that we changed or added was the holes in the front of the bumper. The reason we did this was we found that it was difficult to access your front two bolts while installing your winch in the bumper and it allowed us to remove some material to take a couple pounds off. After purposely pushing this bumper hard, we found that adding holes there would not become a "hang up" issue

-We were able to raise the lowest portion of this bumper up by about half an inch making it not as tall yet still giving you clearance to retain your crash bar on the front end

-We rolled the fair lead mount down a few inches to the verticle face of the bumper which gave a better alignment for your winch line. We didn't have any issues with where it was, but again, we did not see that lowering it would create any clearance issues

-We didn't know where we wanted to have our clevises due to approach angles and overall design, so you can see the new location as to where these "push through" style d-ring mounts will go. This will allow for a good solid weld both on the face of the bumper as well as on the back side of the bumper

-We took 2" total width off of the bumper to make it not quit so wide. This was probably not something as critical as some of the other changes, but worth pointing out as well


What will we be offering:


-We will offer this in a welded version as well as a DIY Kit. The DIY Kit will come with the internal support heavily tacked together so that we can build it in our fixture to provide accuracy during installation. THIS WILL STILL REQUIRE SOMEONE WITH PROPER WELDING SKILLS TO FINISH WELD. This will provide someone with a project that they can put some of their personal time and sweat in to. There is no reason that this should take more than 1-2 hours MAX to finish out and have ready to install

-This bumper, like most, will ship raw steel so that you can paint or powdercoat to your liking

-The welded version will have the end caps TIG welded on for a show quality finish. Some people will like a ground down version which is perfectly fine and we invite you to give it the finish that you want when you get it

-We will have an option for a trail stinger if you would like that added. We are still working through the details as to what we will be able to offer in the way of mounting tabs for a potential LED bar underneath the bar but over your winch (if desired)


If you stuck around this long and made it to the bottom of this post, we appreciate it. There was a lot of information listed above. We understand that we will not be able to hit on everything that everyone desires, such as retaining the factory fog lights. That's alright. We hope that you like what you have seen and feel free to leave some feedback. We will be developing a shorter "stubby" bumper here shortly, certainly by the end of summer. Keep an eye out for that if that is more your style. We will also be finishing our sliders both for the 2 door and the 4 door JK's. Thanks again for taking a look at what we have and please let us know if we can help you in any way.

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Here are a few more photos from our recent Moab trip

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What are we looking at for the price range?


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Pricing for our DIY Kit will be $399 and our welded version will be $549.

We are going to knock $50 off the DIY Kit for the first run and $100 off the welded as we would like to get some of these in the hands of customers and get some more real time feedback from people. Since we have done several prototypes at this point, we are very confident in how this will hold up and perform, so we are jumping in with both feet and doing a fairly large first run. These should be available and shipping at the end of next week. Thanks!

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