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I am eventually going to purchase a set of Smittybilt XRC Flat Fenders but I am bumper shopping right now. I don't do any major off-roading so there is no real need for a winch and d-rings. The main reason for the bumper is protection from deer. I am looking at the double tube bumper for a couple of reasons: cost, old school look, and will allow me to keep my factory fog lights. Has anybody ever run flat fenders with a double tube bumper? Any input is appreciated.
 

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Holy fuck those are the ugliest things in the world. Seriously. I. Can't. Fucking. Stand them. How's that for an opinion

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why not a regular bumper with a bull bar?
 

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Holy fuck those are the ugliest things in the world. Seriously. I. Can't. Fucking. Stand them. How's that for an opinion

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c'mon Chuck. You know you act like there is a Barricade around your heart for the Double Tube Bumper when
this should be your only Barricade:





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ths what you wanna pre-tenderize venison with, OP? I have a pretty good idea that 7 pointer or Bambi's Mom is gonna win over one of the old tube bumpers ;
I suggest you stubbify your OEM and add a cattle catcher and train whistle. )
 

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That's another concern that I have: I don't wanna spend the money on a tube bumper and it not be much sturdier than the plastic factory bumper. So it sounds like the masses say save a little longer and get a plate bumper.
 

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Tube bumpers are just very played out. They go way back to CJ's and TJ's and they just scream obscenities like "First Google Search!" and "Quadratec for life!" and "X-treme Beach Bunny!". They are dated and look weak in most people's eyes. They're also really out of place on a JK.

I would definitely save up if you can and look into some American companies like VKS, Savvy, JCR, Genright, etc. Tons of pictures to gauge what looks good to you besides these glorified pool noodles. Consider what the ultimate goal will be in regards to what you're going to do with the vehicle and how the bumpers will tie-into/ compliment the rest of the vehicle, bare, finished, powder-coat, rattle-can, whether or not you want to match front and rear, whether you plan to crawl rocks and ledges, whether you're going to want a winch, design aspects like mid/ full/ stubby, stinger/ no stinger, aux lighting compatibility, etc, etc... all should be part of your consideration.

That way, a too-slow buck can say to himself "Holy shit that is one bad ass stealth-looking bumper coming at me! I'm gonna die!!" May not even have to call the insurance company!
 

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I'd say that's ~better than stock, but a fookin' 2x4 would fulfill that goal for about 5 bucks.
On the bumper you linked, the bolt-on hoop would probably shear its Chinese "grade 5" bolts and fly upon contact with Bambi.

For comparison, the Warden by VKS has similar coverage and winch placement, costs a bit more and needs to be coated, but it's a product I'd trust.

Night-and-day difference in their ability to prevent vehicle damage if said vehicle is accidentally used to "harvest" game animals. :laughing:


EDIT: while I'm not religiously opposed to tube bumpers (I've had 'em on 2 older Toyota pickups), functionally, there are better options for a JK.





Also, those of us who remember Ronald Reagan as a President or a Governor are reminded of 1980-bortions like this:
 

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rather than getting a tube bumper because it fits your budget, why don't you just live with the stock bumper until you hit the deer, and then use the insurance money to buy a bumper that doesn't look like it belongs on daisy duke's cj?

or spend your money on a good bumper and cut your fenders rather than buying flat fenders.
 

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Ahh yes, the triple tube aluminum can bolt together roll bar.
Ahh yes, the triple tube aluminum can bolt together ̶r̶o̶l̶l̶ sport bar.

Fixed that for you. :smile2:

Most said it already - tube bumpers are not very strong, and provide a largely unsupported aesthetic to the Jeep.

If you want something to resist impact get a real bull bar - they were designed to handle impact with kangaroos, which are a similar vehicle nuisance in Australia. Some rockcrawling bumpers will cause more damage with a quick impact (some may be fine for slow bumps against rocks or limbs) that had there not been an aftermarket bumper at all.
 

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