Looking to get a new front bumper

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  1. jharrisliberty

    jharrisliberty Full Access Member

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    I am looking to either swap out the current stock bumper for one with a winch plate or a way to attach a winch to the front of my 2006 KJ. I am leaning more towards replacing the front bumper. I have tried looking online for different options and the one that seems to keep popping up is the ARB bumper and it cost a little more than I can spend on something like this at the moment. I am on a budget and looking for good options, please help.
     
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    Welcome to the forum James.
    The detour's is the best least expensive way of properly mounting a winch.
    I want to also make you aware that the extra weight will make your front end sag bad!
    The stock OEM springs are not designed for extra weight & will sag.
    By adding the 70 lb pushbar, on stock springs I could not get 2-3 fingers between tire & wheel well!
    Needles to say a full suspension lift was in order using 927 HD OME springs etc..
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    So do you think that I would be ok if I already have a 2.5" Daystar Lift kit on it or would I still need to replace the OEM springs?
     
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    ^ That's good you added your KJ year and a Daystar lift!
    I suppose you could install the Detours and see how it drives, but nothing beats a good handling KJ with a true suspension lift !!
    If you are thinking winch, obviously you want to use the KJ off road.
    I don't think coil bind is something I want to experience....
    Tom is more qualified to elaborate about Daystar and I'm looking forward to his input! :)
     
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    NO
    full spring lift only forget spacers
    KJ springs are weak to begin with
    After all of these years you have already sagged 1/2 to one inch
    so adding more weight in front you'll be at below ground level in no time
    ARB makes a great bumper, couple of other options as well out there will show you some pics tomorrow
     
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    Go with OME 927s, My wifes KJ (pictured) has the Ironman C springs, and they are now sagged 1.25" since I got them new.

    But for a bumper its either ARB, Backbone, Local Custom, or Mine that I make. But shipping is gonna eat you alive.

    Dont ask about the bumper on the camouflage KJ. I will not make one like that for anyone else.


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    I like my Backbone the best out of all the bumpers. I actually like the look of a stock bumper with the winch on it. I think getting a good quality, American made winch is more important that the bumper it mounts to as far improving the functionality of the Jeep.
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    Has anyone tried to fit an after-market bumper made for a different model Jeep? Seems like modifications could be made to fit a bumber like this, for instance (just something I saw in a Jeep mag, not something I researched the quality of yet):

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    That might open up the options considerably. Is that a possibility?
     
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    Been tried but looks like crap most of the time :shrug:
    all of the wrangler bumper are made for straight across grills, unlike the earlier KJs .
     
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    Hang out on instagram. There are some on there and they look terrible.

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    instacrap and fecesbook
     
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    So when I am able to put new springs on (which will be before I put on a bumper or winch) will I still get the same amount of lift as I do currently from the daystar lift? And are there any other options that have not already been shown on this thread?
     
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    Doing a full spring lift you can get more lift than with a Crapstar
    More lift, better ride, better handling , won't cause parts to wear out quickly etc
    Not sure if I mentioned or not the Matrix brush guard ( yes it does have the option to have a winch )
    Its on my 2003 currently
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    same one when I ran it on my 04
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    How does the winch mount on the Matrix? On top (in front of grill) I presume? As much as putting a winch into a bumper makes sense to protect the winch, it seems to me it would make it a lot harder to respool the cable properly and to keep an eye on it. Thoughts on that?
     
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    Just seen a couple of " spy photos" :shrug::icon_lol:
    But goes into the hitch that is on the 02-04s, then bolts to the front brackets
    and yes it does hamper the ability to make sure the cable is rolling on right in a bumper like ARB is