Regarding Custom Bumpers

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  1. Gabe Voorhees

    Gabe Voorhees New Member

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    So I’m sure a billion people have asked this question, but I really need a good solid steel rear and front bumper. Problem is that the only one I can find is the $1200 ARB one. I don’t even want to spend as much as $500 on one, are there any options at all? I’ve seen Libertys around Instagram with aftermarket bumpers, just not sure where I’d find one. Thanks in advance for the input!
     
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    tommudd Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Only one is the ARB and worth EVERY PENNEY!
    For 500 bucks you are not getting much, if even one were available
    I sold rear bumpers I made a few years back and they were over 500 then ( 2012-13 )
    Anything quality is going to costs some bucks
    some fit JK and TJ bumpers to the front, but have not seen one yet look like something I would want to run on any of my KJs
    nor how they are mounted
     
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    There is a used ARB for sale on Lost Jeeps for $450, not sure of your location though...
     
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    The ARB has the blinkers and running light holes built in already, And it’s bolt on so that’s why it’s so much. Also because the Liberty wasn’t as widely used for off-roading that’s why there isn’t a bunch of parts available.
    If you know how to weld you can always get a Tj bumper and modify to fit your liberty. There are plenty of decent cheap rock crawler styles available for under $500.
    I have an 05 renegade that I’m putting an 07 TJ rock crawler bumper on.
    For this you will have to make modifications for blinkers and running lights depending on the model.
     
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    tommudd Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    and none ( TJ etc ) look good in the end
     
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    I guess we are all entitled to out personal opinion.
    I think as long as it’s tucked nicely and doesn’t hang out like a big donkey d!€k it can look ok.
     
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    tommudd Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    True, but have not seen one yet done that way, and none I have seen anywhere are mounted good enough to hook anything up to them
    People just use a couple of bolts and think its good
    Plus most all are not aligned to match the front
    yes that is my opinion, but if you are going to do it, find one that looks like it may have been designed for a KJ then mount it close and mount it right
    To date I have not found any bumper that looks good on a KJ
    if there was there would be one on the front of at least one of mine
     
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    Today I got my front end ready to put some new rubbers 265/75R16 nice meaty tires!
    With this mod I Also cut the blinker housing off the bumper and repositioned the running light by making my own holes.
    This allows me to still have my blinkers and running lights functional Without having to modify some other type of blinker to fit when I put the new rock crawler bumper on.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/eHaapKuxa5dQmkECA

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/bgX9EmZhbqf8Nban8

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/guGLCAxxXFjdtwPA6

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/5gszrFhsxvJb1Zs67

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/WnHnEab8dxKmJdrk7

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/2ibycVsuX3Q1vmTi9
     
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    Next I’ll be making templates to cover the holes in the front under the blinkers and around the old bumper to clean it up a little. I’ll post my progress
     
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    tommudd Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    and next regear ;)
     
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    Ok so here’s photos from the process of making the mounts and panels to cover the holes.
    I was able to keep the original tow hooks in place and beefed up the mounting bolts with 1/2 bolts.
    I also did the washer bottle relocation. I just need to wire the fog lights to the original wiring. Hope it works!!!

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/L7iDspwg9wx9nSbV6
     
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