Think buying a new bumper for your Jeep is an easy decision? Think again.
Just like choosing most aftermarket solutions for your jeep, there are many factors to consider when upgrading your bumper. Why? Because it needs to withstand the harsh test of off-road adventure or driving style. Today I will give you a detailed introduction to what you need to pay attention to when choosing an aftermarket rear bumper or front bumper.
When it comes to buying a bumper, size matters and front bumpers are offered in a variety of different sizes, including full-width, mid-width and stubby. Here's a closer look at these three main sizes
As the name implies, these types of bumpers span the entirety of the vehicle from one side to the other. In fact, many full-width bumpers are even outfitted with end caps that extend beyond the fender for extended protection. One thing to note about full-width bumpers, however, is that they're best utilized on vehicles with stock (or only slightly larger than stock) tires. Think 31x10.5-inch tires. Larger tires won't fit properly on Jeep vehicles with full-width bumpers.
These types of bumpers are shorter than OEM ones, and fit around the vehicle up until the fenders and tires. Mid-width bumpers are ideal for those who want to outfit their Jeeps with oversized tires beyond standard 31x10.5 inches or make modifications to the
These are the shortest of all aftermarket bumpers, as they leave the corners of the vehicle exposed. Stubby bumpers essentially work to protect the grille and lights. Like mid-width bumpers, they're ideal for Jeep drivers who want to make modifications to the vehicle suspension or install oversized tires (31x10.5 inches or greater).
Aside from size, there are various other considerations to take into account when it comes to buying front and rear bumpers for you Jeep Wrangler vehicle. Here's a look at some of them:
Material matters, especially when it comes to the makeup of your bumper. The best aftermarket bumpers are typically comprised of three layers, which include carbon steel, an electro-galvanized layer and a powder coated layer to make it corrosion resistant.
The finish of the bumper is important for giving it the look that you want. Some of the most popular finishes, such as those offered on YITAMOTOR bumpers, include glossy, matte or textured.
Approach angle is important to know and consider for Jeep owners that enjoy off-roading. Essentially, the term refers to the angle at which you can drive without hitting your bumper against certain obstacles.
In city driving, this isn't a big deal. But out on the trail, the angle at which you ascend and descend at, as well as objects and terrain that you come into contact with, should be considered. Measure your approach angle by taking a yardstick and placing one end on your front tire and the other to the lowest point of your bumper. The longer the measurement, the greater your approach angle.
Winches are essentially hauling and lifting devices, turned either by a crank or motor. Many aftermarket bumpers come equipped with winch plates that can accommodate a winch of more than 10,000 pounds. While not everyone will install a winch, those who use their Jeeps for trail riding and off-roading should strongly consider it. Generally, you should choose a winch that supports 1.5 times the weight of the vehicle it's being installed on. Winches come with installation hardware, which can either be performed by the owner or done professionally.
Matching rear bumper
When most people think of aftermarket bumpers, the front bumper is the only one that comes to mind. However, there are benefits to purchasing a matching rear bumper as well. This can help balance out the weight from a front bumper and also help complete the custom look that you're going for when giving your Jeep an aftermarket makeover.
Weight is something that must be considered when shopping for an aftermarket bumper, as the heavy-duty nature of these parts has the potential to cause vehicle front end dipping. Bumpers come in various weights some weighing more than 130 pounds excluding the winch. If any vehicle sag is a concern for you, you should consider a leveling kit or aforementioned rear bumper to help balance out the weight.