Aftermarket Bumpers vs. OEM Bumpers
When upgrading your Jeep Wrangler JK or JK Unlimited for the trails, we recommend a good set of aftermarket bumpers. Unlike the CJ series or the heritage YJ/TJ models that came from the factory with metal bumpers, the Wrangler JK has rather large plastic units, made from the same material as the fenders. While this plastic is fine for minor bumps and scrapes, even a small fender bender can push the ends in. Hit the OEM bumper hard enough, and you could be looking at damage to your frame rails, or worse! This is why we recommend a sturdy aftermarket bumper. Shown below is the plastic OEM unit. Scroll down for just a peek at some of our selection!
AEV - American Expedition Vehicles
One of our favorite brands of aftermarket bumpers are AEV, or American Expedition Vehicles. With AEV, you get a solid front and rear bumper that will protect your Jeep around town or on the trail. The front bumper features two cutouts for fog lights, room for a winch, and tabs for auxiliary lights. Available with or without the tube grille guard.
The AEV Rear Bumper, shown below, features a swing out tire carrier, perfect for those large aftermarket wheel and tire combinations that are popular with the Wrangler JK. Also features an internal reservoir for holding non-potable water or other liquid substances (look right under the license plate and you'll see the plastic cap for the storage tank). Can also be upgraded with an auxiliary fuel can, fitted to the spare tire mount (sold separately).
Crawler Conceptz is another popular brand, and provides a sturdy option for those looking to strengthen the armor on the Wrangler JK. Shown above in the stubby configuration, these bumpers are available with D-Ring tabs, hoops, and more! Shown below, the Crawler Concept rear bumpers feature a hitch and cutouts for backup LED lights. Also available with swing out tire carrier. An aluminum option keeps the bumpers light but doesn't sacrifice protection.
We've used Poison Spyder on several of our builds, and always with great success. People generally notice the LCOG fenders and rocksliders first, but Poison Spyder makes awesome bumpers too! Above, shown in the stubby configuration, these bumpers are some of the toughest on the market! Available with with D-Ring tabs, hoops, winch mounting options and more, Posion Spyder has some great options for your build.
If you're looking for a bumper series that is available in steel or aluminum, check out GenRight! Adding accessories to your Jeep can get heavy, so save weight where it counts, without sacrificing protection. GenRight offers a series of bumpers, ranging from stubby to full-width, with stinger bars, hoops, and more! Made with a low-profile winch mount, these bumpers will help your radiator keep the engine cool, by keeping your winch from interrupting the air-flow. Ships raw steel or aluminum, and 100% Made in the USA! Check out a full selection of GenRight Bumpers HERE!
Used on builds like PROJECT: VANDAL, Metalcloak is a great option for your build. Made from cold formed 10 gauge steel plate, and available in black textured powdercoating, these bumpers are built to last! Comes in 3 different bumper lengths (stubby, mid, and full). With 5 different grille protection options, from hoops to stingers, these bumpers can be more readily customized to your particular build style. Tired of your stubby bumper? Just bolt on the extensions and you've got a full width, no welding required! Don't leave the front of your Jeep or your expensive winch unprotected, make sure your bumper is up to the task, today! Click HERE for a full list of Metalcloak bumpers. Don't forget to watch the video showcasing the unique modular system!
Another one of our favorites, the JCR bumpers provide excellent protection for the front of your Jeep while looking good too! Available in many different configurations, from stubby to full width, JCR bumpers feature D-ring tabs, Hi-Lift Jack points, Recessed Winch Mounts, and more! Heavy-duty CNC cut 3/16-inch steel construction means that these bumpers will hold up to whatever you can throw at 'em, and then some. Full width models include mounting points for fog lights. Need a rear bumper and tire carrier? JCR makes these as well, with two different carrier options! Rear bumpers have mounting options for backup lights. Click HERE for our full listing of JCR Bumpers!
If you want to learn more about some of these options, or you want to browse our entire selection, check out these links to our rear and front bumper pages. Our selection of aftermarket bumpers features only the best in quality and dependability. If you're looking for a steel bumper that will take more punishment than the OEM unit, you've come to the right place. Looking for improved approach angles, hoops and accessories? We've got that too! Undecided on what bumper is right for you, or which direction is right for your build? Give us a call, we're glad to help!