Need Bumper Ideas for New 2017 Bumper with No Winch

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Hey everyone, as you can see in the photo my 2017 JK bumper was damaged in a parking lot. Because of my deductible it will be more cost effective to get a new front bumper and a great opportunity too.

The amount of choices is overwhelming but hoping everyone has ideas/photos they could share. I do not like the tubular bumpers personally but was hoping to see some that look great on your Wranglers, preferably without a winch. Not sure if a bumper made to accept a winch would look good without one.

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Welcome e to the forum .
First you have to decide
Stubby, Mid or Full width .
Just Google Jeep steel front
bumpers, check images and
there is a ton of options.
Here is pic of mine .
It's kinda halfway between
stubby and a Mid width.
Personally not a fan of
full width .
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OR Fab full width w/factory fog locations and shackles (D-rings). I prefer it because the bull bar is not too tall, it doesn't have a severe angle out beyond the front of the Jeep, and it tucks nicely right up to the front fenders. Also comes with the bolts and fairlead if you want to add a winch.

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Vijay. It has a winch plate, but there's nothing forcing you to mount a winch on it.

With that damage, your cheapest option is to reach in from the back and push. It'll pop back out, generally.

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Hey everyone, as you can see in the photo my 2017 JK bumper was damaged in a parking lot. Because of my deductible it will be more cost effective to get a new front bumper and a great opportunity too.

The amount of choices is overwhelming but hoping everyone has ideas/photos they could share. I do not like the tubular bumpers personally but was hoping to see some that look great on your Wranglers, preferably without a winch. Not sure if a bumper made to accept a winch would look good without one.

Thanks!

Hey everyone, as you can see in the photo my 2017 JK bumper was damaged in a parking lot. Because of my deductible it will be more cost effective to get a new front bumper and a great opportunity too.

The amount of choices is overwhelming but hoping everyone has ideas/photos they could share. I do not like the tubular bumpers personally but was hoping to see some that look great on your Wranglers, preferably without a winch. Not sure if a bumper made to accept a winch would look good without one.
Most bumpers on JKs can accept a winch. I would suggest looking at the OEM steel bumpers the Rubicon special editions like the Hard Rock, Recon, 10th Anniversary, and X editions come with. The end caps can be removed with the right Torx drivers in about five to ten minutes. At the same time, since they ARE steel, the next clown that backs into your jeep will be more careful in the future. They are pretty much identical to the JL bumpers.
 
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U can also get the stubby bumper kit and use your existing bumper. Basically use a saws all and cut the ends off and replace with the caps. Easy to do,looks pretty good and cheap. Just Google stubby bumper kit
That is certainly less expensive. I have come to think that steel between me and the whack jobs on the road is a good thing. I have my 2016 Hard Rock because I was T-boned by a landscaping pickup and trail. I was driving a stock Rubicon 2015, and the only thing that kept the pickup from stopping in my lap were the stock rocksliders. The impact bowed the frame about a half inch and left dings, dents and damages from the driver door to the rear bumper. The pickup that hit me was a mess and had to be loaded on to a flat bed to be removed. I now consider rock sliders a "good thing" even in city driving. So, as far as bumpers go I am a little biased in favor of steel.
 

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That is certainly less expensive. I have come to think that steel between me and the whack jobs on the road is a good thing. I have my 2016 Hard Rock because I was T-boned by a landscaping pickup and trail. I was driving a stock Rubicon 2015, and the only thing that kept the pickup from stopping in my lap were the stock rocksliders. The impact bowed the frame about a half inch and left dings, dents and damages from the driver door to the rear bumper. The pickup that hit me was a mess and had to be loaded on to a flat bed to be removed. I now consider rock sliders a "good thing" even in city driving. So, as far as bumpers go I am a little biased in favor of steel.
100 Percent . While some may argue about crumple or crush
zones . I'll take my chances in a steel cocoon over a plastic. one
any day of the week. I noticed pretty quick after putting on steel
rear bumper people don't tail gate . At red lights often people stay
back about a cars length, no jioke.
With the steel front bumper never get cut off, ever .
So with all the benefits Off Road it def has benefits on road .
Rock sliders in parking lots , no door dings . Lol
 

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One day my wife was ”informing“ me I parked too close and they might open their door on the Jeep. I said “yes the rock slider’ bad for them”.
Same thing happened to me! I was sittin in the Jeep when some kid flung his mom's car door wide open and it slammed into my rock sliders. Sorry bout your luck kid!
 

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100 Percent . While some may argue about crumple or crush
zones . I'll take my chances in a steel cocoon over a plastic. one
any day of the week. I noticed pretty quick after putting on steel
rear bumper people don't tail gate . At red lights often people stay
back about a cars length, no jioke.
With the steel front bumper never get cut off, ever .
So with all the benefits Off Road it def has benefits on road .
Rock sliders in parking lots , no door dings . Lol
Honestly the best bumper on something I ever drove was built by my dad. My mother wrecked the truck. We hauled it home. Between my dad, my brother and I, we jacked the cab back mostly square - doors and windows worked. Dad used an acetylene, torch and my brother an I on sledge hammers banged the frame back straight. Dad replaced the pickup bed to a flat bed. Then he made two steel hoops that bolted to the front of the frame and mounted a live oak log about four or five inches in diameter. After covering the places on the body where the paint was missing with black primer, that truck always had plenty of room on the road.
 

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Honestly the best bumper on something I ever drove was built by my dad. My mother wrecked the truck. We hauled it home. Between my dad, my brother and I, we jacked the cab back mostly square - doors and windows worked. Dad used an acetylene, torch and my brother an I on sledge hammers banged the frame back straight. Dad replaced the pickup bed to a flat bed. Then he made two steel hoops that bolted to the front of the frame and mounted a live oak log about four or five inches in diameter. After covering the places on the body where the paint was missing with black primer, that truck always had plenty of room on the road.
That sounds like an awesome project with your dad and bro.
Really like the oak bumper idea . That won’t be breaking any time soon . Bonus is no rust !
During the summer when up at the lake saw a truck with wooden front & back bumper .looked pretty ffnn solid .
If I see it again parked will take a couple pics & post . Petty cool idea for a bumper
 

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That sounds like an awesome project with your dad and bro.
Really like the oak bumper idea . That won’t be breaking any time soon . Bonus is no rust !
During the summer when up at the lake saw a truck with wooden front & back bumper .looked pretty ffnn solid .
If I see it again parked will take a couple pics & post . Petty cool idea for a bumper
It was certainly a memorable project. A good deal of the frame straightening was at night when dad could judge the color of the hot steel. Then he'd point where to swing the hammers and my brother and I would strike. Light was from Coleman lanterns. It was fall in the northern California foothills, so freezing at night usually the middle or low 20s in our valley.
 
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This one is a smittybilt. It's my second one as my ex t-boned a Chevy 1/2 ton back when I lived in Edmonton. The Jeep still drives great but the truck was bent in half. If it wasn't for that steel bumper, the Jeep would have been a write off too. The only thing I worry about with aftermarket bumpers is how it affects the deployment of the airbags. Mine didn't go off in the accident but I'm sure that made the repair bill cheaper...

I also hit into one of those concrete highway barriers while driving through 8 foot high grass once. Bumpers really do pay for themselves!
 

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This one is a smittybilt. It's my second one as my ex t-boned a Chevy 1/2 ton back when I lived in Edmonton. The Jeep still drives great but the truck was bent in half. If it wasn't for that steel bumper, the Jeep would have been a write off too. The only thing I worry about with aftermarket bumpers is how it affects the deployment of the airbags. Mine didn't go off in the accident but I'm sure that made the repair bill cheaper...

I also hit into one of those concrete highway barriers while driving through 8 foot high grass once. Bumpers really do pay for themselves!
Welcome to the forum . I lived in Edmonton for 30 years . Had a house in Millwoods for 20 :)
Can’t beat the steel bumpers . Never considered it effecting air bag deployment . Oh well , can’t do much about that .
Glad Ex and Jeep were ok after accident
 
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