Cherokee owners have a variety of options available to them today when it comes to equipping their rigs with bumpers. And due in part to survival of the fittest, most of the bumpers out there are reasonably well built and pleasing to the eye.The choice owners face is really one of extravagance: Do you want something simple and straightforward or something a little more over the top? Beauty, of course, is in the eye of the beholder. So everyone will have his or her own opinion.
When faced with equipping our '96 XJ with front and rear bumpers, we decided that we liked the simple design of the Tomken units. They mount close to the body to increase approach and departure angles, and the 1/8-inch steel plate they are built with can take a good amount of banging around without buckling or bending. They also fit well with the stock lines of the Jeep, which, coupled with the black powder-coating, makes them easy on the eyes. Better still, Tomken has a number of accessories to go along with their bumpers, including a swing-out tire carrier, a Gerry can/Hi-Lift jack mount, and a Rocky Rack for carrying ice chests and other gear.
We went to 4 Wheel Parts Performance Center in Redondo Beach, California, to have the bumpers installed, and the entire process took less than two hours. If it's time for new bumpers on your XJ Cherokee, take a good look at Tomken.
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