2007 Jeep Wrangler JK - You Don't Have A Bumper Yet?Posted in How To on October 1, 2007 0) (
The new Jeep Wrangler JK has taken the aftermarket industry and off-road world by storm. Our project JK has already received numerous aftermarket goodies as well as suffered the abuse of extensive trail time. The vehicle, although new to many of us, is quickly proving to be yet another masterpiece of the Jeep brand.
Two of the most important items you can add to your JK are a strong front and rear bumper. Besides the extra protection they offer against bashing into rocks, trenching through mud, and traversing water crossings, both act as platforms to carry and support many other trail necessities such as a winch, spare tire, jack, tools, and jerrycans. Check out the following available options for the new Jeep Wrangler JK.
Kilby Enterprises' Trail Boss front bumper for the '07 Jeep JK has been engineered for optimum strength and function. With its integrated winch mount, this bumper accepts many popular winches and mounts them as low as possible to maintain unrestricted airflow to the radiator. The bumper includes an internal roller fairlead and also accepts a hawse fairlead. There are two skidplates available. Trail Boss JK bumpers use 3/16-inch HRPO steel for superior strength and finish and are built in the USA.
For more information, contact: Kilby Enterprises, (818) 565-5945, www.kilbyenterprises.com
Your local Jeep dealer now carries authentic Mopar off-road front and rear bumpers for the new Jeep JK. They feature compact dimensions that provide excellent ground clearance for off-road obstacles and tow eyes for off-road recovery. The front bumper incorporates factory energy absorbers and is fully crash-tested to work in conjunction with your Jeep's airbag system. It also features an integrated universal winch mount grille guard (also available without a winch mount). The rear bumper is designed to clear the factory towhook and trailer hitch. Both front and rear bumpers come with a textured, satin-black, triple antichip coating that meets tough Jeep corrosion standards.
For more information, visit your local Jeep dealership.
Durango 4x4 enhances the lines of the stock JK bumper while giving it a stronger, bolder look and the brute strength of a unit crafted from 1/4-inch-thick steel. Every bumper includes a 2-inch receiver and exclusive 1-inch-thick laminated shackle mounts. The design allows you to carry a 35-inch spare without adding the swing-away tire carrier, which is optional with all of Durango 4x4's rear bumpers.
For more information, contact: Durango 4x4, (888) 259-8676, www.durango4x4.com.
The brand-new JK bumpers from ShrockWorks are constructed of high-strength, 3/16-inch steel plate that is laser-cut, CNC-formed, and meticulously welded and finished by skilled craftsman in the USA. The company's midwidth bumper is wider than the stubby-version bumper and will accommodate either the factory foglights or 4-inch aftermarket lights. Other features include 1-inch-thick steel recovery points and a removable 3/16-inch skidplate that provides additional protection and will also protect the sway-bar-disconnect motor on the JK Rubicon. The front bumper is also ready to accept your favorite winch up to 9,500 pounds, including some larger winches like the new Warn PowerPlant. Finish options include: bare steel, semigloss, or textured black powdercoat. Both bumpers are available with a winch hoop (as pictured), no top tubing, or a grille/radiator hoop.
For more information, contact: ShrockWorks, (877) 4-SHROCK, www.shrockworks.com.
Rusty's Off-Road Products
Tough enough for the rugged trails of Moab and Tellico yet stylish enough for a night out on the town, Rusty's trail-tested bumpers are fabricated from laser-cut 3/16-inch steel and are CNC precision-formed. These bumpers are powdercoated in a wrinkle-black finish that matches the factory flares and are predrilled for most winches, with no added winch plate necessary. Rusty's offers optional bolt-on D-ring mounts and an optional winch protector bar. The new Trail Tested front bumper is available in two styles: PN JBJK-777 offers maximum coverage for the under-bumper protective bar; PN JBJK700 requires cutting the lower protective bar off, which "skinnies" up the front bumper about 4 inches for better approach angles.
For more information, contact: Rusty's Off-Road Products, (256) 442-0607, www.rustysoffroad.com.
Developed specifically for the hardcore rockcrawler and city driver alike, the HighRock 4x4 front bumper and rear bumper by Bestop feature a high-access design for greater clearance. The durable and stylish front bumper can be used with the optional 2-foot Approach Roller and has an E-coat undercoating and a textured black powdercoat finish, which not only provides protection from moisture penetration but also ensures a tough exterior finish. The HighRock 4x4 rear bumper is a conventional yet stylish heavy-duty bumper made with the same undercoating and texture as the front bumper. Bestop also offers a number of accessories and bolt-on equipment for these new JK bumpers.
For more information, contact: Bestop, (800) 845-3567, www.bestop.com.
New from PureJeep are the front JK Crawler stubby bumper and rear JK Crawler bumper. The front bumper features a narrower-than-stock design that provides more approach angle for the front tires when tackling large rocks on the trail. The narrow bumper will prevent the tires rubbing in turns, under most conditions, on tires up to 35 inches in diameter. The bumper accommodates the factory foglamps and fits over the factory underrider bar that hangs below the frame, protecting it and the Rubicon edition's sway-bar-disconnect motor from trail damage.
The Crawler rear bumper is designed to complement the distinct body lines of the new JK Wrangler. It retains the rear factory towhitch or towhook without sacrificing any ground clearance. The swing-away tire carrier allows owners to run tires up to 39 inches in diameter, and it takes all of the weight off the stock tailgate to eliminate tailgate-hinge sag and misalignment.For more information, contact: PureJeep, (661) 304-0360, www.purejeep.com.
American Expedition Vehicles
American Expedition Vehicles (AEV) is well-known for quality fabrication. The company's new front JK bumper is constructed of heavy-gauge stamped steel and retains the factory airbag crush cans to help prevent low-speed deployment. Additionally, the AEV bumper utilizes the factory foglamps while offering two heavy-duty light tabs for large off-roading lamps. Stainless steel perforated-steel mesh in the front allows you to see the winch cable spooling in, and the included winch mount tucks neatly between the framerails. Other features include: a winch mount, light mount tabs, E-coated surfaces, corrosion protection coating, included tow loops, and optional skidplates that are available for purchase.
For more information, contact: American Expedition Vehicles, (406) 251-2100, www.aev-conversions.com
When Jeep released the all-new '07 Wrangler JK, Warn Industries made sure to offer the aftermarket performance parts needed to make this vehicle ready for the toughest off-road adventures. To accommodate JK enthusiasts, Warn has released front and rear Rock Crawler bumpers for the vehicle. These resilient units are constructed from 3/16-inch and 1/4-inch steel and are CNC-formed and robotically welded. They feature tapered ends for increased approach and departure angles and have welded eyelets to mount D-shackles, increasing your recovery options.
The front bumper (PN 74255) has predrilled holes to mount lights, and for added vehicle protection there's an optional front Grille Guard Tube (PN 74256). The rear Rock Crawler bumper (PN 74300) will accommodate the Warn tire carrier for the JK (PN 74299) thanks to a 1-1/2-inch solid steel shaft pin that comes up through the bumper. For durability, this shaft pin is welded - not bolted - into the bumper.To top it off, a black powdercoated wrinkle finish provides these parts with both good looks and outstanding durability.
For more information, contact: Warn Industries, (800) 543-9276, www.warn.com.
Fab Fours has just released three new exciting JK bumpers: the JK front Hardcore, JK front Lifestyle, and JK rear bumper with tire carrier. The front Hardcore bumper is ready for your winch with its 3/16-inch construction throughout, 1-3/4-inch-OD tube center hoop, 1-1/2-inch-OD tube center supports, and 3/4-inch D-ring mounts. The front Lifestyle bumper offers a more contemporary Jeep look while also being constructed with the same strength as the Hardcore.
For the rear, Fab Fours continues the same solid construction with a locking swivel tire carrier which allows easy access to the rear compartment. The carrier can handle the weight and size of up to a 40-inch-tall tire.
For more information, contact: Fab Fours, (866) 469-9056, www.fabfours.com.
Mountain Off-Road Enterprises
Mountain Off-Road Enterprises' (MORE) RockProof JK bumpers are made from laser-cut 7-gauge steel and formed using a CNC break. The front bumper incorporates a winch mount and clevis mounts, and it reuses the OEM foglights. The rear incorporates wraparound corners to protect your Jeep from rock rash, and it features a 2-inch receiver hitch with safety-chain hooks. To handle your larger-size tires, you can opt for MORE's rear bumper with tire carrier. This carrier can support up to a 37-inch tire. The tire carrier also has a safety latch which will secure it in the closed and open positions.
For more information, contact: Mountain Off-Road Enterprises, (970) 625-0500, www.mountainoffroad.com.
The TeraFlex RockGuard front bumper for the JK Wrangler is designed to offer the ultimate in rock protection as well as match the design styling of the vehicle's body. Extensive engineering has been employed to provide a look that flows with the JK and still offer the protection needed to allow the 4,500-plus-pound vehicle to push over rocks and obstacles. The front bumper is designed with an integrated winch mount. The winch can either be used as a hidden-mount (with remote solenoid) or as a top-mount with attached solenoid. In addition the bumper allows for a bolt-on roller or hawse fairlead, and integrated D-ring mounts aid with recovery equipment.
The TeraFlex RockGuard rear bumper offers the same protection and construction strength as the front bumper. The rear unit features a recessed spare-tire well and can be ordered with an integrated spare-tire swing-away tire mount to allow easy access to the rear of the Jeep. The tire mount will support up to a 37-inch tire.
For more information, contact: Tera Manufacturing, (801) 288-2585, www.teraflex.biz.
ARB 4x4 Accessories
ARB's product line for the '07 JK has started to arrive, beginning with a new-style Rockbar, a winch-compatible front bumper, and an all-new matching ARB rear bumper. For this new Jeep, ARB has deviated from its traditional Deluxe Bull Bar and created the Rockbar, which boasts ARB's famed engineering in a high-clearance bar. This smaller bumper features an improved approach angle, a tighter fit to the frame, and highly tapered wing sections to allow greater clearance for oversize tires. Incorporated recovery points, Hi-Lift jacking points, and removable brackets for auxiliary lights maintain the functionality of this bumper. Designed to fit Warn 6,000 to 9,500-pound, low-mount, 9.5ti, and PowerPlant winch models, the ARB Rockbar will accommodate all of your recovery needs.
To meet the needs for rear protection on the new Jeep JK, ARB has also released a new rear bumper, skillfully engineered to match the ARB Rockbar. This full-replacement rear bumper adds protection for the rear body panels and has been designed to work with the OE towing package and the OE recovery points. Made to accommodate up to a 35-inch tire, this rear bumper is an ideal way to complete the look of your ARB'd rig.
For more information, contact: ARB 4x4 Accessories, (425) 264-1391, www.arbusa.com.
Known for being a quality off-road lighting company, KC Hilites now offers a new lineup of Jeep JK front and rear bumpers. KC's new plate winch-mount front and rear bumpers are made of 3/16-inch steel, and all frame brackets are made from 1/4-inch plate for a sturdy mount. The front winch-mount bumper has integrated fairlead attachment points, 3/4-inch shackle mounts, and will accept typical towhooks. The front bumper is predrilled for two lights, and the included lightbar will hold an additional two lights. The rear bumper also includes 3/4-inch shackle mounts as well as a rear tire carrier that can hold up to a 40-inch-tall tire.
For more information, contact: KC HiLites, (928) 635-2607, www.kchilites.com.
Olympic 4x4 Products
If you're looking for maximum front and rear coverage, you need to check out the new JK bumper lineup from Olympic 4x4 Products. The company's new Defender front bumper has been engineered for maximum front-end coverage. The top tube provides great protection for the grille, headlights, and winch. Olympic also has a new winch mount that is manufactured from 2-inch-round, construction-quality, heavy-wall steel tube, providing 1/4 inch of steel between your Jeep and any obstacle you come up against.
Olympic's new Rock rear bumper has a unique gullwing design and bolts on with no welding or cutting required. It is constructed of 7-gauge, 3/16-inch-thick steel plate and has been designed to accept OEM Jeep 2-inch receiver hitches. Both bumpers are available in three powdercoated finishes: High Gloss Black, Rubicon Textured Black, and Sierra Chrome, an environmentally friendly, chrome-style powdercoated finish.
For more information, contact: Olympic 4x4 Products, (323) 726-6988, www.4x4products.com.
Rock Hard 4x4 Parts
The Rock Hard 4x4 Jeep JK Wrangler rear bumper/tire carrier is made of super-strong, 1/4-inch-thick plate steel. Designed with tapered ends for increased departure angles, this heavy-duty bumper will carry up to a 38-inch tire and comes standard with an integrated Class 2 hitch receiver, a CB antenna mount, a horizontal Hi-Lift jack mount with padlock provision, and two 5/8x2-1/2-inch D-ring shackle mounts with tabs that are welded on.
For the front, Rock Hard 4x4 offers its Shorty JK bumper, which is also made from 1/4-inch-thick plate steel. The front bumper features recesses for the factory foglamps to protect them from trail damage. The bumper is also winch-ready with a built-in protector hoop.
For more information, contact: Rock Hard 4x4 Parts, (303) 750-4690, www.rockhard4x4parts.com.
Body Armor 4x4
Body Armor 4x4 has a reputation for building high-quality protection equipment, and the company now produces front and rear bumpers for your JK. These new bumpers are built as direct replacements for the OE units and are completely bolt-on. Available for the front are the company's 59-inch Triple Hoop or Quad Hoop bumpers. These are made from 2x5-inch, 3/16-inch-wall, rectangular tubing with tapered, enclosed, and welded ends. The Triple Hoop consists of a 2x0.140-inch-wall center hoop and 1.5x0.140-inch brushguards; there is an added hoop for hood protection on the Quad Hoop model. Also included are a 2-inch recovery receiver, shackle mounts welded to the front and rear surfaces of the bumpers, powdercoated D-rings, and light tabs.
For the rear, Body Armor offers its new 63-inch Swing-A-Way bumper. In the styling tradition of the company's CJ, YJ, and TJ lineup, this bumper offers a 63-inch width for added rear protection. The bumper and tire carrier come with all of Body Armor 4x4's standard features such as the built-in Hi-Lift jack mount, a CB antenna mount, jerrycan mounts, a 2-inch recovery receiver, D-rings, and a black powdercoated, diamond-plate frame cover plate.
For more information, contact: Body Armor 4x4, (951) 808-0750, www.bodyarmor4x4.com.