Why bother shopping aftermarket Jeep front bumpers? Because as any experienced off-roader will tell you, out on the trails, contact with the odd tree or rock is all but inevitable, no matter how cautious you are. In such events, a good, rugged front bumper upgrade will help protect your investment from costly damage by providing a first line of defense against these and other hazards.
In addition to added protection, more often than not, aftermarket Jeep front bumpers have provisions for mounting recovery winches, making it easier to extract the vehicle should it ever become stuck – again, a virtual inevitability off-road. Frequently, they also have provisions for mounting things like ancillary lights to help illuminate the trails in dark or inclement conditions, and D-ring shackles that give off-roaders additional options with regard to vehicle recovery and towing.
As an added bonus, aftermarket Jeep front bumpers can also enhance the appearance of your ride, making it look as serious, adventurous, and aggressive as it feels. Who wants to mess with a Wrangler wearing an angular, militant-looking bumper with a big, protruding brush guard? No one – that’s who.
Here, we’ve taken the hard work out of looking for the right bumper upgrade, listing the best aftermarket Jeep front bumpers available for the JL Wrangler today.
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DV8 Off-Road Stubby Front Bumper in Steel
The lightest bumper in DV8’s Hammer Forged line, DV8’s Off-Road Stubby Front Bumper is rendered in steel, with thicker material at key points for extra strength where it’s needed. It has every accessory provision you could ever want: holes for factory or aftermarket foglights, D-ring mounting points (D-rings included), a winch plate, and a gusseted stinger for extra protection. It’s a “stubby” design, meaning it doesn’t extend the full width of the vehicle, so folks running big aftermarket wheels don’t have to worry about the bumper impeding wheel travel.
Fab Fours Grumper
If money is no object, JL Wrangler owners will want to check out the second-generation Grumper front bumper from Fab Fours. It’s a sturdy steel stubby design that takes protection a step further than most Jeep front bumpers on the market by enveloping the whole front fascia of the Wrangler (don’t worry; there’s a big mesh insert and side vents to supply cool air to the radiator). It includes D-rings, a winch mount compatible with Warn Zeon winches, and an “angry” headlight cutout. What’s more, it can accommodate most 20″ light bars with an optional insert (GR4606-1) and it has connections for Fab Fours’ optional integrated Grumper Fender System (JL4600).
Warn Elite Series Front Bumper
If a stubby bumper isn’t going to cut it, and you need the protection of a full-width unit, you could do a lot worse than the Warn Elite Series Front Bumper for Jeep Wrangler JL. Warn Industries is one of the most well regarded names in off-road equipment for good reason: they never compromise on quality. This Warn bumper is certified to withstand up to 12,000 pounds of pulling force without deformation, says Warn – an industry-leading figure – and its black powder-coat finish is tested to hold up to 408 hours of salt spray. It’s winch-ready, has a built-in light port for mounting OE or aftermarket fog lights, and can clear 37-inch tires with only a 2-inch lift. It’s one of the best Jeep front bumpers going.
Smittybilt Gen 2 SRC Front Bumper
Another full-width unit, the Smittybilt Gen 2 SRC bumper is a strong choice among aftermarket Jeep front bumpers, with a bottom and sides reinforced with replaceable thermoplastic slip strips that provide an extra 5/16” of protection where you need it most. The rest of the unit is made up of cold rolled steel finished in a matte black powder coat, and the bumper includes D-rings, light mounts, and winch mounts for excellent off-road versatility. The corners of the bumper extend out to match the factory fender lines, but because they are raised, they still allow for excellent entry and exit angles.
ARB Bondi Deluxe Front Bumper
Another full-width option on our Jeep front bumpers list, the ARB Bondi Deluxe Front Bumper provides excellent protection with a long striker that spans the full width of the Wrangler’s front fascia. It has a bash plate underpanel for extra protection, two easy-to-spot red chassis-mounted recovery points, centrally located high-lift jack points, and a pair of light brackets located atop the center tube. ARB says its Jeep front bumper can accommodate Warn, Bushranger, and Smittybilt low-mount model electric winches, with ratings up to 10,000 pounds.
Artec Industries NightHawk Stubby Front Bumper with Mid Tube Stinger – Unfinished
Looking for an unfinished option? Check out this Artec Industries NightHawk Stubby Front Bumper with Mid Tube Stinger. You can take it to the shop of your choice to have it powder-coated in whatever color you like, and a range of Artec tabs allow you to mount a variety of different lights. The bumper comes with a 1/4” thick formed steel winch plate; it’s internally gusseted for superior strength; and it’s contoured for maximum approach angle and tire clearance.
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