Many of us may not even pay that much attention to what type of bumper we currently have installed on our Jeeps. But, if you are an avid off road driver, you will know exactly what type you have because you may have replaced the factory bumper with one that was more suited for your off-roading needs. A bumper may not seem like a very important piece of off-roading equipment, but many were designed with that idea in mind.

Off-roading Jeep bumpers are designed totally different than many factory bumpers. They were designed solely with the purpose of taking your vehicle off road. They come in many different sizes and shapes which serve different purposes. The first thing you will want to consider before purchasing a new bumper is what its primary function will be.

If you are just looking for protection from stray branches that you may happen upon while off-roading in your Jeep, choosing a design that will protect your grill and radiator from damage will be the best choice for you. There are many designs that meet these requirements; the first thing you will need to consider is the size of the bumper that will best fit your needs. After you have decided on the size, the next step is to choose the design. Depending on your personal tastes, you will find one that is as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional.

The other option is choosing a Jeep bumper that has a winch installed as part of the bumper. If you do not have a winch installed separately, this may be the right choice for you. A winch is an indispensible piece of equipment that can save you or any of your friends from becoming stranded while off-roading. There are many bumper designs that feature a winch as part of their design. Among many off-roaders this is the best choice; it offers functionality as well as the visual appeal that many off-roaders look for in a bumper.

When choosing a new bumper for your Jeep, it is important to look at all available styles and make a choice based on what will best suit your needs. If you are not experienced in replacing bumpers, you may want to have it done professionally to avoid any problems that may arise.

Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."


  1. I thought to myself, it’s only a bumper. Surely I could install it myself. And I did. Trouble was, the second time I went off road it fell off and I ran over it rendering it useless. I decided my problem is I think too much!


  2. If you consider the primary function of a new bumper is soley looks, save your money! I decided that I would get the one I thought looked the best and hope that it would be good enough to do the job I needed it to do. Didn’t work that way, at all. I ended up having to go with one that I didn’t like as well, but that would do the job I needed. I like it more now than when I first bought it. It grows on me almost daily. Wish I would have gone this route the first time. Oh well, live and learn.


  3. I replaced the factory bumper not once or twice but three times before I woke up. Talk about learning your lesson the hard way! Now, after doing my homework, I have an off road bumper that will protect my Jeep and looks great too.


  4. Factory bumpers look good but come up short on functionality. I only had my Jeep so I was reluctant to to put on off road bumper on it. Now, it’s soley a recreational off road vehicle and that was one of the first changes I made. The bumper now sports a winch as well and since I don’t have to park it in the bank lot and get out of it in a 3 piece suit every morning, I’m OK with it. Actually, I was OK with it at work, but the boss frowned on it. Now, we’re both happier.


  5. I select off road bumpers because basically an off road bumper is much stronger and more sturdy. Off-road bumpers are designed to protect the front fascia and grille of trucks or SUVs that are driven through brush and small branches while exploring unpaved roads.


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