Upgrading Your Bumpers


Rear Bumper for 2007-Up JK Wrangler, Rubicon and Unlimited by Body Armor

The primary goal of a Jeep bumper is to protect any damage from occurring to your grill or radiator. While many of the bumpers on the newer model 4×4’s offer adequate protection, many off road enthusiasts prefer to upgrade to a model that was designed for off road use and will provide more protection for those who enjoy taking their vehicles over rough terrain.


Changing your stock bumpers to something different not only helps with protection, but it can also change the look of your vehicle. Some Jeep bumpers are designed to give a tougher look than others, these looks are not only cosmetic but different bumpers also offer helpful accessories. Some bumper models offer tow hooks or rings, winch mounts, and light mounts and brush guards.

Depending on your preferred terrain for off-roading you may want to consider adding a Jeep bumper with these additional safety features. While many off roaders who prefer rock crawling choose a narrower model of bumper, those who spend much of their time in the dirt or mud should consider bumpers that offer winches or tow hooks. These kinds of terrain can often leave you stuck in a situation where you will need a tow to pull yourself out. By having tow rings or a winch, the process of getting out of a tough situation will be much easier.

If you’re considering upgrading your front bumper don’t forget about the rear one also. The rear Jeep bumpers are just as important as your front bumper. Rear bumpers are designed to help protect your vehicle from damage and often have integrated hitch mounts. Rear bumpers also provide a platform that allows for the mounting of a swing away rack for use with oversized tires.

When purchasing new Jeep bumpers for your vehicle take into consideration the primary off roading conditions you drive on and the kind of protection that will be necessary for that terrain. There are many models available, if you feel overwhelmed by all of the choices consult a professional or ask your off roading friends which model they prefer. Whether you’re looking for a model to change the looks of your Jeep or looking for more of a functional bumper, there are plenty of models available to meet your needs.

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."

7 comments

  1. This past spring I replaced the front bumper on my 08 Wrangler which included adding a winch. I never even considered replacing the rear bumper and now I’m wondering why the salesmen didn’t suggest that back then. I’ll bet it would have been cheaper to replace them both at the same time. I’ll be checking on that.

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  2. The total setup on that Wrangler is enviable. I run an ancient Jeep and have put homemade bumpers on front and back. I really need to give up the fight and just buy a newer model, but we’ve been through so much together. Besides, this one is paid for.

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  3. This past spring I replaced the front bumper on my 08 Wrangler which included adding a winch. I never even considered replacing the rear bumper and now I’m wondering why the salesmen didn’t suggest that back then. I’ll bet it would have been cheaper to replace them both at the same time. I’ll be checking on that.
    +1

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  4. I would upgrade my bumpers if I thought it would help. What I really need to do is upgrade the entire Jeep. Actually the bumpers are the best thing about it. My uncle gave me this Jeep when I was 14. He said it was on it’s last leg. The last leg has lasted 9 years. I’ve been able to keep it limping along well enough, but it seems I spend almost as much time under it as I do in it.

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  5. That’s a sweet setup on that Jeep. I even like the green paint job which I never thought I would. It just different enough to suit my quirky tastes. My current Jeep is such a mess I’ve decided not to do any more updating on it. I’ve decided to buy a new Wrangler in the spring. This one will get me through the winter as is.

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  6. Been there, done that, went rock climbing and ripped the rear bumper nearly off. I have to admit, it was my own fault. Somehow that didn’t make me feel any better. Now I can only hope that they can straighten out the bumper and make it look OK again.

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  7. I am upgrading both. I’m also adding a winch and a trailer hitch. Christmas present from my wife. She’s been working overtime for the last couple of months to surprise me. Boy, did she ever. She kept talking about all the clothes and shoes she was going to buy with this overtime money so I was caught off guard. God, I love that woman.

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