Jeep (JL) Stubby Front Bumpers

A stubby front bumper installed on your JL Jeep Wrangler can greatly improve off-road capability, giving you a better approach to the front tires of your Jeep.

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Jeep offers an OEM version of a stubby bumper with the Rubicon Steel Bumper option that has removable end caps.

 

As far as replacement Jeep (JL) stubby bumpers, the options are plentiful!!!


Motor City Aftermarket

Motor City Aftermarket offers a GREAT stubby bumper for the JL, “Built with Tank DNA” as they state on their website, as they are closely partnered with a defense partner that produces parts for the M1 Abrams tank, Stryker vehicle, EFV, and Humvee.

All of their products are designed for no-drill installation, welded by AWS Certified welders and finished with SaltShield Coating System.

 

The M1 JL Stubby Bumper from Motor City Aftermarket provides a maximum approach for the front tires.

 

The M1 JK Stubby Bumper from Motor City Aftermarket also provides an optimal mounting area for a winch, as well as heavy-duty D-ring mounts!!!


Warn

Speaking of winches, Warn offers several JL Stubby Bumpers that of course integrate their winch products.




EAG – E-Autogrilles

EAG is a popular brand online and offers a more economical replacement stubby bumper.



Install a stubby front bumper on your JL to improve your off-road capability, and have the optimal winch location!!!

Jeep (JK) Stubby Front Bumpers

A stubby front bumper installed on your JK Jeep Wrangler can greatly improve off-road capability, giving you a better approach to the front tires of your Jeep.

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Jeep offered an OEM version of a stubby bumper with the Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition, that had removable end caps.  This bumper was also available with the Rubicon Hard Rock Edition and can be installed on any JK.

And you don’t have the Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition Bumper, you can modify your stock bumper into a stubby!!!


Vertically Driven Products offers their VDP 31550 Stubby Bumper End Cap kit to make the stock plastic JK front bumper into a stubby.

As far as replacement Jeep (JK) stubby bumpers, the options are plentiful!!!


Motor City Aftermarket

Motor City Aftermarket offers a GREAT stubby bumper for the JK, “Built with Tank DNA” as they state on their website, as they are closely partnered with a defense partner that produces parts for the M1 Abrams tank, Stryker vehicle, EFV, and Humvee.

All of their products are designed for no-drill installation, welded by AWS Certified welders and finished with SaltShield Coating System.

The M1 JK Stubby Bumper from Motor City Aftermarket provides a maximum approach for the front tires.

The M1 JK Stubby Bumper from Motor City Aftermarket also provides an optimal mounting area for a winch, as well as heavy-duty D-ring mounts!!!


Warn

Speaking of winches, Warn offers several JK Stubby Bumpers that of course integrate their winch products.




EAG – E-Autogrilles

EAG is a popular brand online and offers a more economical replacement stubby bumper.




Install a stubby front bumper on your JK to improve your off-road capability, and have the optimal winch location!!!

It’s a Jeep, NOT a boat!!! IT ALREADY HAS A NAME!!!

As my buddy Dan demonstrated at Bundy Hill last year, a Jeep is not a boat, they don’t float!!!

Boats were given names, THOUSANDS of years ago when humans still believed in all kinds of superstitions such as the world was flat, and there were Gods of every season and any other unexplainable phenomenon.

RiverKeepers.org explains the origins of boat names very well.

You DO NOT need a name for your Jeep, and stop asking this INSANE question on social media!!!


Meme Monday

Happy Meme Monday!!!


Motor City Aftermarket

Need a bumper, rock rails or tube doors for your JK/JL?  Need tube doors for your Renegade?  Check out Motor City Aftermarket!!!

I attended the indoor Jeep Meet & Greet and was VERY impressed with the products and Jeeps on display.

Motor City Aftermarket products are made from “tank DNA” as they state on their web-site, as they are closely partnered with a defense partner that produces parts for the M1 Abrams tank, Stryker vehicle, EFV, and Humvee.

All of their products are designed for no-drill installation, welded by AWS Certified welders and finished with SaltShield Coating System.

Motor City Aftermarket has what I think a great solution for trail mirrors on the JL, when the factory doors are removed.  From the looks of them, I would think that there would be no vibration with them mounted to the rock catcher!!!

In addition to great products on display, Motor City had 40+ Jeeps inside on display, including Big Chief and Frakenbrute!!!

Shaun Day from Stinger Motorsport drove in their King of the Hammers rig and had it on display!!!

Check out Motor City Aftermarket today!!!

-Chris

 

Giveaways!!! Giveaways!!! Giveaways!!!

While we are into Jeep Stimulus Package…I mean tax season, and there are a few great giveaways that a lucky winner or two could win to supplement their next round of mods/upgrades.

Use the links below to enter, and good luck!!!


DIABOLICAL INC is giving aways a complete Slipstream Full-Use Jeep Enclosure System


Quadratec is featuring a $3,000 Smittybuilt Giveaway for February


Extreme Terrain is featuring a $5,000 Raxiom giveaway


Good luck!!!

Jeep Museum Making a Comeback?

Moparinsiders.com just reported that FCA will be re-opening a portion of the Conner Avenue Assembly Plant, now known as Conner Center, to display the vehicles from the Walter P. Chrysler Museum that was closed in 2017.

Click here for the complete article from moparinsiders.com

Chrysler did a GREAT job with the Walter P. Chrysler Museum over the years, with great representations of each brand, especially Jeep, as well as changing themed displays.

I am looking forward to 2019, and the opportunity to visit these vehicles again!!!

Citizens Band (CB) for Trail Comms – Can CB make a Come Back?

Back when I had my first seven slat vehicle, a 1990 Wrangler (in 1992), cell /mobile phones, were not as ubiquitous as they are today…the CB radio however, was not yet TOTALLY forgotten…


Sidebar…remember the Nextel phone, and the Push-to-Talk feature?  Now, if that service still existed…and if it does, there can’t be more than two people that still have it…it would be the perfect trail comms solution.


Today, the CB radio is all but forgotten, however I believe that the CB radio is an effective trail comms solution.  Many in the Jeep community would argue for the use of two-way radios, or hamm, and I understand that these technologies are in many ways better, however for overall investment, ease of use, and practicality, I believe that the CB radio is the way to go for trail comms.


Below is my set-up in my 2014 JK.

For the radio, I chose the Midland 75-822 40 Channel CB-Way Radio.  I like the 75-822 as it’s an “all-in-one” design, and can easily be removed from the Jeep when not in use.

I chose a CoolTech VersaMount2 (http://www.cooltechllc.com) for my dash/grab-handle.  There are similar mounts available from Amazon as well.

I did have to add a Metal MIC HOLDER / Clip – Screw In for CB / Ham Radio to the CoolTech mount, as well as a Universal Replacement Microphone Hanging Buttonfor the belt clip that comes with the radio.

For an antenna, I chose the Quadratec JK-ANTMK-L Extreme Duty Stainless CB Radio Antenna Rear Tailgate Mount with 48″ Antenna for 07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK

I added the Firestik SS-3H Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Antenna Spring to my antenna mount for what little flex I can get between the tailgate and tire, however more for the couple of extra inches to reach above the top for better reception.


***WARNING***WARNING***WARNING*** 

When routing your antenna coax DO NOT wind any excess coax in a circular coil shape, as this can cause RF (radio frequency) issues that will interfere with your signal. 

***WARNING***WARNING***WARNING*** 


Very important is to tune your antenna, and I use the ASTATIC PDC1 100 Watt SWR/RF TEST METER W/ Workman 3 foot jumper CX-3-PL-PL as it is simple to use, and comes with the needed jumper wire.

I recently learned, while listening to the Jeep Talk Show, that it is a good idea to check and re-adjust your antenna tune if your antenna impacts anything on the trail AND if you remove the top and/or doors on your Jeep!  Below is a great video from Right Channel Radios on how to tune your antenna.

So that’s my set up, what’s yours?  Can we MAKE CB RADIO GREAT AGAIN?

-Chris