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    Great video for those of us on a tight budget! Can functional D-ring mounts be installed on the front of a 2018 factory steel JL Rubicon bumper? (I haven't seen any installed.) Thanks Eddie & Cindy!!

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    Very clean easy install . Like the D-Rings. Wish the stock Rubicon bumpers came with D-Rings

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    JL JOURNAL : BADASS BUDGET BUMPER & How to Flip the Sway Bar Disconnect

    Quote Originally Posted by MrGiant View Post
    .........is your (or generally every?) Winch always powered? I saw you clamp both calbes onto your battery poles and wondered if there is any shut off switch except the wired remote control?

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    Yes, all winches wire directly to the battery. Between your starter and your winch, these are the most amperage hungry devices to be installed on a vehicle. Notice the gauge cable needed to run between the battery and winch? Once your winch controller is plugged into the winch, that is the on/off switch.
    Last edited by GCM 2.0; 04-30-2019 at 05:25 AM.

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    I really like the LoD bumper of most out there. But dropping that winch between the rails really looks great. And of course, canít go wrong with the red D rings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aust249 View Post
    Definitely love the simple, clean, and functional look.
    Thanks! In a sea of big and gaudy bumpers, I think the change is quite nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    I really like that setup. Super clean, simple, and affordable. This setup might be going on our next build.
    LOL - I'll be honest and say that I wasn't 100% sure how it'd come out but once installed, I really like it now.

    Quote Originally Posted by aai View Post
    I wished we had saw this before buying the Mopar stubby last month lol . This looks so badazz
    Well, there's a big demand for the Mopar bumpers

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeeeep View Post
    I like the minimal look, I spend way too much time trying to find the 'right' bumper

    The easy install part would be an issue not being able to garage park my Jeep.

    The winch would be gone unless I welded or used security bolts all around.

    Dealing with a bumper is enough of a pain in the ass I haven't had issues with my JK winch - that or maybe because it's a Quadratec winch and thieves took pity on my the last 2 times
    Sucks that you live in an area where that would be an issue. I wonder if a tamper proof security bolt on at least a couple of points would help to be an adequate deterrent.

    Quote Originally Posted by JIMBOX View Post
    I like that idea and now that I have a new JLU--I think I'll give that a try--

    Thanx

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    Awesome

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    Quote Originally Posted by GCM 2.0 View Post
    The best modifications are the simplest ones. I think it is a compliment to Jeepís past history of minimalist/simple bumpers. Just look at the ďCĒ channel piece of metal on your Jeepster, CJ5 or that flat stock on the CJ3B.
    Damn straight and couldn't agree more.

    Quote Originally Posted by OverlanderJL View Post
    Love that look! Nice work!
    Thanks! Just the basics and oh so nice

    Quote Originally Posted by MrGiant View Post
    It looks cool, but I quite feel like you said in your video Eddie....not sure it it stays that way. Its a bit empty there. But definitely a lot better than most afermarket bumpers.
    Something I have to ask since I never gained any experience with winch installation: is your (or generally every?) Winch always powered? I saw you clamp both calbes onto your battery poles and wondered if there is any shut off switch except the wired remote control? This is a very basic question so I am sure its easy for experienced people to help me expand my knowledge a bit
    Yup, always connected to the battery but you can't really use it without the controller hooked up to it.

    Quote Originally Posted by frenchjk View Post
    nice super simple look and functionality...

    So basically JK D ring brackets work? In other words any simple JK bumper could go on with minor modifications?
    Well, more or less. The problem you'd have is that the JL grill is more curved and depending on the JK bumper in question, that would be a problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by LauraRose View Post
    Great video for those of us on a tight budget! Can functional D-ring mounts be installed on the front of a 2018 factory steel JL Rubicon bumper? (I haven't seen any installed.) Thanks Eddie & Cindy!!

    Laura Rose from PA
    I don't think so or at least, not without a lot of modifications to the front bumper. This is mainly because the factory bumper has crush cans you have to deal with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrayBeard View Post
    Very clean easy install . Like the D-Rings. Wish the stock Rubicon bumpers came with D-Rings
    I agree, it would be nice if they came with some kind of d-ring mount much like the AEV bumpers do.

    Quote Originally Posted by GCM 2.0 View Post
    Yes, all winches wire directly to the battery. Between your starter and your winch, these are the most amperage hungry devices to be installed on a vehicle. Notice the gauge cable needed to run between the battery and winch? Once your winch controller is plugged into the winch, that is the on/off switch.
    Yup, this ^^^

    Quote Originally Posted by JAGS View Post
    I really like the LoD bumper of most out there. But dropping that winch between the rails really looks great. And of course, canít go wrong with the red D rings.
    LOL - are you still running a plastic bumper?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    I agree, it would be nice if they came with some kind of d-ring mount much like the AEV bumpers do.



    Yup, this ^^^



    LOL - are you still running a plastic bumper?
    I am still running stock and plastic everything. But I added stickers for a little extra horsepower. Lol.

    I canít decide between the Rancho lift (with arms and goodies to get all dialed in) an EVO enforcer with king bypass, which I love on my JK or to hold out a while longer for something else to hit the market.

    Iím indecisive and yet impatient at the same time. Ha ha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GCM 2.0 View Post
    Yes, all winches wire directly to the battery. Between your starter and your winch, these are the most amperage hungry devices to be installed on a vehicle. Notice the gauge cable needed to run between the battery and winch? Once your winch controller is plugged into the winch, that is the on/off switch.
    Thank you very much for that info, I appreciate that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAGS View Post
    I am still running stock and plastic everything. But I added stickers for a little extra horsepower. Lol.

    I canít decide between the Rancho lift (with arms and goodies to get all dialed in) an EVO enforcer with king bypass, which I love on my JK or to hold out a while longer for something else to hit the market.

    Iím indecisive and yet impatient at the same time. Ha ha.
    If you go this route with the plastic bumper to start, like I did, you dont have the lower threaded bolt holes for the L brackets. So you have to add your own bolts. Holes are there, just empty. Really was super simple and cheap way to get a good winch set up.

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