Review & Install Video
I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com and this is my review and installation of the ARB Stubby Bull Bar Front Bumper, fitting all 2007 and up JKs. Today, we're gonna talk about the construction, some of the features, and, of course, the installation of this bumper.
Some of you may like a stubby bumper because of the aggressive, off-road looks that it gives your JK, while others may need the additional clearance that a stubby bumper provides between the tire and the bumper. If you are running a large 37-inch tire and you have clearance issues with the bumper and the tires, a stubby bumper is a great way to go. But regardless of why you like a stubby bumper, this is going to be a really high-quality option that is also going to be at the top of the price range. This is a great combination of both build quality and features.
This bumper is built from 4-millimeter laser cut steel and the D-ring mounts are a full 20 millimeters thick. This is really a beefy bumper. The bumper itself is finished with a five-stage pre-treatment and then finally a textured black powder coat. And all of the hardware that's included with this package is zinc-plated, so that it is also corrosion-resistant. Now, again, this is a really well-built bumper. This thing is a stubby bumper that weighs in at 66 pounds, there's a lot of steel here, and this is going to be very, very strong.
But as far as some of the features go, as I mentioned before, you do have two high-strength D-ring mounts up front that bolt directly through the bumper into the frame horns, giving you a really strong recovery point. Up top, you have a bumper hoop that's there for style to protect the grille and protect the winch, but it also has light mount tabs across the front. And this is actually unique to ARB. This is one long light mount tab that has three oblong holes in it, allowing you to run any combination of single post LED cubes, larger halogen off-road lights, or even LED light bars.
Down here, of course, you have a winch plate that's built right into the bumper, so you're not gonna have to go out and purchase any additional hardware if you do wanna run a winch. And the way that the bumper is designed, it'll still give you access to the winch mounting hardware when the bumper is in place on the Jeep, which, again, is a bit of a unique feature. Something you can't see very well from your angle is, on the side here, you have two high-lift jack points. So they're a hole through the bumper that allow you to put the tongue of your high-lift jack and make using your high-lift jack a little bit safer. ARB is nice enough to include two rubber plugs, so when you're not using those holes, the bumper still has a finished look.
One of the other big, noticeable features on the front of this bumper is, of course, the ARB logo, which some of you may not mind. I personally would rather not have that there. Unfortunately, if you remove it, you do have a couple of holes left in your bumper and a little bit of an indent, so that is something you're going to want to leave in place if you purchase this bumper.
Getting this bumper installed on your Jeep is going to be a fairly simple process, and it goes just like a lot of other aftermarket bumper installs. The first step is to remove your factory front bumper, which you'll do by first removing the splash shield off the bottom of the bumper, then unclipping your fog light harness, then finally removing the eight nuts that are holding that factory bumper onto the frame horns. Once all of that is removed, the factory front bumper will pop off and you can go to installing your new one.
Now, because this is a bit of a sunken winch look, if you are running a winch, you'll want to take a couple of measurements as per the ARB instructions because there may be a little bit of trimming required to get your winch to fit inside the frame rails. Now, with most winches that are on the market, this is going to work just fine without the need to cut. However, it will help to take those measurements and make sure before you install the bumper. You'll also be relocating your vacuum pump with this bumper. That's something that's very typical with a stubby bumper because you don't have a lot of space in here when you have such a small bumper, but ARB does include the brackets necessary to get that moved around.
So, once you have your measurements and your vacuum pump relocated with the included bracket, you can go ahead and hoist your new bumper onto the frame horns, attaching it with all of the included hardware. Finally, you can install the winch onto the bumper, and you're finished. I usually recommend installing the winch onto the bumper and then installing those two as a package onto the Jeep, but as I mentioned before, ARB gives you great access to the winch mounting bolts, even when the bumper is mounted on the Jeep, so you certainly can do that afterward.
This install shouldn't take you more than an hour to get finished, although if you do have to do a little bit of trimming because you're running one of those big-bodied winches, it may add a little bit of time. Other than a cutoff wheel, if you do have to do some trimming, all you'll need to get this installed are traditional hand tools.
When you first consider the price tag on this bumper, you may think that it's a little bit high, especially for a stubby bumper. However, when you really start looking at this from the build quality to the quality of the finish, all of the little design features and the big off-road accessory features that are included with this bumper, all of a sudden it becomes worth it. Now, I know not everybody has this type of budget for a stubby bumper. But if you do have the budget and you're looking for one of the highest-quality stubby bumpers available, I would definitely recommend taking a look at this bumper. However, if you like this look, if you like some of the features, but you don't quite have the budget for this, I would definitely recommend looking at stubby bumpers offered by some of the other brands, like Rugged Ridge, Smittybilt, or Barricade.
So whether you just like the look of a stubby bumper on your JK or you need the additional clearance for big tires, this stubby bumper from ARB is going to be one of the highest quality options available, but it also carries one of the higher price tags. So that's my review of the ARB Stubby Bull Bar Front Bumper, fitting all 2007 and up JKs, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.