Review & Install Video
I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review and installation of the Body Armor 4x4 Mid-Stubby Winch Bumper, fitting all 2007 and up JKs. Today, we're gonna talk through the installation of this bumper, which is going to be a very simple one-out-of-three wrench install. As with most aftermarket bumpers, this will bolt directly in place of your factory front bumper, and you should be able to get it installed in about an hour. But we'll talk more about the install in just a second. We're also gonna talk through the construction and a few of the features of this bumper.
There are a few different reasons to upgrade to an aftermarket front bumper on your JK. You might want some additional protection over what that factory plastic bumper can provide, you may want some additional off-road features, and/or you may want to just have the more off-road look of an aftermarket plate steel front bumper. Well, this bumper here is going to offer all of those features, and in particular, this bumper is going to be for those of you who really like lights. This has not only three light mount tabs up front, it's pre-drilled for two lights out here on the side. And underneath, it doesn't accept your factory fog lights, but through these slats in the center, it will accept two more lights for a grand total of the opportunity to mount seven auxiliary lights, all on your front bumper. You couple that with the fact that it has the winch mount and it has the recovery points, this is going to be a bumper that is off-road-ready and for those of you who really like lights.
Body Armor 4x4 calls this a mid-stubby bumper, and it is sort of a hybrid-style bumper. The end of the frame rails are going to be right about here, so it does have a little bit that goes past the frame rails, but it's not as light as a traditional mid-width bumper. This is about 54 inches from end to end, and this is a very beefy bumper. This is, obviously, a plate steel, off-road-style bumper, but it's made of a very heavy-duty material covered in that textured black powder coat finish that you're used to seeing on an off-road-ready bumper. So it is going to hold up really well and look pretty good at the same time.
Now, I've already mentioned some of the features that this bumper has, but just to go through them again here. You have some really heavy-duty D-ring mounts that, of course, are welded and gusseted straight through, so that they'll bolt directly onto the frame rails, giving you plenty of strength, so that you can do any sort of recovery with a snatch strap, a tow strap, or even use your winch going to a snatch block on a tree and back to your bumper again, essentially doubling the pulling power of your winch. I really like having a D-ring mount over a tow hook because, especially if you're using a snatch strap, something that's designed to have a little bit of slack in it and then be pulled taut at speed, you know, with a D-ring, that the loop of the strap is gonna stay connected to the towed vehicle. Where with a tow hook, sometimes, the loop of the strap can pop off the hook, so the D-rings just make a really nice, solid connection that I really like.
Now, we already mentioned the winch. This has a built-in winch plate, so you don't have to purchase any additional hardware to bolt a winch to this. Just go ahead and bolt it right on top. This will accept up to a 12,000-pound winch, and, of course, it does have your fair lead mount here as well. Now, I mentioned, down here, you do have some grates. On some bumpers, those will accept your factory fog lights. On this bumper, it will not. You cannot bolt your factory fog lights into this bumper. However, it does have some tabs welded on the bottom here, so it will accept most of your traditional auxiliary lights that come with a single post mount. You can put a square light, a round light, any color, any beam pattern, whatever you like right in here, so it does give you some flexibility over something that will only accept the factory fog lights. On one hand, if you don't have a use for those factory lights anymore, on the other, you have more flexibility here.
And those aren't the only light mounts on this bumper. Again, this is a bumper, in my opinion, that is geared toward those of you that really like lighting. You have your two mounts on the bottom here. You also have two holes that are pre-drilled on the corners here for some additional lighting. And up top, on top of this hoop, where you would normally have two light mount tabs, you have three on this bumper, so you could mount a total of seven auxiliary lights just on the front bumper of your Jeep. So if you're into lights, you don't wanna have to drill a bunch of additional holes to get them mounted up, this bumper is going to be a really nice option for you.
Especially for a stubby bumper. Now, some of you are gonna buy a stubby bumper or this sort of mid-stubby hybrid because you like the additional clearance from the tire to the bumper that a short bumper provides. Others will just buy it because you like the look of it, and that's okay too. But oftentimes, in a stubby bumper, you lose some features just because there isn't room for everything. However, in this bumper, again, you have room for a ton of lights. Plus, you get your winch mount. Plus, you get your D-ring mounts. You're getting a lot in a fairly small package with this bumper.
Getting an aftermarket bumper installed on a JK is a pretty simple process. Again, I'm gonna give this one out of three wrenches, and you'll be able to get it bolted up in right about an hour. The first step is, of course, removing that factory front bumper, which you'll do by removing the splash shield off the bottom of the bumper, the frame cover off the top of the frame. Make sure you disconnect your fog lights and your fog light wiring harness, and finally, unbolt the eight nuts that are holding the factory bumper in place and then just remove the bumper. After that, it's just a matter of setting this bumper over the frame rails, and use your hardware to bolt it on.
If you are going to be installing lights, especially in the bottom here, it's probably easier to bolt those on before installing the bumper onto the Jeep, as well as the winch, to make sure you can get to all of your winch mounting hardware, but you can do both of those things after the bumper's installed on the Jeep as well. I'd recommend doing it before, but you do end up with a big, heavy bumper combination once you have the winch mounted on here. So you'll probably need an extra set of hands if you go that route. Again, a very simple one-out-of-three wrench install, traditional hand tools, get it done in about an hour in your driveway.
When shopping for a front bumper, you're gonna be looking at a lot of different aspects of it: the strength, the style, and the features. And I think that this bumper is a nice-looking bumper that has a lot of off-road-ready features and, for a stubby bumper, is going to still offer a good bit of protection, all at a very fair price. This is going to be priced pretty much right in the middle of the stubby bumper category for a bumper that has the features this one does. So again, I think it's a well-built bumper, I think it looks pretty good, offers a lot of features, and is fairly-priced.
So if you're looking for a new front bumper for your JK because you like the style, you want more protection, or you want additional features, this bumper is going to offer all of that in an easy-to-install and fairly-priced package. So that's my review of the Body Armor 4x4 Mid-Stubby Winch Bumper, fitting all 2007 and up JKs, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.