Review & Install Video
This RedRock 4X4 stubby front bumper with stinger and winch mount is for those of you that have a 2007 and up JK, and are looking for a stubby bumper that has this styling and this functionality. Getting this installed is gonna be a one-out-of-three-wrench installation that shouldn't take you more than hour.
Now, originally, a stinger had a very important purpose when you're off-road, and it still can if you're doing some really hardcore wheeling. The purpose of a stinger was that, when you're coming down off of an obstacle, if there's a chance that you might roll forward, the stinger would hit the ground first, and then push you to one side or the other, keeping you on the tires. Or, in the event that you did roll over, the stinger would hold the weight of the Jeep up so you wouldn't crush your radiator, and you could fire the vehicle back up again and keep running for the rest of the day. Most of today's stingers, this one included, is more of an aesthetic piece than anything else. This does have some gussets on it, but it's not gonna be strong enough to keep you from flipping over forward, or to support the weight of your Jeep in the event of a rollover. Again, this is going to be more of an aesthetic thing, but as I said, that is the case for most of the stingers that you'll find on the market today.
This bumper is also going to have a couple of other features that I really do like. It comes with some recovery points, a nice short stinger bumper, giving you that aggressive off-road styling. And because it's from RedRock 4X4, a company known for making a quality product at a low price, this is only gonna come in at $400, which is very fair.
This bumper is made of 5/32-inch steel, and covered in a two-stage black powder coat finish. The stinger itself is going to be 2-inch in diameter, .12 inch wall thickness steel. So again, this is going to be very well-built. It's gonna have a very solid coating on it. It's gonna help to resist rust and corrosion, and keep it looking good for a good long time.
As far as features go, as I said before, it does have the stinger, which is more of an aesthetic mod than anything else. You do have two recovery points, and this does come with the D-rings. It's just one less thing you have to remember to buy. This version does have the winch mount with a spot for your fair lead right up front that'll allow you to mount up to a 12,000-pound winch right on this bumper. The holes that you see along the bottom here are for a little bit of weight reduction and for styling. This bumper does not have a spot to mount your factory fog lights or any other auxiliary lights, however, it does have a couple of holes in the corners here that could be used for mounting some lights if you chose to do so.
Now, one of the main benefits of a very short stinger bumper like this is that, if you're running a very large 37-inch tire, you're not going to have any clearance issues with a bumper like this. This bumper, even though it is a stinger, is already very short and just a little bit wider than the frame rails. It also has some cutouts on the corner area here, giving you just that little bit of additional clearance. So if you have some adjustable control arms, if you've pushed your axles out a little bit, you're still gonna have clearance. You're not gonna have any issues with this bumper.
Getting this installed is gonna be a one-out-of-three-wrench installation that shouldn't take you more than an hour. The first step is, of course, removing that factory bumper, which you'll do by unclipping the fog light wiring harness, and finally, removing the eight nuts that are holding that factory bumper in place before just giving it a pull to remove it. The next step is installing your new bumper, which you will do by lifting it over the frame horns of your Jeep and using the included hardware to get it bolted into place.
Now, I do recommend that, if you're mounting a winch on this bumper, to install the winch on the bumper on the ground, then lift the whole package onto the Jeep. It's much easier to get to those winch mounting bolts when this is on the ground, versus when it's installed on the Jeep, but the process is completely up to you. If you do mount the winch onto the bumper first, you have an 88-pound bumper, plus the weight of the winch. It's gonna be quite heavy. Even though this is a small stinger, you're gonna wanna have an extra set of hands around to help you get this bolted up.
Redrock 4X4 is known for making a high-quality piece at a budget price, and the fact that this comes in at right around $400, I do think is a really good price. You're getting a pretty decent hunk of steel here. This is going to offer some good protection, it's gonna offer some good looks, and it's also gonna be functional with the winch mount and the D-ring mounts. And at $400, I do think this is a good value.
So if you're looking for a stubby stinger bumper with a winch mount, I definitely recommend taking a look at this one from Redrock 4X4, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.