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Rugged Ridge XHD Front Bumper with Double X-Striker and Stubby Ends (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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      Review & Installation Video

      I'm Ryan with ExtremeTerrain.com, and this is my review of the Rugged Ridge XHD Front Bumper Kit with Striker Bar and Stubby Bumper Ends, fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs. This kit, of course, includes the parts you see here, but there are also other kits that include the XHD base and other bars and other ends. This bumper is for those of you who can't find a bumper off the shelf that fits all of your needs or the look that you're after and want something that's modular. A bumper like this is completely customizable, and it can grow with you as your build grows. So you don't have to completely scrap your bumper and change it out for another one, you can just change the ends or the bar as your build changes. A bumper like this can end up being a little bit expensive, by the time you purchase the base and all the add-ons, but you're paying for the customization.Like I said before, this kit consists of three major parts. One is the XHD center section, then you have your stubby bumper ends, and the double X striker bar. Now, this XHD center section is sold as a bumper from Rugged Ridge and is perfectly fine to run all on its own. It utilizes the factory fog lights, it has a built-in winch mount, and it's a perfectly fine bumper if not just a little bit plain. But when you get it in the kit, it includes the stubby bumper ends, which give the bumper a little bit more of a finished look, and the double X striker, which gives some additional front-end protection and also adds some recovery points. Without the double edge striker, you can get some other d-ring mounts that will work with this bumper center section. But this striker has them built right into them, and it also has a spot to hook your winch cable hook on to when the winch is not in use.The whole setup doesn't have any additional auxiliary light mounts, which is a little bit of a drawback in my opinion, but I just like a lot of lights. There aren't any tabs on the bumper or on the striker. You can use the factory fog lights, but I'd like to see some additional light mounts, personally. Another thing, if I'm being a little bit nit picky about this bumper that I don't like, is the fact that it has the Rugged Ridge logo etched into it. Now, it is pretty small and difficult to see from a little bit of a distance, but I don't like my Jeep to be a billboard for any brand, and I'd rather that not be there. But overall, this is a really well-built kit, and I don't have a lot of negative to say about it.This bumper does come in three different boxes, so you do have a little bit of assembly to do before you can actually get it bolted onto the Jeep. The center section actually comes with block-off plates on the side in case you're not running any other sort of bumper end, but this kit includes the stubby ends, so the first thing to do is remove the end caps and install your stubby bumper ends. From there, you can also install the striker kit. That'll bolt onto the top of the bumper using these four and the four bolts on the other side that thread directly into the bumper, but not the eight bolts that go in from the front of the bumper. Those are the same bolts that attach the bumper into the frame rails and provide all the strength for winching and recovery, so you'll attach those later.If you're going to be running a winch on this bumper, I would also recommend installing that onto the bumper before you put the bumper package onto the Jeep. Sometimes it can be a little bit difficult to get to the bolts for the winch, so doing it ahead of time definitely makes things easier. Unfortunately, once you put everything together, especially with a winch on here, this setup is gonna be really heavy. So you're going to want to have a friend around to help you install the bumper, or if you have an engine hoist, you can use that as a helping hand.The whole process shouldn't take you more than an hour, and it is pretty straightforward once you get this whole thing assembled. You'll have to remove the eight bolts that hold your factory bumper in place and then just bolt up this new assembly. You won't need any specialty tools to get the job done, just some traditional hand tools. However, if you have some air tools, they'll definitely speed things up.Like I said in the beginning, this setup is gonna be a little bit more expensive than some of the off-the-shelf bumpers that you can purchase, but I do think you get a lot for what you pay. The bumper is really well-built, and it does have a lot of features, even though it doesn't have those additional light mounts that I'd like to see, and you're really paying for the ability to customize when you pick a package like this. The whole point of a modular bumper is that you can change it now to customize it exactly how you need it for your build, and as your build changes down the line, you can take parts out and swap them out to build something that works exactly how you need it to.So if you're looking for a really well-built, heavy-duty, modular front bumper that you can customize both now and as your build changes, I would definitely recommend taking a look at the Rugged Ridge Bumper. So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge XHD Front Bumper Kit with Stubby Bumper Ends and Striker, fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs, that you can find right here at ExtremeTerrain.com.

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation

      Features

      • Stubby Ends for Extra Clearance
      • Modular System Allows Customization
      • Built-in Shackle Mounts
      • Winch Ready
      • Black Powder Coat Finish
      • 5 Year Limited Warranty
      • Weight: 106 lbs
      • For 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler Models

      Description

      Off Road Ready. This Rugged Ridge XHD Front Bumper Kit features a stubby design for extreme tire clearances and articulation. It comes equipped with a Double-X Striker for tough front end protection without compromising your JK's factory fog lights to provide reliable and practical protection.

      Practical Performance. This front bumper kit includes an integrated winch mount ready to accept most winches on the market for impressive recovery and style. It includes factory style fog light cut outs to make use of your OE fog lights for the same reliable performance you're used to.

      Modular Design. The XHD Bumper System includes an array of modular bumper ends and accessories, allowing you to upgrade and change the look of the bumper to fit your needs at a later date. The included Double-X Striker and bumper ends can be easily removed or replaced to change the entire look of your Jeep.

      Kit Contents. This bumper comes ready for installation and includes stubby bumper ends and a Double-X Striker for intense protection and style. All components include the necessary hardware for a straight forward installation.

      Warranty. Rugged Ridge backs this bumper kit with a five year limited warranty to ensure quality craftsmanship and value. Some exclusions apply, please see manufacturer's warranty for specifics.

      Application. This Rugged Ridge XHD Front Bumper Kit is designed for installation on 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models.

      Freight Notes. Freight items can only be shipped within the continental 48 states, no expedited methods. What is freight shipping? Your Answers are Right Here!.

      Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018

      MPN# 11540.54

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

      4.7

      Customer Reviews (19)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.7 out of 5 overall rating from 19 customers

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      • January 31, 2020

        5 2016 Wrangler - JakeRyan Installation Time: Afternoon

        Tough and Heavy

        This thing is very well made, and very heavy duty. My only complaint is that when i bought it i did not know i would be required to grind the vacuum pump bracket off and relocate it. Also, installing this was kind of painful due to the tight spaces. you'll need someone around with small hands.

        Helpful (0)
      • January 11, 2020

        4 2010 Wrangler - AW Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        XHD Bumper review ( 07-18) wrangler

        I absolutely love the bumper. It fits nice to the frame and creates a great look. The only issue I have is my winch is a super tight fit. It’s a Smittybilt X2O 10,000 and the power cables either rub the grille or get kinked. Currently trying to figure a solution out. I don’t like the look of wires everywhere I like them hidden. Other than the winch box area a bit tight I love it. It’s possible some winches won’t work with this bumper, but it’s not mentioned in the description.

        Helpful (1)
      • October 03, 2019

        5 2009 Wrangler - Bonesssss Installation Time: Afternoon

        Nice and Easy!

        Easy to install, and looks great! No issues with anything, will continue to buy from here.

        Helpful (1)
      • February 22, 2019

        4 2009 Wrangler - Maxxxxxxxxxxxxx Installation Time: Afternoon

        Awesome

        It's great looks awesome wasn't hard to install would of gave five stars if it would of came with tow rings

        Helpful (3)
      • February 21, 2019

        4 2015 Wrangler - jumpmanpz Installation Time: Afternoon

        Bumper swap

        Solid bumper,well made,took a few hours to remove factory bumper and install new one using hand tools.Also had to relocate vacuum pump as stated in the instructions.Would have been faster with power tools and use of a lift, another set of hands would have made this upgrade an easy one.So far no complaints.

        Helpful (2)
      • February 13, 2019

        5 2018 Wrangler - Devon

        New bumper

        I love it!! The bumper was super easy to install. My dad did it in under 2 hours. I love how it looks. I’m super super happy with !!

        Helpful (3)
      • January 25, 2019

        4 2017 Wrangler - Silas Installation Time: Afternoon

        Good bumper

        Good bumper. A little difficult for someone new to working on cars. Not all the holes lined up right so it took a little drilling but not a huge deal. Highly recommend.

        Helpful (4)
      • October 22, 2018

        5 2015 Wrangler - BrianO Installation Time: Afternoon

        It looks great!

        I am very happy with the look and feel of the bumper. It was easy to install with the exception of moving the horn and everything I read didn't say anything.

        Helpful (5)
      • November 12, 2017

        5 2013 Wrangler - JonathanM Installation Time: Afternoon

        Review

        Great product, and looks good. The finish on it is perfect.

        Helpful (7)
      • September 12, 2017

        5 2017 Rubicon - ToddC Installation Time: Afternoon

        Quality Product!

        One of the easiest installs I've done, perfect fit. Instructions were clear, plenty of hardware. Sturdy bumper, looks great with a decent price point.

        Helpful (7)

      Questions & Answers (11 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      I seen in a comment that the vacuum pump had to be relocated when doing this install. Is that right? If so, do I need to purchase the relocation kit separate or is it included with the bumper?

      • The relocation kit for the vacuum pump will be included with the Rugged Ridge XHD Front Bumper Kit w/ Striker Bar & Stubby Bumper Ends.

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      What is the gauge of the steel used for this bumper?

      Do additianal fog lights need to be purchased with this or can you use the ones from the standard bumper and transfer over?

      • The factory fog lights can be used with this bumper.

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      Will this bumper be able to fit the Warn Zeon 10-S winch?

      • Yes, this bumper will work with Warn Zeon 10-S winch.

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      is there a recommended method or bracket to attach a front license plate to this bumper?

      • You can use item J109043 as a front license plate mount for this bumper. https://www.extremeterrain.com/rugged-ridge-license-plate-mounting-bracket-for-hawse-fairlead-8717-yj-tj-jk.html

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      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Winch Mount XHD Bumper Base
      • (1) Double-X Striker Bar
      • (2) Stubby Bumper Ends
      • Hardware

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