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Rugged Ridge XHD Front Bumper Kit w/ Striker Bar & Stubby Bumper Ends (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • 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

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install 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.

    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 Details

    MPN# 11540.54

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    What's in the Box
    • (1) Winch Mount XHD Bumper Base
    • (1) Double-X Striker Bar
    • (2) Stubby Bumper Ends
    • Hardware
    Installation Info
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        Questions & Answers (8)

        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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        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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        Will this bumper work with the Barricade Front Skid Plate - Textured Black: Item J101809 MPN# J101809

        • No, the Rugged Ridge XHD Front Bumper will not be compatible with the Barricade Front Skid Plate. We would suggest the Rugged Ridge Front Skid Plate found here: https://www.extremeterrain.com/rugged-ridge-skid-plate-jk-180033.html. 

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        hello, i have this bumper and installed a westin 12,500 pound winch, is there a cover that will fit since the slot for the winch is small?

        • At this time we would not have any Winch covers that would fit the Westin winch.

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        Will this bumper rust over the years?

        • The black powder coat finish on the Rugged Ridge XHD Front Bumper is intended to prevent rusting from occurring.

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          Customer Reviews (16) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.8

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Afternoon

          • Fit 4.5625 4.6
          • Appearance 4.9375 4.9
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.4375 4.4



          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            February 22, 2019

            Awesome

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

            Maxxxxxxxxxxxxx

            Year: 2009Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (1)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            February 21, 2019

            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.

            jumpmanpz

            Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (1)

          • 5/5

            February 13, 2019

            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 !!

            Devon

            Year: 2018Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (1)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            January 25, 2019

            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.

            Silas

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (2)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            October 22, 2018

            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.

            BrianO

            Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (3)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            November 12, 2017

            Review

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

            JonathanM

            Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            September 12, 2017

            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.

            ToddC

            Year: 2017Submodel: Rubicon

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            July 11, 2017

            Rugged Ridge XHD Modular Front Bumper

            This is an awesome bumper with great features. The install wasn't difficult at all, the only pain is removing the factor bumper with its plastic screw tabs. It accommodates 2 7/8 inch D-Rings very nicely but the left side D-ring shackle mounting hole was drilled a little close to the bumper so at full pull the shackle rubs against the bumper. Other than that one hole all of the others were a perfect fit and I had no problems installing the bumper.

            CollinW

            Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            June 30, 2017

            GREAT BUMPER

            AWESOME BUMPER AND STRIKER BAR. EASY INSTALL!!! DID NOT TAKE LONG AT ALL. MAYBE 2-3 HOURS TOPS. LOOKS GREAT ON MY RIG. WHAT SOLD ME WAS THE STRIKER BAR AND THE FACT THAT MY SIGNAL LIGHTS ARE STILL VISIBLE.

            Alarmguyss

            Year: 2008Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Full Day

            October 13, 2016

            great bumper

            the install took longer than expected because you have to cut into the frame. The end result was well worth the effort. Ive gotten many compliments within the first couple of days.

            Tony

            Year: 2012Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (5)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            July 23, 2016

            Stubby!

            This install was super duper easy, once I received all the boxes. Got a compliment on it first day out of the garage. Instructions should mention, if you're gonna put fog lights in, it's best to do this before mounting the bumper. Also, vacuum pump relocation kit is spot on, much safer space.

            14WillysJKU

            Year: 2014Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

            Helpful (7)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            July 14, 2016

            Awesome stubby

            Got this setup as a replacement for the "stock" AEV winch bumper on a 2013 MOAB edition after a minor collision bent it up to the grill. Great choice! Some Minot refit was needed since some of the vac pump hardware mount points were gone from the AEV winch plate install. Would pick this bumper again if need arose

            Migbait

            Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            May 28, 2016

            Great product

            Great product. It's a pretty straight forward install as well. I've received a lot of compliments regarding the bumper so far. I'd probably best be described as an intermediate Jeeper when it comes to installs but I figured out the install pretty easy; basically, if you can put together legos you can do this install. No instructions so that would have been nice but like I said, no big deal. Sidetone: install the stubby end caps before placing the bumper. It took me an afternoon but I was solo and had to work a wrench half the time due to the tight fit on the workspace inside the bumper. Get it and enjoy.

            JB

            Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

            Helpful (6)

          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            March 29, 2016

            The HXD bumper with Striker Bar

            Really like the look. The problem was the vacuum pump. The brackets they give you don't work for a 2016 Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited. Ended up going to a hardware store for some angle brackets to make my own to bend to get the bumper back on. Thought it would take over an hour that turned into over 4 hours. Going away from that I think this bumper looks great! Have had nothing, but compliments on this bumper combo.

            Bob

            Year: 2016Submodel: Rubicon UnlimitedRacine, WI, USA

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            February 12, 2016

            Awesome product

            The installation was straight forward. The bumper is crazy solid and heavy! Makes my Jeep look mean especially with the Spartan grill. I would highly recommend.

            Stallenpoe

            Year: 2011Kalamazoo, MI, USA

            Helpful (6)

          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            January 18, 2016

            Wicked look, wicked strength

            Just recently put this bumper on with the striker bar, already proving its worth. The install took less than an hour with help, only trouble was putting the end caps on. Was at a local trail slid up off an incline and the bumper clipped a tree. Absolutely no damage at all. Would recommend it.

            Dman8981

            Year: 2010Canada

            Helpful (6)

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