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Rugged Ridge XHD Winch Front Bumper (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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      Review & Installation Video

      I'm Ryan from, and this is my review of the Rugged Ridge XHD Modular Front Bumper Base without D-rings, fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs. This is available as you see it here with a winch cutout or with a flat top that has no winch cutout, so you have the option. This is for those of you who are looking for a really simple base that will act as a platform to build off of. You certainly can run this bumper as you see it here, but the whole modular idea is that you can take this bumper and add different ends, different bumper hoops, D-ring mounts, really have a lot of different options to make this a custom front bumper. So if you're somebody who hasn't found a front bumper that you like, either in terms of style or in terms of function, this can give you exactly what you're looking for. Now, along with that customization does come a little bit higher price tag than some of those off-the-shelf bumpers. So if you can find what you need in something that's already pre-packaged and put together and save some money, that might make sense. But again, if you have the budget for it and you want something that's completely custom, this is a nice option.This is a steel bumper base that comes with the end block off plates already installed on it, and it's covered in this textured black powder coating that you find on a lot of Jeep aftermarket products. It's designed to look rugged and tough, protect against rust and corrosion, and because a lot of different companies will use the same finish, it'll match a lot of the other accessories that you're gonna bolt onto your Jeep. Not to mention the fact that it goes pretty well with the factory plastic black accents that are already on your JK right from the factory.Now, regardless of whether you choose the winch version or the non-winch version of this bumper, it'll accept your factory fog lights right up in the front. It's a feature that I really like because it means you don't have to buy additional lights, and you're also not taking perfectly good factory fog lights and setting them on a shelf somewhere. You can bolt them right into this bumper, plug them back into the factory harness, and they'll work perfectly fine.The winch version of this bumper is ready for you to bolt in any traditional winch with the traditional bolt pattern and bolt a winch fairlead right up to it. The non-winch version of this is just flat across the top. Now, either one of the bumpers will accept any number of XHD accessories made by Rugged Ridge. And again, there are stubby ends, there are wider full-width ends, there are different styles of hoops and stingers and also D-ring mounts that you can put right up front that will bolt through the bumper into the frame horns, giving you plenty of strength for recoveries. If you decided to just run this bumper by itself, you could certainly do that right out of the box, and it makes a really nice stripdown, stubby simple bumper. But again, it is really designed to work with some of those accessories.Now, the installation of this bumper is pretty easy because it's designed to be bolt-on, but if you do get the winch version of this bumper, you will have to relocate the vacuum pump if you have a 2012 or newer JK. The kit comes with a bracket in order to do so, but you do have to cut off the factory bracket before you can get the winch version of this bumper installed. If you're installing the non-winch version, there's plenty of room for the vacuum pump to stay in its factory location.To get this bumper installed, like most others, the first step is to remove your factory front bumper. In order to do that, you'll want to first unclip the plugs from the back of the fog lights and then remove the fog light wiring harness from where it's clipped along the back of the bumper. After that, there are eight nuts that you'll have to remove from the back of the factory bumper, which will allow it to completely be removed. Once that bumper is out of the way, if you are installing the winch version, you wanna make those modifications to the vacuum pump, and you'll also wanna bolt your winch right onto this bumper. It can be a little bit difficult to get to the bottom of the bumper to install the winch bolts after the bumper's on the Jeep, so it oftentimes makes sense to install the winch into the bumper and then install both as one piece onto the Jeep. So once you get your winch bolted into the bumper and get your fog lights bolted into the new bumper, it's a simple matter of picking up the whole thing, setting it onto the frame horns, and using the included hardware to get it bolted on. Now, with a lot of bumpers, and the factory bumper included, the bumper will have studs that go through the frame holes. With this bumper, they're just straight through holes and you'll use nut and bolt hardware that you have to get to both sides of to be able to tighten it down. Now, without any ends on this, this is nice and short, and it's really easy to get to those nuts and bolts.The whole process of the installation shouldn't take you more than an hour, but I would add a little bit of time if you're installing a winch and having to also modify the vacuum pump. You won't need any specialty tools to get this done, just some traditional hand tools. Although if you do have to do some cutting to relocate the vacuum pump, you'll wanna have a cutoff wheel or a Sawzall handy.In my opinion, this is a really well-built base. It's gusseted, the welds look nice, the finish is nice. I mean, this thing weighs what some other mid-width bumpers weigh, just by itself without any accessories on it. It's beefy and it's well-built. It's also very expensive. This is going to run you what a lot of complete bumpers will run you, and that's before you add any of those accessories onto it. So by the time you accessorize this thing, especially if you get the winch version and you add a winch to it, you're gonna have a lot of money hanging off the front of your Jeep. Again, if you have the budget for it, if you haven't found a bumper off the shelf that has everything you want, whether it's in style or in function, I think this makes sense. If you can find what you want off the shelf, you're probably going to save yourself a few dollars over what you could build with this kit. So if you've been searching for a front bumper and you haven't found exactly what you're looking for, a modular setup like this can be the answer, assuming you have the budget for it. This is something that's really well-built and gives you the ability to customize, but it is gonna be a little bit more costly than some of the other bumpers on the market.So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge XHD Modular Front Bumper without D-rings, fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs that you can find right here at

      Product Information

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


      • Modular Front Bumper
      • Equipped with a Winch Mount
      • Aggressive Textured Black Finish
      • Easy Installation
      • Customizable with XHD Accessories
      • Built-In Euro Guards Protect Fog Lamps
      • 5 Year Limited Warranty
      • Weight: 58 lbs
      • Fits 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK and JKU Models


      Modular Protection. The Rugged Ridge Winch Mount XHD Modular Front Bumper Base, w/o D-Rings has all the answers for your off road concerns. Featuring a heavy duty steel construction with a built in winch plate and euro fog light guards for protection, this bumper base works in conjunction with Rugged Ridge's XHD Modular Accessories to let you shape and build a custom bumper to match your personal style.

      Recovery Minded. Ready for action, this JK bumper comes equipped with a heavy steel plate winch mount designed to accommodate most winches on the market for superior recovery. Frame mounts provide the opportunity to upgrade with D-ring mounts or a full stinger and shackles for complete recovery performance.

      Durable Construction. This XHD bumper is crafted from heavy duty steel plate for extreme strength and protection. It is completed in a tough textured black powder coat finish for aggressive styling and corrosion resistance.

      Installation and Warranty. The XHD front JK bumper features a simple, bolt on installation that won't require modification to your Wrangler. Rugged Ridge backs their modular bumper with a 5 year limited warranty for complete value.

      Application. The Rugged Ridge Winch Mount XHD Modular Front Bumper Base, w/o D-Rings is designed for use on 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited (4 door) models including Rubicon 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

      Rugged Ridge 11540.08

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (6)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.8 out of 5 overall rating from 6 customers

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      • March 19, 2018

        5 2014 Rubicon - Taylor Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Rugged Ridge Stubby Bumper

        easy install, bumper well built and mounting holes all lined up perfectly. pleased with the bumper and the end caps. gave it a very clean look.

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      • April 04, 2017

        4 2016 Rubicon - AndrewB Installation Time: Afternoon

        Awesome bumper, tight fit.

        I installed this bumper with the Barricade 12000 lb winch. When installing the fairlead on the bumper, I needed to insert the bolts from the winch side and put all the washers on the nut side because there was not enough room to install the winch otherwise. Also, the winch basically pushes against the grill when installed (the power/ground cables of the winch). I am very happy with the look of bumper. I just wish there was a tad more space for the winch I installed.

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      • February 10, 2017

        5 2013 Wrangler - NicholasN Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Awesome bumper!

        It is perfect for my application, I am going to add a winch d shakels and make custom bracket to a flat tow bar for behind the rv. Very solid. Love that you keep factory fog lights.

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      • January 08, 2017

        5 2008 Wrangler - JokerHere Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        Mounted with ease and looks great and tough. Nice to be able to get the base and add extra to the bumper later.

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      • October 14, 2016

        5 2014 Wrangler Unlimited - uray Installation Time: Afternoon

        Eady move

        Had to move the air pump. Everything for air pump move came with the bumper. Very easy to do. Bumper fit very well.

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      • March 17, 2016

        5 2007 Wrangler Unlimited - Don66 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Perfect fit, looks great!

        This bumper is perfect for my JKU! Love it the way it is, but I can change it later, add new ends, stinger,etc.

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      Questions & Answers (11 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      Wondering about license plate mounting options? Thanks!

      • The Rugged Ridge XHD Modular Winch Mount Front Bumper Base does not include a license plate mount in the front. We would suggest using a license plate bracket that mounts to the winch fairlead, which you can purchase and install. For example, we have the Rugged Ridge Roller Fairlead License Plate Mounting Bracket found here: for a hawse fairlead we have the Rugged Ridge License Plate Mounting Bracket for Hawse Fairlead found here: 

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      The logo above the passenger side fog light is small in the product photos but a larger written out one is shown in customer photos. Which one will I get? I'd prefer the less visible one.

      • The bumper you are referencing in the customer photos looks to be an older version. They have since updated that little logo so you should be expecting what you see on the product page.

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      How much does this bumper weigh

      • The Rugged Ridge XHD Modular Winch Mount Front Bumper Base weights approximately 59 lbs.

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      Does a Warn Zeon 10s winch fit in this bumper easily?

      • This bumper is able to work with the Warn Zeon winch.

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      Can you get a cover plate for the winch cutout and the fairlead cutout for when your not running with a winch?

      • We do not currently carry a cover plate for the winch cutout at this time for this bumper.

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      6 More Questions
      Will this bumper work with the Rugged Ridge Stainless or Powder coated tube ends? I dont see any holes in the end plates so I was wondering if this is just a stubby version to be used only with the stingers or grill guards or can be used with different ends as well? 1 answer
      Will It accept the stock fog lights? 1 answer
      Is this compatible with your stinger add on 1 answer
      Hello, I just installed the Red Rock Brush Guard item number J100580 over my factory bumper and I would like to know if this bumper would fit behind the brush guard I'v installed. I would like a winch on the front of my rig. I got the guard after hitting a deer. Im not sure if there will be a mounting issue. 1 answer
      What's the largest winch size recommended for this specific bumper? 1 answer
      Winch mount Do I need extra parts in order to mount winch? or is it ready to mount one? 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

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      • (1) XHD Front Bumper

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