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Rugged Ridge XHD Non-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
      • Aggressive Textured Black Finish
      • Easy Installation
      • Customizable with XHD Accessories
      • Built-In Euro Guards Protect Fog Lamps
      • 5 Year Limited Warranty
      • Weight: 45 lbs
      • Fits 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK and JKU Models


      Modular Protection. The Rugged Ridge XHD Modular Front Bumper Base w/o D-Rings has all the answers for your on and off road concerns. Featuring a heavy duty steel construction with built in euro fog light guards for fog light 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.

      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 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

      MPN# 11540.09

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (12)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.7 out of 5 overall rating from 12 customers

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      • May 01, 2019

        5 2007 Wrangler - ChristineT Installation Time: Afternoon

        Best purchase

        Has hit a deer and another car, no damage to my Jeep or the bumper!

        Helpful (1)
      • May 15, 2018

        4 2012 Wrangler - Zim Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Nice and simple.

        Nice bumper, looks great and cool finish. Be interested to see if the finish and metal prep lasts. Hardware concerns, I painted them cause it sure looks like they are gonna rust. Looked for some stainless and washers but ran out of time. Not impressed with the billboard advertising, what's up with that anyway? Didn't see it in the ad, think I would have changed my mind.

        Helpful (6)
      • April 08, 2018

        5 2016 Wrangler - HBomb Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Whoa this is awesome

        So easy to install. So many pieces you can add to this. This bumper lets you add pieces to get the appearance you are looking for. This went on super easy, however you will need several sizes of socket and several depths of socket. The room behind the bumpers is very little. You can do it by yourself, but help always makes the job go faster. I am so happy i made this purchase, along with the over rider hoop and the shackles. You will not be disappointed, all the holes line up perfectly.

        Helpful (6)
      • February 08, 2018

        5 2017 Wrangler - AlexanderW Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great Product

        Fits great love the stubby look! Easy to install and looks great with the striker.

        Helpful (8)
      • January 19, 2018

        3 2017 Wrangler - LeviU Installation Time: Afternoon

        Great looking bumper

        I like the bumper, it feels pretty solid and the stinger feels strong as well. I had some issues with installation. The bumper required quite a bit of grinding in order to get the holes to match up and even when I had addressed the issue the thing still wasn’t lining up all the way. And the price is a little high for what you get. I understand it is a modular system so you can add things on but just the base plus the stinger was out of my original intended price range. With all of that being said it’s mounted, looks good, and makes me look forward to coming across a group of protesters blocking the freeway while I’m on my way to the trails.

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      • December 30, 2017

        4 2015 Wrangler - GWT Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        sturdy, but..

        This is a sturdy bumper base. It is made of 1/8" steel plate bent to precision. I have given 4 out of 5 stars because of one small thing which I feel I was misled about a bit. The advertised bumper has a very small RuggedRidge emblem cut into it above the passenger's side fog light. The one I received has "Rugged Ridge", the emblem, and below it "XHD Series". Seems to me like way too much needed to be cut out. I work on Freight Rail cars for a living and I know a week spot when I see one. I haven't sent it back because other than that I do like it. Like anything else, Buyer beware. If you do decide to pick one up, I recommend taking the the light grey plastic insert out and sprayin it black. Way less noticeable. A very strong bumper, nevertheless.

        Helpful (7)
      • September 05, 2017

        5 2012 Wrangler - StephenP Installation Time: Afternoon

        Worth the wait!!!

        Well built. Covers frame horns back to grill. Tough-coat finish exactly what I was hoping for.

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      • June 08, 2017

        5 2007 Wrangler - RoldanL Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Rugged Ridge XHD Modular Front Bumper

        I'm really pleased with the XHD Modular Front Bumper. It looks great and it just add that special touch to the front of my Jeep.

        Helpful (7)
      • January 25, 2017

        5 2016 Rubicon - Tyhiny Installation Time: Afternoon

        XHD Modular Front Bumper, w/o D-Rings

        The install was easy, but not as easy as I thought it would be. The inner bolts were a pain to get to from the inside of the bumper. Granted I was working with deep well sockets and some hand wrenches, the job got done in a couple of hours. The product overall is excellent! It gives my Jeep a whole new look that I love. Exposing the front tires with the stubby bumper, gives the Jeep a much more imposing look. I like the fact that I can add onto this bumper as my budget allows. I soon will be adding on the D-Rings and short stubby ends. I totally recommend this product!

        Helpful (9)
      • January 23, 2017

        5 2016 Wrangler - ironjeepers

        perfect fit

        Easy to install and looks great. Once you get all the factory plastic off, this bumper goes on quick.

        Helpful (8)

      Questions & Answers (3 answers)

      3 Top Rated Questions

      Will the Rugged Ridge RRC Mount for XHD Front Bumper w/ 7 in. Flares - Textured Black (07-17 Wrangler JK) Item #J15449 mount to this bumper? Also, will the stock fog lights work on this bumper?

      • Thank you for your question! The Rugged Ridge RRC Mount for XHD Front Bumper with 7 in. Flares will work in conjunction with the Rugged Ridge XHD Modular Front Bumper Base. The stock fog lights will be compatible with this bumper.

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      What is the cut out (hole) above the right fog light for?

      • That is the Rugged Ridge logo in the bumper.

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      Can I mount a winch on this bumper base? I know theres a version specifically with a winch cut-out. But I already purchased this one.

      • The Rugged Ridge XHD Modular Front Bumper, can include a winch cut out for an additional cost item:J102928. I have posted the link of the same bumper with the winch cut out below.

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      Installation & What's in the Box

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      • (1) XHD Front Bumper

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