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I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com. And this is my review and installation of the Rugged Ridge Stinger, fitting all 1987 and up Wranglers that have the Rugged Ridge XHD front bumper base installed. Today we're gonna talk through the installation of the stinger which is a very simple one out of three wrench installation. We're also going to talk about the construction of the stinger and a few of the other features. This is for those of you who have installed the Rugged Ridge XHD front bumper base, and are looking for a stinger to go along with it. Now, the idea behind these modular bumpers is that you can really build them to fit exactly what you're looking to accomplish. Whether it's just the looks or the function. So, adding a stinger like this may go right along with your build and if so, this is going to be a really easy bolt on installation for that bumper base that's going to change up the look of the front of your Jeep. Now my opinion, this is a little bit pricey for the stinger, and as I've said before, when you're looking at these modular bumpers, chances are by the time you get all the parts you need or want to build that bumper how you like it, you are going to have quite a few dollars sunk into it. However, this is a well-built piece and because it's designed to bolt directly onto that bumper base that you already have, and it will look like it was designed to go on there, thanks to obviously being made by the same manufacturer, but also having the same finish and all the same lines mean that it is worth it if you're somebody who's interested in building yourself a custom bumper. This stinger is made from 3-inch diameter point one two wall thickness steel that's covered in a textured black powder coat finish. Now, these stingers initially were designed for a very specific purpose. And that was that, when you're doing some really hardcore wheeling, you're coming down off of an obstacle, and you're about to flip forward that the stinger would hit the ground and keep you to one side or the other, putting you back on your tires. Now, I know a lot of you aren't doing that sort of hardcore wheeling so, for most of you, this is just going to be a visual mod. And that's certainly okay. However, if you are doing some hardcore off-roading, I would expect this to hold up to a little bit of a beating on the trail, but I don't know that it's gusseted, welded and frankly attached to the Jeep in a way that it's going to survive the full weight of the vehicle being leaned on. That being said, it does attach with the main bumper mounting bolts directly through the front of the bumper into the frame rail of the Jeep. So, up here you are going to have a ton of strength. In fact, Rugged Ridge does give you some D-Ring mounts right here on the front nine points of the stinger. So, that is a very strong area. Up here where the stinger ties into the top of the bumper, those are just some bolts that go directly into threaded holes in the top of the XHD front bumper. So, not as much strength there, but it is going to be plenty strong, full recovery because that is pulling directly into the frame horns, through the bumper. This does have a little hoop up front here, a lot of you guys like to hook your winch line. Hook on to this loop when you're not using the winch, it can certainly be used for that. This doesn't have any sort of other light mounts on it, so it is going to be just that basic stinger with the D-Ring mounts. As I said, this is a very simple one out of three wrench installation as is installing a lot of the accessories you're going to be buying for your Rugged Ridge XHD front bumper base. If you're installing this with the front bumper, you don't have the bumper on the Jeep yet, the installation is going to be a little bit different than if you already have the bumper on the Jeep. If the bumper's already installed, the first step is going to be removing the eight bolts that hold the bumper in place. Also removing the caps or any other hook that you might have on the bumper, and any other D-Ring nuts. So, really stripping it down to the base except for the end. You can leave whatever ends on there that you might already have. If you are installing this with the bumper the first time, you obviously won't have any of those accessories, just pick the bumper up and set it on top of the frame horns. So, once the bumper is on the frame horns without any of the bolts in place, you can set the stinger on top and start attaching the eight bolts that attach the stinger to the top of the bumper. Once those are loosely in place, you can go ahead and install the eight bolts that hold the stinger through the bumper into the frame horns and really give this all of its strength. And once all of those are started, you can go back and retighten all 16 of the mounting bolts. From there, it's just a matter of installing any other accessories that you might want to install on your bumper, and you're finished. You won't need any specialty tools to get this done, just some traditional hand tools and about an hour of time. As I said before, this is a little bit expensive in my opinion for an accessory for a bumper. This isn't even a whole front bumper, and there are some bumpers out there that roughly cost what the stinger does. However, if you're already in the process of building a modular front bumper, you know that the cost is going to be a little bit higher than an off the shelf bumper. So, if you're okay with this additional cost that this is going to add to your entire bumper setup, I think that this does drastically change the look at the front of your Jeep and add some function by having these D-Ring mounts, and overall if you're after that stinger front bumper look and you have an XHD bumper base, this is going to be a good add.So, if you have a Rugged Ridge XHD Modular Front Bumper Base and you're after that stinger look, this is going to be a really nice addition. This will install very easily and it looks like it was designed to go with the bumper, because it was. So, that's my review of the rugged Ridge Stinger, fitting all 1987 and up Wranglers that have the Rugged Ridge XHD front bumper base that you can find it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
Bumper Construction. Rugged Ridge’s XHD Stinger transforms your Wrangler's XHD stubby bumper into an aggressive stinger bumper ready to take on the trail. This modular accessory offers full protection while combining the ease and efficiency of the modular XHD bumper. You’ll be ready to rock with full welds and 3 inch tubing finished in the same trail tested black powder coat as your bumper base.
Bumper Specs. This aggressive look packs a massive punch, with .120 walled tubing this bad boy weighs in at 44 lbs. Its hulking mass is sure to protect you against even the fiercest of obstacles. Don’t worry though; this stinger won’t interfere with recovery as it offers proper clearance for your winch. Built in D-rings mounts are bolted direct through your XHD’s front frame mount, so you’ll have all the security you need to get you out of the tightest of spots.
Application. The Rugged Ridge Stinger bolts directly to the XHD Modular Front Bumper for 1987-2020 Wrangler YJ, TJ, JK and JL models.
Please Note. The Stinger cannot be used in conjunction with Aluminum XHD model. XHD specific D-rings will not mount to this Guard.
Fitment: 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Details
CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
March 07, 2018
Fantastic bumper!! Protects everything looks amazing and works amazing I love it!! Had to weld mine though. Put it on a custom bumper.Helpful (7)
February 19, 2017
Very Aggressive Look
Added a very aggressive look to my JK. Very Strong and durable. The bolts fitted perfectly now all I need is winch and I'm off road readyHelpful (8)
February 06, 2017
Looks great and stands out to all around. Easy to install. The bolts from the bumper are needed to install so don't lose those. The stinger does not come with any srees/bolts.Helpful (7)
December 11, 2015
Great fit and looks great, great value for the moneyHelpful (8)
August 28, 2015
RUGGED RIDGE STINGER
BOLTED RIGHT ON TO MY XHD BUMPER. GIVES MY JEEP A GREAT LOOK AND WILL COME IN HANDY WHEN OFF-ROADING.Helpful (8)
June 09, 2015
I went back and forth for a while on buying this and finally did. It is solid and looks awesome on my jeep.Helpful (10)
February 22, 2013
Rugged Ridge Stinger - Black Textured w/ Xtreme Heavy Duty Bumper (87-13 Wrangler YJ, TJ & JK)
Just what I needed! Looks great and fully functional. Easy to install and the fitment was dead on. Looks beastly as well!Helpful (10)
This page claims the RR stinger fits the 18 JL rubicon but I don't see the XHD bumper under JL bumpers. Can you please confirm fitment of this accessory and the XHD bumper? thank you.
The Rugged Ridge Stinger is made specifically for XHD Bumpers. Currently, we do not offer an XHD bumper for the JL platform.
I have a stock JK Wrangler bumper. Is it possible to just add the rugged ridge stinger on or do I need to buy a separate aftermarket bumper then install the stinger?
The Rugged Ridge Stinger is designed specifically for the Rugged Ridge XHD Bumpers, and would not fit the OEM bumper without custom modifications and fabrication.
Is this Rugged Ridge Stinger going to fit factory bumper on 2016 Rubicon Hard Rock edition?
Hello, unfortunately this stinger only works in conjunction with the XHD Modular Front Bumper.
What modular bumper do I need? What Rugged Ridge modular bumper do I need for this part? Cheers! BK
Hello, for the Rugged Ridge Stinger - Black Textured for Xtreme Heavy Duty Bumper (87-17 Wrangler YJ, TJ & JK) you would have to get the Rugged Ridge XHD Modular Front Bumper Base, w/o D-rings (07-17 Wrangler JK) which you can find here: http://www.extremeterrain.com/rr-xhd-front-no-dw-1154009.html
(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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