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Old 11-20-2012, 05:08 PM   #4001
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Ace, smittybilt, rancho, rugged ridge are the first to come to mind
And save for the ACE bumper... you'd be hard-pressed to find a good word on any of those. The Smittybilt and Rancho are, particularly, prone to a **** finish.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:09 PM   #4002
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AEV doesn't make a stubby bumper.

99% of stubby bumpers are going to be $400-$800. Are you wanting to stay in the lower end of that range?
I know AEV doesn't make stubby bumpers, I just meant nothing near the price of their bumper. I'd like to stay under $600.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:10 PM   #4003
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And save for the ACE bumper... you'd be hard-pressed to find a good word on any of those. The Smittybilt and Rancho are, particularly, prone to a **** finish.
Thanks, I knew to stay clear of Smittybilt, wasn't sure of the others.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:14 PM   #4004
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Thanks, I knew to stay clear of Smittybilt, wasn't sure of the others.
i helped someone install a smitty front and rear stubby (rear with tire carrier). overall i was really unimpressed. finish was acceptable, fit on the front bumper was surprisingly good, rear bumper fit was effing horrid.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:15 PM   #4005
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Thanks, I knew to stay clear of Smittybilt, wasn't sure of the others.
Look at Expedition One. They have a base stubby bumper that fits your price range. I think their base starts at $300-$400.

ARB has a stubby bumper as well and it starts at $550.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:15 PM   #4006
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I think this is the first time I've been in this thread. One of my buddies has a tricked out H1 wagon and I want to a little meet they had last weekend in Bridgeport, TX.

Here are a few photos I took (the thread has about 60 photos if you scroll down):
http://newschoolofphotography.com/li...you-think.html









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Old 11-20-2012, 05:24 PM   #4007
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I think this is the first time I've been in this thread. One of my buddies has a tricked out H1 wagon and I want to a little meet they had last weekend in Bridgeport, TX.

Here are a few photos I took (the thread has about 60 photos if you scroll down):
http://newschoolofphotography.com/li...you-think.html

Those are damn nice pictures. Can't wait to go back there and have some more fun.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:54 PM   #4008
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Look at Expedition One. They have a base stubby bumper that fits your price range. I think their base starts at $300-$400.

ARB has a stubby bumper as well and it starts at $550.
Thanks, I just may end up going with Ace, but I'll check into Expedition One.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:34 PM   #4009
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Thanks, I just may end up going with Ace, but I'll check into Expedition One.
Regarding ACE -- If you're finicky about what the finished product looks like. Their powder coating looks more like the fenders and less like black paint. Expedition One's coating looks more like black paint.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:44 PM   #4010
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I think this is the first time I've been in this thread. One of my buddies has a tricked out H1 wagon and I want to a little meet they had last weekend in Bridgeport, TX.

Here are a few photos I took (the thread has about 60 photos if you scroll down):
http://newschoolofphotography.com/li...you-think.html
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:45 PM   #4011
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Regarding ACE -- If you're finicky about what the finished product looks like. Their powder coating looks more like the fenders and less like black paint. Expedition One's coating looks more like black paint.
Cool, thanks.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:57 PM   #4012
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It's nice to be rich. Do want.
Heh, exactly.
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Old 11-20-2012, 07:38 PM   #4013
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H1's are surprisingly affordable if you get early to mid-run examples. Still, they cost a lot more to fix than a Wrangler (and can't fit in tight eastern trails).
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:32 AM   #4014
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Awesome H1 photos!

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So I've been brainstorming and I think I know what I want to do to my Jeep (I've gotten the bug to modify as of late).

Since day one I've been wanting to switch out the suspension components for something a bit beefier than the current budget Pro-Comp setup. After driving an OME equipped Land Cruiser in Botswana, I have been lusting after a similar set up - it was just really impressive and took a lot of abuse in complete stride.

I've also recently been thinking about upping my tire size (as you guys all initially suggested I do) but I know that I already have an ideal lift for 33" and even possibly 35" tires.

Since I'm eyeballing the OME 2" lift I'm thinking of settling for 33" tires, lowering two inches by switching to the full OME kit and then possibly getting the AEV Highline body kit to accommodate the tires with no issue. I'm even seeing guys on the forums with this setup and 35's.

I'll feel more comfortable with a stronger suspension and the lowering of the rig entirely will smooth out certain ceiling height issues I've mentioned as of late. Plus, my girlfriend will certainly appreciate a lower riding vehicle.

The obvious issue is the cost of doing this. But, I figure it's a decent plan for something down the road.

What do you guys think? Does this sound technically feasible?

Thanks.
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:32 AM   #4015
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Awesome H1 photos!

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So I've been brainstorming and I think I know what I want to do to my Jeep (I've got the bug to modify to my liking).

Since day one I've been wanting to switch out the suspension components for something a bit beefier than the current budget Pro-Comp setup. After driving an OME equipped Land Cruiser in Botswana, I have been lusting after a similar set up - it was just really impressive and took a lot of abuse in complete stride.

I've also recently been thinking about upping my tire size (as you guys all initially suggested I do) but I know that I already have an ideal lift for 33" and even possibly 35" tires.

Since I'm eyeballing the OME 2" lift I'm thinking of settling for 33" tires, lowering two inches by switching to the full OME kit and then possibly getting the AEV Highline body kit to accommodate the tires with no issue. I'm even seeing guys on the forums with this setup and 35's.

I'll feel more comfortable with a stronger suspension and the lowering of the rig entirely will smooth out certain ceiling height issues I've mentioned as of late. Plus, my girlfriend will certainly appreciate a lower riding vehicle not to mention the freeway feeling a bit less treacherous.

The obvious issue is the cost of doing this. But, I figure it's a decent plan for something down the road.

What do you guys think? Does this sound technically feasible?

Thanks.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:36 AM   #4016
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Awesome H1 photos!

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So I've been brainstorming and I think I know what I want to do to my Jeep (I've got the bug to modify to my liking).

Since day one I've been wanting to switch out the suspension components for something a bit beefier than the current budget Pro-Comp setup. After driving an OME equipped Land Cruiser in Botswana, I have been lusting after a similar set up - it was just really impressive and took a lot of abuse in complete stride.

I've also recently been thinking about upping my tire size (as you guys all initially suggested I do) but I know that I already have an ideal lift for 33" and even possibly 35" tires.

Since I'm eyeballing the OME 2" lift I'm thinking of settling for 33" tires, lowering two inches by switching to the full OME kit and then possibly getting the AEV Highline body kit to accommodate the tires with no issue. I'm even seeing guys on the forums with this setup and 35's.

I'll feel more comfortable with a stronger suspension and the lowering of the rig entirely will smooth out certain ceiling height issues I've mentioned as of late. Plus, my girlfriend will certainly appreciate a lower riding vehicle not to mention the freeway feeling a bit less treacherous.

The obvious issue is the cost of doing this. But, I figure it's a decent plan for something down the road.

What do you guys think? Does this sound technically feasible?

Thanks.
OME is a great setup, as you stated. The only concern I would have is IF you go that route with the Highline kit and 35" tires... you may have to do some additional trimming to mitigate rub. This is completely contingent on what tire you choose, which I am sure you know. <3
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:27 AM   #4017
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OME is a great setup, as you stated. The only concern I would have is IF you go that route with the Highline kit and 35" tires... you may have to do some additional trimming to mitigate rub. This is completely contingent on what tire you choose, which I am sure you know. <3
Thanks for the input.

In all likelihood I will end up with 33's. I think 35's may be a bit overkill for me.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:18 AM   #4018
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I think this is the suspension I will be going with:

http://dpgoffroad.com/products/old-m...-wrangler-kit/

I don't even think I'll need the AEV Highline with this kit and 33's. I'd like to retain my skinny white steelies so 33x10.5 will probably be on the menu.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:33 PM   #4019
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Thanks for the input.

In all likelihood I will end up with 33's. I think 35's may be a bit overkill for me.
Bigger is better. If you go with the OME lift and 33's... you should still be able to get your Jeep in your covered parking spot, right?

The Highline kit would look KILLER on your Jeep.
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:00 PM   #4020
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Agreed. I'd probably do that before anything else because it's unclear how much longer it will be made.
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:02 PM   #4021
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Can I put 35's on my JKUR with stock suspension and wheels? It won't be for long as I'll put the lift and AEV Savegre's in eventually. I realize some running might be an issue at the extreme ranges of motion until I do.
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:52 PM   #4022
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Can I put 35's on my JKUR with stock suspension and wheels? It won't be for long as I'll put the lift and AEV Savegre's in eventually. I realize some running might be an issue at the extreme ranges of motion until I do.
Iirc that's very possible with flat fenders.
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:08 PM   #4023
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Can I put 35's on my JKUR with stock suspension and wheels? It won't be for long as I'll put the lift and AEV Savegre's in eventually. I realize some running might be an issue at the extreme ranges of motion until I do.
Generally speaking, it'll rub unless you cut your fenders (or buy flat fenders) and trim the pinch seam. You will also want to run spacers due to the backspacing on the stock wheels. Some 35's are going to measure closer to 33", some are going to be closer to 34". My Mud Grapplers measure 34.25" at 29psi.
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These are 34.8. Sounds like I should wait to mount them until after the lift.
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:11 PM   #4025
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These are 34.8. Sounds like I should wait to mount them until after the lift.
They measure 34.8" under load? What are you looking at?
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