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You read right, I put a XJ Smittybuilt winch bumper on the Commander, I have also done a Daystar spacer kit and made room for Maxxis bighorn 285/70/17's by massaging the wheel wells and putting inch and 3/4 wheel spacers on them. I also put a Smitty Built 10 K winch on for the pulling power. I am just getting started... Pics to come!
 

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Looks Good,How is the bumper held on to the front of the XK did you make brackets or is it welded on to the front of the frame?

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Hero of the month!


I totally walked away from this idea without even giving it a go. The width looks perfect on it!

Can you send some pictures of a profile? I bet it can be cut a bit and ride up higher to meet the body better possibly... Also, if we use the hidden winch mount frame crossmember to enable the closer fit.


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Inferno, the kit comes with plates that the XJ needs to mount the bumper on the inside of the frame of the XJ. I persuaded the plates with a hammer in between the core support I have drilled through the frame and have 8 grade 8 bolts holding it in and yes the width is perfect.

Dave, to get the bumper as close I could I took out the cross member, I was going to bolt the bumper to the cross member but the bumper was 8 inches infront of the lights .. didn't like the look so out cane the saws all. heres the rub the commanders frame is 1 3/4 wider thane the XJ so I had to split the frame on the seam all the way down frame where the crossmember was to the core support. but stock sucks modify it!
 

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I wonder what the cost difference is when buying a prefab bumper like this as opposed to making a new one?

The XJ bumpers have dropped in price and really it is just metal so we can cut it up and just weld it back.

I may end up going this route and then purchase the rear bumper from WAM with the tire kit installed.

Also, to clean up the protection, just install a front guard from 4XGuard or something to protect all the open space...

much to ponder from your amazing build!

Dave
 

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Very nice.
 

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OME HD springs on order and I am going to show you the AC line mod I did to have no rubbing on the 285/70/17's. The weight of the bumper/winch has lowered the front end back to stock ride height this doesn't work for me..Pics to come! Also next year I am going to put on an Smittybuilt Rear bumper with tire carrier and Titan Fuel tank.
 

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Any updates on the Smittybuilt bumpers ?

OME HD springs on order and I am going to show you the AC line mod I did to have no rubbing on the 285/70/17's. The weight of the bumper/winch has lowered the front end back to stock ride height this doesn't work for me..Pics to come! Also next year I am going to put on an Smittybuilt Rear bumper with tire carrier and Titan Fuel tank.
Have any updates on the front or rear Smittybuilt bumpers ? Have been looking at the Move bumpers or totally fabing one my self. The Move bumpers are a precut system that are diy. Just trying to look at all my options for bumpers. I'm thinking that by using an existing system with small mods would be a good way to go.
 

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Have any updates on the front or rear Smittybuilt bumpers ? Have been looking at the Move bumpers or totally fabing one my self. The Move bumpers are a precut system that are diy. Just trying to look at all my options for bumpers. I'm thinking that by using an existing system with small mods would be a good way to go.
I've actually seen a mod very similar to this (live & in person) about 2 years ago, on a 2004 Grand Cherokee that a younger kid did with a Smittybuilt bumper for a Wrangler that he got very cheap off of someone; he installed it as best he could - and it still had that giant space in between the bumper and the grille, park lights & front fenders.

But, the bottom line is, it was functional and served it's purpose - it just wasn't aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

I can understand doing this if you already had the Smittybuilt bumper laying around - or you got one on the cheap from someone.

That being said, I don't see why anyone would intentionally go out & buy a Smittybuilt Wrangler bumper & McGuyver an install like this, when there are clearly better, cleaner options out on the market right now that are reasonably priced.

The WAM baseline Commander bumpers start at around $650.00 I believe and then go up in price from there, based on what options you add. They will also fabricate the bumper to your specifications and ship it to you, if you want to do the installation yourself, which would obviously save you some money.

JV is spot on with his statement that stock sucks, so, Kudos to him for having the drive and ingenuity to make this work.
 

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Totally agree Big Blue. Going out and buying a brand new Smittybuilt just to mod it to fit your XK just doesn't make sense. As you mentioned, unless of course you come across one real cheap. AND one has the resources (time, effort, skill and tools) to take it on. I for one, enjoy seeing unique or totally custom fab work on rigs. I think it inspires others to come up with their own mods.
 

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Totally agree Big Blue. Going out and buying a brand new Smittybuilt just to mod it to fit your XK just doesn't make sense. As you mentioned, unless of course you come across one real cheap. AND one has the resources (time, effort, skill and tools) to take it on. I for one, enjoy seeing unique or totally custom fab work on rigs. I think it inspires others to come up with their own mods.
Yep, I totally agree with you. Considering what JV was working with, he did a great job IMHO.
 
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