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I need to replace my front bumper due to an idiot pulling out directly in front of my truck. Not sure if I want to just put a stock one back on as I don't think they make OEM ones anymore. Beside I have a receiver hitch in the front for a winch now.
Thought I might as well look at the aftermarket winch bumpers while I am here.
So my question to those of you that have them what do you think? Are they to heavy, to big, or ? I haven't been able to see very many good pic.'s of any on our trucks so thought I might start here. If you have any good pic.'s I would love to see them. Also any comments/advice on brands or anything else would be appreciated too.
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I have a Fab Fours "black steel" bumper on mine. Looks decent compared to the Ranch Hand which is pretty bulky looking. Has tow hooks and a spot for a winch. Its probably only a couple hundred pounds (still way heavier than the 40lb stock bumper) so it won't effect ride height/wear things out up front. Maybe I can get a picture of it later
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If you fabrication inclined check out Move Bumpers. They are a weld it yourself kit you can buy with add on options like winch mounting, extra lights, etc. Much cheaper to put the kit together yourself versus a bra built bumper. They have a ton of pictures on their website showing what the bumpers look like when their all done and on trucks.

You can still get reproduction factory bumpers from LMC Truck or try your local junkyard for a factory one but good luck finding one in good condition there.

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I just finished my Move front bumper. Overall I like it but I did at a lot of extra metal/ bracing/ gussets that didn't come with the kit. I'd post a picture but for some reason the sites not allowing me to. Every time I try to upload a picture its says upload failed even though the .jpg is less than the file size and dimension limits. Is it required that pics be hosted by a third party and url linked?

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Ah, heck with it, here's an Imgur hosted pic

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Be warned that a move bumper is a DIY project. Yes it comes out cheaper but you save that money because of the sweat equity you put in. I probably have over 40 hours total (fitting, welding , grinding, sanding , priming, raptor liner coating) into mine.

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I guess that pic doesn't work either. But thanks for trying Antonm. I would like to have seen the extra work you did to it though. I have looked at the Move bumpers, along with all of the others, but in all honesty I don't really like any that I have looked at of all of the brands. No matter I am going to have to make a decision soon however.
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the red circled areas are what I added that weren't part of the kit



With the winch and lights installed

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Thanks again Antonm for sharing. You clearly have done a very nice job on that bumper. Should I decide to go this way I will certainly use some of your ideas.
BTW how much do you think it weighs w/o the winch and lights?
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BTW how much do you think it weighs w/o the winch and lights?
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Its decently heavy, just guessing ≈ 250lbs. My truck has Rough Country (I know crappy lift, but its what I can afford) three inch lift front springs. Don't know who makes the springs or what lb/in rating they are, but they only sagged about 1/4 inch or so after installing the bumper with winch (and that's compared to a measurement taken with no front bumper installed because I forgot to measure before I took the stock bumper off)

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Antonm how big is your winch and what brand is it?
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