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The Brawler Lite front bumper for JK is a grille-width, high clearance bumper designed to combine hard core off-road performance with full features. This bumper is fabricated from 3/16" plate steel, CNC laser-cut and precision brake-formed into a low profile, high clearance design. The ends of the bumper extend far enough to protect the lower corner of the JK grille, but not far enough to hinder tire clearance or tire access to vertical obstacles. This product ships as bare steel—it will need to be painted or powder coated prior to final installation. We do not offer a powder coat option for this item.
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Product DescriptionPlate Steel Construction
This bumper is fabricated from 3/16" plate steel, CNC laser-cut and precision brake-formed into a low profile, high clearance design. The ends of the bumper extend far enough to protect the lower corner of the JK grille, but not far enough to hinder tire clearance or tire access to vertical obstacles.
The Trail Stinger used on this version of the Brawler Lite™ is modeled after the famous Trail Stinger originally developed and popularized by Poison Spyder. This time-honored design has proven itself on hundreds of Jeeps over the past decade, providing simple, clean lines along with a measure of forward-flop protection. The Trail Stinger is made of CNC laser-notched, NC-bent 1¾" diameter .120" wall DOM tubing. The complex laser-cut notch allows the Brawler Bar to be welded to two different planes on the surface of the bumper, providing incredible strength. The Trail Stinger is fortified by a pair of 1¼" diameter .120" wall DOM tube gussets. Note: Warn PowerPlant winches are not a direct-fit with the DOM Tube gussets (they may be installed with some minor modifications by the installer). Brawler Lite is also available with the Brawler Bar™ or with no bar/stinger.
Unlike the Poison Spyder BFH™ series bumpers for JK, the Brawler Lite can be mounted without cutting or altering the Jeep's frame rails. The faceted design of the Brawler Lite provides the best ground clearance and approach angle possible in a bumper that doesn't require frame modifications. The factory "Crash Bar" may be left intact or removed for a sleek appearance and high clearance. If keeping the crash bar, we recommend adding the Brawler Lite Skid Plate (sold separately), which conceals the crash bar and protects the electronic sway bar disconnect.
Recessed Fog Lamp Mounts
Brawler Lite comes with built-in, recessed fog lamp mounts that are designed to easily accept your stock fog lamps. And these aren't just simple light tabs placed behind a hole in the bumper—they are recessed in a "bucket" made of a full tubular section to encircle the lamp and keep light from annyoingly leaking behind and around the bumper. Adding further convenience are mounting holes for re-installing the harness retainer clips for the factory wiring, to keep the wiring neatly secured. If you'd like a lot more power than the factory fog lamps provide, you can opt to install a set of Rigid Industries Dually or D2 Dually LED lamps using our JK Fog Light Mounts for Rigid Industries Dually/D2.
IMPORTANT: The stock fog lamps used on the Jeep Wrangler 10th Anniversary Rubicon do NOT fit into the fog lamp buckets on this bumper. If installing this bumper on a 10th Anniversary Rubicon, we suggest using a pair of Rigid Industries Dually or Dually D2 LED lamps along with our JK Dually Fog Lamp Mounts instead of the stock fog lamps.
The Brawler Lite's top-mounted, integrated winch mount is part of the fully boxed, internally gusseted bumper shell. Winches that are mounted inside the bumper lose this box strength as well as the strength of internal gussets. The Brawler Lite is designed to accept most Warn and other brand winches that use the popular 10" X 4½" mounting pattern, with a few small exceptions. Warn Powerplant winches fit the Brawler Lite with Brawler Bar and Plate Gussets just fine, however it will require slight modifications to use this winch with the Tube Gusset variant. Mounting the Warn Zeon winches requires our Zeon Winch Spacer Plates. See the FAQ section below for further information on both of these winches.
Recovery Shackle Tabs
Optional Recovery Shackle Tabs are modeled after the high clearance tabs designed for our hard core BFH series bumpers. These tabs are angle to provide maximum approach angle. They are CNC machined from 1" thick steel billet, specifically designed to accept our heavy duty 3/4" Recovery Shackles. Selecting this option will get you a pair of these tabs, expertly welded to the Brawler Lite bumper.