Jeep JK Wrangler Homemade Stubby
Front Bumper Write-Up

A full width front bumper on a Jeep JK Wrangler is something that Chrysler is required to provide in order to meet federal safety standards and, while I’m sure they do their job, they’re a complete nuisance out on the trail. They get in the way of rocks, they effectively reduce your approach angles, they make it difficult for you to disconnect your sway bar links and being that they’re just plastic, they start to look pretty bad after just a few minor hits on the trail. And, it’s for these reasons that chopping up the front bumper and making it into a stubby is one of the most popular, useful and effective modifications that you can make on your Jeep JK Wrangler. Of course, in addition to all the benefits you will get from this mod, the best part about doing this is that it can be done for next to nothing and this write-up will show you how.

Jeep JK Wrangler Homemade Stubby Front Bumper Write-Up

14 Comments so far

  1. Mike April 23rd, 2010 2:51 pm

    Looks good. It was the first thing to go on the jeep along with the fender trim. I even like the look of the open ends. Great job

  2. MasterG April 27th, 2010 11:39 am

    Good idea! Not sure about the open end but look great !


  3. wayoflife April 27th, 2010 11:56 am

    you can always cap them off with a set of these:


  4. ArtSki February 6th, 2011 1:37 pm

    This is great, I’m doing it next weekend! Now if there was a similar writeup for the rear bumper, that would make my day!

  5. c4bus September 4th, 2011 9:27 am

    Just did this for the second time yesterday and discovered that the metal bumper support under the plastic makes a better stubby. I removed the plastic, cut the ends off, and cut the two metal cylinders off the front. Now I have a perfect hi-lift lift point, and an even smaller stubby.

  6. Darien Mattison October 31st, 2011 12:29 pm

    can you send pics of your bumper?

  7. Samson76 March 9th, 2012 6:38 pm

    Just did this mod today on my 2011 JKU. Looks great! I’ll probably do the end caps at a later date. I agree, that someone should do a similar writeup for the rear bumper.

  8. Denis May 7th, 2012 11:30 pm

    Is there Any problems if u want to put an evo bumper afterwards? Cause ur cutting at least 6″ of stèle on That…

  9. Denis May 7th, 2012 11:31 pm


  10. Denis May 7th, 2012 11:31 pm

    Is there Any problem if

  11. Denis May 7th, 2012 11:34 pm

    …… In going to install an evo bumper in the future.. Cause ur cutting at least 6″ of steel on there..

  12. wayoflife May 9th, 2012 11:02 am

    the evo bumper does not use any part of the factory bumper

  13. Matt June 26th, 2012 7:59 pm

    Can we get a write-up for doing this to the stock rear bumper?

    Also, My 2010 2DR Sport has the stock front skidplate. What is recommended, cutting to same width as bumper, leaving alone, or removing? (or other solution recommended?)

    BTW, I just got the JK about 3 days ago but have been a big fan of yours through my TJ and XJ years.

  14. Clark Collins November 15th, 2012 9:09 pm

    This was the first mod I did to my 2010 JKU. I shortened the original plastic ends and fastened them with hex head sheet metal screws inside the shortened plastic on this mod. I also cut some pieces of the bumper plastic to fit on the front of the extensions over the crush cans (I had punched a hole in one of them) and fastened them with the sheet metal screws. The finished product looks tough and I have since added a winch plate and Engo winch.

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