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Old 12-17-2015, 08:55 PM   #29
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I'm interested in the LoD bumper. Would anyone recommend the powder coat option?
Never towed a vehicle long distance nor own a MH yet, but the Jeep is on my very short list.
Any insight would be welcome.
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Really depends on how you'll use the Jeep or how often you see the bumper getting "road/rock rash". Mine takes somewhat of a beating so I got paint (I've already repainted about 1/2 of it). I will say these bumpers are not just for looks...I sideswiped a tree and nothing happened but scratch the paint. Also VERY glad I got full width..in this particular incident I would have ripped the right front fender off...all I ended up doing was a little wetsanding on the turn signal and it was fine..bumper took all the beating and needed nothing but paint.
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Old 12-18-2015, 12:46 AM   #30
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At most, you are looking at 5 hours of shop labor to install the baseplate, electrical tailight wiring, a built-in non-portable brake control system, and a toad battery charger line with controller.

The price for the components varies widly, that's where the shop is making their profit.

Google and or Amazon will give you the lowest retail prices for your components. Your quote is in the high side, but still in the ballpark, (in a private suite).
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Thanks. I am familiar with powder coating, just wasn't sure to its worth on the bumper.
I think you guys are much more adventurous than we will be but who knows.
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Old 12-18-2015, 10:47 AM   #32
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I chose the powder coat option on my LoD bumper because I live in MN. The winters here can be harsh, and combined with sand and salt, I think this finish will hold up better than just paint. I've had good results with powder coated exterior parts on other vehicles in the past. Plus, I noticed that LoD adds zinc to their powder which provides added protection against corrosion. I hope this was $80 (for the mid-width) well spent but it can't hurt.
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I also wanted an aftermarket bumper, and many of the baseplates say that they'll only work with the OEM bumper. LoD and RockHard were the only brands I could find that have tow tabs available on their bumpers, and LoD's mid-width was less-expensive than the full-width RockHard model. I have this on order with welded tabs for my Blue Ox towbar. I now need a braking system and am torn between the SMI AFO (about $3k installed by my RV dealer) and a portable system like the Blue Ox Patriot (about $1300 from my RV dealer).

Is the $3,000 for the installation only of the SMI AFO? That seems high. AFO cost about $1,000 - $1,250. I would think it would take less than 8 hours to install at about $110 an hour, I would think it would cost less than$1,000. But what do I know, I'm still doing mine own research. So let us know what you find out and decide.
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Is the $3,000 for the installation only of the SMI AFO? That seems high. AFO cost about $1,000 - $1,250. I would think it would take less than 8 hours to install at about $110 an hour, I would think it would cost less than$1,000. But what do I know, I'm still doing mine own research. So let us know what you find out and decide.
The $3000 quoted by the dealer was parts and installation. I'm not sure what the breakdown was but I think you're approximately right with the $1000 to $1250 for the brake and related parts. I was told that because I have a Spartan chassis, the installation requires the purchase and installation of a "pink tank". Because I lost interest in the AFO product after hearing the price, I didn't pursue this and ask what a pink tank was for.
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I purchased a hood and grill bra for my 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Installed it and it really saved my paint job. We traveled out west this summer and back to Florida. If I would not have done that it would have been a front end paint job. Look for vehicle Bras on internet.
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Currie Enterprises here. Not saying it's the best but it works pretty good doesn't standout and not overly expensive.
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I have tow my 2003 jeep wrangler with RV'S and love how easy it is to hook up and tow. I had a custom front bumper made (with a 2 inch hitch so I could put a tray in front. Wench mount, and pad eyes for putting shackles in to be towed out when stuck). I told them I was going to use the pad eyes with a tow bar to tow the jeep, they said no problem. I had another shop build a steel tow bar, to bolt into the pad eyes.
The system has worked great for over 10 years now.
To put the tow bar on, it is 2 bolts with keepers. To hookup, we drive within 3 feet of the hitch and then push the Jeep forward to hook it up (I can do it by myself). I don't use additional brakes because the Jeep is about 3000 lbs and legal.
Cost for the bumper and hitch was about $500. It goes on and off easy (2 bolts and safety chains), and the bumper looks good.
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