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Old December 29th, 2007, 09:12 AM
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Seeking opinion on winch bumpers

Hello all, and Happy New Year.

I am about to replace my front bumper on my 1997 D-90. I believe I have narrowed my bumper choice down to two: an ARB Bull Bar or the Rock Ware D-90 Front Bumber. I would love to hear any thoughts on your experience with either of the two. In particular, I am interested if there were significant modifications needed to either the D-90 or the bumper that you received.

Additional tidbits: I was thinking of using a Warn XD9000i. Thoughts? I like the idea of the plasma synthetic rope. Thoughts? I would like to mount Hella driving lamps. Do either of the bumpers make that easier/harder?

Thanks in advance
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Old December 29th, 2007, 09:45 AM
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+1 for Rockware
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Old December 29th, 2007, 09:54 AM
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Chris,

Go with the Rockware. The ARB does not have very good approach angles for off roading. I had it on my ST and replaced it with the Safari Gard. I have an ARB on my SW and I am looking to replace it with something else. My choice for a winch would be a SuperWinch Husky 10, it's a worm drive so you can use it all day.
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Old December 29th, 2007, 10:01 AM
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No issues with ARBs and XD9000s on both of my 90s (and ARB bumpers on other trucks as well). I prefer the synthetic rope as well.

I have an SG bumper on my Range Rover and I like the ARB since I'm probably going to need the protection more on the street than on the trail...so I like the bulkier bumper for that reason.

If I didn't have the ARB on the 90 I would go Rockware...so I'd say you'll be happy either way. Just get one
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Old December 29th, 2007, 02:02 PM
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Not to hijack, but how do people feel about the brush guard on the Rockware?

I'm tempted to order one without that. Cheaper and lighter.

Do you think it's a necessity?
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Old December 29th, 2007, 04:04 PM
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Thanks Jeff. I'll give the Rover Hybrids a call to see what kind of prices they offer. It looks like they custom make them, so my winch should be fairly easy.
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I love my Rockware w/ brush gaurd and light bar. Definitely recommend it.

As for winch, I love my warn XD9000.
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Old December 31st, 2007, 01:48 AM
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Not to hijack, but how do people feel about the brush guard on the Rockware?

I'm tempted to order one without that. Cheaper and lighter.

Do you think it's a necessity?
I've had plenty of use for the brush guard part of my rockware. Mostly its involved hitting small trees. I'd go with rockware or roverhybrids.
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Old December 31st, 2007, 10:40 AM
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While I have never had any experience with a Rockware bumper I had an ARB on my Range Rover. On the day that car died I was in a mud pit stuck beyond recognition with 2 flat tires, broken front CV, and busted winch. A diesel, 4 door, dodge dualie backed up nose to tail with my rangie with a 60 feet chain. He gunned it all 60 feet and the shock from the chain lifted the entire dodge off the ground. The force sheered all 10 body mounts on my range rover and totaled the car but the ARB didn't even have a dent. FYI the rover moved 2 feet.
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I was looking at my rockwares mounting points on the frame and wonder how strong they are. I have not done any winching or serious recovery, but I question the strength of the rockwares mounts, they look weak. I wish I had a photo. That being said the Rockware is plenty strong for my needs....
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Old December 31st, 2007, 02:47 PM
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I was looking at my rockwares mounting points on the frame and wonder how strong they are. I have not done any winching or serious recovery, but I question the strength of the rockwares mounts, they look weak. I wish I had a photo. That being said the Rockware is plenty strong for my needs....
Fairly strong. I've done a good bit of snatch recoveries off the front and winching.
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Old December 31st, 2007, 03:04 PM
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Yeah I remember that thread I think the Cad was totalled. Ive snatched on mine but I wonder about winching at wierd angles.
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