6 month update: Many "stinger" style bumpers go untested until the moment of truth, when you need it the most. Unfortunately that is not the time to find out your bumper is more show than protection. We can without hesitation recommend this bumper as fully functional and able to handle anything you throw at it. How do we know this? Our Jeep Monkeyspank was involved in a head-on collision with the stinger taking the full impact. The fullsize pickup was demolished and the P.O. Rockhammer came away with scratched paint. From this "real world test" (not the way we wanted to test it) MJ is promoting this bumper to our MOABJEEPER Magazines Top Choice.
"It's not if you'll roll, it?s when." If you?re the kind of Jeeper that doesn?t just stick to the kiddy rides, you should be planning for a roll and taking precautions.
It?s no secret we have rolled five staff vehicles over the years (no readers rigs... yet). Knowing this, we decided to build our TJ "Monkey Spank" for what is most likely its destiny... a roll in Moab.
To do this, our first step is the addition of the P.O. Rockhammer "stinger" type bumper from Shrockworks.
Some of you may be asking what a "stinger" bumper is. It's one of those bumpers with the large hoop leaning forward off the bumper and rising up above the hood. This bumper design serves a couple of purposes. First, it helps to prevent a rear-over-front roll when coming down a steep angle. Second, in the event you do roll, it protects your radiator. There is no guarantee your radiator will be perfectly safe, but at least it has fighting chance.
Follow along as we install this bumper, but first let me say something about the packaging. When the bumper arrived, it looked like some large fossil intended for the local university accidentally ended up at the doors of MOABJEEPER Magazine. It was odd shaped, wrapped in plastic, surrounded by cardboard, and partially filled with expandable foam. Shrockworks took great care to ensure their bumper arrives unscathed.
On to the install.