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Warn Elite Series Bumper for Jeep JL

There have been mountains of new products being developed for the Jeep JL lately, and last week, Warn Industries threw their hat into the ring with a new line of bumpers for the platform. They’re a part of their Elite Series, and each has been designed to match the JL’s modern styling cues while retaining the brand’s signature durability. Here’s what you need to know.

The Elite series is designed, tested, and made in Clackamas, Oregon, and can withstand 12,000 pounds of pulling force without deformation. There are integrated lifting points for off-road jacks, and shackle mounts for attaching a tow strap or your winch line in a recovery scenario.

The bumper is available in four different styles to fit most people’s needs and tastes. The first model is a full-width bar, intended for those who want a little more protection from impacts. It can be purchased with or without a grille guard tube and comes with built-in light ports to mount either factory fog lights or an aftermarket light pod. The full-width ascent bumper can accommodate up to 37 inches with a 2-inch lift.

The “stubby” bumper is intended for the more traditional rock crawling audience and provides the maximum tire clearance for anyone who needs more trail capability. It shares many of the same components with the full width, including the mounting location for aftermarket lights, but with an increased approach angle and less front end protection.

Like all of their other bumpers, the elite series bars for the JL have undergone strenuous testing in the field and in Warn’s labs to ensure longevity and performance. It’s also powder coated in flat black using a five-step pre-treatment process with zirconium nanotechnology, which enables the bumpers to withstand over 408 hours of salt spray testing.

Overall, this new product is an attractive option for Jeep JL owners, and for just over $1,000 it’s not an absurdly overpriced one either. You can find out more information on the bumper from the Warn website here.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Senior Editor while living full-time on the road.