RX Front Bumper for 2018+ JL Wrangler & Gladiator
RX Front Bumper
Please note: Due to an extremely high demand for this product and a very limited supply as production ramps up, we will be offering these bumpers through a lottery system in order to make it fair for everyone. We encourage anyone who wants a bumper to sign-up now, as we will continue to use this database for future bumper batches as well. All the information regarding the selection process is listed on this form
After pioneering the aftermarket’s first stamped steel front bumper over a decade ago, AEV is once again pushing the boundaries of innovation with the introduction of the RX Front Bumper for JL Wrangler and Gladiator! The RX Front Bumper features new materials, updated styling, unique lighting options and the attention to detail that you have come to expect form AEV.
Hot Stamped Boron Steel (HSBS) is an ultra-high strength, press hardened steel and is most commonly used in automotive applications for passenger impact protection because it is lightweight with an extremely high yield strength. AEV first started using this manufacturing process when we designed the OEM skid plate package for the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison because of its extremely high strength to weight ratio. By taking what we learned from this program, we were able to create a Front Bumper that is considerably stronger than our previous bumper designs without increasing the overall weight – something that we have been very conscious about doing as OEM’s began using lightweight materials as a weight savings measure.
Aside from the material itself, many of the key features from the previous generation Jeep bumpers are carried over with the addition of a few new ones. Lighting is always a critical component to traveling safely through remote backcountry, so the AEV RX Front Bumper allows for the installation of two 7” off-road lights with the use of AEV’s Optional Off-Road Light Brackets (sold separately). These brackets attach underneath the roto-molded center hoop which features a very slick design that allows you to run your wires along the back of the tube without being visible or exposed to the elements. Having the lights suspended from the hoop allows for better access to the winch, compared to traditional bumper-mounted light brackets. All OEM fog light options are compatible with the AEV RX Front Bumper and integrate seamlessly with the supplied brackets and bezel. A Trail Camera Relocation Kit will soon be available to relocate your front trail camera (if equipped) to the underside of the cross tube, giving you an unobstructed view of your obstacle ahead (available early 2021).
The RX Front Bumper is up for any recovery task that may present itself during your travels, with two Hi-Lift Jack guides and a pair of heavy duty, chassis-mounted recovery points that are tested to meet all OE load specifications and and are sized for 3/4″ anchor shackles. For the ultimate setup, a 10,000lb Warn Zeon 10-S winch (or other similarly sized winch) can be added to the RX Front Bumper with the use of AEV’s optional Winch Mount. To further protect all the vital components sitting directly below the bumper, an optional Front Bumper Skid Plate can also be added. This Hot Stamped Boron Steel Skid Plate is lightweight, yet extremely strong making it a formidable last line of defense between an off-road obstacle and potentially a costly repair. A 20” LED Light Bar can even be mounted behind the Skid Plate for additional light low to the ground, which is particularly helpful in inclement weather such as fog and snow (mounting kit sold separately).
The AEV RX Front Bumper is e-coated and powder coated for maximum corrosion and UV resistance and is proudly manufactured right here in Michigan!
- Fits 2018+ JL Wrangler and 2019+ Gladiator (all trim levels)
- Aggressive, high clearance design
- Hot-Stamped Boron Steel (HSBS)
- Compatible with Warn Zeon winches
- Roto-molded hoop assembly
- Compatible w/ OEM fog lights and a pair of 7″ Off-Road Lights
- OE-grade e-coat and powder coat finish
- Front Trail Cam Compatible (Q1 2021)
- Made in the USA
- Difficulty Level:
- Estimated Install Time:
- 6 Hours
- What does "RX" stand for?
Since this bumper's high clearance design has roots in the rock crawling world, we designated it as our RX Front Bumper. Our upcoming full-width Front Bumper will carry the "EX" designation, being more of traditional design and popular for expedition/overland use.
- What is Hot Stamped Boron Steel? What is so great about it and why switch from traditionally stamped steel for the JL/JT Sport Front Bumper??
Hot Stamped Boron Steel is an ultra-high strength, press hardened steel. Hot stamping is the process, Boron Steel (aka Usibor) is the material. Hot Stamped Boron Steel is most commonly used in automotive applications for passenger impact protection because it is lightweight with an extremely high yield strength. We originally chose this material for the factory-installed AEV skid plate package installed Colorado ZR2 Bison because of its high strength-to-weight ratio but also for its hardness and resistance to gouging. Hot Stamped Boron Steel also has a chemical coating that further enhances corrosion protection of the bumper stampings.
As we learned more about this material, we recognized an opportunity to utilize this material and process for the RX Front Bumper. Not as an attempt to reduce weight but rather as a way to significantly increase the strength and durability of our bumper without adding more material and weight.
All of the "A-side" stampings of the RX Front Bumper are Hot Stamped Boron Steel, as well as the corner-to-corner fairlead stamping and the optional Front Bumper Skid Plate. The frame tie-in mounting brackets are traditionally manufactured with mild steel.
- Will I still be able to use my front camera?
Yes, will soon have an optional Front Camera Relocation Kit available to move the camera from the grille to the center hoop of the bumper.
- What brand/model winches are compatible with the AEV RX Front Bumper?
The AEV RX Front Bumper/Winch Mount was designed primarily with the Warn Zeon line of winches in mind. The Warn Zeon 10-S is the same model winch offered on AEV’s JL Wrangler and JL Gladiator conversion packages. Other brand/model winches may also fit if they have overall dimensions that are equal to the Warn Zeon winch and can be mounted in the same orientation. AEV recommends that anyone attempting to install a winch outside of this model, do some independent research prior to purchasing either the winch or this Front Bumper/Winch Mount.
- Can this bumper be used without a winch mount?
Yes, the JL/JT RX Front Bumper can be used with or without a winch mount.
- Is there a way to attach a front license plate?
Yes! Actually, two ways...customers not installing a winch, the bumper has provisions to a direct attachment, covering the fairlead opening in the front. If you are installing a winch, then we recommend one of our Hawse or Roller Fairlead License Plate Kits. These are both good options to keep you legal, without becoming a nuisance when you need to operate your winch.
- From your pictures, it looks like the center hoop, lights and winch block off too much airflow to the grille, is this something I have to worry about?
No. We spent years (literally) developing and testing this bumper in a variety of ways and conditions to make sure this bumper would perform well and without compromise BEFORE it made it on the front of any customer owned vehicles. The RX Front Bumper has seen everything from the daily commute to high altitude rock crawling to a multi-day overland trip across the desert.
- How do I attach off-road lights to the the RX Front Bumper?
An optional AEV Light Mount Kit is available, which allows you to "suspend" two 7" lights from the center hoop on the RX Front Bumper. This allows for better airflow to the grille, while also providing better access to your winch.
The center hoop has a "channel" running along the backside, making it very easy to hide all your wiring for a super clean and professional looking install.
- Are the recovery points mounted to the bumper or the chassis?
All of recovery points on any AEV bumper are mounted to the chassis and tested to meet or exceed the load ratings of the factory recovery points we are replacing. We would NEVER recommend a bumper-mounted recovery point on any application.
- The center hoop is rotomolded? Is that really durable enough?
Absolutely. While the outer shell is rotomolded, it is actually very thick and surrounds a steel "spine" which also serves as a channel to run your light wiring cleanly and out of sight. Going with a roto molded center hoop proved to be much more versatile and lighter than something like a cast aluminum center hoop.
- Will I eventually be able to convert the RX Front Bumper into a full-width bumper?
No, the RX Front Bumper will not be able to be converted into a full-width bumper. In order to make the upcoming full-width (EX) Front Bumper (coming Q1 2021) perform in a similar manner to JK front bumper in the event of an accident, we had to support the corners in a way that drove a different backside structure. The upcoming full-width EX Front Bumper will allow for multiple corner configurations.
- What does the Front Bumper skid plate protect and how do I mount an LED light bar behind it?
The Front Bumper Skid Plate protects your sway bar, impact beam, and steering as well. The is an optional LED Light Bar mount available that allows for a 20" LED light bar to be mounted safely behind the skid plate, making it almost impossible to damage off-road. Having the LED light bar below the bumper really helps with visibility during inclimate weather.
Please note: The light bar brackets bolt to the winch mount, so it's required for that accessory but not for the skid plate itself.
- Can this bumper ship via standard FedEx Ground or does it have to go truck freight?
Our JK Bumper was shipped as one piece, which made it impossible to ship any way but truck freight. Lesson learned, so we took a page out of our Ram playbook and went modular for the RX Front Bumper. One of the advantages of going with a modular bumper design, is we can break it up into multiple boxes for shipping. This allows the RX Front Bumper to ship via FedEx ground.
- What type of finish is used on the RX Front Bumper?
We use a multi-stage, e-coat and powder coat process on these front bumpers which offers far superior UV and corrosion resistance. Additionally, great attention was paid to ensuring that standing water is able to drain out properly and exposed hardware was kept to a minimum.
Additionally, keeping any exposed bare metal to a minimum is critical. We recommend picking up a can of AEV's touch-up paint if you happen to scratch the finish of your front bumper or skid plate. It's the correct color and texture to keep your bumper looking good for years to come.
- What is the warranty?
The RX Front Bumper carries a lifetime structural warranty and a 1 year warranty against corrosion - both applicable to the original purchaser and from the original date of purchase.
- Where is the RX Front Bumper manufactured?
Proudly made right here in the USA!