RX Front Bumper for 2018+ JL Wrangler & Gladiator
RX Front Bumper
The RX Front Bumper for JL Wrangler/Gladiator is the short corner variant of AEV’s flagship EX Front Bumper. This bumper has a more aggressive appearance and pairs well with aftermarket fender flares or replacement fenders. Designed by enthusiasts and tested in the real world, the RX Front Bumper provides the ultimate level of functionality, style, and protection for your vehicle.
The AEV RX Front Bumper is manufactured out of Hot Stamped Boron Steel (HSBS), an ultra-high strength, press hardened steel that is commonly used in automotive applications for passenger impact protection because it is lightweight with an extremely high yield strength. By using this material and process, we were able to deliver a Front Bumper that is considerably stronger than our previous full-width bumper designs without significantly increasing the overall weight. This is something that we have been very conscious about doing as OEM’s began using lightweight materials as a weight savings measure. An optional Front Bumper Skid Plate – also manufactured from Hot Stamped Boron Steel – is also available to further protect all the vital components sitting directly below the bumper.
Lighting is 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 an innovative design that allows you to run your wires along the back of the center hoop without being visible or exposed to the elements. Having the lights suspended from the hoop allows for better access to the winch and airflow to the radiator, compared to traditional bumper-mounted light brackets. All OEM fog light options are compatible with the RX Front Bumper and integrate seamlessly with the supplied brackets and bezel. Even an optional Trail Camera Relocation Kit is 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. With the optional Front Bumper Skid Plate installed, a 20” LED Light Bar can be mounted behind it, providing additional light lower to the ground, something that is particularly helpful in inclement weather such as fog and snow.
Built for ease of use, the RX Front Bumper is up for any recovery task that may present itself, 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 are sized for 3/4″ anchor shackles. A 10,000lb Warn Zeon 10-S winch (or other similarly sized winches) can be added to the RX Front Bumper with the use of AEV’s optional Winch Mount. The carefully thought-out profile of the RX Front Bumper offers plenty of accessibility and an unobstructed view of your winch cable – a common complaint users have with the factory winch bumper and many other aftermarket options.
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.
- How do I know if I have a GEN 1 or GEN 2 RX Front Bumper?
If you have an EX Front Bumper, it is a GEN 2.
The GEN 2 EX/RX Front Bumper has a one-piece inner stamping and hoop assembly. GEN 1 RX Front Bumpers had a multipiece inner stamping and hoop design.
If the bumper is already installed on the vehicle, the easiest way to tell is by looking at the the area behind the OEM fog lights. If you can visibly see the plug in the back of the fog light assembly, it is a GEN 1 bumper. GEN 2 is closed off.
The picture below illustrates the one-piece inner stamping/center hoop design of the GEN 2 bumper.
- What is Hot Stamped Boron Steel? What is so great about it and why switch from traditionally stamped steel for the JL/JT 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, we 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!