Plate Steel Construction
This bumper is fabricated from 3/16" plate steel, CNC laser-cut and precision brake-formed into a low profile, high clearance design. The ends of the bumper extend far enough to protect the lower corner of the JK grille, but not far enough to hinder tire clearance or tire access to vertical obstacles.
The Brawler Bar is modeled after the bar found on our original RockBrawler front bumper. It is a low-profile stinger designed to provide protection to the winch, grille and radiator area. The Brawler Bar is made of CNC laser-notched, NC-bent 3/4" diameter .120" wall DOM tubing. The complex laser-cut notch allows the Brawler Bar to be welded to two different planes on the surface of the bumper, providing incredible strength. Two gusset styles are offered for strengthening the Brawler Bar. CNC laser-cut brake-formed 3/16" plate steel or CNC laser notched DOM tubing. Note: Warn PowerPlant winches are not a direct-fit with the DOM Tube gussets (they may be installed with some minor modifications by the installer).
Unlike the Poison Spyder BFH series bumpers for JK, the Brawler Lite can be mounted without cutting or altering the Jeep's frame rails. The faceted design of the Brawler Lite provides the best ground clearance and approach angle possible in a bumper that doesn't require frame modifications. The factory "Crash Bar" may be left intact or removed for a sleek appearance and high clearance. If keeping the crash bar, we recommend adding the Brawler Lite Skid Plate (sold separately), which conceals the crash bar and protects the electronic sway bar disconnect.
Recessed Fog Lamp Mounts
Brawler Lite comes with built-in, recessed fog lamp mounts that are designed to easily accept your stock fog lamps. And these aren't just simple light tabs placed behind a hole in the bumper-they are recessed in a "bucket" made of a full tubular section to encircle the lamp and keep light from annyoingly leaking behind and around the bumper. Adding further convenience are mounting holes for re-installing the harness retainer clips for the factory wiring, to keep the wiring neatly secured. If you'd like a lot more power than the factory fog lamps provide, you can opt to install a set of Rigid Industries Dually or D2 Dually LED lamps using our JK Fog Light Mounts for Rigid Industries Dually/D2.
IMPORTANT: The stock fog lamps used on the Jeep Wrangler 10th Anniversary Rubicon do NOT fit into the fog lamp buckets on this bumper. If installing this bumper on a 10th Anniversary Rubicon, we suggest using a pair of Rigid Industries Dually or Dually D2 LED lamps along with our JK Dually Fog Lamp Mounts instead of the stock fog lamps.
The Brawler Lite's top-mounted, integrated winch mount is part of the fully boxed, internally gusseted bumper shell. Winches that are mounted inside the bumper lose this box strength as well as the strength of internal gussets. The Brawler Lite is designed to accept most Warn and other brand winches that use the popular 10" X 41/2" mounting pattern, with a few small exceptions. Warn Powerplant winches fit the Brawler Lite with Brawler Bar and Plate Gussets just fine, however it will require slight modifications to use this winch with the Tube Gusset variant. Mounting the Warn Zeon winches requires our Zeon Winch Spacer Plates. See the FAQ section below for further information on both of these winches.
Recovery Shackle Tabs
Optional Recovery Shackle Tabs are modeled after the high clearance tabs designed for our hard core BFH series bumpers. These tabs are angle to provide maximum approach angle. They are CNC machined from 1" thick steel billet, specifically designed to accept our heavy duty 3/4" Recovery Shackles. Selecting this option will get you a pair of these tabs, expertly welded to the Brawler Lite bumper.
Features & Benefits
At Poison Spyder we strive to build superior features into every aspect of each product we make. Every feature has a reason for being included in the design. Here are a list of the most important of these features, along with an explanation of the benefits of each. Consider these important factors when shopping for products, and compare the competition to Poison Spyder's features and benefits!
|3/16" Plate Steel Construction||Lighter than bumpers constructed of 1/4" plate, but faceted design and internal gussets yield superior strength.|
|CNC Laser Cut & Brake Formed||Precision fit with consistent quality from unit to unit. Cleaner edges than plasma or flame-cut components.|
|"Stubby" Width||Allows maximum clearance for huge tires with suspension fully compressed and wheels turned all the way. Allows tires access to vertical obstacles when approached at an angle.|
|Multi-Faceted Design||The best possible ground clearance and approach angles available without cutting Jeep's frame. Multiple bends also provide greater structural strength than flat, un-bent plate.|
|High Clearance Recovery Shackle Tabs||Angled for maximum obstacle clearance and approach angle. Designed to conform to the angles of the bumper to reduce hang-ups when approaching steep obstacles. CNC machined from 1" plate steel for ultimate strength. Shackle tabs are optional|
|Captured Grade 8 Mounting Bolts||Easy bolt-on installation without having to be a contortionist to hold a wrench on to both ends of the fastener.|
|Internal Strengthening Gussets||Plate steel gussets, strategically placed to brace winch mounting area.|
|Winch Mount On Top||Allows for maximum strengthening of the winch mounting area with internal gussets. Recessed winch mounting is either weaker or much heavier due to the thicker plate steel required to adequately strengthen the winch mount.|
|Recessed OE Fog Light Mounts||Provides re-use of factory fog lamps, protects them in recessed buckets with CNC laser-cut mounting flanges.|
|Fog Light Harness Mounting Holes||Quickly and easily re-install the factory fog light harness. Correctly placed holes accept the factory Push-in loom holders.|
|Included Brawler Bar||Protects winch, grille and radiator from trail hazards and potential rollover damage. Provides a measure of front-roll protection. Visible from the driver's seat, acts as a "feeler" when approaching steep obstacles.|
|DOM Tubing (Optional Brawler Bar)||Much stronger than HREW welded seam tubing.|
|Plate or DOM Gussets (Brawler Bar)||Choose from plate style or tube style gussets. Fully strengthens the Brawler Bar. Fully welded, strength can not be matched by bolt-on bars and stingers, or those without gussets.|
|Fairlead Mount Sold Separately||Easily installs when winch is installed. When a winch is not installed, the top of the bumper clean and unobstructed.|
|Lower Skid Sold Separately||Allows the option of cutting off the factory "crash bar" for maximum ground clearance and approach angle. Easily installs for those wishing to keep, protect and hide the crash bar.|
|Swaybar Disconnect Protection||Part of the optional Lower Skid, protects the vulnerable and expensive electronic swaybar disconnect mechanism from rock damage.|
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does installing the Brawler Lite require cutting my frame?
A: No, the Brawler Lite may be installed without making any cuts or modifications to your Jeep's frame. This differs from our BFH bumper for JK, which does require cutting off a few inches of the frame along with the factory "Crash Bar" to gain maximum clearance. The Brawler Lite is a simple bolt-on, however you do have the option of cutting off the Crash Bar for better ground clearance and a sleek appearance (the Brawler Lite may be installed with or without the Crash Bar in place). A Lower Skid is available to hide and protect the Crash Bar, for those who wish to retain it.
Q: Will the Brawler Lite fit a Warn Power Plant? Or a Warn 8274?
A: The Warn Power Plant winch/compressor unit fits nicely on the Brawler-Lite. On Brawler Lites without the Brawler Bar, and those with the Brawler Bar with plate gussets, the Power Plant fits with no modifications. On Brawler Lites with Brawler Bar with DOM tube gussets, some slight modifications are needed to fit the Power Plant. There are no provisions for mounting a Warn 8274 winch to this bumper.
Q: Why do you put the winch mount on top rather than recessed into the bumper?
A: The Brawler Lite is engineered to be the strongest, highest clearance and lightest steel bumper of its kind. Much of that strength comes from the internal gusseting that is located inside the bumper, directly under the winch mount. To recess the winch inside the bumper would result in the winch being bolted directly to the bottom plate of the bumper without any extra support. To do this and maintain the structural integrity, the bumper would have to be made out of much thicker, unnecessarily heavier material. Also, for those not running a winch, there is no unsightly hole in the middle of the bumper.
Q: Doesn't the top-mounted winch block airflow to the radiator?
A: This is an argument often posed by proponents of the recessed winch design. At first thought it sounds intuitive. But in practice it has not proven to be an issue. We live and wheel primarily in the deserts of the American Southwest—the hottest part of the country—and we've never had an overheating problem that was attributable to a top-mounted winch blocking airflow. There is still plenty of room for air to move around and behind the winch and through the grille to the radiator.
Q: Do I have to run the Lower Skid Plate?
A: No you do not. In fact, we recommend cutting the factory "Crash Bar" off of the Jeep's frame and installing the Brawler Lite without the Skid Plate for maximum ground clearance and a sleek appearance. Note that this will leave your electronic swaybar disconnect mechanism vulnerable on Rubicon edition JK's. The Lower Skid is recommended for those who are concerned about the safety of the swaybar disconnect, and who do not wish to cut off the Crash Bar. It both hides the unsightly crash bar and protects the swaybar disconnect.