JL Aluminum Rear Bumper - Featherweight Series
Looking for a heavy-duty Jeep JL Wrangler bumper in a lightweight, stout package? We have modified our Rimrocker Series bumpers, by changing out nearly every component for slightly thicker, but lighter-weight, aluminum components. Let us introduce our Featherweight Series rear bumper!
Crafted from a combination of 1/4" and 3/8" Aluminum, and 1" thick steel recovery points, this rear bumper is both lightweight and stout-where-it-counts so that you can hit the hardcore trails with confidence!
The machined 1" thick recovery tabs extend inside the bumper and are bolted through the mounting brackets that attach the bumper to the frame of the Jeep.
The bumper can accommodate up to a 38" tailgate-mounted spare tire without raising the spare tire mount; a 40" tire if you do raise the spare. The spare tire recess also doubles as a step at the rear of the Jeep -- with dimple died holes to give your boots some grip!
- Aluminum construction
- Improved departure angles
- Built-in recovery points
- Up to 10 mounting points on the sides and bottom of the frame rails, which prevents unwanted rotation of the bumper into the body tub if you take a real hit on the trail
- Accommodates the factory hitch receiver, so you maintain your OE rating while towing
- Optional light provisions designed for Baja Designs S2 Flush Mount Lights
- An aluminum backing plate behind our logo cutout (shown here with blue or orange vinyl on it in some demo photos)
Weight: 40 lbs
We highly recommend relocating the license plate from the bumper. If you're out there on the trail, it's bound to be pulled off by rocks. For this modification check out our License Plate Relocation Brackets.
- Can I order this bumper Powder Coated?
- Yes, however, the lead time can vary greatly depending on the choice of powder coat and other orders in the queue. Please call us if you would like to order this bumper powder coated.
Products are designed and fabricated to fit vehicles that have varying tolerances from the factory, minor hand fitting may be required.
Products are shipped bare metal unless otherwise specified by the customer. Bare metal products may have scratches or surface imperfections as a result of raw material handling, manufacturing, and fabrication. However, these imperfections are easily covered up with a textured powder coat finish. Additional finishing, sanding, and prep work may be required if you wish to also have them finished with a smooth powder coat or paint.
Projected lead times are estimates only, and are subject to changes due to production realities, including material and labor availability and sudden variability in order volume. Lead times are not guaranteed, but we do guarantee that we are hard at work trying to get the best product we can produce and into our customers’ hands as quickly as possible.
All Next Venture Motorsports products are laser cut, CNC formed, and hand-weld with pride in the USA. We are a Colorado-based business, and welcome visitors by appointment at our Grand Junction, CO headquarters. We hope to see you out there on the trail soon!
I've installed this bumper prior to painting and it fits very well. It's worth noting that you might have to even up the Jeep's rear frame pieces a bit - mine came from the factory uneven, with about 0.125" of extra material sticking out. Once I ground that back to even with the rest of the frame the bumper fit very easily.
Bumper came packed up very well, all the parts where there, etc. Having printed instructions would have been nice, but it's fairly intuitive. As others have noted, lining up the recovery points, bumper mounts, and backing plates with the holes in the frame is definitely an exercise in patience and fiddling - but it's worth it.
We got your bumper with Baja Lights and it looks Great! It took a while and nature of the supply chain process. Casey and Terry were always very prompt to update.
I added a bumper Mount licensee plate frame with LED lights and red D rings.
We live on the beach in Jeep world and the Bikini Color and new bling turns heads and gets attention. Thank you for a quality product with professional Customer Service.
Have a great day!😎
Great looking bumper that protects the tub well. Love the customizable recovery points.
The bumper is built great and looks even better. Pictures just don’t do it justice. I only have two complaints. Install is definitely a 2 man job and can be quite a pain to get the bolts and brackets to line up with almost no instructions outside of a small sticker stuck to the box. Shipping estimate times are way off. I ordered back in November with an estimated 6 weeks to ship, and received in March. Almost a full 16 weeks later. The team at Next Venture were very quick to respond any time I reached out.
Thank you for leaving us an honest review! I appreciate the kind words on pictures not doing it justice; I'll pass that on to our welding team because I know they hold some pride for how they assemble these and weld them. I see your complaints, and have to thank you for bringing them up. I apologize we didn't have better instructions, and I agree completely that 2 sets of hands are better then one when installing this bumper. Not because of the weight so much as the tight fit. We're really proud to offer something the wraps around the body and frame rail so tightly -- as something loose fitting won't offer the departure angle or the resistance to moving around on the frame when hit hard. I'll be passing that onto our CAD Design team to make sure it gets worked into an improved set of instructions. As for lead time, I apologize for us being way off. Black Friday/November sales last year were an order of magnitude larger then what we had seen the previous year. Thank you for being patient with us. I can honestly say we've doubled the size of our welding team since November in order to cut down on lead times. Appreciate the review in it's entirety and we'll definitely be using every bit of to improve the experience going forward. Would love to see some pictures of the bumper installed if you get a chance and want to send them our way! -Dan
Next Venture Motorsports created an astonishing rear bumper for their aluminium Featherweight Series.
This bumper hit all the marks for me;
-The design is cosmetically pleasing and flows well with the shape and curves of the Jeep making it look like it was supposed to be there, a definite plus.
-With the bumper made out if aluminum along side with some smart fabrication methods, it equates to it being extreamly lightweight yet super strong. A great balance of what I was in need of.
-Having the aluminum is a very good choice as well for anyone dealing with snow and salt such as I do. I am looking forward to not having to worry about touching up the metal every time I bump or scrape the powdercoat.
-There are two extreamly secure recovery points for use with shackles, this is definitely a huge necessity for anyone utilizing their vehicle offroad and may encounter a situation where they are needed.
-Mounting this bumper was quite a task which would be my only complaint, some of the install bolts are very hard to get to and the reinforcement plates are a bit of a pain to hold in place and get started...however... there is good reason behind this bumper being trickier to install then others. This bumper mounts so close to the Jeep that it greatly improves departure angles and clearence. Although it can be a trick to get it all lined up and all the bolts in, it is well worth the time and effort to have such a quality bumper. Key bit of advice is to leave ALL the bolts loose before tightening any of them down.
Overall, a truly impressive bumper. I know that the rear or my Jeep is now well protected and I have the ability to recover or be recovered if need be. Lightweight, strong, clean looks... what more could you ask for in a rear bumper? I am definitely a happy customer and am very pleased that this is the rear bumper that went onto my Jeep!
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