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I'm in the market for a new winch bumper. I dont mind if its square or tubular, but I dont want an A bar. Its to accomodate a low profile winch (EP9 or Warn XP type) and needs to maintain as good an approach angle as possible.

So, what have you got? Pictures and advice much appreciated....

Ross

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I've got a First Four winch bumper, but is an aircon one so not what you're looking for. Very well engineered though and they make a good range of designs. Only problem I had was their tolerances are a lot better than Land Rover's and was tight fit until I opened a couple of holes up :lol:http://www.firstfour.co.uk/

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Another vote for the First Four winch bumper.

Came in handy at at slindon at the weekend when I discovered why no one was going through this (still I almost got through it and got further than most :P ) deceptively gloopy under the water (thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it)

and as ever THIUWP

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I too have a First Four bumper, the standard Defender one. I bought it with an EP9 winch as a package which included everything needed for fitting and wiring. I found First Four a pleasure to deal with and the bumper seems well made and finished.

Happy to recommend them.

Phil.

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I too have a First Four bumper, the standard Defender one. I bought it with an EP9 winch as a package which included everything needed for fitting and wiring. I found First Four a pleasure to deal with and the bumper seems well made and finished.

Happy to recommend them.

Phil.

I got the LP8500 and bumper package and have been very impressed. First Four were fantastic, I got the stainless steel recovery points and some shackles and one of the shackles was poorly cast on the pin so didn't fit the ecovery point, First four sent out 2 new shackles straight away and I got to keep the slightly oversize ones for ropes etc.

As for ARB I had one on my Disco and it was pretty rocking but a bit of overkill really

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I have a First Four one too. Personally I'm not that keen on tubular design and prefer standard bumper look, but it was only one I found that had good aproach angle properties. As for winch, I'd recommend a TDS 9.5 from David Bowyer over lowline Warn or EP9.5.

Here are some pics..

with TDS..

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with previous ep9..

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Cheers

Steve

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Thanks for all the replies so far - seems like First Four have a good reputation.

Does anyone have a square type one? Maybe Devon or Southdown? Just want to compare before I decide...

Steve - it was your truck I had in my head, just couldnt remember who it belonged to! Would you say there was room/access to mount a pair of spotlights either side of the winch on that bumper?

Cheers,

Ross

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Thanks for all the replies so far - seems like First Four have a good reputation.

Does anyone have a square type one? Maybe Devon or Southdown? Just want to compare before I decide...

Steve - it was your truck I had in my head, just couldnt remember who it belonged to! Would you say there was room/access to mount a pair of spotlights either side of the winch on that bumper?

Cheers,

Ross

lol that threw me, I wondered how you knew I was called Steve for a minute :P

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There is enough room between the rear face of the tube and the winch motor and winch gear set to make up some L shaped brackets to mount some spots either side of the winch..

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Southdown make some good bumpers, the ones I know are tapered rather than square. Mantec make a good standard looking square bumper, but it's also at standard height so approach angle is same as standard bumper.

Cheers

Steve

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D44 bumper - Very strong and good approach angle.

Thats a real nice looking truck mate. Thats more what I'm after bumper-wise - when I said straight, thats the sort of thing I meant. Will it take a low profile winch or is it tailored to the 8274?

Do the Southdown ones look like that too?

Ross

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Mine is a D44 made but the Same as the Southdown variant

inline with Chassis rather than above the rails

Yep, I like that - but as I've told you before tony, I like your whole truck, nice and simple looking - just wish I could afford it!

Did you ask Devon to make you up the bumper? What sort of money was in that?

Ross

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Southdown sell them I just stopped at D44 on the way home and Simon made it for the next week

Cost £250 when I had it made.

I had a new side grafted on by Dave at Southdown after a tree incident.

there are better bumpers re approach angle available now days.

Thanks for the Compliment.

I'm liking it a bit more after Last Saturday

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Thats a real nice looking truck mate. Thats more what I'm after bumper-wise - when I said straight, thats the sort of thing I meant. Will it take a low profile winch or is it tailored to the 8274?

Do the Southdown ones look like that too?

Ross

I believe Devon do a very similar bumper for the low-line winch’s. I know the D44 kit is a tad on the expensive side but its very well made, you pay’s your money………………………

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I have a Devon 4x4 bumper, which links in to the steering guard, it looks the same as White 90's but mine sits higher or it seems that way. I love it for approch anglesit gives its fantastic, the other one I would look at is the Gywn Lewis bumper.

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