My beautiful wife purchased this bumper for my birthday. She prefers to surprise me so I know it was difficult for her to ask me what I wanted. Even though it wasn’t a surprise, I absolutely love it. Poison Sypder Customs makes awesome stuff and the Brawler Lite Front Bumper is no exception. The mid-width style bumper covers enough of the grill to protect the engine bay and other essentials from an impact off road. It leaves the front wheel completely exposed, allowing for additional flex. The front hoop gives it an aggressive look and protects the grill, radiator and winch from branches and other offroad elements. The bumper’s shackle tabs are stout and provide a solid tow point for my d-links. Due to their girth the d-links don’t rattle and isolators aren’t necessary, which makes me happy because isolators are an eyesore. There are also provisons for fog lights. Orginally, I used my factory fog lights which fit perfectly. When I upgraded to Rigid Industries LED fog lamps I used an adaptor to make the square lights fit a round hole. The Poison Sypder Brawler Lite Front Skid compliments this bumper well and protects my Rubicon’s electronic sway bar disconnect.
Poison Spyder recommended ordering the bumper raw and having it powder coated or painted locally. Shipping can be a little rough on parts, even powder coat. Mark, the owner of Springfield Powder Coating, did a great job on my bumper. We matched the factory Rubicon rock rails, the black powder has a slight texture and turned out really well. Removing the stock bumper was the hardest part of the install. Overall, I’m very satisfied with my birthday present and my Jeep build is coming along. Stay tuned, there is more to come.