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The AEV EX Front Bumper for JL Wrangler / Gladiator raises the bar for front end protection with a host of innovative design features and manufacturing processes that truly set it apart from the rest – even the factory steel winch bumper. Designed, tested, and manufactured in the USA, the AEV EX Front Bumper provides an unrivaled level of functionality, style, and protection for your Jeep.


The full-width design of the AEV EX Front Bumper offers maximum protection for the vital front suspension components that can often leave a vehicle disabled when damaged in a collision. It also helps direct air up and over the fender flares instead of trapping the air inside the flare, which increases drag and reduces fuel economy. These benefits do not come at the expense of limiting tire size, decreased tire clearance, or approach angle. In fact, the EX Front Bumper sits higher and tighter to the body, giving it a better approach angle than the factory winch bumper.


The AEV EX Front Bumper is manufactured out of Hot Stamped Boron Steel (HSBS) and features an OE-quality, multi-stage E-coat/powder coat finish for maximum corrosion and UV resistance. Hot Stamped Boron Steel is 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. The complete EX Front Bumper weighs approximately 110 pounds, yet it is stronger than a bumper weighing twice as much.


What good is a winch bumper if it is difficult to use? The factory winch bumper allows mounting a winch to your vehicle, but the clutch handle can be difficult to access and the winch line visibility when spooling your winch is very poor. The carefully thought-out profile of the EX Front Bumper solves both of these issues, offering plenty of accessibility to the clutch and a better view of your winch line during recovery operations – even with hoop mounted lights!


Lighting is a critical component to traveling safely through remote backcountry, so the EX Front Bumper allows for the installation of AEV 7000 Series LED Off-Road Lights underneath the center hoop with the use of the optional Off-Road Light Brackets (sold separately). This allows easy access to the winch and its components. All various OEM fog light options are compatible with the EX Front Bumper and install seamlessly with the supplied brackets and bezel.

If you are looking to maximize light output to illuminate the ground in front of you and help cut through fog, snow, or heavy dust and silt, you can add a 20” lightbar behind our optional Front Bumper Skid Plate (sold separately) using the optional Front Bumper Skid Plate Light Mount (sold separately).

Additionally, a Trail Cam Relocation Kit is available to relocate the camera to underneath the center hoop for an unobstructed view of the trail head.


The EX 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 appropriately sized for ¾” anchor shackles. A 10,000lb Warn Zeon 10-S winch (or other similarly sized winches) can be added to the EX Front Bumper with the use of our optional Winch Mount. An Optional Non-Winch Cover Plate is available for customers who don’t plan on installing a winch and wish to cover up the winch opening.


AEV is committed to US manufacturing to bring you the best quality, materials, and craftmanship. The EX Front Bumper is proudly designed, tested, and manufactured right here in the USA and 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.



  • Fits JL Wrangler/Gladiator
  • Full-width corner protection
  • Satin Textured Black
  • Modular design allows for additional corner configurations
  • 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
  • Made in the USA