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Jeep YJ Wrangler - NightCrawler™ Modular Front Bumper
1987-1995 Jeep YJ Wrangler

Still the world's first
NightCrawler™ Modular Front Bumper!
What makes this bumper a NightCrawler™?
The position of the lights!
Most folks add all sorts of high wattage off-road lights and, unless they're desert racing, they end up not using them. Why? Because big lights tend to blind the person ahead or the spotter that's trying to help out. Most off-road lights light up the ground well in front of the Jeep while doing little near the front tires where a spotter is trying to see. Our new NightCrawler™ bumpers have mounting holes for inexpensive, easily replaced, lights to illuminate the ground right in front of the vehicle to aid in spotting and rock crawling at night.
What makes this bumper modular?
It's a bolt together assembly!
The basic bumper starts with a center section that is 35 inches wide. It includes a winch mount and mounting holes for your tow hooks. There are two basic styles. One includes rectangular mounting holes for either your factory turn signals or aftermarket fog lights This style gives you a safe place to put your turn signals if you've crunched, cut, or replaced your fenders with tube style fenders. The other style includes holes to fit four of our Spotter's Lamps to help while wheeling at night.
Screw Clevis Plates can be added to each side of the center section whenever you like. These plates are 3/4" thick steel and allow you to use screw clevises, D-rings or whatever you like to call them. They also have slots that allow you to slide a tow strap through....AND they just plain look cool! Production pieces will be powder coated in a silver/grey colored.
Our bumper extensions make the bumper a full 59-¾ inches wide to protect your rear corners and have Spotter's Lamps™ built in that put light right behind your tires. A nice feature is that if you do manage to mangle one, such as in an auto accident, you can replace just the piece you need instead of having to replace the entire bumper.
The other nice thing about our design is that you'll be able to accessorize your bumper a piece at a time and change the look of your Jeep without having to buy a completely new bumper. While we've got the basic bumper done, we've got lots of ideas to let you make it whatever you'd stay tuned!

NightCrawler™ Modular Front Bumper - Center Sections
YJ NightCrawler Modular Front Bumper with Round Openings. - Center Section ONLY
JP-1009: $385.00
YJ NightCrawler Modular Front Bumper with Rectangular Openings. - Center Section ONLY
JP-1010: $385.00
Acrobat Icon JP-1009 Instructions.pdf
The center section can be used by itself as shown in these pictures.
Here's a driver's side view....
....and a passenger side view.
Note: There are also Tow hook mounting points located on each side.

NightCrawler™ Modular Front Bumper - Options
Bolt-on 2 inch receiver
MA-2006: $55.00
Bolt-on skid plate
MA-2007: $33.00
Turn Signal Mounts. Note these brackets only work on our JP-0021 & JP-1010 Front Bumpers.
MA-2011: $15.00
Driving Lamp Brackets. Note these brackets only work on our JP-0021 & JP-1010 Front Bumpers.
MA-2012: $17.00
Best Buy - Save: $16.00
Screw Clevis Plate and Bumper Extension Set. Includes all hardware and Spotter's Lamps
MA-2010: $360.00
Screw Clevis Plate Set. Includes all hardware
MA-2009: $178.00
Bumper Extension Set. Includes all hardware and Spotter's Lamps
MA-2001: $198.00
Acrobat Icon MA-2012 Instructions.pdf
Acrobat Icon MA-2010 Instructions.pdf
Acrobat Icon MA-2009 Instructions.pdf
Here is the Optional Bolt-on 2 inch receiver, MA-2006.
Here is the Optional Bolt-on skid plate, MA-2007.
Here is the Optional Optional Turn Signal Mounts, MA-2011.
Note these brackets only work on our JP-0021 & JP-1009 Front Bumpers.
Here is the Optional Driving Lamp Brackets, MA-2012.
Note these brackets only work on our JP-0021 & JP-1009 Front Bumpers.
Here is the Optional Screw Clevis Plate Set, MA-2009.
Here is the Optional Bumper Extension Set, MA-2001.
Note that two Spotter's Lamps™ are included.

NightCrawler™ Modular Front Bumper - Replacement Parts
One Replacement Spotter's Lamp.
MA-0001: $5.00
Left Front Bumper Extension
MA-2004: $100.00
Right Front Bumper Extension
MA-2005: $100.00
Here is one of the Spotter's Lamp™, MA-0001.
Disassembled, showing all Individual parts.
Replacement Left Front or Right Rear Bumper Extension, MA-2004.
Replacement Right Front or Left Rear Bumper Extension, MA-2005.
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Skid Row Offroad™ Skid Plates
are designed to be the toughest, best quality skid plates you can buy. Period!

At Skid Row Offroad our design philosophy is simple. Cover as much as we can and make it as strong as we can. Why do we want to cover as much as we can? There are two reasons. The most obvious reason is that the more the skid plate covers the more parts that are protected. The second reason is that a smooth underside helps the vehicle slide over things that it might otherwise hang up on. And that means that you can get farther along the trail!

We use only the best materials and our craftsmen are the best in the business. We know that you want protection that works and is dependable. We also know that part of your fun is working on your vehicle yourself. So we make sure that our skid plates are tough, but not tough to install.

We've learned from our competition's mistakes in order to bring you the top quality products you've been looking for.

Q: Why do I need skid plates?
A: Even mild offroad use can cause serious damage to the underside of a vehicle. Skid plates are used to prevent damage to the expensive underbody parts of your vehicle such as your engine, transmission, or transfer case.
Here's an excellent example of why skid plates are needed by anyone going offroad.
A farmer called recently to purchase one our Tacoma transfer case skid plates. While he doesn't offroad recreationally like most of us do, he needs skid plates just the same. Why? Because while driving through a field he hit an irrigation pipe that was sticking out of the ground. It literally tore the transfer case right out of his truck! We're not sure how much the repair cost, but we're certain it was significantly more than the cost of the skid plate that could have prevented the damage.
Q: Which skid plate should I get first?
A: If your vehicle came with skid plates, you should get skids that your vehicle doesn't have and then upgrade later. If your vehicle doesn't have any skids, we recommend that you first protect parts that will leave you stranded if they get damaged, such as your oil pan or transfer case. On longer wheelbase vehicles we usually suggest protecting the transfer case first since it can be more easily damage due to the break-over angle a longer wheelbase vehicle has.
Q: Why not make skid plates from lighter weight aluminum?
A:If you're building a competition vehicle where every pound counts, aluminum makes sense. Unfortunately, aluminum tends to gouge more easily than steel, and from our experience doesn't hold up as well in the long run. Quite of few of our customers have replaced their aluminum skid plates with steel ones because the aluminum skids didn't last. Why not buy steel skids to begin with?
Q: Can I change my oil with the skid plate installed?
A: We make every effort to make sure that you can perform your regular maintenance without having to remove the skid plates. However, it probably won't be as easy as it was before the skid plates were installed. This is part of the price you pay for the protection you gained.

Myth: I have a suspension lift. I don't need skid plates.
Reality: Every vehicle that is taken offroad should have skid plates. While a suspension lift gives you room for larger tires and increases your ground clearance, you're just as likely to damage important parts of your truck. The reason is simply that once the lift is installed, you will have the ability to run tougher trails with bigger obstacles....and if you're like EVERY offroader we've ever met, you will.
Myth: I don't run rocks so I don't need skid plates.
Reality: Even folks who play in the mud should have skid plates. First off, you never really know what's buried in there. Second, skid plates help to smooth the underside of the truck. This not only helps over rocks, it helps you get through mud, snow, or whatever you're 'wheeling through.
Myth: If a skid plate bends that means it failed.
Reality: We design our skid plates to be as strong as possible because a strong skid plate protects better and lasts longer. However, that doesn't mean that they can't be bent. Skid plates are meant to protect other more expensive components from damage and may sustain damage themselves in use. If a skid plate is hit hard enough to bend it, you can rest assured that whatever it was protecting would have been damaged by the impact. As long as the skid plate provided protection, it didn't fail.

In most cases, a skid plate should have a buffer between it and whatever it is designed to protect. While this isn't always possible, it is preferable. If a skid plate is bolted directly to what it is supposed to protect, the impact of every hit it takes is transmitted to the component that was supposed to be isolated from those very hits. That's one of the reasons Skid Row doesn't make a small oil pan skid plate that attaches to the oil pan like some of our competitors do. Besides, what's going to protect your transmission or exhaust system?
As obvious as this may seem, a skid plate should be bolted solidly to the vehicle in order for it to take the abuse a really fun trail can dish out. Even the best adhesives won't hold for long with the vibration, temperature extremes, and oil contamination that an engine can create. An oil pan skid plate that falls off after one hit isn't a bargain, even if it's free. Look at the picture below. What's going to protect your engine over the next rock?
We use only the best materials and our craftsmen are the best in the business. We know that you want protection that works and is dependable. We also know that part of your fun is working on your vehicle yourself. So we make sure that our skid plates are tough, but not tough to install.

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Skid Row Offroad™ products are powder coated to provide a durable, long lasting, and environmentally friendly finish!
We know that many people are curious about why we use powder coating instead of paint. Here's why...
As an environmentally conscious company there are several advantages that powder coating has over conventional liquid (paint) coatings.
  • Powder coatings emit zero or near zero volatile organic compounds.
  • Powder coating overspray can be recycled and thus it is possible to achieve nearly 100% use of the coating.
  • Powder coating production lines produce less hazardous waste than conventional liquid coatings.
  • Powder Coatings resist cracking and peeling and are extremely abrasion, corrosion and chemical resistant.
  • Powder coating results in a uniform, durable, high-quality, and attractive finish.

Our Powder Coating Process
In order to provide the best quality, longest lasting finish possible, our products go through a multi-stage coating process that is literally state-of-the-art!
Removing Rust and Scale
For the powder to properly adhere to the steel substrate, the steel must be completely free of contaminants such as oil, rust, weld scale, and mill scale. These contaminants must be thoroughly removed or the finish will not stick to the part for long. Cast steel shot or steel grit is used to clean and prepare the surface before coating. The blasting media is recycled during the process and helps the environment by producing less landfill.
Pre-treatment Process
After the part is free of rust and scale, it is pre-treated with an alkaline cleaner to remove oil and/or foreign materials. Once it is through the cleaning stage, the part is rinsed to remove any excess cleaner. An iron phosphate stage comes next and is used to etch the steel and apply a layer of crystals on the surface of the material. This is done to provide excellent adhesion. After the iron phosphate, the part is rinsed and dried. The pretreatment stage is an often neglected part of the coating process that some manufacturers think is unnecessary. However, to achieve optimal rust prevention and years of rust-free use it is absolutely necessary.
Zinc-Rich Primer
Some Skid Row Offroad products, such as our bumpers and mirror brackets, are treated with a special primer to maximize product life. This primer is a zinc-rich epoxy coating that ensures a long lasting finish. The zinc prevents further rusting if the finish is scratched all the way down to the base material.
Top Coating
Our parts are loaded onto a conveyor system and slowly pass through automatic spray guns that apply a mist of fine, electrically-charged, powder all over the product. Inside corners and other areas that are hard to reach are manually sprayed with powder for complete coverage. Powder that does not stick to the parts is recaptured by a powder re-collection system. The entire process of powder coating is environmentally friendly.
Oven Baking
Once the parts are thoroughly and evenly covered with powder, they enter large, high-powered ovens to cure. The parts take approximately 15 minutes to pass through the ovens. With temperatures of about 400 degrees Fahrenheit, the powder is completely cured when the parts come through the other end. They are then allowed to air cool before being unloaded from the conveyor line to be packaged.

Q: What is Powder coating?
A: Powder coating is an advanced method of applying a decorative and protective finish to a wide range of materials and products that are used by both industries and consumers. The powder used for the process is a mixture of finely ground particles of pigment and resin, which is sprayed onto a surface to be coated. The charged powder particles adhere to the electrically grounded surfaces until heated and fused into a smooth coating in a curing oven. The result is a uniform, durable, high-quality, and attractive finish.
Q: Is it Environmentally Friendly??
A: Powder coating is a much more environmentally friendly process than wet paint systems or plating. Industrial painting uses harmful solvents and sometimes even poisonous ingredients. Industrial chrome processes use heavy metals that find their way into water supplies. Powder coating uses neither harmful solvents or heavy metals even VOC emission problems are eliminated.
Q: Is Powder Coating Durable?
A: Powder Coatings resist cracking and peeling and are extremely abrasion, corrosion and chemical resistant. The performance characteristics of powder coating match or exceed the characteristics achieved from conventional solvent-based coatings.
Q: Is Powder Coating better than liquid paint?
A: Yes, powder coating is thicker 3-4 mils and paint is typically 1-2 mils. The thickness of the powder coating makes powder coating more resistant to scratches and nicks. Powder coating is versatile and can be used on springs without cracking the coating. You can't do that with paint!
Q: Why Powder Coat?
A: Quality Powder coating is cost effective and superior to most liquid coatings for: Chip Resistance, Corrosion Resistance, Chemical Resistance, Abrasion Resistance, Impact Resistance, Ultraviolet Resistance, Adhesion, All Weather Durability

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