Desert Guard Front Bumper

   

Reasons we chose this product:

  • Price

  • Looks cool

  • Comes with Shackles

  •  Didn't listen to the rumors

Reasons we will never choose again

  • Holes did not line up

  • Fabtech would not take care of problem

  • 2nd bumper from separate supplier did not fit either

  • Tired of other people who have dealt with Fabcrap or heard about them saying "Told you so."

 

Attempted Install on Dana's Jeep

Installation instructions:

  1. Remove stock front bumper

  2. Try to put on new Fabcrap bumper

  •     Observe holes don't line up at all

  •     Play around with drill hoping to widen holes

  •     Realize you're wasting your time

  1. Put stock bumper back on

  2. Send bumper back to supplier because Fabcrap will not take responsibility for own product

  3. Foolishly order bumper again- this time from a different supplier/batch

  4. Remove stock front bumper

  5. Try to put on 2nd Fabcrap bumper

  •     Observe holes don't line up at all

  1. Put stock bumper back on

  2. Send bumper back supplier because Fabcrap will not take responsibility for own product

  3. Let roommate give you the "I told you so" lecture

  4. Never buy anything that even rhymes with Fabtech again.

 

And yes, apparently this is not a fluke with them.  Getting something that does fit from them would fit more into that category.  I was warned of the rumor from Chris.  In fact a guy from his work has the bumper and had to have the holes bored out to make it fit.  Word on the street was that yes Fabtech had a bad batch, but they had corrected the problem.  Whether the problem really is fixed, who can say?  But the fact remains that they put out a bad product, didn't recall them back from the shippers, and then again played the what's done is done card once buyers like us ended up with their defective products.  A big thanks has to Mike at 4x4Rockshop.com, who we usually buy through, because he was able to get the bumpers shipped back on the suppliers' tab since Fabtech would not handle it.

Further evidence:

I also have a friend at work who builds low riders (yuck : ) and I just simply asked if he has ever used Fabtech. His first response was, "Why? Did you get something from them and it not fit."  He told me he has ordered a few things from them that had to be "re-fitted" to make them work.

We had ordered their steering box skid plate as well when we ordered the bumper, but now we will probably end up selling it on Ebay or something.  There's no reason to support them or have their name on any of our Jeeps.