As you may already know, Jeep Cherokees feature UniFrame construction. This type of frame presents a few special challenges for bumper mounting.Front Bumpers
Tie-in bracket shown without bumper installed for illustration purposes.
Not only do these brackets distribute the forces you put on our bumper on a larger area, they brace the steering box by stiffening the UniFrame in that location, while also stiffening the whole front end of your Jeep. All of our Cherokee winch bumpers come standard with the tie-in brackets, but they are options on all other Cherokee front bumpers. Why do we recommend these brackets, but not include them standard on all of our bumpers? It comes down to savings passed on to you. If you KNOW FOR SURE that you will never get your Jeep in an offroad situation where a hard recovery is necessary (we are not going to dog on you guys that just want good looking Jeeps) then why should you have to pay the extra cost that these are going to inflate our bumpers price? Oh man, I forgot to order brackets with my bumper, can I add them later? Yes. The new Crusader Series front bumpers come with spacers if you are not installing tie in brackets. Simply replace those mounting spacer plates with the Unibody Reinforcement plates and you are good to go! So the official word around here is, get the brackets if you think there is even a chance you will need them.
Our rear bumpers mount to the 8 holes on the rear crossmember of the Cherokee. Our completed rear bumpers for Cherokees come with uni-body tie-in brackets standard.
On our DIY rear bumpers these are an option!
They mount to the underside of the UniFrame (where the factory receiver mounts) then bolt to the bumper for easy installation.