Aftermarket bumpers are a great modification if you spend a lot of time off-road and your truck or Jeep needs to be withstand your possible off-road adventures. Steel bumpers are rugged, offering supreme front and rear end protection and many other important features.
With so many choices for bumpers, keep these tips in mind so you can decide which ones are best for your off-roader according to the features that are most important to you.
Strength and Durability
When choosing the right steel bumpers, always consider construction first. There are multiple types of steel, each of which offers a different degree of strength and durability. Some lighter bumpers are more suitable when weight is a concern, while other heavier types are solid and durable enough to use as tow attachments.
Look into the pros and cons of each type of metal and decide which ones offer you the durability needed for activities you enjoy.
What Type of Protection Do You Need?
Once you’ve decided on how strong and heavy your aftermarket bumpers should be, look for a type that protects your truck from the risks you may encounter. This differs according to what you like to do with your truck.
If you hill climb or rock crawl, you need a design with high enough clearance underneath so the bumper does not affect your angles. For extreme hill climbing, you may need a stinger.
If you need more expansive front end protection or even the ability to push with your truck you may want push bars. Choosing the right bumper design provides you with proper protection against the things that are most likely to affect your vehicle.
Lights, Winches, and Other Features
In addition to finding the best design for your needs and making sure the steel bumpers you choose are strong enough, there are many features and accessories to consider:
- Lights - If you enjoy driving at night, look for bumpers that include off-road lights mounted into them or allow you to mount your own in key locations. There are many bumper light kits available.
- Winches and Tow Hitches - A winch is an important recovery accessory to have for many situations. If you plan on buying a winch, purchase front aftermarket bumpers designed to support and house a winch. Similarly, some rear bumpers are designed to accept a tow receptacle for pulling a trailer.
- Tow Points - Some heavy duty steel bumpers have tow points that can be used for recovering or towing your truck. Those that do are welded to the frame, which is a critical safety requirement to use any aftermarket bumper as a tow point.
- Grille and Light Protection - Depending on the bumper style, you can also add screens, cages, and grille guards to protect your lights, radiator, and the entire front portion of your truck from damage caused by brush and branches.
- Customization Options - In addition to the more common features you can add to many steel bumpers, there are many other accessories to customize the look and performance of your bumper. Depending on the style, you can find rear tire carriers, tow hooks and D-rings, bumper steps and guards, as well as many other items. Different aftermarket bumpers may be available in custom finishes as well.
As you can clearly see, there are many choices when it comes to picking the right off-road aftermarket bumpers for your truck. Start your search by first listing the features and qualities you need and then begin your research. No matter what your needs are in strong, protective off-road bumpers, there are plenty of options out there that can fill them!