All bumpers are designed to offer some degree of protection for your vehicle. If your vehicle happens to be a truck or Jeep used for off-roading, not just any bumper will do. Plastic cases, chrome coatings, and low-rated crash mounts won’t do anything for you if you run into something on the trail. Stock bumpers can even be more dangerous than aftermarket styles. Before you pass on that custom steel truck bumper, make sure you understand why it is a wise investment.
Strong, Durable Construction
The most obvious reason why you need custom bumpers on your off-road vehicle is that they are built more rugged and durable than any stock bumpers. Made from welded steel and not plastic, chrome, or other breakable materials, aftermarket off-road bumpers are built to withstand a serious impact such as hitting a large boulder or tree on the trail.
Stock components are designed for little more than 10 MPH impacts and crumble on impact. Custom steel bumpers are designed for the aggressiveness of off-roading and mounted or welded to the frame to withstand a great deal more. They protect the front of your truck, the lights, winch, and even certain parts of the undercarriage when you run into trouble, preventing serious costly damage that could leave your ride useless for a while.
Designed for Utility
Besides being exceptionally strong and able to withstand extreme abuse, off-road bumpers serve numerous other purposes. Available in multiple designs, sizes, and widths to fit different vehicles and activities, they do more than initially meets the eye.
Off-road bumpers protect the front and rear of your off-roading truck while out on the trails. Most include strong anchor points for mounting D-ring shackles and doing snatch recoveries. Welded-on bumpers act as anchor points for winch recoveries. They are strong enough to push or pull things; many include push or pull bars for doing just that.
Some incorporate headlight and grille brush covers to protect these vital components from damage or can accept these add-on accessories. Some designs include steps or can be climbed on to reach the hood of your truck. Many off-road bumpers also act as a mount or housing for a winch, something that every serious off-roader needs on their truck or Jeep.
More Ground Clearance
The right aftermarket steel bumper can also give you more ground and wheel clearance. Designed to reduce bulk in front of the truck or Jeep where a stock bumper might get in the way, off-road replacements allow for better approach and departure angles. Shorter designs protect the front of your truck or Jeep without interfering with your oversized tires and wheels. Both of these details give you greater capabilities when rock and hill climbing as well as when traveling over rough, uneven trails. That reduction in interference also makes these activities safer and less likely to result in damage to your off-roader.
As simple as any bumper may seem, stock and off-road steel bumpers are definitely not created equal. Investing in quality heavy-duty off-road bumpers for your truck or Jeep is a body modification that will save you many headaches and unnecessary repairs down the road. The right bumper can also serve as a strong mount for a winch and improve your safety when negotiating various obstacles. Great off-road bumpers are important equipment for the protection and enjoyment of your truck!