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What Qualities Are Important In Off Road Front Truck Bumpers?

Consider these important features that every good off-road bumpers offer to make sure you're getting a great product that's worth the price you pay.

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If you're thinking of adding aftermarket bumpers to your off-road truck or Jeep, there's a lot of selection to choose from. Off-road bumpers are made in various types to protect your truck in all different circumstances. Regardless of the type you need, how do you know you're choosing a back or front bumper that can actually withstand the abuse of off-roading and protect you?


Unlike the lightweight metal and plastic OEM bumpers that come on many trucks, aftermarket bumpers designed for off-roading are typically made from three types of steel strong enough to take a beating.

You'll usually have a choice of aluminum, stainless, and carbon steel, each of which offers you a different degree of strength and durability; carbon steel is the strongest.

Additionally, strong off-road bumpers are carefully bent and welded together so even the joins are strong.


Your bumper is going to get wet and dirty frequently if you off-road, no matter how you look at it. Whether it's mud or trail dirt, it'll be all over your truck and you'll be washing it a lot. The best rear and front truck bumpers made for off-roading are built to resist corrosion so they last.

Stainless and aluminum are both highly corrosion-resistant on their own. Carbon steel bumpers are sold either painted with a high-quality finish or preferably powder-coated. Powder coating provides a strong, impact-resistant finish that protects the steel, allowing it to remain strong and corrosion-free as long as the coating is undamaged.


One of the reasons why off-road bumpers are preferable for trails and hills is that they protect the front of your truck or Jeep without it hanging too low underneath. Well-designed aftermarket bumpers take ground clearance into consideration, riding higher on your truck than many standard bumpers.

Many bumpers even offer some protection for the underside of the truck's nose, still without interfering with ground clearance. When you upgrade to an off-road bumper, you'll probably find that you have greater ascent and descent angles, something that will make going up and down hills easier and allow you to drive steeper inclines.


As sturdy as any steel bumper may be, none of this matters if it’s not attached to your truck the right way. Some aftermarket off-road bumpers bolt onto specific areas of the frame; those that do are only as strong as the bolts holding it on. That's still much stronger than any OEM bumper; however, you can't safely use a bolted bumper for towing or vehicle recovery. You need to use frame recovery points.

Bumpers welded directly to the frame and are basically a part of your vehicle are the strongest out there and can safely be used for towing and vehicle recovery. Either attachment method is suitable for off-road bumpers as long as you are aware of the limitations of a bolt installation.

There are all kinds of rear and front truck bumpers available that you can use to modify your truck. Once you decide on the type of protection you need and actually start comparing the different brands and models in the style you need, check for these important features. Whether you're looking for a full front bumper with push bars, grille guards and light protection, or a simple tube steel aftermarket bumper, make sure it's a quality bumper that will live up to its expectations!

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