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Old 07-04-2010, 09:17 AM   #1
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Why tube bumpers are useless.


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i don't think i can blame the bumper here........maybe blame the pole

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true i found this on CL and thought it was funny how that thing crumbled.
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Its almost perfect looking
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Old 07-04-2010, 09:37 AM   #5
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Its almost perfect looking
Nicely centered, fairly well bent. Plus it's not easy to bend big pipes cleanly. I give this project a C+.
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there's a reason that construction grade steel is square and not round.
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Correction, Bumpers made of light gauge material and built for looks are useless. Tubing in a proper gauge and built with proper bracing and triangulation would be quite strong.
Thousands of offroad racing vehicles have proven it's worth over the years.
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It will buff out i am pretty sure.
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Correction, Bumpers made of light gauge material and built for looks are useless. Tubing in a proper gauge and built with proper bracing and triangulation would be quite strong.
Thousands of offroad racing vehicles have proven it's worth over the years.
Ok "tube style" bumpers are useless.
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It is a personal preference to have either a tube bumper or something else and we all can blame it or support it, but I believe you guys are missing a point here just looking at destroyed bumper. The bumper just have done its job; it did what it supposes to do - to protect the frame and body of the vehicle. It compensated the impact and bent to reduce the front hit. Otherwise, with hard built bumper you probably would see totaled car and 100% crashed and bloody windshield with brain on it. In this case the owner will need to take care of himself, replace front grill, hood, bumper and probably fix front part of the frame. So I would not say a bad word about this particular bumper
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:27 AM   #13
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They are also ugly IMO, but to each his/her own.
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mine saved my jeep from even more damage and I rolled it twice on pavement and landed upside down in the center median, thank god for full rollcages and steel bumpers
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It is a personal preference to have either a tube bumper or something else and we all can blame it or support it, but I believe you guys are missing a point here just looking at destroyed bumper. The bumper just have done its job; it did what it supposes to do - to protect the frame and body of the vehicle. It compensated the impact and bent to reduce the front hit. Otherwise, with hard built bumper you probably would see totaled car and 100% crashed and bloody windshield with brain on it. In this case the owner will need to take care of himself, replace front grill, hood, bumper and probably fix front part of the frame. So I would not say a bad word about this particular bumper
Doesn't look as though it protected much in that pic'
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I think with out them tho it would have totally crushed my grill and motor and me.
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Doesn't look as though it protected much in that pic'
We do not know how hard was the impact on that picture. But to me the jeep is not totaled and can be fixed easy. And driver looks like survived after that without serious injures (I hope so). It is simple physics and I do not have to explain how the impact force distributed between two things, to me the bumper absorbed the impact and transferred a residual force to body and frame. The bumper does not have to be stronger than frame in my opinion.
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I think with out them tho it would have totally crushed my grill and motor and me.
Just curios if you had frontal impact? It looks like you had front-side hit, I may be wrong. Hope you were ok. How about jeep, did you fix it or....
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You may be right Stas, but I still feel much safer with my current bars & having owned the tube bars when I had my TJ I wouldn't buy them again, they fold pretty easy
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I think it was more of an endo spin, I snapped my rear tire off and it flipped me, just remembered to tuck and all I ended up with is a skinned elbow. and no it is still sitting waiting ever so patiently for me to hit the lotto and fix her properly, the YJ keeps draining my money and so the CJ remains neglected
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:13 AM   #21
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I would NOT automatically discredit ALL tube bumpers..even though I don't like them and think they look cheap...I would think the strength would be dependant on the wall thickness of the particular tubing used. Alot of the tube bumpers I see look like they would fold like an accordian.
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My tube bumper saved my @ss in my wreck, so they can't be all that useless.

Looks like the person who did that is useless, cause It looks like they drove right into a pole or tree or something pretty hard and I don't know of any bumper that can protect a vehicle from that damage.

I don't think they've designed a bumper for ignorance yet.....to each their own though.
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Hmm...looks like to me it run into a concrete barrier of some sort & that would hurt
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It is a personal preference to have either a tube bumper or something else and we all can blame it or support it, but I believe you guys are missing a point here just looking at destroyed bumper. The bumper just have done its job; it did what it supposes to do - to protect the frame and body of the vehicle. It compensated the impact and bent to reduce the front hit. Otherwise, with hard built bumper you probably would see totaled car and 100% crashed and bloody windshield with brain on it. In this case the owner will need to take care of himself, replace front grill, hood, bumper and probably fix front part of the frame. So I would not say a bad word about this particular bumper
Looks to me like the bumper did its job. I agree with Stas73.
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Old 07-18-2010, 12:41 AM   #25
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Well bumper to me means: to bump... not smash. But around here we call them deer killers, for good reason. But seriously, hope nobody was hurt!
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Stock bumper would have looked the same if not worse.

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