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Old 05-11-2013, 09:43 PM   #1
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Aluminum Bumpers - Looking for Suggestions

I'd like to keep weight down, and am thinking about aluminum bumpers.

For the back, the Genright looks good and seems to have good reviews.

But for the front, I see options for stubby front bumpers in aluminum, but don't see many good looking full-width options.

Any suggestions?

I really like the looks of the Expedition One Train Series, but they are only offered in steel.

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Old 05-12-2013, 12:03 PM   #2
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*bump*

I'm kinda interested in the same question. My main concerns being durability. Aparently there is a way that some manufacturers heat treat the aluminum parts so that they are actually quite strong. Also aluminum doesn't really corrode that much so you have that in addition to the weight savings.

I know Poison Spyder makes many aluminum protection parts and they are a very well established company so I'm sure there is some legitimacy to the concept. But take for example Genright's large aluminum bumper with grill hoop and stinger, I'm very interested in adding a very protective bumper like that without adding much weight, but how would it actually hold up in a rollover?

GenRight JK Front Bumper, Alum, Boulder

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Old 05-12-2013, 12:09 PM   #3
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(OP) As far as full-width aluminum bumpers go, I'm not sure there are any designs. This one apparently has aluminum end-caps:

G2 Series Front Bumper, JK Wrangler, Full Width - G2 JK Series Bumpers - Bumpers
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:41 PM   #4
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I was really adamant about going aluminum but all the aluminum bumpers have a steel winch plate or base plate which speeds corrosion (aluminum/steel contact is not so good).

I ended up going full width steel. Hope that helps add another aspect to the decision.
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Old 05-12-2013, 12:45 PM   #5
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I went with a GenRight aluminum rear bumper to keep weight down, and it just looks really good IMO. It's at the powder coater right now. It only weighs 20 pounds (30 with the optional shackle tabs that mount to the frame rails).
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Interesting point about the corrosion from the steel on the winch mount, I wonder how that plays in to Genright's design. Also the frame, hardware, and shackle tabs are steel so that would have to be addressed as well. I suppose you could use some kind of spacing/separating material to prevent it. Or maybe just a good powder coating on both the plate and bumper would handle it.
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I went with a GenRight aluminum rear bumper to keep weight down, and it just looks really good IMO. It's at the powder coater right now. It only weighs 20 pounds (30 with the optional shackle tabs that mount to the frame rails).
I'm actually going steel in the rear too I think because the AEV kit is designed for their steel bumper a winch, and their rear tire carrier

With the LoD full width and warn power plant I really want a steel rear to level out the ride because it feels very unbalanced

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