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Old 02-28-2013, 10:25 PM   #1
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Aluminum JK rear bumper - GenRight Off Road.

Anyone running this bumper? Aluminum JK rear bumper from GenRight Off Road
What do you think of this bumper?
I am wondering how the aluminum hold up versus a steel one?
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:52 PM   #2
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It is not a very common bumper on a JK. But it will be interesting to see how many folks have it. Good Luck.

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My best friend is running one. It has already had to be welded back up. I think it is less then a year old.

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My best friend is running one. It has already had to be welded back up. I think it is less then a year old.
Lets just say me or him will never put another piece of aluminum armor on anything that we are going to wheel hard.
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:00 AM   #5
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Lets just say me or him will never put another piece of aluminum armor on anything that we are going to wheel hard.
Interesting, I was thinking the same, but wanted to avoid the weight of the steel one. Steel 50Lbs / Aluminum 20Lbs.
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Old 03-01-2013, 01:02 AM   #6
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I do like their tire carrier too. Aluminum and not attached to the bumper so I could get any bumper....
So many decisions...
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Old 03-01-2013, 07:17 AM   #7
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The problem with aluminum, as I understand it, is that it will crack, rather than give, when it gets in a bind or impacts something.

There was a thread about it awhile back on JKF (I think); folks were discussing the merits of aluminum skid plates...seemed to be a lot of complaints about breakage.

On the other hand, if you're not gonna wheel your rig hard, you'll save weight.
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Bumping this back up for views.

I've settled on the GenRight rear bumper after going back and forth on the PSC rear bumper. I spotted the GenRight JK rear bumper at Jeep Beach on a vendor's Jeep and it looks awesome.

I think my Jeep is a little squatty in the rear so the light weight is a nice advantage. I won't be wheeling my rig as hard as the WatchThis!'s of the world so I'm not concerned with smashing it on rocks and whatnot.

It has the sleek lines I like, low weight, slight wrap around that still would marry nicely with my rear BW flares, works with the OEM hitch, and has holes for some rear aux/backup lights. I'd still get it powder coated textured black to match my front bumper and sliders.

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That's the same bumper my best friend has. You will be real happy with it I bet.
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Its still stronger than the plastic factory bumper. LOL
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Its still stronger than the plastic factory bumper. LOL
Right you are! lol

I scrubbed my rear plastic decoration on a departure hill on the course I ran at Jeep Beach. I guess yet another benefit of this bumper is that it looks to tuck pretty close to the Jeep and give pretty good departure advantages.

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That's the same bumper my best friend has. You will be real happy with it I bet.
Awesome! I keep looking back at all the pictures of it and it looks better and better each time.
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Lets just say me or him will never put another piece of aluminum armor on anything that we are going to wheel hard.
A rear bumper isn't technically armor.
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A rear bumper isn't technically armor.
Maybe to you, but I think of bumpers as armor since we smack things and drag them across stuff all the time and they cover parts that would be destroyed without them . I guess sliders are not armor eather?
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Maybe to you, but I think of bumpers as armor since we smack things and drag them across stuff all the time and they cover parts that would be destroyed without them . I guess sliders are not armor eather?
I don't know, I don't wheel hard enough to consider the rear armor. What I do know, is the big boys that hit serious trails don't run a rear bumper.
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I am still looking into this bumper. But looks like not many are running it. I wish it was easier to completely remove the spare and all for the trail or competition. I guess if the tire is not in there it gives better departure clearance than when it is there.

Anyone??
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I am still looking into this bumper. But looks like not many are running it. I wish it was easier to completely remove the spare and all for the trail or competition. I guess if the tire is not in there it gives better departure clearance than when it is there.

Anyone??
I am waiting for the ExpeditionONE aluminum rear. Should be out in the summer.
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I don't know, I don't wheel hard enough to consider the rear armor. What I do know, is the big boys that hit serious trails don't run a rear bumper.
That's a first I have ever heard of that. And I don't know why anyone would do that on a JK. You would completely destroy the rear of your jeep without one. Unless you are talking about buggys or something, because it is true that we don't run any kind of bumpers on buggys because you bump up against tubing instead of sheat metal.
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aluminum bumpers are for mall crawlers. same with skids and diff covers.
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aluminum bumpers are for mall crawlers. same with skids and diff covers.
Haha damn I guess that makes mine a mall crawler since I still have a few pieces of the aluminum skid system hanging off of mine.
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Maybe to you, but I think of bumpers as armor since we smack things and drag them across stuff all the time and they cover parts that would be destroyed without them . I guess sliders are not armor eather?

thanks for handling that little bit of asinine for me Watch. dafuq you mean a bumper isnt armor? tell that to mine. im sure it would love to know its off the hook on protecting my tail. and i guess the half dozen times its been slammed into a rock then hammered back straight were just for giggles. but i digress INWHE
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You guys use your armor for rocks, trees, etc.I use my armor for mom's with babies, elderly people, etc.
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thanks for handling that little bit of asinine for me Watch. dafuq you mean a bumper isnt armor? tell that to mine. im sure it would love to know its off the hook on protecting my tail. and i guess the half dozen times its been slammed into a rock then hammered back straight were just for giggles. but i digress INWHE
Read. Almost all the serious rigs I have seen that run serious trails don't have a rear bumper at all. It just gets in the way. We get it. Aluminum rear bumpers are not for you. Great. Some of us don't need to drag a 200lb bumper behind our Jeep. Oh, and your engineering skills are awesome as well. I guess Audi's, which are made entirely out of aluminum, are not as safe as steel JKs.
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Read. Almost all the serious rigs I have seen that run serious trails don't have a rear bumper at all. It just gets in the way. We get it. Aluminum rear bumpers are not for you. Great. Some of us don't need to drag a 200lb bumper behind our Jeep.
What are you talking about as being a serious rig? Tube buggies, jeeps with a tube chassis and jeep skins, rigs with the frame bobed so there is no way they will hit something?


I wheel with all kinds of rigs without bumpers, but we are talking about JKs.
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What are you talking about as being a serious rig? Tube buggies, jeeps with a tube chassis and jeep skins, rigs with the frame bobed so there is no way they will hit something?


I wheel with all kinds of rigs without bumpers, but we are talking about JKs.
I meant rigs like this, that run the hardest trails in the country.





A rear bumper is just something to snag if you're going to do serious offroading. For taking a bang, a properly engineered aluminum bumper can be as strong, or even stronger than steel. If you want to argue that the Genright bumper isn't properly engineered and poorly built, thats one thing. But stating that steel is the way to go for strength is simply inaccurate, since we all know that aluminum, titanium, carbon fiber, etc can be made to be stronger than steel.
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I'm very close to ordering the genright aluminum rear.. I think it'd look nice painted black with commando green shackles. The problem is my only wheeling consists of dirt trails to reach lakes or rental cabins so it's tough to justify replacing the oem bumper!
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That rig does not need a rear bumper because it has that rear stinger hanging off of the back and the red one has steel covered corners wich will handle being bumped up against rocks. Wich buy the way that set up is more in the way then just a rear bumper would be. Building a rig is a balancing act and just because there are some out there without a bumper does not mean that you have to go without one to run these hard trails you speek of.

Sure carbon fiber and other materials can be made to be stronger then steel. Untill you rub them against stuff and smack the corners causing them to break. Strengthen and durability are two different things.

I have been on one or two of these hard trails you speek of and pay close attention to what is working for what kind of rig and will stick with a rear bumper on a JK unless the rearend is streached back a foot or so.

Can you gain extra clearance by not running one, hell yeah but it is a personal choice and you can still run the same trails with one.
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That rig does not need a rear bumper because it has that rear stinger hanging off of the back and the red one has steel covered corners wich will handle being bumped up against rocks. Wich buy the way that set up is more in the way then just a rear bumper would be. Building a rig is a balancing act and just because there are some out there without a bumper does not mean that you have to go without one to run these hard trails you speek of.

Sure carbon fiber and other materials can be made to be stronger then steel. Untill you rub them against stuff and smack the corners causing them to break. Strengthen and durability are two different things.

I have been on one or two of these hard trails you speek of and pay close attention to what is working for what kind of rig and will stick with a rear bumper on a JK unless the rearend is streached back a foot or so.

Can you gain extra clearance by not running one, hell yeah but it is a personal choice and you can still run the same trails with one.
And that's all good. Everyone has different needs. If someone lives in an area where they are constantly bouncing around rocks (Cali, Colorado, Utah, etc) then by all means, buy whatever bumper you think will fit your offroading needs. However, MOST JK owners do NOT wheel on trails like that, and will see absolutely no benefit in a steel bumper over a properly engineered aluminum one. When you give advice, it can't be general and specific in one. Steel bumpers have their upsides, as do aluminum. Which upside is for the wheeler is up to them.
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i dont see alot of personal experience in your posts. are you going off what youve read or have you actually done any wheeling with steel bumpers and aluminum have you seen any crack? have you dented anything on your jeep yet? I can tell by the way you share eddies pictures your probably one of the project ghey K /gay for life fan boys. do yourself a favor don't drink eddies coolaid. 90% of the world has wised up to the fact that hes a D bag. perpetuating his stupidity is not good for the jeep community. ive seen a few dozen people that took his advice on the bumper thing and ended up with a Fd up tub. my steel bumper has saved my ass countless times.
wonder how bad that would have been with no bumper. i guess its still not armor either.
but i digress. your experience is obviously far and beyond mine and Watch's.
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And that's all good. Everyone has different needs. If someone lives in an area where they are constantly bouncing around rocks (Cali, Colorado, Utah, etc) then by all means, buy whatever bumper you think will fit your offroading needs. However, MOST JK owners do NOT wheel on trails like that, and will see absolutely no benefit in a steel bumper over a properly engineered aluminum one. When you give advice, it can't be general and specific in one. Steel bumpers have their upsides, as do aluminum. Which upside is for the wheeler is up to them.
So saying that the big boys don't run bumpers on the hard trails is not a general statement eather? If you are going to give advice to someone on how to post you might want to follow your own advice.

Not picking a fight or anything as childless as that, just pointing something out.


Back to OP, no dought that he will love it as long as he does not start hanging and banging it on rocks and stumps on a regular basis. He asked for reallife experience with this setup and I gave him my thoughts on what I have seen in person.
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i dont see alot of personal experience in your posts. are you going off what youve read or have you actually done any wheeling with steel bumpers and aluminum have you seen any crack? have you dented anything on your jeep yet? I can tell by the way you share eddies pictures your probably one of the project ghey K /gay for life fan boys. do yourself a favor don't drink eddies coolaid. 90% of the world has wised up to the fact that hes a D bag. perpetuating his stupidity is not good for the jeep community. ive seen a few dozen people that took his advice on the bumper thing and ended up with a Fd up tub. my steel bumper has saved my ass countless times.
wonder how bad that would have been with no bumper. i guess its still not armor either.
but i digress. your experience is obviously far and beyond mine and Watch's.
When I first bought my wrangler I read that ridiculous wayalife's article on oil changes. It stated to pour in a specific amount of oil and did not involve measuring with the dipstick. With how tight the oil level tolerance is people will end up with leaks all over if they use that method, especially on a daily driver.

I never read that ridiculous site again.

Your post made me smile because I realize I'm not the only one confused by his idiocy.

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