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Old 01-21-2014, 01:06 PM   #1
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Couple bumper questions

Aluminum vs steel: I know aluminum is lighter...any drawbacks to using it (other then the cost). How does it hold up on the trail?

Rear tire carriers: AEV vs Garvin Wilderness vs Poison Spyder: Any comments on good/bad with any of these?

Front bumpers: Aries vs Rugged Ridge: Any comments on these?

Finally, how many people really have issues on the trail with a full bumper vs a stubbie?

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Old 01-21-2014, 01:42 PM   #2
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Here is a picture of my Expedition One rear bumper, which is aluminum, and weighs 35 lbs. It is combined with a Teraflex aluminum tailgate hinge and tire carrier, for a light weight and uncomplicated set-up.


I have a friend that bought the AEV bumper and tire carrier, and it is HEAVY! Plus, the AEV bumper and tire carrier could easily win the Rube Goldberg award for most complicated bumper and tire carrier ever designed. My friend was a little underwhelmed with his.

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Old 01-21-2014, 01:44 PM   #3
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Yeah I heard the AEV one you needed to get installed by a shop to have it done right and eliminate the rattle. I'm just worried about the weight of the tailgate hinge on the back panel. Right now I got a good bit of thump on bumps with a 285x70xr17 tire (33x11.5) on it. Thats what I'm looking to eliminate. Heard it can jack up the welds on the tailgate too.
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Old 01-21-2014, 01:51 PM   #4
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Heres the rear bumpers for those who wonder:

Garvin:

AEV:

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