|09-22-2013 09:12 PM|
|09-22-2013 03:36 PM|
i don't usually post in forums, just read. but since i was only trying to confirm what i was suspecting i'll go ahead and chime in on this.
i can't swear to it but a couple of their front bumpers look a little too similar and the rear with tire carrier IS a duplicate of the e-auto grilles bumpers you see all over ebay. i would bet they are just another company selling factory seconds from paramount restyling and maybe a couple other manufacturers. or buying from the same china plant at least....
i'll also add that it's a little fishy that the only place you can buy a "ko offroad" bumper is from ebay from that 1 seller. can't find any from anywhere or anybody else anywhere on the net.
|09-02-2013 07:33 PM|
Hmm... I bought their smittybilt knockoff rear bumper with tire carrier. For the price, and the twirks I had to do to fix whatever was wrong with it, I still ended up at a lower price than most rears with carriers or rears alone.
When it arrived, it didn't have any problems with the paint, and still to this day it doesn't (4 months), except for two rust spots the size of a dime behind the tire mount at the bottom where it meets the arm, that I just touch up every month or so, they keep popping up for some reason, I believe its the cheap paint I'm using that just washes away . Install was relatively easy. Handle was already assembled.
Now, the most important point. I had to get new bolts, specifically grade 8 bolts to replace the ones that attach the bumper to the frame and the tire mount to the arm. Mine came with grade 2 bolts which deformed when torquing. You need good bolts, this bumper will be exposed to vibrations, hits on obstacles, hitching, pulling other cars, carrying a heavy spare and maybe accessories, etc, etc.
Also, mine didn't come with the frame rail nut plates, which the smittybilt comes with, and are essential for installation since the body mount washers will prevent proper installation if you are just passing the bolt through the frame rail. I had to order them separately (no cost), I told the seller I needed them and he sent them. They are basically the L shaped plates that go inside the frame rails so the bumper can bolt to them (more info on the smittybilt install instructions).
Also, I had minor issues with fitting. The bumper would touch the body tub, which was an issue with some old simittybilts. I had to put four grade 8 1/2" (bolt size, not thickness) washers that I bought at home depot between the bumper and the frame crossmember on each of the bolts that attach the bumper to it (crossmember), so as to separate it from the body and prevent it from scratching the lower part of the tub.
The carrier arm didn't come with the same amount of parts as the smittybilt. The smittybilt comes with two nylon kind of washers to be placed at the bottom and top when you place the arm on the spindle, this one came only with one. The swing is basically pressured, metal on metal, no roller bearings for example, if you tighten it too much so it goes into the latch 100% perfectly, it becomes kind of hard to swing. Thus, for this reason, I got two big washers that had an inner diameter equal to the diameter of the spindle and placed them under the arm on the spindle, like a spacer. So that I dont have to tighten it to the point it can't be opened. You still get the top clip and it comes with a zerk fitting for greasing.
I will be getting something else in the future if I ever decide to save up for it. I got this because I was kind of short on cash and needed something urgently to hold the spare that would also protect. I've landed a few times on rocks and concrete pillars but nothing has happened to it yet, just some scratches on the bottom of the hitch receiver.
|09-02-2013 07:22 PM|
Prob one if the worst things you can do is go grab a pos bumper to save money. Save your money - wait a while and buy a high quality piece from a ace like Genrite - you will thank yourself in the long run.
Thinner walled construction, cheaper steel with bad welds is typically what you will find.
Do a lot of research, don't rush, save what you need and buy when you can. In the end it will save you more.
|09-02-2013 07:18 PM|
|09-02-2013 07:09 PM|
IM gonna go out n a limb and say about same quality as Smittybuilt and Rugged Ridge. Built in a factory overseas mass produced...
My Rugged Ridge products have held up really good.
|09-02-2013 06:59 PM|
|Soccermel22||Yeah it seems like a super deal, but I am hesitant to buy from a company that I haven't herd anything about!|
|09-02-2013 06:08 PM|
|Captain Ed||I am curious about them myself. Real low price but where are they made and how can he have free shipping too. I am finding companies like JCR (good company) having to charge 100 bucks just to ship to me. What gives?|
|09-02-2013 04:24 PM|
KO offroad bumper?
Hey guys I am new to the Wrangler community and I am trying to find a new front bumper on a budget. I found KO offroad on eBay and they sell good looking bumpers for cheap, but I don't know anything about their build quality and functionality. If anyone knows anything about them please let me know!