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Old 07-25-2017, 01:53 PM
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Rear Bumper Delete?

Anyone just remove their rear bumper cover completely? It's ugly but is it illegal? Seems like it would help with departure clearance.

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Old 07-25-2017, 01:58 PM
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On a similar note, saw this in a parking lot.
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I ran like that for a while when I tore my stock one off. Many manufacturers make what is basically "frame covers" to clean up the look a little bit and add real recovery hooks. EVO does one, and I know there are others.
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Evo and Ace make fascia kits with d ring mounts. @Bluebabysound runs the evo kit I believe. Look at his build thread for pics.
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It looks like olympic and evo make them. Olympic seems a little under built. EVO looks solid, but by the time you add the d ring mounts it is over $350.
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I just ordered the EVO rear fascia and should have it this week. I'll post up a review and pics on my build thread when I get it installed
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I have ace rear bumper armor
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here's mine: EVO - I really like it but.........

I bought it 5 days before the ACE Engineering version came out at half the price

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Rusty s has an extreme trail bumper that isn't much more than a fascia with built in recovery points

http://www.rustysoffroad.com/rustys-...hips-free.html
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Anyone just remove their rear bumper cover completely? It's ugly but is it illegal? Seems like it would help with departure clearance.
I understand your reasoning behind removing the rear bumper completely, but I'm not sure I would recommend it.
The first time that someone accidentally bumps you on a parking lot (and it does happen), you might be looking into an expensive repair bill. The bumper may be a little ugly, but it does serve a purpose.
Another concern would be that removing it removes some protection in case of an accident. The bumper is probably good only in low speed accidents, but some protection is better than none. Also, I'm not sure how removing the bumper would affect air bag operation.
As far as it being illegal, it probably depends where you live. Some states have definite laws against driving without a bumper, some don't, and some may not actively enforce the laws.
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between the frame rails, the bumper is less than 0.5" thick. It is more of a decorative cover than protection. On the sides, I can see your point, as it might help deflect a glancing blow. I will probably put it back on this weekend.

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Motobilt makes some really good looking "micro" rear bumpers that are relatively cheap as well.

https://www.motobilt.com/motobilt-je...ar-bumper.html

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Motobilt makes some really good looking "micro" rear bumpers that are relatively cheap as well.

https://www.motobilt.com/motobilt-je...ar-bumper.html


Cheap, but it doesnt come with ANY hardware nor does it come with the recovery points. Add those in and it becomes pretty pricey.
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Cheap, but it doesnt come with ANY hardware nor does it come with the recovery points. Add those in and it becomes pretty pricey.
I noticed that after I posted that there were no D-ring mounts on it. Adding them bumps the price up to $339. Ouch. My guess, based on the ones I bought, is that it could be found for sub-$300 at a local shop, but there's a lot of variables there.
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I noticed that after I posted that there were no D-ring mounts on it. Adding them bumps the price up to $339. Ouch. My guess, based on the ones I bought, is that it could be found for sub-$300 at a local shop, but there's a lot of variables there.

I will say that their D ring mount price seems inline with most other vendors for the stand alone price. Though a bumper cover like that of Ace Engineering is hard to say no to at $200 including the d ring mounts.
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Anyone just remove their rear bumper cover completely? It's ugly but is it illegal? Seems like it would help with departure clearance.
Not sure if this ever got answered, it depends.

Pa is one of the stricter States.....

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