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Old 09-27-2011
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What is the purpose of metal bumpers?

Hey guys, I am trying to sketch up a tube or maybe steel bumper. The tube would probably be steel too so you get the point though. Anyway I mainly want it for looks but I want to make sure its functional too. But when I thought about it I don't fully understand what the benefits of a metal bumper over stock is. obviously the stock one could get scratched up and stuff, but is the metal one supposed to protect more. Sorry this probably sounds like a dumb question and I did search and google, I'll take any answers you guys want to give. Thanks
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There are a whole bunch of reason on why people have them. Looks, strength over stock, approach angle, adding a winch, and more so I don't think you could narrow it down to one or two reasons why.
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Normally a custom bumper is stronger, most people think they look good and makes your truck stand out. Better approach angle, and the ability to put a winch inside your bumper.
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Ok cool, I didnt think of approach angle, I guess making a winch mount would be nice, they are just so expensive. But I definitely like the the hooks people put on them. My main concern was is it supposed to protect the fenders from the side, because i don't know if I would have to run another member to support the sides.
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Thanks guys, so basically if I make it stronger than stock, with better tire clearance an approach angle I won't be too much of a poser.
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Normally a custom bumper is stronger,
You are obviously not talking about mine, but I guess thats what happens when you finish welding the bumper at 3am when its -13 degrees F, you have to move to a different state in 6 hours so that you can make it to a job interview later that day and the only half way rational thought that passes through your head on how to attach it to the frame is "CUT THE STOCK MOUNTS IN HALF!!!!" and in the process cut into your hand and not feel it.

Also I nailed the interview, despite smelling like an angle grinder and welder, and burns and blood all over my hands. I got the job, worked 6 months, got fired because they broke the law, reported them to 2 states and got them a fine in both of them.
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^dang dude lol.

A custom bumper is just that....CUSTOM. You can make it any way that you would like. As strong, heavy, big, or small as you would like.
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Its so you can run people off the road.
I'm going to pick up like a 70's F-150. Weld I-beams on that sucker and go Demo derby on the Douchemonsters of the road.
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Its so you can run people off the road.
I'm going to pick up like a 70's F-150. Weld I-beams on that sucker and go Demo derby on the Douchemonsters of the road.
Ha nice nice, make it an f250 and give me the axles. Drivers around here make me wish I could demo some people.

I guess I'll just design it and post up here and get some reviews if I ever do get around to drawing one up.
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a metal bumper is so you can ream people at higher speeds and not to damage to your own truck
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You are obviously not talking about mine, but I guess thats what happens when you finish welding the bumper at 3am when its -13 degrees F, you have to move to a different state in 6 hours so that you can make it to a job interview later that day and the only half way rational thought that passes through your head on how to attach it to the frame is "CUT THE STOCK MOUNTS IN HALF!!!!" and in the process cut into your hand and not feel it.

Also I nailed the interview, despite smelling like an angle grinder and welder, and burns and blood all over my hands. I got the job, worked 6 months, got fired because they broke the law, reported them to 2 states and got them a fine in both of them.
Funny story. I backed into a tree yesterday. I dented the tree, the bumper didnt move.
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My proffesor backed up into mine yesterday, messed up his bumper and back hatch. Not even a scratch on mine
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x2 on all the listed above.

I love mine
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If you want a winch, but not all the time, you could just mount the winch to slide into a reciever made like one on the back of the truck. Wouldn't be much trouble to incorporate one into a custom steel bumper. Keep the winch in your toolbox until you need it.
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While we're on the subject, what's the point of a stinger? I can understand that a small one would protect the grill kinda, but what's the point of the huge ones?
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While we're on the subject, what's the point of a stinger? I can understand that a small one would protect the grill kinda, but what's the point of the huge ones?
I guess the large stingers help protect the hood and windshield area in case of a roll-over during off-roading or rock crawling.
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you dont need to worry about people rearending you...(i had a honda hit me going 40 it was totald i drove home without a scratch) and my friends and i like to play bumper cars.... plus all of the rerasons everyone else said!!!!
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So if you put a steel bumper that won't give at all when hit, doesn't that transfer all the force to the frame? Would that bend the frame if hit hard?
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When I took off my stock bumper, it didnt seem like it was very strong. It crumpled when i hit a small deer going 35 + or - 5mph. Im sure the crumpling helps dissipate energy but i think at the 0-45 mph range it would be negligible and above that theres still the risk of a bent frame with a stock bumper
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While we're on the subject, what's the point of a stinger? I can understand that a small one would protect the grill kinda, but what's the point of the huge ones?
the real crazy guys use em from rolling over forward...
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I guess the large stingers help protect the hood and windshield area in case of a roll-over during off-roading or rock crawling.
I was trying to find a pic of a truck or Heep laying on it's stinger but essentially it can keep you from going end over end if you came off a steep incline or rock.
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When I took off my stock bumper, it didnt seem like it was very strong. It crumpled when i hit a small deer going 35 + or - 5mph. Im sure the crumpling helps dissipate energy but i think at the 0-45 mph range it would be negligible and above that theres still the risk of a bent frame with a stock bumper
0-45 negligible?
I don't know, I feel like a most metal bumpers are so solid and so well mounted that almost the entire force transfers, while stock ones as you mentioned give, or the mounts buckle and absorb probably 50% or more of the force depending on the situation.

Again I would put them on mainly for looks, I just want to discuss this so I can understand. I am guessing the frame is stronger than I am imagining, at least from a direct front impact. And at low speeds on rocks and stuff it would likely be similar to jacking your truck up by the frame.
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I so need to build some for my 2011 ram. But its hard to make the front one look right.
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I so need to build some for my 2011 ram. But its hard to make the front one look right.
Get the Ram runner ones.
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or better yet design them like the "ram runner" bumpers... i once designed a stock contour heavy bumper for a friend's chevy... he never asked for it built though so no pics...
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