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Unread 05-08-2013, 11:03 AM   #1
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Collision With Aftermarket Bumpers

I'm working on new bumpers for my trail jeep, until I get the 9er back up to par I'm still using the trail jeep as a DD and I'm wondering about bumpers in a collision.

I imagine that steel will protect the jeep a lot better than the stock plastic and styrofoam. But probably more chance to torque the unibody.

Is there any legal/insurance problem with having steel? Every time I've been rear ended my hitch has gone right through the radiator of the poor sap behind me, I can't imagine what real steel would do.

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Unread 05-08-2013, 11:07 AM   #2
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I rear-ended a Civic with the Jeep and ARB bumper. Really wish I had a picture lol.

Both rear quarters, trunk lid, rear glass, all rear lights and the sheetmetal around the trunk on the Civic were mangled. Two small scuffs on the ARB. This was 10MPH crash, MAYBE.

I had no issues with the police at the scene, in fact they laughed when they saw what happened. My insurance company didn't have an issue either paying out $6k to fix a 1998 Civic. My insurance does know what I have done to the Jeep and they have pictures of it.

In low speed and against soft objects (read animals and people), it will hold up much better than the stock bumper cover or a brush guard. At high speeds, its still going to bend and damage the frame, but it will protect you more. I hit a tree dead center with my old Jeep at maybe 45MPH. That crash snapped my winch in two, bend the bumper out, bent the rebar in, sheared the motor mounts off and pushed the engine back a few inches. I walked away. If I didn't have the bumper, I probably would have bled out from the engine coming through the firewall and winding up in my lap.

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Unread 05-08-2013, 11:25 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by kg6mov View Post
Is there any legal/insurance problem with having steel?
Legal, no. Insurance, ask your insurance agent.

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