|11-15-2009, 06:12 PM
Pros: Nice design
Cons: Poor workmanship on several pieces
Comments: I have had a Tuff Designs bumper on my Jeep for well over a year now. Needless to say, I am quite disappointed with the workmanship. The unit can mount to the frame and the rear cross member, but only one set of cross member holes are in a somewhat reachable position. The other set requires you to drop your fuel tank just to tighten the bolts.
The mount for the CB antenna could not be in a worse place. It is mounted right below the right rear taillight. You cannot mount an antenna to the mount. I had to get some flat metal, mount that to the CB radio antenna mounting hole and direct it to the right.
The entire latch mechanism is very poorly designed. The hole for the cross pin could not have been drilled any further out. The bumper was excessively loud. I had to carefully take a dremel tool with a small grinder and open the hole closer to the bumper so that I could put a larger pin through. I have a larger pin, and it makes significantly less noise, but I should not have had to do that after paying $538.
The tire mount itself can be adjusted closer to the carrier, or farther out. There were two major problems with mine:
First: There was powder coating on the inside of the female portion of the tire carrier. The tire holder itself was also powder coated. I had to use a 3 lb sledge hammer to get the thing to go in, and it may never slide out. That may or may not be a bad thing, but if I wanted to move it farther out, I would not be able to do so.
Second: The holes that were drilled for the cross bolt/pin were not in the best of positions. No matter which hole you tried, the wheel would have been able to wobble. I ended up sledging the tire mount in further than the holes were drilled for peace of mind as the holes were not in the best of positions. I had to drill a custom hole just to make certain that the tire holder was going nowhere, even though I did have to use a 3 lb sledge just to get the thing in. I certainly wouldn't have wanted it to work its way loose over time.
The frame strengthening straps were very poorly designed. When I looked at the straps and tried to mount them, I was confused. I was certain that the straps were for a different vehicle, because there was no way they would mount as designed.
I had to significantly modify the straps just to get them to fit. Then, I had to drill another hole in the straps, because the existing holes would not line up.
One jerry can holder had no problems. I had to bend the other one open just a bit more before the can would fit into the holder properly.
As the other reviewer mentioned, the shipping method caused a few spots to be rubbed raw. Some flat black spray paint fixed it right up.
The bumper definitely seems sturdy, but they need to relocate the CB antenna mount, and work on quality control before I would be comfortable recommending this particular bumper. There was just too much that I had to do to get the bumper to fit. If I had it to do over again, I would not have purchased this unit.
The only reason I gave it 3-stars is because it is a nice design.