So we all know that many features on our CJs are left over OR carry overs from the MB and GPW (WWII) era Jeeps. So who knows what the REAL original function of the rear bumperettes is.
As seen here on the rear crossmember and used up to 95 even on the YJs.
Ill post a cool picture of the answer when or if someone guesses it.
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-- Thomas Jefferson, 1 Thomas Jefferson Papers, 334
Funny - seen them on Jeeps fpr years, had them on a couple of mine, and never gave them a second thought till now. After thinkin for a few minutes, I think 7CJ5White6 has the best answer (fpr being pushed), but I'm bettin it was more for field pushing though...... Being pushed from a mud hole and whatnot. Dang - I hate the word "whatnot" - How about "being pushed from a mud hole and such."
Guessing they could be used to tow in an emergency as well...they reshape after being bent somewhat, they work as steps, they work as protection and absorb impact (bumper cars)...multi-purpose for simple straps of metal!
I think the bumperettes were used for a number of things.
Jeeps being shipped for war were closely packed onto ships, one right behind the other, front bumper against rear bumperettes and so on. But most WWII Jeeps shipped in a crate and had to be assembled once they arrived.
G.I.'s used them to jump up on the back of a moving Jeep when they had to leave in a hurry or go for cover. You couldn't very well jump into the Jeep while it was moving any other way. The bumperettes were turned so that the protruding edge stuck up for better footing when wearing combat boots.
G.I.'s also used the rear bumperettes to lift the Jeep out of a stuck situation or to be pushed by another jeep.
Army used them to identify divisions with markings stenciled onto them also.
They were installed to keep trailers that were being towed from being allowed to impinge on the jeep during sharp turning evolutions. Technically, they are springs.
Ding Ding Ding....we have a winner
While they were used for pretty much all of the actions described above, the true function of them was for absorbers during towing (both sharp turns and jackknifing)
Often the trailers or towbars would be fitted with matching plates that lined up with them
When contacted, the bumperette would deflect like a spring and give the resistance needed to avoid damage
And this is just one of many carry overs that make our classic CJs rich is history and tradition. So now you can grin a bit when you see that huge plastic rear bumper on the back of a JK and think of all the changes Jeep went through over the years.......