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post #1 of 17 Old 04-23-2015, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Is ARB the only tow rated bumper?

Looking for a tow rated bumper but hoping there's more options than the expensive ARB bumper. Anyone know of other options?

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post #2 of 17 Old 04-23-2015, 03:32 PM
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The smitybuilt src bumper is a class 3 2" receiver and it had a sticker on it that it is rated for 500lbs tung weight and 5000 lb trailer wait. I put two full size quads from it and haven't had a issue
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post #3 of 17 Old 04-23-2015, 03:39 PM
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The lack of an official tow rating doesn't necessarily mean the bumper isn't more than up to towing even more than the 2,000 lbs. a TJ is rated to tow. Small bumper manufacturers don't have the $$$ to have their products certified and even some of the larger manufacturers refuse to provide an official tow rating on the advice of their attorneys.

My Dirt Worx bumper is overbuilt and more than able to tow more than my TJ is rated for but he's a one-man shop and doesn't have the resources to certify it to tow a particular weight. It's so strong and well made it doesn't even notice the weight of the tent trailer I regularly tow.

Some bumpers like my previous Olympic bumper originally came rated to tow 2,000 lbs. but no longer make that claim even though nothing on the bumper changed. No doubt on the advice of their attorney to reduce their liability exposure.

Don't be afraid of the lack of a tow rating if the bumper appears to be conservatively up to the task as mine is.

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Make sure it has a place for safety chains to attach to.
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post #5 of 17 Old 04-23-2015, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Hey Jerry, it's more a safety with insurance thing. I know there's plenty of bumpers that could do it, but on that teeny tiny chance something happens I don't want them to come back and say it was from not having a rated bumper. Oh and I have an LJ so it's rated at towing up to 3500lbs
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I have a Smittybuilt XRC rear and its rated and easily pulls my boat. And I understand the insurance thing. I live near the Chesapeake bay bridge and just a few years ago a trailer came loose and killed the people in the car behind it. While there were other issues in the case, I'd rather spend extra $ now and not spend the millions on the off chance it does happen.
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I like the quality of my Rock Hard and it has a integrated Class II rated hitch

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The Bestop has a class 2.5 rated hitch. A buddy put one on his '06 LJ. It looks good, but is a little shinier than what I wanted. Frame tie ins are a good idea if you plan to tow with it. http://www.amazon.com/Bestop-42902-0...op+rear+bumper

I ordered the AtoZ bumper with frame tie ins and plan to pull a small camper with it. http://www.atozfabrication.com/store...cat=281&page=1

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The lack of an official tow rating doesn't necessarily mean the bumper isn't more than up to towing even more than the 2,000 lbs. a TJ is rated to tow. Small bumper manufacturers don't have the $$$ to have their products certified and even some of the larger manufacturers refuse to provide an official tow rating on the advice of their attorneys.

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Don't forget that whatever bumper you might consider for towing also needs to be tied back to the frame. I know my unrated bumper itself can handle towing, but it wasn't attached to the frame until I added tie-ins.

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Looking for a tow rated bumper but hoping there's more options than the expensive ARB bumper. Anyone know of other options?
forget about bumpers being "rated" to tow, its just CYA legal terminology.....and largely BS for the weights our Jeeps can tow. a good bumper with integrated hitch and frame tie-ins will be fine.

I use a 2x5x3/16" rear bumper from seller "knoblockbumpers" on Ebay. Don't know if he's still in business. 3/4" shackle tabs and 2" hitch welded through on both sides. Frame tie-ins welded to the frame. It's not "rated", but the frame will rip before the bumper does...



Tows 3000lbs just fine....



Be more worried about stopping and handling the weight. Towing that enclosed trailer isn't much fun....can't see around it very well, Jeep is terribly slow & underpowered. Stops fine though with the Vanco Big Brake kit with Black Magic pads, 10" drum trailer brakes and an electronic trailer brake controller in the Jeep.


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...Stops fine though with the Vanco Big Brake kit with Black Magic pads, 10" drum trailer brakes and an electronic trailer brake controller in the Jeep.
You should add a drag chute to that list!

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You should add a drag chute to that list!
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if your bumper needs a weight rating, you are towing too much weight for an lj/tj.








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I like the quality of my Rock Hard and it has a integrated Class II rated hitch

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Correct - and with our frame brace kit you are fully rated to tow OEM specs.



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Correct - and with our frame brace kit you are fully rated to tow OEM specs.

I'm on my 2nd one now. It got banged up pretty good after I got rear ended by a large FedEx van. Totaled the van, I drove away.

Insurance bought me a new Rock Hard 4x4 bumper and tire carrier.
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