Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Escondido, California
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.
When you have a choice, buy American made.
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