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post #1 of 20 Old 01-22-2014, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone have this front bumper?

After lots of web browsing and looking through threads here, this is the front bumper I like the most (Aries 15600). However, I really want to be able to have shackles, and I don't see anywhere to attach them. Am I correct in assuming that the bumper is strong enough to drill holes myself and attach shackles anywhere they would look/work best?


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post #2 of 20 Old 01-22-2014, 05:56 PM
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IMHO, if the bumper doesn't have shackle points and you want them, look for one that has them integrated into the bumper. That bumper does not seem to have any sufficient flat sections to fit a shackle mount onto, regardless. Plus, don't assume that anything made in China is strong enough for anything.
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post #3 of 20 Old 01-22-2014, 06:06 PM
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You did notice the tow hooks offered to mount on top of that bumper on the Amazon site. didn't you? If you want shackles, I would use a good, heavy 1/8" plate behind the bumper to avoid any pull throughs/tearing.
Any idea where that bumper is made? It sure is cool looking, but if it is chinese, I'd avoid it.

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I see youíre in a State with a cold winter season. If its an option get it with paint or bare metal. Powder coat will be rusting off in one season. Which is why most quality U.S. off road stuff has the option of paint or bare instead of powder coat.

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[QUOTE=715racing;19657153]You did notice the tow hooks offered to mount on top of that bumper on the Amazon site. didn't you? If you want shackles, I would use a good, heavy 1/8" plate behind the bumper to avoid any pull throughs/tearing.
Any idea where that bumper is made? It sure is cool looking, but if it is chinese, I'd avoid it.[/QUOTE"]

"heavy" 1/8"???
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post #6 of 20 Old 01-22-2014, 08:17 PM
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Looks like a chinese knock off of the equally ugly Wild Boar JK bumper.

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post #7 of 20 Old 01-22-2014, 08:55 PM
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Is the Chinese quality bad?

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Looks like a chinese knock off of the equally ugly Wild Boar JK bumper.
Actually it is the original made by Aries (see watermark on photo). Wildboar markets the Aries bumper under their own name with a slight design change (round design holes), they do not manufacture their own. Albeit a different style that many are not keen on, but it is different and if you want to stand out in a crowd, that bumper will do it..

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Is the Chinese quality bad?
Name anything made in China that has good quality... even their air is substandard.
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Name anything made in China that has good quality... even their air is substandard.
Steel is steel. Idk.

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I donít see where there is any good place to mount tow hooks, backup plate or not. That bumper is so full of holes itís more like Swiss cheese that has been left out to harden and carved into a bumper. Somewhat exaggerated but none the less.


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Steel is steel. Idk.
No steel is not steel. There is craftmanship (welds, build quality, fit, finish). And even the quality of the steel itself.


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That bumper looks like it's trying to hard to be a bad *** bumper...too busy, doesn't do it for me.
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post #14 of 20 Old 01-23-2014, 06:23 PM
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No steel is not steel. There is craftmanship (welds, build quality, fit, finish). And even the quality of the steel itself.
This is very true. The makeup of the steel will determine the quality of it. Many moons ago I used to work at a foundry and knew about what made good versus crappie steel but have long since forgot most of it. Also at that time china steel was truly inferior to the US. Anyhow, for structural purposes I wouldnít trust it as far as I could throw it.

Probably for bumpers and similar things itís fine but bridges and railroad tracks no way.

Back on topic:

OP, perhaps you could refigure exactly what you need to take with you and practice a few packing and creative storage options. Were thereís a will thereís a way.


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That bumper is no slouch.. that steel you call swiss cheese is 3/16" carbon steel and the winch mount will handle a 10,000lb winch. .. Cant say I'm crazy about the style when its fully dressed but as a stubby its not bad.. Check it out.. http://www.ariesjeep.com/frontmodular.htm

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