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Unread 05-31-2013, 11:56 AM   #1
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No Rear Bumper = Corner Damage?

Has anyone gotten any body damage from not running a rear bumper? Obviously, it's possible. Not running an aftermarket rear bumper and saving the $$$ and 100 extra lbs is starting to look really appealing. Just trying to gauge everyone's experiences..

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Could be an insurance issue if you were rear ended with no legal bumper. You could be denied coverage by the other insurer.
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I know. I've been looking at the Evo d-rings, but I've just been trying to justify them.
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depends on the trails you wheel.
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I'm thinking that a 37 inch tall tire will make it significantly more difficult for a rock to find its way to the corner.
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Has anyone gotten any body damage from not running a rear bumper? Obviously, it's possible. Not running an aftermarket rear bumper and saving the $$$ and 100 extra lbs is starting to look really appealing. Just trying to gauge everyone's experiences..
As far as I know, you are required by law to have a bumper meeting certain minimum specifications.
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I'm thinking that a 37 inch tall tire will make it significantly more difficult for a rock to find its way to the corner.
again depends on the trail. If you are wheeling on rocks that 32" are good with 37", well sure perhaps. you wheel were 37" are min. then well not so much.

depend on the challenge. trail rated for one tire size is not the same for all tires. once you tip into large boulders;
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As far as I know, you are required by law to have a bumper meeting certain minimum specifications.
I can't imagine the stock plastic end cap meets any specs.
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I can't imagine the stock plastic end cap meets any specs.
Clearly the endpoints are not their concern, I agree.

But there is something along the lines of a 2.5MPH or 5MPH bumper requirement. Probably defined as extending out X amount from the vehicle centerline (and the JK endcaps lie beyond that).
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Besides the legality issue..
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