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Pros & Cons Of Adding A Steel Bumper To Your Truck

There is no doubt about it, an aftermarket steel bumper can have several benefits. Trucks in the US, especially in 2021, should have steel bumper replacements fitted as soon as they leave the lot. We have put together a list of pros and cons when it comes to custom steel bumpers. This way, when it comes time to buy a new one, you know all the benefits and potential downsides before making your decision. 

Pros

1. Durability

This should go without saying, but having a durable steel bumper is one of the main benefits of getting a new accessory. Our selection of Ranch Hand Bumpers is huge. Their unbeatable durability is widely known as being one the best in the business. 

2. Versatility

A new front steel bumper will allow you to explore trails never thought possible in the past. Increased approach and departure angles, integrated hooks, and provisions for accessories like the Fab Fours M1650-1 Winch Tray are just some of the many benefits of a new bumper.  

3. Looks

Being able to do the job is one thing, but a new steel bumper should also look the part. Fab Fours Bumpers, for example, are some of the best in the business. They have managed to combine both style and durability into one complete package for the ultimate aftermarket steel bumper.

Cons

Weight

Aftermarket steel bumpers for trucks can be heavy. But that is the price to pay for elevated protection. Although a little extra weight won’t do much to a vehicle that already tips the scales around 5000 lbs., it is worth mentioning. Unless you are using the pickup to its absolute limits, there isn’t much to worry about. 

Cost

Finally, we have come to the subject that is most likely to affect which bumper you choose. What is the price of a new steel bumper? Let’s put it this way; You need to have the right tool for the right job. And good tools don’t come cheap. Yes, an aftermarket bumper will be significantly more than a stock one, but no one ever said that customizing a truck is cheap.

FAQ

Are Steel Bumpers Legal?

Each state will have different laws and regulations when it comes to aftermarket accessories such as steel bumpers. But as a general rule, law enforcement will not(or should not) bother you for simply having an aftermarket bumper on your truck.

Are Steel Aftermarket Bumpers Safe?

Yes! We only work with the most renowned names in the business. Every bumper is carefully crated and tested to make sure you get the best possible product. Most models are engineered to be with critical safety equipment such as parking sensors, cameras, and airbags. On top of that, they are built from tough steel and have a powder-coated finish that is durable enough to go through almost anything. 

How To Pull Out A Steel Bumper Dent?

There isn’t just one specific method of pulling out a dent on a bumper. Some can be easily hammered out, while others are just not worth saving. If the steel has cracked or the welds have failed, it is too far gone.

How To Tell The Difference Between Stainless Steel A Chrome Bumper? 

Typicaally speaking, a chrome bumper will be much shinier and ideal for that vehicle that will not see much off-roading or go anywhere other than a paved road. On the other hand, stainless steel can have a higher cost but will not be affected by pitting or rust. 

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