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Old February 11th, 2015, 02:09 PM
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RTE Front Bumper

Does anyone have any experience with the RTE-Fab front defender bumper. If anyone has any pics mounted that would be great. Thanks
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Old February 11th, 2015, 02:15 PM
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Bill is freaking awesome, and a genuinely good guy. I just got done installing a set of their upper and lower shock mounts, and rear links on two 110's being built here in the shop, and I have always been thrilled with their products. The RTE bumper I had on my old Discovery took an absolute thrashing, including a collision with another vehicle, and was absolutely rock solid. If you're partial to the styling of their Defender bumper you'll be very happy with the performance it offers.

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Old February 11th, 2015, 02:17 PM
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Thanks. I know RTE is top-notch...I just don't see a lot of defender guys running their bumper.
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Old February 11th, 2015, 02:23 PM
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I'm not sure it's for any good reason. I think Rockware and ARB are definitely the go-to for a lot of guys since they're familiar, but they're certainly not the only good options out there. Here's a picture I was able to dig up.

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Old February 11th, 2015, 02:25 PM
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and they'll make it anyway you want it.
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Old February 11th, 2015, 02:25 PM
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The Laura Croft 110 is getting it's cage soon from Bill- might have to have him do the bumper too- Thanks Ash!
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Old February 11th, 2015, 02:40 PM
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My only issue with current RTE products is the quality of powder coating or lack thereof. Their stuff seems to rust much faster than it used to.
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Old February 11th, 2015, 02:59 PM
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Yeah, it's just rattle-canned before it goes out...most of the stuff I receive typically still smells like paint. That's on their smaller suspension components, so I can't speak for the bumpers. I take all of their stuff straight to the powdercoater, but admittedly it is a fairly expensive process that would add to an already substantial lead time on their end, so I understand why they don't do it. Some people like the convenience of being able to just touch their stuff up with paint, as well.

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Old February 11th, 2015, 03:45 PM
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RTE makes good products and I use several of them . I like the Rockware bumper more only because I like the look and the fitment . Bill has or is in the process of selling RTE in the next year .
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Old February 11th, 2015, 03:50 PM
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Bill is no longer alone in making RTE work right. They make good stuff, esp for those on the east coast. It's a good option.

http://www.rte-fab.com
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Old February 11th, 2015, 07:37 PM
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Bill is a stand up guy and builds quality products. He will do off the shelf or custom just tell him what you want. My Discovery RTE bumper built last year is (powder coated) holding up well and is tough as nails.
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Old February 11th, 2015, 08:05 PM
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I miss when Rovertym was is Richmond and 15 min from my house. That saved me a ton on shipping back in the day.
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The new owners stood up and announced their ownership @ the URE dinner/auction @ Uwharrie last October. The indicated Bill was still on board as an employee.
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Old February 11th, 2015, 10:58 PM
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The new owners stood up and announced their ownership @ the URE dinner/auction @ Uwharrie last October. The indicated Bill was still on board as an employee.
I can't remember the specific terms that Bill told me, but in short, part of the purchase agreement of RTE was that Bill stick around for a period of time (8 months, I think) to oversee fabrication, show the new guys the ropes, and then slowly phase out. I know that contract runs out in a few short months, so it'll be interesting to see what becomes of RTE once it's solely in the hands of the new guys.

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Old February 11th, 2015, 11:36 PM
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Nobody is perfect, but we'll see where it heads. Bill is the man, but even great dudes make mistakes. This was a billet spacer I got from them last year. You see two holes because I had to redrill a new one to install it....



------ Follow up post added February 11th, 2015 11:37 PM ------

And my lower shock adapter from the same era


------ Follow up post added February 11th, 2015 11:38 PM ------

Again, holes didn't line up And had to be filed quite a bit.



I'm not trying to argue, I like the old owners and the new owners. What I've seen the new owners come out with is very impressive
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RTE bumper pic

Just adding a photo here because the OP was looking to see a picture of one mounted and figured if someone searched for it, they'd want to see one too.
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One more

Here's how it looked originally before I swapped out the rollers and cable for synthetic and hawse fairlead


My only critique of the wire tabs on the corners is that they are too short... If I run wire to the roll cage on top, the wire will rub the fender pretty well... Eventually I'll bolt on a little tab to extend it up slightly
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I think the truck I've got came with an RTE bumper. Looks to being the same as Ryan's ... Click image for larger version

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