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97-D90-736 May 12th, 2010 10:11 PM

Rear bumper or not?
 
I took the rear bumper off tonight to repaint the rear cross member and seriously thinking about not putting it back on.

My angles would be better without it.

The back of the truck looks alot cleaner (IMO).

Can I have opions on this; the good and the bad?

Does anyone have pics of a ST with the tire carrier and no rear bumper?

Wolf Fabrication May 13th, 2010 05:13 AM

Leave it off and sell it to me.

LRover May 13th, 2010 07:14 AM

I don't know if the Defender rear crossmember is much stronger than a Series rear crossmember but if you backed a Series into anything above a tap and hit a rear corner, the crossmember would just fold up. I took my rear bumper/hitch off to paint the rear crossmember too but I like the protection it offers so I put it back on.

ron May 13th, 2010 07:19 AM

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here is a picture of my old 97 I painted the rear cross member the same as the body.... not to everybodies task but the paint will last longer than a rattle can.

get some corner protection and rear recovery and you are good to go...

The stock bumper does drag.


wolf i have a rear bumper if you need one its crusty but you can fix it..

$150

cgalpin May 13th, 2010 07:37 AM

I prefer it off but I did make corner protectors. I posted a picture yesterday here on the random picture thread that shows it and here is one from this weekend

http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php...00000424420391

rijosho May 13th, 2010 08:13 AM

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Originally Posted by 97-D90-736 (Post 221190)
I took the rear bumper off tonight to repaint the rear cross member and seriously thinking about not putting it back on.

My angles would be better without it.

I would think if you're running larger tires with a large spare on the stock tire carrier, that removing the bumper would improve your angles only marginally.

I remember seeing photos from MAR 2009 where in one particular pit, almost everyone was either rubbing their rear bumper or spare.

cgalpin May 13th, 2010 08:15 AM

It makes a huge difference.

jimmy salmon May 13th, 2010 08:22 AM

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mine without the bumper

97-D90-736 May 13th, 2010 08:29 AM

Thanks for the replies. I think the corner protection would be a must.

Wolf - interested in a trade?

rijosho May 13th, 2010 08:33 AM

Yeah, I'd definitely get bumperettes.

taoseno May 13th, 2010 09:55 AM

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No bumper.............

ron May 13th, 2010 10:03 AM

todd who made your bumperettes?

dmarchand May 13th, 2010 10:05 AM

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Bumperettes and no bumper.

dmarchand May 13th, 2010 10:05 AM

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Originally Posted by ron (Post 221252)
todd who made your bumperettes?

Those look like Rockware.

taoseno May 13th, 2010 10:28 AM

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Yes they are RW..............I have had them for 10+ years; had them re-powdercoated last summer. These will work w/ rear bumper also!

Wolf Fabrication May 13th, 2010 10:30 AM

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Originally Posted by 97-D90-736 (Post 221228)
Wolf - interested in a trade?

Trade for what? I have some rusty Series and early 110/90 parts, perhaps a dog, and maybe a 3 year old.

ron May 13th, 2010 10:35 AM

ah thanks

LRNAD90 May 13th, 2010 10:54 AM

Another Perspective, Just in Case..
 
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No Bumper, SG corners..

don May 13th, 2010 12:46 PM

Todd - that white ST is beastie!

I'm thinking of removing my rear bumper even tho I had it all re-powdered last fall. The last trail ride but some grind marks in it and I think removing it will help in clearance.

Question for people that removed the bumpers - where did you buy the recovery piece? IIRC, Expedition Exhchange used to sell one but I couldn't find it on their site. I could go the Rovers North/Custom setup like Charles but last time I towed something was 2 summers ago.

EDIT: I think this is the one that will bolt right in: http://www.roverparts.com/Parts/201910.cfm

taoseno May 13th, 2010 01:32 PM

The one I am using is from a Series truck; I had an extra and put it to good use.................I welded some nuts on to the back of the rear cross member so I could easily remove. Thanks


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