I got one on my truck, came with it cause it was an old police persuit vehicle. It isn't a good thing. Unless you are pushing or pulling cars for a living, you don't need it. I just have it cause I am pushing my junk around all the time. Makes bad gas mileage even worse, wears out the front end quicker.
IL DOT uses those bumpers on Ramchargers all the time as pusher trucks to keep the bridges clear or whatever. Theres one on a white 93 4x4 5.9L (sans computer) with a lovely neon grean stripe sitting in the junkyard 2 miles from my house.
That where I grew up seeing those on all the wreckers.. Since I've moved to AL.. most of the wreckers here just have the OEM chrome on them.
There should be several of them kicking around the Kankakee area that have been beefed up even more. The company we worked for back them did everything custom and overkill.
I'm gonna get rid of mine once I find a nice bumper for it. It is nothing but a pain in the rear. Like I said, I wouldn't get it unless you are gonna push stuff around with it. Otherwise it has no purpose other then to intimidate others... which is fun, but not practical.
If it was a 2wd.. I wouldn't bother.. But on a 4x4, a real bumper is justified.. never know what you may have to go through, especially up there.. You may encounter some major drifts some winter.. and that'd help go through them. We had a much larger version on a '73 Autocar.. and it could roll on through drifts easily over 6 feet deep..
A heavy bumper will also help stabilize you if you get something a bit tongue heavy on the hitch.
I estimate the bumper I'm laying out for my RC will end up weighing over 300#.. I'm planning on swapping out for a set of diesel springs for the nose to counter the added weight, since it will eventually have a winch as well.
What does a 300# bumper look like? Now I am curious...
Real bumpers can be light too, for example, using basic channel iron and having the winch tucked behind it...just some ideas that are floating in my head that should be on paper....
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