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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-29-2000, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
 
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4WD Hardware Bumpers...anyone have them?

These are the bumpers they are advertising that THEY claim to have developed. I am looking at the rear bumper in particular. They look pretty stout and clain the swing out will hold up to 33" tire. Anyone use them or seen them that could tell me what they think?

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Re: 4WD Hardware Bumpers...anyone have them?

I bought the rear bumper tire carrier combo last spring. It is VERY stout and strong. It mounts to the rear crossmember on 3 sides on each frame rail, so it's extremely well-connected. It also sits alot closer to the body than most others I have seen.
The tire carrier portion swings on two greasable tapered roller bearings and doesn't deflect with the weight of the tire. I've got a 33" BFGAT on mine and it doesnt rattle at all. The finish and included hardware are also top of the line. As you can tell I am very happy with this product, and probably install one on my wife's Scrambler at some point in it's rebuild.
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Re: 4WD Hardware Bumpers...anyone have them?

I'll second Bob's info. And add that the latch is the stongest one I've seen on an aftermarket carrier. It's a similar setup to that used on a commercial walk-in freezer. I'll also add that it will carry a bigger tire than 33". I specifically asked about that because I'll be going with 35's when my current 33's wear out. I am very happy with it. It was difficult to put on, but I think that's cuz my frame is tweaked a little. I've personally examined three other (comparably priced) aftermarket carriers on rigs in my club (Tomken, Canyon Crawler and Steelhorse) and the 4wdhardware unit is far superior to any of them.

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Re: 4WD Hardware Bumpers...anyone have them?

...I WAS gonna comment on the bumper but Bob said it all[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]! I got the powder-coated one and it's perfect! It was EASY to install and they have a 1yr warranty on the paint job! For soeone that can't build one(ME) it's a good buy.

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Re: 4WD Hardware Bumpers...anyone have them?

That bumper is outragously priced! Make one your self, it's cheep and easy, have a friend help you make one. You could get the steel, and poweder coat it for less then 1/2 is you were smart, for the berrings like someone said they are on refigerator doors go to an place that services those and get them cheep.
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Re: 4WD Hardware Bumpers...anyone have them?

Good feedback...thanks. Bumpers, like most other things, fall into the catagory of "you get what you pay for". I wish I had the time to make my own, that would be the prefered method, but the time is just not right.

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